Category: Interviews

Catherine O’Hara loves Christmas, except for one thing

At the beginning of the Pop sitcom’s holiday special, family matriarch and former soap star Moira Rose (Catherine O’Hara) rolls over in bed on Christmas Eve morning and tells her husband Johnny (Eugene Levy), “Wake me when it’s over.” Ever since the Roses lost their fortune and gilded lifestyle — and fled to the crassly-titled town of the show’s title — Moira has been no fan of the holiday. Not so much for O’Hara.

“I’m sad when it’s over. The saddest thing you can probably do is put that tree out in the garbage,” O’Hara says with a laugh. “Well, I’m lucky I have a home!” In the special, Johnny dreams of his family’s past lavish holiday parties and sets out to soothe their sorrows by throwing a last-minute shindig. The cast also includes Daniel Levy (Eugene’s son) and Annie Murphy as David and Alexis, Johnny and Moira’s entitled children.

Comedy veteran O’Hara, 64, is best known for starring alongside Levy in “SCTV” sketches and a string of classic Christopher Guest films including “Best in Show,” “Waiting for Guffman” and “A Mighty Wind.” She recently spoke with The Post by phone from her LA home.

What does the episode reveal about the family?
It shows you a taste of their old life, and you see what maybe Johnny and especially Moira are missing. And I love that when Johnny does relive it in his dreams, he wonders why they miss it so much.

There are flashbacks to extravagant Rose family parties. Were those scenes shot in a real mansion?
It’s a ridiculously big house in Toronto. We did the opening scenes there for Season 1 and then just a day again there in June. I love seeing any house decorated for Christmas, but that house looked pretty wild. Overdone.

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Catherine O’Hara & Eugene Levy Are the ‘Schitt’s Creek’

Comedic legends Catherine O’Hara and Eugene Levy visited Ellen and co-host Ashton Kutcher – and they didn’t hold back while talking about their hilarious show, “Schitt’s Creek.”

Vulture: Schitt’s Creek Holiday Spectacular

Watch co-creators and stars Eugene Levy and Daniel Levy — along with Catherine O’Hara, Annie Murphy, Emily Hampshire and Noah Reid — discuss their special holiday episode and look back at some of their favorite memories from the show.

Waiting for Scorsese

One Saturday early this summer, five members of the cast of the sketch-comedy show “SCTV,” Canada’s answer to “Saturday Night Live,” which aired between 1976 and 1984, assembled at the London Hotel, in midtown. They were there to meet Martin Scorsese, who is making a documentary about “SCTV” for Netflix. The plan was for an on-camera conversation, to be conducted in the hotel’s penthouse suite, but when the cast arrived, at 7 p.m., Scorsese hadn’t yet shown up. They were escorted to a small sitting room, where they lounged on hotel-style furniture, drank wine, and picked at a spread of M&M’s and charcuterie.

“What are you thinkin’, honey?” Andrea Martin called over to Martin Short, who was stretched out on a sofa.

“Me?” Short said. “I can’t wait.” He rubbed his hands together impishly. “Martin Scorsese. He’s a fan.”

This was the first of two conversation scenes that Scorsese was planning to film. The second would take place five weeks later, before an audience at Toronto’s Elgin Theatre, and would be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel. Andrew Alexander, “SCTV” ’s producer and the longtime C.E.O. of the improv-comedy theatre the Second City, suggested that the cast might actually have two onstage conversations with Kimmel, so that Scorsese could gather more material.

“I think it’s a great idea,” Martin said.

“I think it’s insane,” Short said, taking a sip of white wine.

“Will we be showing the same clips?” asked Dave Thomas, who was sitting on a tall chair by a window.

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