SUBURGATORY: Ana Gasteyer Teases the Halloween Episode and Reuniting with Rachel Dratch
October 24, 2012 by Marisa Roffman
While tonight’s brand new episode of SUBURGATORY is important for a certain on-screen relationship, it’s also a pretty big episode for star Ana Gasteyer (Sheila) — not only does Gasteyer get to reunite with her SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE co-star Rachel Dratch (Paula), but Gasteyer’s real-life daughter, Frances Mary McKittrick, makes her acting debut as a young version of Sheila.
“There are flashbacks to Rachel’s character and mine, and it was her first acting job,” Gasteyer told reporters on set. “It was so cute. It was crazy. I was freaking out. I had mentioned to [SUBURGATORY creator] Emily [Kapnek] if there was an extra part, [Frances] wants to learn acting and on-camera acting and she emailed to say, ‘Do you think she’d want to play this part?’ And we actually had a table read [on Frances' first day], so I wasn’t around for the first part of her first scene. She did great.”
Gasteyer was equally as enthused about reuniting with Dratch, calling the idea “so great, so fun.”
“They own completely opposite sides of the feminine sphere,” Gasteyer explained of their character dynamic. “They occupy two very different sides of the Equal Rights Amendment.”
But don’t think for a second that the two women are content to respect each other’s differences.
“Sheila characterizes [Paula] as ‘diabolical,’” Gasteyer said. “She’s the witch of East Chatswin…there’s not a lot of gray in the land of the Shays.”
SUBURGATORY airs Wednesdays at 9:30 PM on ABC.
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