Escola goes dark for ‘At Home’ character

She’s a maniac

Cole Escola of ‘At Home With Amy Sedaris’ Sunday on truTV.

Q: How was your “At Home With Amy Sedaris” character of Chassie initially described to you?

A: Well, actually I had worked with Amy before on “Difficult People” and then I performed at a live podcast thing. And she says – she might be lying; she’s a huge liar – that her and Paul (Dinello, a series writer and executive producer) wrote the part with me in mind because they’d watched one of my videos that I made, this orange juice commercial. So they sort of wrote it with me in mind and then Amy was like, “We have this part that we think you’d be great. I hope you can do it.” And then that’s how it came to be.

Q: So how did you get inside this troubled character’s head?

A: They sort of created it based on this video that I had done. It’s sort of a fake orange juice commercial where I play a suburban mom talking about what happens when you give your kids the wrong orange juice and then she goes off on this sort of maniacal, dark tangent. So I always like to go dark. I love going really dark so I just let myself go there for Chassie.

Q: How much improv do you get to do?

A: All the dialog is scripted and it’s so funny. Paul Dinello writes just like the funniest things to say. Because it’s a sort of craft and homemaking show, there’s a lot of physical stuff so we get to improvise a lot with that. And I love props comedy and Chassie has this purse that she never takes off her arm and so it’s fun to try and butter philo dough with a purse dangling into the dough and butter and things like that.

George Dickie

George Dickie

George Dickie has been a features writer for Gracenote/Tribune Media Services since 1989, when “Hee-Haw” was still on the air and George “Goober” Lindsay was his first interview. His early interviews ranged from Jim Henson and Dick Van Dyke to Phil Collins and the Dixie Chicks.

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