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Mary Lynn Rajskub: '24' Got In The Way Of Comedy

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Before she played Chloe O'Brian on "24," Mary Lynn Rajskub was known for one thing only: comedy. So it came as a big surprise to Mary Lynn when her character became very important to the series and a fan-favorite on top of that.

"Early on there were some executives standing around the set and joking with me, 'Yeah we didn't know if you could do it,' she told FOX 11.

"Definitely early on I was thinking, 'Well they're not going to keep me on the show. I'm too weird,' but that ended up working in my favor. Joel Surnow (show's co-creator) was responsible for keeping me on the show. There was one episode where I started to try to talk like this (adopts a growly Steven Seagal voice) because I thought I was just too odd and I was going to get fired. He came up to after he watched the dailies and he said, 'Don't do that. We like you the way you are.'

Mary Lynn joins Steve Edwards and Lisa Breckenridge on Good Day L.A.

Fun facts about Mary Lynn Rajskub: (Source: Wikipedia)

1) She is an American actress and comedian, best known for her leading role as Chloe O'Brian in the Fox action-thriller 24.

2) Her first part was as an Oompa-Loompa in a community theater production of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory and her first starring role was Raggedy Ann. Rajskub moved to Los Angeles where she worked as a waitress in a Hard Rock Cafe and as a ticket-taker at the Beverly Center movie theater before becoming an actress.

3) Rajskub's most notable role is CTU Systems analyst Chloe O'Brian on 24, which she joined in 2003 at the start of the show's third season. Her character was a hit with viewers and critics and was one of the few cast members to return in the show's fourth season. After being a regular guest star for two seasons, Rajskub became a main cast member in the show's fifth season. By the end of the series she was lead female, with top billing second only to Kiefer Sutherland. Rajskub's character Chloe O'Brian also had the honor of saying the final words of the series in the season 8 series finale. Rajskub and Sutherland appeared briefly as their 24 characters in a 2007 episode, "24 Minutes", of the FOX TV animated series The Simpsons. In August 2013, it was announced that she will reprise her Chloe O'Brian role in the 2014 limited series 24: Live Another Day. She was one of the original cast members of Mr. Show, but was "not allowed on the set anymore" following her breakup with David Cross.
‘24: Live Another Day’ premieres Monday night, May 5th at 8:00pm on FOX.


Twitter: @Rajskub


                               
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