LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 04:  Kaitlin Olson attends the premiere of FXX's 'It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia' season 13 at Regency Bruin Theatre on September 4, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Tibrina Hobson/Getty Images)
Movies - TV
Kaitlin Olson
Had One Request For Her
It's Always
Sunny In Philadelphia Role
While "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" initially piqued Kaitlin Olson’s interest, the way Sweet Dee was written almost made her turn down the role. In interviews, Olson revealed that she had asked creator Rob McElhenney to change Sweet Dee’s “boring straight person” role that told the rest of the guys what they were doing wrong into a character that was just as funny as them.
At her request, Olson said the series’ creators told her that they "[hadn't] written for women that much” and she thought, “'Well, don't write for a woman. Just write another funny character.'" Her co-star Charlie Day agreed, saying, “people want to see men be funny and act childish, and they don't want to see women do that [...] Sweet Dee is as selfish and childish as any other character on the show, and the audience loves her for it."
While Olson said that the writers do add "some hurt-feelings stuff that's more feminine" for Dee’s character, the actress prefers when Dee's moments are “very 'masculine' things." She also delights in doing her own stunts and showing off her physical comedy like in the episode, "Who Pooped the Bed?"