Kaitlin Olson (‘Hacks’) on playing ‘an angsty entitled teenager spoiled brat in a 40-year-old body’ [EXCLUSIVE VIDEO INTERVIEW]

“If in doubt get real loud and just leave,” jokes Kaitlin Olson about her performance in the new series “Hacks.” For our recent Gold Derby exclusive interview, she adds, “The creators gave me the freedom to explore what it could be. Very quickly I settled on something I felt good about.”

“Hacks” is the new HBO Max series about a legendary comic, Deborah Vance (Jean Smart), in the twilight of her career. With pressure mounting for her so give up the spotlight, she reluctantly hires a young writer (Hannah Einbinder) to freshen up her act.

Olson, known for being Micky on “The Mick” and Sweet Dee on “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” plays Deborah’s daughter DJ. The actress describes this character as “an angsty entitled teenager spoiled brat in a 40-year-old body. That’s just so funny to me. It was also very exciting that it was different from Sweet Dee and Micky.”

In the pilot episode, DJ enters in an angry fit objecting to having bags checked before leaving her mother’s house. Olson says, “I really like the introduction. She comes storming in. She’s angry at having her mom accuse her of doing drugs. She’s throwing a big fit in front of strangers about having a bladder infection… They got me with bladder infection. I’m like ‘I’m in.’”

And is Olson anything like the brat she plays? The actress confesses, “We look alike. That’s probably about it… Well you know what, that’s not true. I very much want people’s approval. I go about it a different way.  I’m not as needy about it.  I have a great relationship with my parents. But, I’m very aware of wanting to please people. She’s just a spoiled brat about it. I pretend that I’m cool and I don’t care.”

PREDICT the 2021 Emmy nominees through July 13

Make your predictions at Gold Derby now. Download our free and easy app for Apple/iPhone devices or Android (Google Play) to compete against legions of other fans plus our experts and editors for best prediction accuracy scores. See our latest prediction champs. Can you top our esteemed leaderboards next? Always remember to keep your predictions updated because they impact our latest racetrack odds, which terrify Hollywood chiefs and stars. Don’t miss the fun. Speak up and share your huffy opinions in our famous forums where 5,000 showbiz leaders lurk every day to track latest awards buzz. Everybody wants to know: What do you think? Who do you predict and why?

SIGN UP for Gold Derby’s newsletter with experts’ latest predictions

More News from GoldDerby