“I love how it vacillates between all these different tones,” admits Casey Wilson about the freshman Showtime series “Black Monday.” Watch our exclusive video interview above (or listen to the audio version below) where she adds, “It’s many things in one show. It’s a mystery, it has hard comedy, it has heart and it’s set in the 80’s. It’s kind of its own animal.”
The series, created by her husband David Caspe and Jordan Cahan, tells a fictionalized version of events leading up to the stock market crash of October 1987. The cast includes Don Cheadle, Regina Hall, Andrew Rannells and Paul Scheer. Wilson who has previously starred in “Saturday Night Live” and “Happy Endings” plays Tiffany Georgina on the dark program. Tiffany is heir to the valuable Georgina Jean’s company and fiancé to new stock trader Blair, played by Rannells.
Wilson says, “Tiff is very broad but also has real moments of heart. I don’t get full opportunities to do that range normally in network comedy. It was interesting to play these very comedic scenes and then shift to more serious territory and emotional heartfelt moments. I’m grateful to have the part, because I don’t often get those opportunities. It was really fun and unexpected.”
She recalls that a favorite moment was “the day I shot all my scenes with Regina Hall. I’m in awe of her. Comedically she’s very subtle but she’s such a funny person. We shot all these scenes at my bachelorette party where she’s the only one who shows up. They were heartfelt scenes but also completely ridiculous. She was so much fun, and wearing rainbow colored eyeshadow that was hard to look at it was so crazy.”
One of Wilson’s most crazy scenes was when she and Rannells did an outrageous wedding dance to the national anthem. It almost didn’t happen, as Wilson reveals “it was at the end of the season and they ran out of budget for music. They said we can’t do it. But Andrew said ‘how about we go to music that’s free?’ He came up with ‘The Star-Spangled Banner.’ It was so much fun and so stupid.”
She jokes “I’ve never been asked to be on Broadway and I think after that scene I will be. Andrew said that I – and I think this is an insult in the Broadway world – was a singer who moved.”
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