Imagine being a young actress in your first regular gig, and you’re suddenly working alongside two bonafide comedy legends day in and day out. Intimidating, right? Not for Annie Murphy. On Schitt’s Creek — the CBC sitcom she headlines alongside Catherine O’Hara and Eugene Levy — Murphy not only holds her own, she’s a comedic force in her own right.
The rising Ottawa-bred star plays Alexis, a spoiled socialite thrown for a loop when her family loses its fortune. The character could’ve easily become an obnoxious bratty cliché, but thanks to Murphy’s own affable air, the clueless Alexis is downright likeable. “Alexis is able to find the silver lining in even the shittiest situations,” she says. “Oh god! No pun intended. [Laughs.] I can’t believe I just did that! I hate when people do that.”
Between filming the show and feeding her rampant Netflix addiction (“I feel like it’s up to me to solve Making a Murderer. Doesn’t everyone?”), Murphy found enough time to join us for yet another rousing round of “Would You Rather?”
Would you rather listen to the same song on repeat forever or eat the same meal every day for the rest of your life?
Do I like the song?
At first listen, probably.
[Laughs.] Okay, I’ll pick the song. I know which one right away, too. It’s “Sorry” by Justin Bieber. So embarrassing. It’s a little motivational because I want to dance like the girls in the video.
Would you rather be able to be invisible or able to read minds?
Be able to read minds. I’d read [whispers] Dan Levy’s mind first. It’s impenetrable. I want to crack it.
Would you rather be stranded on an island alone or with someone that you absolutely hate?
I think with someone that I hate. We’d work out our differences. We’d have to!
Would you rather be four feet tall or seven feet tall?
I think…hmmm…I think…I think I’d be… [Laughs.] Oh god, this is the hardest one! I feel like if you’re seven feet tall, you’re going to die at a younger age. I’m going to say four feet tall because then I’d be able to fit in suitcases and big bags. And wear higher heels. But, obviously, I went to being carried around in bags first! The truth is out.
Would you rather only ever whisper or only ever shout?
Only ever whisper. You would never get invited to anything if you were always shouting about something!
Would you rather be a dog or be a cat?
A dog. I’m a dog person. Although…no, I won’t even entertain the other. Cats are such assholes and they get away with it because people just say “Oh, classic cat stuff.” Dogs all the way.
Would you rather be a human with dog tendencies or cat tendencies?
[Laughs.] Like this? [Knocks a water bottle off the table.] Oh no! Now I have to pick it up. I’m retrieving it and I feel bad about it. I’m totally a dog personality.
This isn’t a ‘Would You Rather’, but on Schitt’s Creek, your character gets everything taken away from her. What is something you could never be without?
Oxygen? Food? My husband, I guess if we want to get gross about it. It’s either boring or gross. But you have to mention that I’m rolling my eyes!