Molly Shannon as Mrs. Fisher

Molly Shannon has become one of Hollywood’s most sought-after talents on television and the silver screen.

Shannon spent six seasons as a cast member of Saturday Night Live, primarily known for the eclectic characters she created, such as Mary Katherine Gallagher and Sally O’Malley. In 2000, she received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program.

Shannon was awarded the 2017 Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance as a mother who is struggling with terminal cancer in the acclaimed drama Other People, written and directed by SNL writer Chris Kelly. Shannon recently reunited with Chris Kelly and fellow former SNL head writer, Sarah Schneider, in their new comedy, The Other Two, which was picked up for a second season by Comedy Central. She was recently seen on the third and final season of the popular HBO comedy, Divorce, opposite Sarah Jessica Parker and Thomas Haden Church. Shannon recently reprised her role of Val Bassett on NBC’s revival of Will & Grace. Her performance resulted in an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series. She also voiced the character of Murna in the Netflix animated series, Spy Kids: Mission Critical.

Shannon will soon be seen starring in the upcoming drama for Netflix, Horse Girl alongside Alison Brie. This fall she was also seen in the film, Jay and Silent Bob Reboot.

Additional television credits include the Wet Hot American Summer miniseries for Netflix; a guest arc on the HBO series, Enlightened, for which she received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series. She also made several guest appearances on Raising Hope, CBS’s Life in Pieces, HBO’s comedy Getting On, the ABC Rebel Wilson comedy, Super Fun Night, the IFC mini-series The Spoils of Babylon alongside Tobey Maguire and Kristen Wiig, Up All Night, The Middle, Lisa Kudrow’s Web Therapy, a recurring guest starring role on the Fox hit Glee, the TBS animated series Neighbors from Hell, the U.S. version of the popular Australian sitcom Kath and Kim, as well as Cracking Up, Will & Grace, Sex and the City, Seinfeld, Pushing Daisies and 30 Rock, among many others. Her television movies include More of Me, 12 Days of Christmas Eve and The Music Man.

Film credits include the independent comedy, Wild Nights with Emily, which premiered at the 2018 SXSW Film Festival; Tamara Jenkins’ Netflix original film, Private Life alongside Paul Giamatti and Kathryn Hahn, which premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival; the animated comedy, Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation; and the Netflix comedy Sextuplets.

Shannon’s film credits also include Half Magic; The Little Hours; Fun Mom Dinner; William H. Macy’s comedy The Layover; the independent feature film Miles from director Nathan Adloff; We Don’t Belong Here, a drama about a crumbling family that also stars Catherine Keener and Anton Yelchin; Me, Earl and the Dying Girl, an independent drama which won the Grand Jury Prize as well as the Audience Award at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival; the American zombie comedy, Life After Beth; the 5th installment of the popular Scary Movie franchise; the animated comedy, Hotel Transylvania and the sequel Hotel Transylvania 2; Bad Teacher alongside Cameron Diaz, Jason Segel and Justin Timberlake; Superstar, portraying everybody's favorite Catholic schoolgirl Mary Katherine Gallagher; Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette; Year of the Dog; Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby; Evan Almighty; Igor; Keenen Ivory Wayans' Little Man; Scary Movie 4; Ron Howard’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas; A Night at the Roxbury; Analyze This; Happiness; Never Been Kissed; The Good Boy!; Serendipity; Osmosis Jones; The Santa Clause 2 and Wet Hot American Summer.

In 2011, Abrams Books for Young Readers released Molly’s first children’s picture book, Tilly the Trickster. The book tells the tale of Tilly, “a mischief maker of the best kind—one who learns her lesson but never lets the reader stop having fun.” In 2010, Shannon made her Broadway debut replacing Tony Award winner Katie Finneran in the hit musical Promises, Promises alongside Sean Hayes and Kristin Chenoweth.

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Featurette: Ensemble

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Carey Mulligan as Cassandra Thomas

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social | @promisingyoungwoman One movie has lit the match. 💥 See Carey Mulligan in the “best picture of the year” in theaters Christmas Day.
social | @promisingyoungwoman Will leave you speechless.
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social | @focusfeatures “Everybody thinks of themselves as a good person — so what happens when someone comes along and shows you that you’re not?” One week until #PromisingYoungWoman hits theaters Christmas Day. 💋 Tickets in bio. ___ From #nytimes: Emerald Fennell’s Dark, Jaded, Funny, Furious Fables of Female Revenge.
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“There’s a very iconic idea of Carey Mulligan and the characters she plays," says Producer Josey McNamara.

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Laverne Cox as Gail

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Writer / Director Emerald Fennell on Bo Burnham: “His normality and charm and the kind of life that he offers Cassie is so beguiling, obviously, we needed somebody really deeply charming and charismatic to play Ryan.” 

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“I really wanted to write a film about female revenge,” says Writer / Director Emerald Fennell.

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Emerald Fennell  |  Writer / Director / Producer

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"Generally, how I approach everything, is if I could imagine someone else playing the part and be all right with it, then I tend to not do it," Carey Mulligan says of her character in Emerald Fennell.

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Bo Burnham as Ryan

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Alison Brie as Madison

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Connie Britton as Dean Walker

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Adam Brody as Jerry

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Jennifer Coolidge as Susan Thomas

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Max Greenfield as Joe

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Christopher Mintz-Plasse as Neil

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Sam Richardson as Paul

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Molly Shannon as Mrs. Fisher

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Clancy Brown as Stanley Thomas

social | @vogueaustralia “I was prepping a job and we were going to start shooting in a couple of weeks,” shares May cover star, #CareyMulligan, of the moment the world went into lockdown due to #Covid19. “I feel like we’re all going through shock and trying to readjust. I just ordered a knitting set from Amazon so I could learn to knit. I went: ‘This is the time.’” Here, Mulligan poses for a special digital cover for the May issue of #Vogue, in which she was interviewed by #MargotRobbie about a new movie they worked on together called #PromisingYoungWoman. You can read the cover story in the bio link but we’ve saved some of their chat just for our Vogue VIPs! Subscribe now to become a #VogueVIP to read our So Extra Q&A with #CareyMulligan and for more insider access from this issue. You can also head to vogue.com.au/subscribe to subscribe. Photographed by @josholins, styled by @christinecentenera, Vogue Australia, May 2020.
social | @variety Calling all Promising Young Women 📢Report to the link in bio. ⁠ ⁠ 📸: @zoemcconnell⁠ ✍: Kate Aurthur and Matt Donnelly ⁠ ⁠ -----------⁠ ⁠ Carey Mulligan ⁠ styling: Nicky Yates⁠ makeup: Jo Baker⁠ hair: Halley Briske⁠ fashion: Carolina Herrera⁠ jewelry: Delfina Deletraz⁠ ⁠ Emerald Fennell⁠ styling: Colomba Giacomini makeup: Lucy Wearing hair: Hair by Bjorn Krischker/ORIBE/frankagency⁠ fashion: Ong-Oaj Pairam⁠
social | @variety At the first test screening for #PromisingYoungWoman, writer-director Emerald Fennell wanted to sit in the back so she could gauge the audience’s reaction. When the lights went down, she was stricken with terror. “I thought, ‘No, oh, my gosh, what if everyone hates it?’” she remembers. “This is a nightmare!”⁠ ⁠ And so it was. During the film’s surprising and brutal climax, two audience members entered into a shouting match, with one of them yelling, “If you don’t like it, you don’t have to stay!” The other walked out. “That’s not what you necessarily want from your first test screening,” Fennell says.⁠ ⁠ At the link in bio, Fennell and her leading lady Carey Mulligan sit down to explain how they made the most audacious, feminist, movie of the year. ⁠ ⁠ 📸: @zoemcconnell⁠ ✍: Kate Aurthur and Matt Donnelly ⁠ ⁠ -----------------------------------⁠ ⁠ Carey Mulligan ⁠ styling: Nicky Yates⁠ makeup: Jo Baker⁠ hair: Halley Briske⁠ fashion: Galvan, Jimmy Choo⁠ jewelry: Sophie Billie Brahe⁠ ⁠ Emerald Fennell⁠ styling: Colomba Giacomini⁠ makeup: Lucy Wearin⁠g hair: Hair by Bjorn Krischker/ORIBE/frankagency⁠ fashion: Roland Mouret, Malone Souliers⁠
social | @promisingyoungwoman A lit-fused bundle of revenge-movie dynamite. 💥 In theaters this Christmas.
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Official Trailer: Promising Young Woman

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“I think people are looking to see female characters do more than just answer a phone or look sexy in a bikini, so really, whether it’s an amazing assassin or a young woman who is trying to rectify something in her past, I think generally speaking, there is still regrettably a dearth of great stuff for women to do. So yeah, I think that’s what it is.” – Director #EmeraldFennell on writing strong female stories that resonate with audiences. ➡ for more #PromisingYoungWoman #Sundance portraits from @whowhatwear.-📸: @emilysotoThe Who What Wear x Free People Lounge
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On the set of #PromisingYoungWoman with DP Benjamin Kracun, Director Emerald Fennell, and cast Sam Richardson and Carey Mulligan in Los Angeles. 🎬 Coming only to theaters.
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Such a privilege to be in this truly awesome film with these incredible performers. Everyone in this film is great and #emeraldfennell created something so fricken fantastic! What a treat to premiere it @sundancefilmfestival2020 !! @promisingyoungwoman is an epic ride - can’t wait for everyone to see it! #promisingyoungwoman 💋
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#Repost @entertainmentweekly: Now this is a promising crew. Bo Burnham is taking over our IG stories ahead of #PromisingYoungWoman's premiere at #Sundance! 🙌 Tap our profile photo to follow along right now. ⁣⁣⁣📷: @emery_is for Getty Images, courtesy of Focus Features
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