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Megan Mullally is an American actress who played Karen Walker on Will & Grace.

Karen Walker

Casting

Mullally initially auditioned for the role of Grace Adler, and admitted that she did not want to audition for the part of Karen.[1]

Portrayal

Karen's voice

One of Karen's most distinct characteristics, her squeaky high-pitched voice was made up for the show. Mullally used her real speaking voice with Karen during the pilot only. She has stated in interviews that as the series progressed, her portrayal of Karen's voice naturally became more high-pitched.

Awards and Nominations

Year Award Category Result
2000 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Won
2001 Golden Globe Awards Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Nominated
2001 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Nominated
2001 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Won
2001 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated
2002 Teen Choice Award Choice TV Comedy Actress Nominated
2002 Golden Globe Awards Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Nominated
2002 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Nominated
2002 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Nominated
2002 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series Won
2003 Golden Globe Awards Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Nominated
2003 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Nominated
2003 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series Won
2004 Golden Globe Awards Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Nominated
2003 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Nominated
2004 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Nominated
2004 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Nominated
2004 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series Won
2005 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Nominated
2005 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Nominated
2005 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated
2005 People’s Choice Award Favorite Female TV Performer Nominated
2006 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Won
2006 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated
2007 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated

Notes

  • Mullally won the most Emmy out of the main cast with two during its entire run. She won on the first and last seasons.
  • Mullally appeared as Karen and as herself in promoting The Megan Mullally show. She also appeared as Karen during the 2006 Emmy awards, singing The Green Acres theme song with Donald Trump, becoming the only character to be portrayed outside of the show.
  • Mullally was first cast as the lead Elsa in Frozen during the early stages of production, in which the character is portrayed as a villain. When the direction of the character was changed, she was replaced by another Broadway star, Idina Menzel.[2]

Media

John Goodman & Megan Mullally McDonalds commercial (1983)00:30

John Goodman & Megan Mullally McDonalds commercial (1983)

The Megan Mullally Show Promo (with Karen Walker)00:31

The Megan Mullally Show Promo (with Karen Walker)

Megan Mullally wins 2000 Emmy Award for Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series02:16

Megan Mullally wins 2000 Emmy Award for Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Megan Mullally 2nd Emmy Acceptance Speech02:24

Megan Mullally 2nd Emmy Acceptance Speech

External links

References

  1. Will & Grace: Season One – Interviews with the Cast (DVD). Lions Gate Entertainment. 2003.
  2. How Josh Gad Almost Missed Out on the Chance to Voice Olaf the Snowman for Disney’s Frozen

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