Allison Janney Q&A: ‘Mom’ and ‘Masters of Sex’
“I just started back yesterday. First day back at school, as I call it. I just feel so happy to have this kind of job,” admits Allison Janney as we chat via webcam (watch above) about her hit CBS comedy “Mom.” As she explains, “it’s the most relaxed set and atmosphere. From table read to tape night I love it all. Every day is different. It’s a godsend as an actor to have a steady job like this. So much fun.”
She has won Comedy Supporting Actress for the past two years for “Mom” and defends her title this year. In 2014, she also claimed Drama Guest Actress for “Masters of Sex” (and contends again in that race). And she has four Emmys for her acclaimed run on “The West Wing.” Those seven Emmys leave her just one shy of Cloris Leachman’s record for the primetime prizes; Leachman also has one Daytime Emmy on her crowded mantle. Were she to win both her bids this year, she would have eight in all.
Janney declares, “I love Cloris Leachman so much. It would be so amazing to get to act with her.” And she dishes another Emmy darling, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who brought her total haul to six for acting with a fourth win last year for “Veep.” Janney jokes, “she’s gunning for me. I know her. She deserves every one. She’s so damn funny.”
On “Mom” she plays Bonnie, a recovering alcoholic trying to navigate a healthy relationship with her daughter (Anna Faris). Her Emmy episode submission is the season opener (‘Terrorists and Gingerbread’), in which Bonnie faces off against her mother (played by Oscar, Tony and Emmy champ Ellen Burstyn).