Actress Megan Mullally and husband Nick Offerman at the Oscars Vanity Fair y, February 2, 2017.
People don’t really tune in on “will & Grace” will and Grace. They tune in for Karen, the outrageous, timeless gold-digger whose antics take the show in some crazy and fun places.
Actor Megan Mullally delights in the scenarios of her character, but off-screen, it is the opposite.
In person, there is not even a hint of Karen in evidence — her voice, her mannerisms and almost everything of her is entirely different.
The most crucial, because they approach 60, they refuse, plastic surgery, despite Karen’s love of going under the knife.
“Yes, I am turning 60. I’m excited about. I think it’s cool, the aging process, especially with women, because we experience different things that happen to our body,” she tells news.com.au.
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“I love those passages, that they are markers,” she says. “But the only pressure would be that Karen is someone who never ages, so I have the feeling that I must look really good. Karen has a lot of plastic surgery, which I haven’t had.” She shrugs her shoulders. “So, it means that I don’t go out in the sun, and I can’t eat a hamburger or a lot of ice cream.”
So how does she find her inner Karen?
“I do not want all Shirley MacLaine on, but she is just there,” Mullally smile. “When it’s time for Karen to come out, it is immediately. So there is no mental adjustment, it’s just, ‘Now I have to Karen.’ There is terrible, and talk strange.”
She seems to have no difficulty to be as easy to identify with a character that Messing’s Grace has been described as “a spoiled, shrill, gold-digging socialite who would sooner chew her own foot than a day’s honest work”.
“That is usually a blessing and not a curse,” Mullally says.
“Everyone goes for something and if I’m going to be known for anything I am happy to be known for playing Karen on “will & Grace”, because it is a fantastic character.”
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Now playing Karen since 1998 (although the show took a decade break from 2007 to 2017), she struggles to name her favorite moments.
“Oh, she had so much,” she grimaces. “We just shot an episode where Karen gets scared that they are going to lose, Jack (Sean Hayes) to his fiancée (Brian Jordan Alvarez), and Karen and Jack have a moment together. He says, ” But Karen, you’re not losing a gay, you’re obtaining a homo.’ And she goes, ‘I think you’re right, then I will be the one to play if you are in the room.'” She laughs. “That is a nice line, right?”
Last year the audience was also witness of Karen’s softer side, at the funeral of her old maid Rosario (Shelley Morrison). “It was called Rosario Quinceanera, and that was my favorite episode, not only because she wrote me beautiful things to do, but also because I felt that she paid such beautiful homage to Shelley, who played the role of Rosario for the first eight seasons.
“She’s retired. She is of a certain age and just don’t want to do it anymore. And I thought they really gave her a beautiful, beautiful send-off.”
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The episode rightly won a Writers Guild Award.
Mullally, meanwhile, is not thinking about the membership of Morrison in retirement any time soon. Married to ‘Parks And Recreation’ star Nick Offerman, since 2003, she is as on form as ever.
This season Karen to share the screen time with TV presenter Chelsea Handler, who will appear as a high-powered lesbian and client of Debra Brass Grace, which is also the date of Grace’s screen sister.
Mullally is delighted to welcome their new guest star, for a surprising reason.
“Chelsea has a photo shoot where she and my husband were both completely naked.
“So it was funny when I met her at the table read last week. I said, ” Hello. It is really great to meet you. I don’t think we’ve met, but you worked with my husband. You have a great ass, and I can speak with some authority on the subject!'” She laughs.
The much-discussed shooting in question, a tribute to one of John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s famous naked images, shot in 2015 for US Esquire magazine and recommended to friends with their bare buttocks for the camera.
“They were holding hands and looked over their shoulders, plus four or five pictures in the magazine,” Mullally says.
Not many women are enthusiastic about their spouse naked with another woman. But Mullally, it seems, was quite a fan of the shoot. She nods vigorously in the affirmative. “Yes, we have a huge billboard sized blow-up of the photo outside the front of our house,” she jokes.
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Season 10 will be other surprises, including a number for her brash, nasal-sounding scene-stealer, Karen Walker.
“Well, Karen and (her husband) Stan separate, and that is sad,” she says. “She (Karen) is caught cheating. And she really does love him, despite all the jokes about his obesity, so it is not easy for her.”
Other new plot points are Grace (finally) finding love.
“And also, Alec Baldwin is back,” Mullally says. “I love working with him.”
This article originally appeared on the news.com.au.