Allison Janney on Taking a Turn Playing the Villain in 'I, Tonya'

Janney said playing the role of a wicked mother was "really, really fun," and explained how she came to find what motivated the character.

"It was really, really fun to play her," actress Allison Janney told The Hollywood Reporter during the Actress Roundtable regarding her role in I, Tonya, where she plays the vicious mother of notorious ice skater Tonya Harding, LaVona Fay Golden.

"I have to always find something in my characters that I like, or understand what motivates her. There actually was something positive and good that motivated her, even though her methods of mothering... she's not going to win 'Mother of the Year' at all."

Naturally, the hot button issue of harassment in the industry was at the top of the conversation list for six of Hollywood's top actresses. "I never experienced any kind of harassment, at all," Janney told THR. "The only reason why I can think that is I was 5-foot-15 and my career didn't start until I was 38." She went on to say, "I was always aware of the casting couch, I just thought that was something women had to navigate."

"It's just one of the worst crimes I think to abuse your influence and power in a negative way. It's exciting to think of our culture changing, and it's high time," she said. 

Janney has seven career Emmy Awards, with an additional five Emmy and five Golden Globe nominations for her television work on The West Wing, Mom and Masters of Sex. She has yet to be recognized for her film work, but she is an award season favorite for her supporting role in I, Tonya, opposite Margot Robbie.

For the full Actress Roundtable, click here.