The very funny Molly Shannon pulls off comedy and romance, playing an overwhelmed career mom in the fanciful Lifetime movie More of Me (Saturday, Nov. 17, 9 pm/ET). We recently chatted with the actress, who's in the midst of an incredibly busy year of her own.
TV Guide: Tell us about the film.
Molly Shannon: It's about a [working] mother. She has two children, she is married — she's really busy and wishes that there was more of her to go around. She starts to lose it with the pressure to be everything [and] ends up literally splitting into three versions of herself.
TV Guide: Is this a character you can relate to?
Shannon: Oh my god, yes. You think you can do it all... easier said than done. I'm an actress and also a mother of two toddlers. It's a real balancing act.
TV Guide: Steven Weber plays your husband — that must have been a bonus.
Shannon: I know. There were all these kissing scenes. A friend of mine who's an actress was asked, "What is it like when you kiss somebody in a scene?" And she's like, "Oh, it's nothing, it's very technical and you don't feel anything." That's not how I feel! I have just the opposite experience. [Laughs] I feel everything. It gives me the giggles.
TV Guide: In May you became the second former female cast member of Saturday Night Live to return as host. How did it feel to come back after five years?
Shannon: I really missed it. It's so exciting to think of something on Monday night and then perform it live on Saturday. It was really hard, too. I have such a newfound respect for the hosts.
TV Guide: We hear you're coming back to series TV on the American version of the Australian comedy Kath & Kim….
Shannon: I love the mother-daughter relationship, and I think it's so relatable. But it is hard because the two women that created it [are] so perfect. I could never imitate what they do. We'll just try to do our own American version, but keep the essence of the characters.
TV Guide: Has a Kim been cast yet?
Shannon: No, not yet. They need to find a Kim soon! [Laughs]
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