The EW Pop Culture Personality Test: Molly Shannon |


The EW Pop Culture Personality Test: Molly Shannon

The ''Year of the Dog'' star says she wants to be Bono

By now, Molly Shannon’s armpit-sniffing Saturday Night Live alter ego Mary Katherine Gallagher must have graduated from Catholic high school. So what might the ”superstar” be up to? ”She had a lot of struggles to overcome; maybe she’d be a psychotherapist,” muses Shannon, who knows from obstacles: The actress, 42, is allergic to dogs yet survived her latest role as a pet-obsessed secretary in the current dramedy Year of the Dog. ”The crew was worried,” she recalls. ”I’d feel itchy, but then I’d go outside and catch my breath.” Let’s see if she can make it through EW’s Personality Test.


1. What word always makes you laugh?
Rascal. ”What a little rascal.” The sound of it sounds so…rrr-ascally. I just love rrr-ascals!

2. In high school I was…
Anxious. I was so worried about meeting the love of my life in high school.

3. Choose one:
(A) Steve Carell
(B) Ricky Gervais
Ricky Gervais
He’s supertalented. I mean, he does it all.

(A) Star Jones
(B) Rosie O’Donnell
Rosie O’Donnell
She’s so ballsy, she’s really livened up the show.

4. Pick a family:
(A) The Partridges
(B) The Bradys
(C) The Jeffersons
(D) The Bunkers
The Brady
I love Alice. I love the bagged lunches. I love the steps you could see through.

5. If I could be anyone in any band ever…
I’d be Bono. He’s amazing. [I’d like to perform at] Madison Square Garden: [She sings] ”With or without you…”

6. What’s the first R-rated movie you saw?
Carrie. I was probably 12. They showed a girl having her period, and my dad was like, ”Oh, this is terrible,” and we had to leave. I was like, ”Noooo!”

7. Which kind of dog are you most like?
(A) Chihuahua
(B) Golden Retriever
(C) Bulldog
(D) King Charles Spaniel
Probably a golden retriever. They just seem happy. They’re loyal, sweet, they love being outdoors, they love the beach.

8. What’s your biggest extravagance?
Before I had money, I was a waitress. When I first started making money, I started to get cappuccinos. I was like, ”Wow, I can get coffees with foam!”

9. Which talk-show host smells best?
Conan. You just look at him and it smells like Irish Spring soap. I just smell the springs of Ireland.

10. You were in Sheryl Crow’s ”A Change Would Do You Good” video. Does a change do you good?
It does! I remember being in third grade or fourth grade they would switch the desks around, and I was like, ”Yay!” You’d wonder who you were going to sit next to. I loved that.