Interview: Jenn Lyon on ‘Claws’

JENN LYON is giving us all the laughs both on and off-screen.

We’re now in the second season of the hilarious TNT comedy ‘Claws’ – in which Jenn has a leading role alongside the brilliant ensemble of Niecy Nash, Carrie Preston and Judy Reyes.

She has also starred in FX’s ‘Justified’ and ‘Saint George’. We had a chat with Jenn Lyon about all-things ‘Claws’.

AC: Claws’ has a great ensemble of women who we’ve seen on so many other great shows. Coming into this, who were you already a fan of?

JENN: I knew Niecy [Nash] from ‘Reno 911!’ ‘Soul Man’, Judy [Reyes] from ‘Scrubs’, and Carrie [Preston] from ‘The Good Wife’. I didn’t know Rooch’s acting work, but I thought she was a badass. I was nervous to meet everyone, not to mention the roster of men we had. I was thrilled to get to work with actors of this caliber.

What can we be expecting from this new season?

Listen, I am surprised every time I get a new script! Your guess is as good as mine.

Have you got any funny stories from your time on-set?

We laugh and play so much! We have fake talk shows, we invent items and pretend to pitch them on Shark Tank, we send each other awful pictures in serious moments; just general jack-ass-ery every day.

You’re a big advocate of women in Hollywood. How much progress do you think has been made in the past year?

I think great strides have been made, but we are just getting started. It is past time for parity and representation.

Across a lot of network shows, we’re seeing more and more actors have a go at directing episodes of their shows. Would that ever be something you’d take up?

I don’t know! I have written and directed my fair share of sketch comedy and theatre, but never film and TV. I think I prefer acting and producing in that medium.

QUICK QUESTIONS WITH JENN LYON

What’s the strangest food combo you’ve ever had?

Cauliflower and strawberry jam.

Everyone has a cool app idea, what’s yours?

An app that generates cool app ideas so I’m ready for this question next time.

What’s on your music playlist at the moment?

A shit ton of hip hop – both current and old school.

Is there a sport you wish you could play?

Pole vault.

Do you have a philosophy?

Shit, was I supposed to? I’ll get one.

What’s the last film you watched?

The Trayvon Documentary on HBO

If you had one superpower, what would it be?

It’s a tie between being able to transport myself anywhere instantly, the super power to end suffering, or the power to have cold Diet Pepsi shoot out of my pointer finger whenever I want.

What’s the last photograph you took?

A screenshot of a dumb looking dog meme to send to Carrie [Preston].

Is there thing in particular that you’re really excited about for the future?

I’m excited for voting in November.

The season two finale of ‘Claws’ airs August 12th on TNT

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