Allison Janney Talks Recovery on 'Mom,' Anna Faris and Being "Prettier in Person"

“I love that it’s a show about recovery. I think that’s an important part of the show and definitely one of the main reasons I wanted to do it," the actress told THR.

“I had been looking for that format for a long time, the multi-cam,” Allison Janney told The Hollywood Reporter during the Comedy Actress Roundtable in regards to her role on Chuck Lorre's Mom.

Janney’s agent told her she didn’t have to actually read for the show (she was offered the role based on her body of work), but she said, “No, I would like to read for this, because I think it’s important that the mother and daughter have a good chemistry, and I understand why they would want to. I would rather read than go in having been given the part, because it makes me feel more confident as I walk on the set the first day.”

Janney added, “I love that it’s a show about recovery. I think that’s an important part of the show, and definitely one of the main reasons I wanted to do it." She noted that recovery was an important issue to her, before adding, "I love Anna Faris so much, and we have a good relationship there.”

Janney said that she was surprised by how bold people can be in real life, saying people come up to her in the grocery store to tell her that she “is much prettier in person.”

She recounted one instance when a bartender said to her, “I don’t mean to insult you, but you look just like Allison Janney.”

She responded to say, “Well, I am her, and my drinks will be free for the rest of the night.”

More roundtables featuring comedy and drama actors, drama actresses, comedy and drama showrunners, and reality hosts and producers will roll out throughout June in print and online. Tune in to new episodes of Close Up With The Hollywood Reporter starting June 26 on SundanceTV, with the premiere of the Comedy Actress Roundtable on Sunday, July 10. And look for clips at THR.com/roundtables with full episodes on THR.com after broadcast.

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