Molly Shannon family tragedy: In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Shannon described how the character came to be when the actress was 4 years old after a tragic car accident that led to the deaths of her mother, sister, and relatives.
“I was very heartbroken and very sad and trying to put it all together as a kid,” she says. “There’s no way you can feel that kind of deep pain about the death of your mother and your sister, so hold on to it all, and it will come later in life.”
Molly Shannon’s father was seriously injured in the accident, he was driving under the influence of alcohol.
Mary Catherine Gallagher literally cast herself in the role of Shannon, sometimes hurting herself in the process.
She said she was confused as to why she fell and the next day sometimes she was injured and beaten.
“I didn’t care if I cut myself or if I was bleeding,” Shannon said. “I didn’t give s-. I looked like punk rock. I was careless, I did what I did, I didn’t care about anything.”
These days she is busy with shows including “The White Lotus” and “The Other Two” as well as her upcoming biography.
Sharing her story can hurt her, she says.
“You feel like you put your heart on the table, but I hope my story helps other people,” she says.