Megan Mullally Interview: ‘Will and Grace’
“I wasn’t expecting to be nominated quite frankly,” admits Megan Mullally about her recent Emmy nomination as Best Comedy Supporting Actress for “Will and Grace.” During the show’s original run, she earned seven consecutive nominations in this category, winning in 2000 and 2006, as well as earning three Screen Actors Guild Awards for Best Comedy Actress. In our exclusive interview (watch the video above), Mullally discusses the show’s successful revival, which has already been renewed for two additional seasons, and how she would be fine playing the role of Karen Walker “forever.”
Mullally realized the potential for her comedy’s return when she first read the script for the “Vote Honey” election video in 2016. She recalls immediately texting the show’s so-creator Max Mutchnick and asking “Why can’t we just do the show again?” She admits that she had a “gut feeling” that they “could actually bring the entire show back intact.” Mullally says that it was relatively easy to get back into Karen’s skin. She says that in the 11 years that the show was off the air, she “always felt like Karen was just going on about her business being horrible in a parallel universe.”
For her Emmy submission, Mullally has entered the episode “Rosario’s Quinceanera,” which shows Karen devastated after the death of her beloved maid Rosario, played in the original series by Shelly Morrison. Mullally confesses that she knew the episode was special the minute she read the episode’s emotional closing monologue, which was shown to her before she got the see the full script. She credits writers Tracy Poust and Jon Kinnally, who won the Writer’s Guild Award for Best Episodic Comedy, for giving her a chance to show a different side of Karen. “I was just so happy that they had confidence in me and they thought ‘We’re going to write this for Megan and we think she can pull it off.'”
Production has already begun on Season 10 for the program on NBC. Mullally is teasing that there will be several big developments for Karen, including an impending divorce from her long-unseen husband Stanley, as well as the return of Emmy-winner Alec Baldwin as Karen’s lover Malcolm. She also reveals plans to have Karen sing in the upcoming season, which will premiere on Thursday, October 4.