Annie Murphy on the new season of Schitt’s Creek & learning from comedy legends

Schitt’s Creek, the hit comedy about a wealthy couple and their spoiled children who find themselves completely broke, has been winning over audiences and critics alike, having just won nine Canadian Screen Awards and being renewed for a third season. We caught up with star Annie Murphy to talk about the second season of the Pop TV hit series and what she’s learned from working with comedy legends.


The second season of Schitt’s Creek is airing in the States currently. How do you feel you’ve grown as an actress between the first and second seasons?

Working with Eugene [Levy] and Catherine [O’Hara] on a daily basis is so wonderful and humbling. I find myself paying so close attention to what they do that I sometimes forget my cues. That’s especially true with Catherine, who I’ve looked up to for so long. I’ve become more confident on set, which has a lot to do with the fact that now that we’ve done this for two seasons, we are comfortable together.

You mentioned watching Catherine O’Hara and I can’t blame you. She’s a comedy legend. How does she inspire you?

I want to be at the level Katherine is at and it’s obvious to me how far away that goal is, but I continue to work as hard as I can. It’s impossible not to be inspired when I watch her on the set.

When you’re in the episodic cycle of shooting the show, what keeps the day-to-day from feeling routine?

Between the changing locations, scenes and subjects, every day is different so it’s hard for it to become routine. There’s always something new. We start shooting season three soon and I’m still pinching myself that I got the part. I’m still awestruck.

What have you learned about yourself over the process of this show?

I’ve learned I’m reluctant to take chances but when I do, I’m proud of myself. Taking those chances in a scene completely pays off, if only in feeling more confident in taking chances. I’ve started to learn that when I let go, it pays off.

You’ve grown as an actress, but how has your character, Alexis, grown within Schitt’s Creek?

Alexis, on paper, is pretty selfish. I try to weave in some substance to her, to give her different levels to her character. In season two, Alexis is trying to find independence and is feeling genuine feelings. That’s new to her. She’s starting to feel deeper feelings and that is really fun to play.

Beyond Schitt’s Creek, what else is coming up for you?

I’m committed completely to the show for the next four months and then after that, we will see what happens.

SCHITT’S CREEK airs Wednesdays at 8:00 PM, ET/PT on Pop. To find your channel, visit


Interview by Ryan Brinson
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