Though Allison Janney grew up in Ohio, the actress says it was her frequent trips to Chicago that sparked her dreams of stardom. “I remember getting to stay up late while we waited for my mother’s friend, [Broadway actress] Eileen Brennan, to come visit after her performances in ‘Little Mary Sunshine,’ ” Janney says. “I think that’s where I fell in love with the idea of acting.” Several decades later, Janney is living that dream, starring on two series at once: The CBS sitcom “Mom” and Showtime’s drama “Masters of Sex.” Though playing two parts can be difficult, Janney is up to the task. “I like to challenge myself with all kinds of acting,” she says. Her multifaceted career reflects that desire — Janney has starred in everything from Emmy-winning TV hits (“The West Wing”) to Tony-winning Broadway shows (“A View from the Bridge”) to critically acclaimed films (“American Beauty,” “Juno”). On “Mom,” Janney plays Bonnie, an outrageous recovering addict who finds herself constantly butting heads with her daughter, played by Anna Faris. Janney landed the role on the comedy after a meeting with producer Chuck Lorre and Faris. “I jumped at the chance,” Janney says. “Happily, Anna and I…
In the upcoming TV miniseries “Bonnie & Clyde,” Emile Hirsch stars as Clyde Barrow, the infamous outlaw who was gunned down by authorities in 1934 after an epic crime spree with partner Bonnie Parker. It’s a role that most actors would be frightened to take — Warren Beatty originated it in the Oscar-winning 1967 film of the same name, and Barrow became something of an American icon as a result.
Jennifer Morrison isn’t a princess — she just plays one on TV. But the star of ABC’s “Once Upon a Time” is the first to admit that she’s lived her own fairy tale, rising steadily from bullied high school bookworm to prime-time heroine.
Lots of children dream of becoming superheroes, and Rosa Blasi was no different. But unlike most aspiring justice-seekers, the Chicago native is actually getting a shot at saving the world on Nickelodeon’s new live-action series, “The Thundermans,” which premiered this fall.