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Kaitlin Olson Q&A: ‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’ Season 1 on DVD

[IMG:L]Finding the funny in cancer, molestation, and abortion doesn’t sound like an easy task, but they sure make it look that way on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. The FX series centers on a group of self-absorbed, uninformed and often competitive pub owners who make easy targets when faced with hot button issues and heavy topics.

The cutting edge comedy continues with a third season Sept. 13 when Mac, Charlie, Dennis and Sweet Dee find a dumpster baby, believe there’s a serial killer among them and more.

Hollywood.com caught up with Sunny star Kaitlin Olson just in time for the DVD release of Seasons 1 and 2 on Sept. 4 to talk about her Sweet Dee audition, Philly fans and hanging with the guys.

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Hollywood.com: What kind of fun features will fans find on the DVD?
Kaitlin Olson:
There is a huge section of outtakes of people breaking up which basically consists of all the guys, because I am a professional [laughs]. Breaking is when someone starts to laugh in the middle of a scene, which is so fun to watch. I think most of those outtakes came from the first season when those guys were already really comfortable with each other. I didn’t do it the first season at all because I still felt like I was trying to prove myself and there is no way I would shut the process down by starting to laugh. I wish I hadn’t cared so much, because it is so much fun to watch that kind of thing so there are a lot of good outtakes of those guys on the DVD. I think my audition is on the DVD!

HW: Your audition? What was that like?
KO:
My hair looks better now. It is funny to watch because I don’t really remember it, you know your adrenaline is kind of going when you are in the middle of the audition so it was funny to look back and watch it. It was the cancer scene, they didn’t have any good Sweet Dee material so they just changed the name and had us audition with Dennis’ role from that cancer scene…you’ll hear [the guys] in the background talking to me and laughing. It was really fun, it was really a great experience because before I started the audition we had a chance to talk a little bit and I liked them right away and they kind of clicked so I felt really comfortable.

[IMG:R]HW: You’ve covered everything from racism to terrorism. What’s coming up in the next season?
KO:
We really get to the bottom of the North Korea situation, I get set on fire, we find a baby in the dumpster–and the baby’s alive, we take care of it. Things like that, just family stuff. You can definitely put your kids in front of the TV [next season].

HW: Do your parents watch the show? Have you ever advised them not to watch a particular episode?
KO:
You know, I have the best parents in the world and I got really, really lucky because they think that everything I do is Oscar worthy. But you know that’s where I got my sense of humor was if my mom was sad or something I would say the most inappropriate thing possible to try and make her laugh…they are also hippies from Portland, so they aren’t your average mom and dad. My grandfather however–we did an episode where Sweet Dee is scared of old people because she thinks they are gross and creepy–and my grandfather watched that show. He called my dad right afterward and had really hurt feelings. He said “When did Kaitlin start hating old people?” My dad was like, “Are you kidding me? Are you that old that you forgot a television show is not real?” So I don’t advise my grandparents to watch it, but that’s because I don’t think they can really appreciate it.

HW: This will be Danny DeVito’s second season on the show. How is he fitting in with the cast?
KO:
Danny surprised us all by just being the absolute coolest person in the world to work with. The greatest thing about him is he legitimately finds the show fun to do, because he certainly isn’t doing it for the money…he’s very fatherly, too…The only time I feel like a girl on the show is when Danny’s around because he makes sure that I’m taken care of, he will yell for a chair for me whether I asked for one or not. I broke my foot this season, while we were right in the middle of shooting so we had to kind of shoot around it and disguise it, because we couldn’t write it into the show so you’ll see me standing awkwardly still. Every time the director would yell cut, Danny would look around for a chair for me to sit down. He’s so sweet and just wants to take care of everybody.

HW: Did the injury happen on the set?
KO:
No, no it was late at night right before I was going to bed and I woke up really early in the morning and had to go to the emergency room. I tried to figure out what in the hell I was going to do because I had to be on set at 8 o’clock and it was kind of a disaster but we worked through it. I had the cast on for two months.

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HW: How did you break your foot?
KO:
Yeah, it is a very exciting story. I was running up my stairs and… that’s it! I slipped on a stair and broke my foot. It was those damn hardwood floors. It wasn’t my fault. It wasn’t the wine that I was drinking [laughs].

[IMG:L]HW: Do your costars treat you like one of the guys on set or are they always on their best behavior?
KO:
I don’t think they have a best behavior. Honestly, and I know this sounds so contrived, but we got so lucky because we all really, really like each other from the beginning and became really good friends. We hang out in our spare time which is unbelievable because those guys spend 12 hours a day everyday working together. They are editing right now. But we are friends, we like each other, we like to hang out with each other.

HW: Have fans ever stumbled across the four of you drinking in a pub together?
KO:
Yeah, definitely. If we are in L.A. it doesn’t happen, just because nobody cares. Los Angeles is full of stars way bigger than we are, but when we travel to Philadelphia we get people coming up to us a lot and getting really excited, because I don’t know why they are excited that we represent their town in the way that we do [laughs], but for some reason they are, so that’s been really cool.

HW: What are your fans like in Philly?
KO:
We shoot in some pretty sketchy neighborhoods in Philadelphia because it just happens that some of the episodes we’ve done have been about buying drugs or whatever…and we had this guy walk up to us who didn’t have very many clothes on and he was either half asleep or something was wrong with him because he came walking straight towards us and we all kind of tensed up like “Oh my God what’s happening?” He walks right up to Rob [McElhenney] and shook his hand and said “I love your show man.” We were like “Oh my God! We’ll take it.” Those are our fans!

[IMG:R]HW: Your show has a big presence online and on Myspace  Do you use the site to interact with fans?
KO:
I do–and I would say 99 percent of it is awesome and great and flattering and I love being able to sort of keep in touch and communicate. Then there are a handful of people who say they just saw you at the grocery store and next time they see you they’ll have the courage to come up and say “hi” and it makes me never want to leave the house. It is not that I mind. I would love for you to come up and say “hi”–the problem is that something was going on and someone was watching me without me knowing about it, which is really creepy [laughs].

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