Allison Janney, Revealed

"I recently took a risk on my first sex scene," the Emmy-winning star tells MORE.

Hard to believe that a woman with this figure craves a bowl of pasta with Parmesan every day.
Photograph: Photo by: Janet Mayer/PR Photos

She served two terms (and won four Emmys) as The West Wing’s White House press secretary. Now Allison Janney is bringing her witty, whipsmart style to 9 to 5: The Musical on Broadway; she also plays a caustic mother in the indie film Away We Go, about which she says, “I just went out on a limb and sawed it off.” Here, Janney’s personal life takes the stage. "I realized in my forties that anywhere you go, there you are," she says.

A secret I’ve kept, until now . . .
I’m very competitive. My family will not play games with me, because I resort to physical violence.

In my fridge you’ll find . . .
Parmesan cheese. I crave a bowl of pasta with it every day. If I don’t have it, I will go out in a snowstorm to get it.

I used to hate but now I love . . .
my iPhone. I could never figure out how to use all the applications. Now I’m into Bloom, which lets you make your own music.

My love life, in a word . . .
Call 555-5555. [She’s single.]

I recently took a risk . . .
on my first sex scene, for an upcoming Todd Solondz movie. I was naked from the waist up. I’m hoping for some digital enhancement.

The best thing about being 49 is . . .
I’m not 50 yet. [Laughs]


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