'Schitt's Creek' star Annie Murphy dishes dating advice for her character and more

By Erica Cupido

After countless auditions in L.A., Ottawa-born actress Annie Murphy never imagined her breakout role would take her to Goodwood, Ont. Sitting down with Hello! in the Shangri-La Hotel in Toronto, the Schitt’s Creek star explains that the small town is where she and castmates Eugene Levy , Catherine O’Hara and Dan Levy film their madcap comedy, now in its second season on CBC (Tuesdays at 9 p.m.). The locals love it, she adds. “People are really proud to be Schitt’s Creekers. Everyone gathers around when we’re shooting. It’s become a real community.”

Like the Rose family, who are reluctantly adapting to small-town life after the loss of their fortune, Annie (who plays spoiled daughter Alexis) is constantly picking up new skills. “I’m learning every day,” she says of working with Canadian comedy legends Catherine and Eugene.

Here, the actress reveals what happens when she meets fans and why the cast truly feels like family.

Photo: © CBC

At the end of last season, your character was in two relationships. What dating advice would you give her?
I would tell her to spend some time alone before telling her to get in two or three or four or five relationships at a time. [Laughs]

How does your style differ from Alexis’s style?
It’s night and day. Dan makes fun of me because I’m always in ripped jeans and Converse. What’s funny is I don’t get recognized; I get people saying, “You really look like that girl from Schitt’s Creek.” But it’s so much fun to be able to dress up. Dan is constantly on eBay in bidding wars for Karl Lagerfeld pieces; it’s a good thing online shopping is one of his favourite hobbies.

The Roses navigate small-town life on Schitt’s Creek (season 2 begins Jan. 12, CBC). Photo: © CBC

Who makes you laugh the most on-set?
I think Dan and I knew each other in another life. We push each other’s buttons. It’s also funny shooting with Dan when we’re outside because he has a real phobia of anything that flies. So we’ll be halfway through a scene and he’ll sprint for the hills. That’s always good for a couple of laughs, too.

Did you guys click right away?
We did. I don’t have siblings. Dan feels like a big brother.

What has it been like to work with Catherine?
Catherine has always been someone I’ve really admired. To watch her work is so incredible – almost too incredible because sometimes I forget that I also have to participate in the scene. Sometimes, I just wish I had a bowl of popcorn and could watch her work, but I have to act as well!

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