Allison Janney is still glad to be a ‘Mom’

Allison Janney

Being a “Mom,” albeit a fictional one, certainly has had its rewards for Allison Janney.

Though nominally a comedy, the Chuck Lorre-produced CBS Thursday staple has given the actress many dramatic moments as recovering addict Bonnie Plunkett, likely factoring into her two Emmy Award wins for the role. Daughter Christy (Anna Faris) continues to face her own challenges as a mother while dealing with her mom, an adventure much more often than not.

With Season 8 of “Mom” on the horizon, the warm and friendly Janney affirms that the series ”really means a lot to me. I’m proud of how we deal with issues on the show. It’s subject matter that affects so many people and shows them that there can be recovery, with hope and laughter. I love the service it provides.”

Another of Janney’s signature parts is slated to be on view again soon when the HBO Max streaming service adds “The West Wing.” A winner of another four Emmys as White House press secretary C.J. Cregg, she notes, “Of all the characters I’ve played, I wish I was more like C.J. And the friends I made doing that show are so close to me.”

Having maintained a consistently busy career in television and movies for many years, Janney has been forced not to work — along with countless other actors — by the production stoppage caused by the coronavirus pandemic. It also tabled her planned action movie “Lou,” which she hopes will restart when possible.

An Oscar winner as well for “I, Tonya,” she says of “Lou,” “That’s really out of my wheelhouse. I was getting in great shape for it.”

Birthdate: Nov. 19, 1959

Birthplace: Boston

Current residence: Los Angeles

Marital status: Single

Other television work includes: “The West Wing,” “Bad Education,” “Web Therapy,” “Masters of Sex,” “The Big C,” “Mr. Sunshine,” “Family Guy” (voice only), “Phineas and Ferb” (voice only), “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip,” “Two and a Half Men,” “Weeds,” “Frasier,” “A Girl Thing,” “Law & Order,” “Guiding Light”

Movie work includes: “Bombshell,” “The Addams Family” (voice only), “Ma,” “I, Tonya,” “The Girl on the Train,” “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children,” “Finding Dory” (voice only), “Minions” (voice only), “Spy,” “Get on Up,” “Tammy,” “The Help,” “Away We Go,” “Our Very Own,” “Strangers With Candy,” “How to Deal,” “The Hours,” “Nurse Betty,” “American Beauty,” “Drop Dead Gorgeous,” “10 Things I Hate About You,” “The Object of My Affection,” “Julian Po,” “The Ice Storm,” “Private Parts,” “The Associate,” “Big Night,” “Walking and Talking”

Jay Bobbin

Jay Bobbin has decades of experience covering the television and movie businesses, winning Tribune Media Services’ Crown Jewel Award in 2008 for his performance in the company. Over those many years of interviewing and writing, he has spoken with everyone from Robert De Niro and John Travolta to Paul McCartney and Tony Bennett … from Meryl Streep and Julie Andrews to Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood.

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