In 2007, Moloney made her off-Broadway stage debut as Theresa in the Playwrights Horizons production of 100 Saints You Should Know.
Janel Moloney says if she were to date one of the characters from
Moloney appeared as a guest star in every episode of the first season of The West Wing. She was not made a series regular until Season Two.
The character of Josh Lyman, played by Bradley Whitford, often makes jokes about his assistant Donna Moss (Moloney) being from Wisconsin. Bradley Whitford is actually from Wisconsin.
Moloney began studying ballet at the age of five and continued for ten years.
Moloney's first experience acting was playing Bianca in an high school production of The Taming of the Shrew.
Janel Moloney received an Emmy nominations in 2002 and 2004 for her potrayal of Donna Moss. The categories for both nominations were Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series.
During the 2004 Presidential campaign Moloney appeared at several John Kerry events supporting him.
Janel Moloney is the niece of actress Christine Ebersole.
Moloney originally auditioned for the role of Press Secretary C.J. Cregg on The West Wing.
Moloney lives across the street from her The West Wing co-star Allison Janney.
In 2001 Moloney won a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series for The West Wing. She also won in 2002. She was nominated from 2001-2006.
Janel Moloney: (On Thomas Schlamme and Aaron Sorkin) It's funny because if Tommy comes into the room, or if Aaron comes into the room, you can see everyone just kind of zoom in around them, and it's not because they're our bosses. We enjoy each other. Every night we have off, all of us are out having dinner and just absolutely laughing our heads off.
Janel Moloney: (On Aaron Sorkin) One time I asked Aaron what he did on the weekend and he motioned like this [typing]. I didn't see this as typing, I saw this as playing the piano. So I said, "Oh Aaron, I didn't know you played the piano."
Janel Moloney: (On The West Wing) Maybe Donna Moss will be president. You never know.
Janel Moloney: (On Amber Frey and her role in 'Amber Frey: Witness for the Prosecution') I sort of tried to capture her essence, and I didn`t really feel like I needed a lot of interaction. And I met her fairly far into the filming of the movie. But I felt like I -- it was confirmed -- what I had been working on was confirmed by meeting her.
Janel Moloney: (On The West Wing) I had already worked with Tommy and Aaron on Sports Night. I actually read for C.J.'s role first. And I read for Donna and I just loved the part right away; even though it was petite, it was fully formed. The character was there. All of the elements that are there now were there just like golden nuggets in the first show. Every week after that, I would have a little bit more, and I'd see a different side of my character, and then a little bit more. It just kept expanding. And then during Christmas they asked me to join the cast as a regular member.
Janel Moloney: (On The West Wing) What I've always focused on from the first day is my relationship with Josh. That's all I really ever pay attention to. I think they're just absolutely mad for each other. I think it's probably something they both struggle with personally and they don't really know how to express it and they don't really want to admit that they have the feelings that they have. So they just kind of are going and working and dealing with what they have to deal with and that's about as far as they've gotten.
Janel Moloney: (On The West Wing) I really got interested in tango. I used to be a dancer, so I really wanted to do something that was different, and I started doing tango. And it's so good because it really makes you appreciate men in general because you'll dance with a 60-year-old 5'2' man and he's an amazing dancer and he's so sexy and fabulous, and you'll dance with some really handsome, you know, 30-year-old man, and it just doesn't really matter what they look like. It's really a wonderful thing to do.
Janel Moloney: (On Bradley Whitford) Well, you know, when I first started on the show, I had kind of, you know, a smaller part and my part grew and then I became a regular member of the cast. So when I was first there, my interest was doing a good job, so I couldn't be bothered with Brad, you know? But then, I just think all of a sudden, maybe the third or fourth day, I turned around and I said, "My god, he's cute!" And it's just grown since then. He's a really wonderful guy.
Janel Moloney: (On Bradley Whitford) If I can kiss Brad and it's allowable because we're on television, then I say, "Yes, let's get them together." But in terms of the characters, I think, you know, waiting as long as you can is better.
Janel Moloney: (On her career) This has been the first time I feel like I can let go of my career a little bit and whatever happens will happen, that things do work in the long run.
Janel Moloney: (On her high school years) There were a couple of years when I was wild - too much makeup, too much hairspray, and staying out as late as I could. But then when I became more serious about acting I kind of withdrew from the social world.
Janel Moloney: (On her co-star Bradley Whitford ) The first thing they should do when they start cloning people is clone Brad Whitford. I think it should be a constitutional right that all women have one. He's just a lovely guy and he's been extraordinarily kind to me.
Janel Moloney: (about The West Wing season seven) I doubt she will be an assistant anymore. She's kind of found her own voice. More than almost any other character on television, I think she's really grown up on the show.
Janel Moloney: (On meeting President Clinton) It's like meeting the biggest rock star in the world. There's all these people around, all the guards, it's sexy. I kind of jabbered and asked stupid questions and talked about myself. I figured it's the one time I'm going to sit next to the President and damned if I'm not going to say something.
Janel Moloney: (On Josh and Donna's relationship) It's fun that it's such a big part of the interest in the show!
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