9 'Sunny' Revelations From Kaitlin Olson
Kaitlin Olson attends the 'It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia' press room at Comic-Con (Frank Micelotta/Invision for FX/AP Images)
She's one of the funniest women on TV, she's one of the most gifted physical comedians around, and she not only holds her own among a cast full of over-the-top male characters, she sometimes even manages to best them — all of which is on display again in the new season of "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" (Wednesdays at 10 p.m. on FXX).
Dee is played by Emmy-worthy actress Kaitlin Olson, who is thrilled that Season 9 opened last week with a Dee-centric episode, "The Gang Broke Dee" — even if it meant eating a whole cake. The episode found Dee in a low place, with a cigarette and bottle of whiskey in one hand, and a forkful of "trash cake" in the other.
"I ate quite a bit of cake. Yeah. I'm glad you asked about that, because you see someone doing an eating scene, and normally you're just moving food around on your plate and pretending to eat, because you can shoot it 50 times," Olson tells Yahoo TV. "But I had to devour that cake. We probably shot that scene six or seven times. I believe I ate an entire cake."
Olson also talked with us about an upcoming guest appearance by Sweet Dee's fantasy man Josh Groban, how co-star Danny DeVito is the show's wacky father figure, and why she and her real-life husband, "Sunny" creator and co-star Rob McElhenney, will never be a couple on the show.
1. We know from "Mac's Mom Burns Her House Down" that Sweet Dee loves her some Josh Groban, who's guest starring this season. Will she finally have a dream romance?
"He makes a very brief, but very fun appearance. It's another episode in which all of Dee's dreams are coming true… but not," Olson laughs. "We all go into a convenience store, and it gets robbed. We all hide and freak out, and the camera zooms in on each one of us individually, as you see that character's fantasy of what would happen if they were to save the day. You get inside the head of everyone, their ideal circumstance."
2. Dee is the character who has the best chemistry with the rest of the gang. Who's Olson's favorite storyline co-star?
"I love the human meat episode (Season 4's "Mac and Dennis: Manhunters"), because Charlie and I play a lot. We just kept screwing around and improvising. Everyone's got a different energy, so you can react in different ways. It keeps it fresh, and it's always a good time."
Kaitlin Olson and Rob McElhenney arrive at the launch party for the new FXX Network (Frank Micelotta/Invision for FXX/AP Images)
3. Mac is probably the character Dee is paired with least often. Any chance the two of them might imitate real life and become a couple on the show?