Has Kudrow’s character Valerie Cherish learned anything in the nine years since we last saw her? “You know, I think she’s a fraction better. But a fraction. Because no one completely changes into another human being. She gets it now.
“She’s a decent person, [but] I think she can’t help but be self-absorbed,” she adds. “Whatever that damage is, we haven’t fully explored yet. That whole thing also just about having to be nice and positive, it’s also for herself to keep going … if she’s gonna stay in this game.”
Kudrow reveals that the original British “The Office” starring Ricky Gervais was one of the inspirations for this show. “There was a lot about [‘The Comeback’] that you’d not seen before. The way it was shot, that it’s raw footage, it’s like an editor’s rough assembly so the pace of it’s different. The awkwardness is at a dramatic level at times. It just keeps moving in and out, back and forth between drama and comedy.”
At the Golden Globes, Kudrow is tied for second place for Best TV Comedy Actress with Amy Poehler according to our predictions’ racetrack odds. Both ladies are behind frontrunner Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who’s coming off a three-peat at the Emmys for “Veep.” “There’s a reason she wins all the time,” Kudrow says. “She’s great! And so is Amy Poehler.”
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