The Alexis Rose (Annie Murphy) we know now is a far cry from the woman viewers met in Season 1 of Schitt’s Creek. She’s graduated, began a new career in public relations and has a loving relationship with a very sweet man. Alexis has grown and transformed in some pretty major ways, and she’s ready to keep that positivity going when the CBC comedy series returns for Season 5 on Tuesday, January 8 at 9 p.m. ET and Wednesday, January 16 at 10 p.m. ET on PopTV.
“Every season peels back another layer of the Rose family and the people of Schitt’s Creek. This season is no different,” Murphy recently told The TV Junkies. After achieving stability in both her relationship with Ted (Dustin Milligan) and career, Alexis seems poised to really flourish this year. With a continued focus on her new PR business, Murphy previewed for us what Alexis’ relationship with her toughest critic, mother Moira (Catherine O’Hara), may look like as well.
The actress also shared what it’s been like to be a part of Alexis’ journey and witness her growth firsthand. For Murphy, the show’s international success, which includes being the first Canadian comedy series nominated for a Critics’ Choice Awards, has been incredibly rewarding and surreal.
The TV Junkies: After everything they’ve been through, Alexis and Ted are in a really good place in their relationship. Where do they go from here in Season 5?
Annie Murphy: It’s pretty obvious that Alexis owes Ted one. It’s been a real roller coaster with those two, mostly because of Alexis blowing off not one, but two, engagements to poor, sweet Ted. In Season 5, she’s quite aware that she needs to put in a little extra leg work, and maybe go a little further out of her comfort zone than she has in the past, to show him that she’s 100 per cent on board this time.
TTVJ: I really loved seeing Alexis get some successes by graduating and then starting her PR business. Will she continue that business in Season 5 and will we see that as her main focus?
AM: Not only has she found the ability to love someone other than herself, but she’s found her calling to a certain degree with her little PR company. Having purpose in love and having purpose in business is definitely something we’re going to see more of in Season 5 for Alexis.
TTVJ: Last season she brought the singles’ event to town. Is there anything like that this season?
AM: There are a couple moments that aren’t business-related for Alexis, but more performance-related that I got to do that were such a blast. There’s a couple things that happen at the end of Season 5 that the younger half of the cast got to be a part of, and it’s going to be a really fun thing for people to watch. [laughs]
TTVJ: It’s been really rewarding as a viewer to follow Alexis all these years and see her learn, grow and change. What’s it been like for you to see her make that journey? Do you get sentimental about it as well?
AM: I do. Honestly, I’m one of those people that hears actors talking about their roles and thinks ‘oh my god. Get over it! It’s just a part.’ Now I find myself being that actor and saying ‘I love Alexis so much!’ But I do! I love this character so much because she started out such a mess on paper, such an irritating character. It’s such a credit to the writers on this show that they’ve really enabled this character to go through so much. There’s a lot of depth and so much change, and we got to see, despite her ditzy, self-absorbed, going off on a whim tendencies, that she really is a good, kind person at heart. A person who is able to learn and change, but not too much! That’s what I like that she’s changed, but we still see that Season 1 Alexis shine through every now and again. That’s what keep things interesting.
TTVJ: Despite excelling in all these areas, it seems like Alexis is constantly having to prove herself to Moira. What’s their relationship look like this season?
AM: Although I think their relationship in Season 5 is stronger than it’s ever been, I still don’t think that’s saying that much. [laughs] They had a long, long way to go to get to that comfy/cozy mother-daughter scenario. I think they are both aware that there’s still some distance between them. They do end up working together in Season 5, but in a bit of a different capacity. It’s always trial and error with those two, and baby steps, but they are coming along.
TTVJ: Together, you and Dan have built one of the best sibling relationships on TV. Why do you think, despite all their bickering, they have such a strong bond?
AM: Their bond is so strong because they really were all each other had growing up, despite the distance or modes of transportation they may have been on. They still had each other to rely on. So despite how it might seem a lot of the time, I think they really are each other’s best friends.
TTVJ: Are you getting people yelling “Ew, David!” at you all the time now?
AM: [laughs] No, but I have been getting a lot more of ‘has anyone told you that you kind of look like the girl on Schitt’s Creek?’ So I say ‘I actually am the girl on Schitt’s Creek,’ and they go ‘No! Are you kidding? No!’ I still have to really persuade people that it’s me, but I’m working on it.
TTVJ: The show has become really popular internationally and you guys are getting all kinds of great press, and you’re even now doing these live shows. What’s it been like to get all that recognition?
AM: It’s crazy! We started out as this small Canadian show so to see it gaining the momentum that it’s gaining — even though we knew we had something incredible — it’s such an honor to be a part of this show. It’s really surreal, as much as that’s a corny thing to say. I’m still pinching myself. It’s been such a blast and I’ve been so happy the last five years doing this show.
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Schitt’s Creek Season 5 premieres Tuesday, January 8 at 9 p.m. ET on CBC and is available on CBC Gem. It premieres Wednesday, January 16 at 10 p.m. ET on Pop TV in the U.S.
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