‘Everybody Loves Raymond’: ‘Amy’ Actor Monica Horan on When She Realized Her Marriage’s Private Moments Were within the Show’s Scripts

by Jeremy Spirogis
Monica Horan (far right) and the cast of

Although Monica Horan, who performed Amy MacDougall Barone on the traditional comedy collection Everybody Loves Raymond, wasn’t a part of the unique forged, it didn’t matter.

Once she arrived, she was an ideal match and viewers cherished what Horan delivered to the forged: a wanted measure of sweetness to stability out the sarcasm and yelling.

The actor, married to point out creator and producer Phil Rosenthal, defined to the Archive of American Television in 2005 how unsettling it was the primary time she realized her non-public marital moments had been in a script of the present.

Monica Horan (far right) and the cast of 'Everybody Loves Raymond'
Monica Horan (far proper) and the forged of ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’ | Monty Brinton/CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images

‘Amy’ wasn’t a part of the unique forged

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Monica Horan started showing on the collection in 1997, a 12 months after it premiered on CBS. She had already made the choice to cease appearing and to cease pursuing jobs in leisure.

“That was kind of a little miracle,” she mentioned of the chance to work on Everybody Loves Raymond, “because I had just said I’m not going to go for [acting] anymore and they had this part [of Amy MacDougall]. It was a part that was the closest to me that I’d ever done before.”

Horan defined that the character of Amy is loosely primarily based on her personal character and that her husband, Phil Rosenthal, “thought that my personality would be funny with Brad [Garrett, who portrayed Robert Barone on the series]. So, that’s how that started.”

No one was certain if the character of Amy would return till, Horan mentioned, CBS CEO Les Moonves, who was unaware Horan was married to the present’s producer, mentioned he favored the chemistry between herself and Garrett.

Her response to seeing her life play out on the present

While Horan was conscious her husband used moments from their marriage within the present’s scripts and was effective with him doing so, it nonetheless was “surreal,” she mentioned, to listen to what had taken place of their dwelling per week earlier than being rehearsed by Ray Romano and Patricia Heaton on the present’s set.

“I literally was in hair and makeup,” she recalled, “when I first saw [the episode called “Bad Moon Rising”].”

Horan and Rosenthal had had a non-public argument of their dwelling due to her premenstrual moodiness, which Rosenthal used to put in writing “Bad Moon Rising,” that might go on to earn an Emmy Award.

In “Bad Moon Rising,” Heaton’s character, Debra, goes via premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and experiencing extreme temper swings, whereas her husband, Romano’s Ray Barone, tries to assuage and assist her with over-the-counter PMS medicines.

“When I heard that dialogue, where she’s saying, ‘You always want to give me medicine, you just want to medicate me, did you ever try hugging me?’ I said that, ‘Why don’t you try giving me a hug?’ And Ray goes, ‘This is not huggable!’ I mean, that happened right above this room, verbatim,” Horan mentioned, pointing up. “So that was a surreal experience. It’s very personal.”

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