Olson was skeptical about Dee’s comedic potential as a personality at first, and she or he wasn’t fallacious to be involved. “To start with, earlier than Season 1, I virtually did not take [the role], as a result of I used to be studying the scripts, and Dee was the voice of motive, and so they all have been actually humorous,” the actress admitted to Yahoo News. “I mentioned, ‘With all due respect, I simply do not need to play that character. I do not need to be the voice of motive.’ It simply wasn’t what I used to be inquisitive about doing[.]”
McElhenney and his co-producers-slash-co-stars Charlie Day and Glenn Howerton have been not sure about easy methods to strategy a feminine character as a result of — effectively — they weren’t girls. However as Olson shortly defined to them, they have been approaching the writing all fallacious.
“They mentioned to me, ‘Look, we simply have not actually written for girls that a lot, however we’ll determine it out,'” she continued. “My first thought was, ‘Effectively, do not write for a lady. Simply write one other humorous character.’ I am going to make it feminine simply by not doing something. I simply am a lady. Do not give it some thought as male or feminine.”
That is to not say the character is not gendered in any respect. “In fact, you need to have some feminine touches, and so they’ve written in some hurt-feelings stuff that is extra female, I suppose. A few of my favourite Dee moments are very ‘masculine’ issues, although. They’re very historically masculine issues. I do not know. I discover that humorous.”
Had Olson turned the half down, it might need gone to a different notable comedienne that certainly would have made the half her personal. The truth is, the actress that just about obtained the function has a reasonably related comedic model to Olson’s — a method that was not written into the character early on.