Molly Shannon Reflects on Double Duty Roles in ‘The White Lotus’ and ‘The Other Two’, Teases Memoir

The ’SNL’ alum talks about playing two mother characters who couldn’t be more different and what it was like sitting in the audience for 'Adele: One Night Only.'

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Molly Shannon opens up about what’s making her say “yes” to work these days, her toughest sell at SNL and her recent evening in the star-stuffed audience of Adele’s CBS concert special

The ’ SNL ’ alum talks about playing two mother characters who couldn’t be more different and what it was like sitting in the audience for 'Adele: One Night Only.'

THRon the phone in early November, Shannon opened up about what’s making her say “yes” to work these days, her toughest sell atSNLand her recent evening in the star-stuffed audience of Adele’s CBS concert special.Aside from sharing personal things, what was the biggest challenge of writing a memoir?

Getting your voice on the page — the way it’s like when you’re talking with me. Turning stories that I’ve always written down about my dad or my childhood into prose, that’s the hardest part. I wanted to make it very literary. My mom was a librarian. She got her major in library science. So, I just wanted to make it a good read, make it fun, but make it real.

Do you have any favorite memoirs?Well, I did love Mia Farrow’s [What Falls Away]. That was a very good read. And I love Steve Martin’sBorn Standing Up. It’s so clean and simple. He’s a very writerly writer.What does it take to get you to say “yes” to a role these days? headtopics.com

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It has to feel fun. That’s really all it comes down to. Of course, excellent writing. I don’t want to work too much because I love being a mom, and I want to be with my kids. That’s what comes first. I like having time off. I’m not one of those people who likes to work all the time.

Pat, your character onThe Other Two, is overwhelmed to the point of a physical breakdown in the second season — but she doesn’t want to gripe to anybody. Have you ever been there in your own career?[Co-creator and showrunner] Chris Kelly and I would be on set, and he’d be like, “OK, in this scene, Pat is working, but once she’s finished, she’s going to hop on a red eye to California to work on something else …” We would crack up because I’d think, “Oh, my God. This is exactly like my life right now.”

From left: Shannon as Pat Dubek, the overly compassionate mother to the titular characters on

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