“Kevin Can F**K Himself” and “Schitt’s Creek” star Annie Murphy covers Marie Claire’s ‘Summer Escape’ digital issue photographed by Lelanie Foster.
On finding work after Schitt’s Creek:
After wrapping the final season of Schitt’s, she temporarily relocated to Los Angeles for pilot season—her first time auditioning in six years. “It’s really a daunting place to be, to have done this one character—and on a show that has become so beloved—for such a long time. So I was like, ‘Oh, fuck, can I do anything else?’”
The job prospects felt “bleak.” Like many actors who become synonymous with their on-screen counterparts, Murphy insisted her next role be different and challenging. But the parts coming her way either felt a little bit Alexis or were just plain bad. “There was a lot of me reading scripts, being like, ‘Oh, man, is this what’s getting made right now? It’s not about anything. It’s not exciting.’”
On her new show Kevin Can F**K Himself and her character, Allison:
Through the alternating vantage points, “you get to see the impact that these so-called jokes are having on a human woman. These sitcoms have shrouded misogyny and racism and bigotry and sexism under laugh tracks.” Allison’s demeanor felt like just enough of a departure from Alexis’s. “She’s a very angry, very frustrated character, as opposed to Alexis’s bright, cheerful character. So it checked all the boxes for what I was looking for.”
On her newfound fame:
Murphy feels like she entered quarantine as a largely unknown actor on a “sweet Canadian show” and emerged several months later to a noticeable shift. Suddenly she was getting recognized on the streets, her whereabouts tracked on social media.
“It’s weird to be this person now. Because going into [acting], it wasn’t fame at all that I was after,” she says. “I certainly took anonymity for granted. It is a strange thing to know that you go somewhere and people are looking. And I know that sounds kind of like a silly statement, to be aware that you’re being watched.”
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[Photo Credit: Lelanie Foster/Marie Claire Magazine]
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