West Wing Star's Soapy Past
Thanks to her plum gig as press secretary C.J. Cregg on The West Wing, Allison Janney is living it up! A regular face on the Hollywood awards-show circuit, the two-time Emmy winner for best supporting actress in a TV drama just nabbed another trophy at Sunday's SAG Awards. How does she find time to shop for all those glammy getups?
"I hope that I always have that problem," she tells TV Guide Online. Though fearful of Janney's media-munching C.J. persona, we can't resist admitting that we've been a fan since her salad days on Guiding Light. (She played wisecrackin' housekeeper Ginger.) "Oh really?" she laughs. "That's so cool! That paid my rent, man. Wow, that was a great job for me; I was so happy to get that."
Unlike many ex-soap actors who've gone mainstream, Janney's refreshingly unashamed of her past in the lather. "I'm a workaholic," she says, "so just going to work and having a job was thrilling for me. I never get to watch GL, though. I don't think I know what's going on on any of the soaps anymore."
The 40-year-old thesp adds that she barely catches West Wing though she adored last week's episode, when the First Lady (Stockard Channing) invited C.J. and the other ladies to confab over several bottles of vino. "Yay Stockard!" she cheers. "The women getting drunk, wasn't that fabulous? I love that. That was the first time we women all got to be together. I hope [creator] Aaron Sorkin writes more for us."
Does that mean the female cast members are starved for more female bonding onscreen? "They get what they get," Janney deadpans. Asked if they're generally happy with Sorkin's writing, she offers even more vaguely: "Sometimes."