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Happy Days

BY Carita Rizzo | November 23, 2016 | Feature Features National

Megan Mullally brings on the laughs in her new film, Why Him?.
Megan Mullally lights up the silver screen in her latest flick, Why Him?, which hits theaters Dec. 23.

“I always look at [my] interviews and think about how many times I used the word ‘fun.’ I need to think [of] another word that means the [exact] same thing,” jokes actress Megan Mullally. But now that the comedian has recently completed one of the most rewarding and, well, fun projects of her career, is there really a need for synonyms?

“I never wanted [filming] to end. I wish we were still shooting right now,” says Mullally of her latest blockbuster, Why Him?, in which she and fellow castmate Bryan Cranston play a conservative Michigan couple who meet their daughter’s (Zoey Deutch) freewheeling tech billionaire boyfriend (James Franco). “It was an absolute dream job. I couldn’t even believe I was being considered for this role,” she says, adding with a chuckle: “It’s all happening so fast. I’m only 57. I hope I can handle it!”

Looking back at Mullally’s career, that word she’s trying so hard not to use appears to describe most of her work. From seven seasons on the Emmy-winning Children's Hospital to acting opposite her husband, Nick Offerman, on Parks & Recreation, Mullally seems to have picked projects that inevitably make her happy. “I love the jobs that I’ve gotten,” she admits. “I’ve been very lucky since Will & Grace.”

Recently, the cast of the hit sitcom reunited for a skit about the importance of voting, but does Mullally see a reason to relaunch the show that made her a household name? “That was a very happy time in my life. I would be 100 percent on board to do a reboot of Will & Grace,” she says. “That show is funny, and everybody’s still around and at the height of their powers. Why don’t we start putting out some calls for it?” That would be—you guessed it—a whole lot of fun.

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