‘The West Wing’: Allison Janney Wants To Be C.J. Cregg

by Jeremy Spirogis
Allison Janney as C.J. Cregg in

C.J. Cregg is likely one of the most beloved characters on The West Wing. And not simply by followers of the hit TV present however the solid too. Allison Janney, the actor who performed C.J. on the NBC political drama, needs to be extra like her character. 

C.J. Cregg is the White House Press Secretary on ‘The West Wing’

Allison Janney as C.J. Cregg in 'The West Wing' Season 1
Allison Janney as C.J. Cregg in The West Wing Season 1 | Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank

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C.J. is likely one of the senior staffers at White House throughout the Barlet administration. She works intently with Toby Ziegler (Richard Schiff), Josh Lyman (Bradley Whitford), Sam Seaborn (Rob Lowe), Leo McGarry (John Spencer), and naturally, President Josiah Bartlet (Martin Sheen). 

Viewers first meet C.J. when she’s on the treadmill on the gymnasium explaining to a person subsequent to her that that is her “me time.” When she will get an pressing web page from the White House, she falls off the treadmill.

In that second, C.J. sends the message to the viewers that despite the fact that she has a high-powered job, she’s human too. Sometimes, actually or figuratively, she might stumble.

During seven seasons of The West Wing, the character of C.J. turns into far more than comedic reduction. She’s somebody who is just not solely nice at her job however caring.

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Allison Janney’s ‘favorite character’ she’s ‘ever played’ is C.J. Cregg

During her time within the leisure trade, Janney’s portrayed quite a lot of characters. But it’s Janney’s position as C.J. that has a particular place in her coronary heart.

Allison Janney, John Aylward, and Bradley Whitford in 'The West Wing'Allison Janney, John Aylward, and Bradley Whitford in 'The West Wing'
Allison Janney, John Aylward, and Bradley Whitford in The West Wing | Mitch Haddad/NBCU Photo Bank

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Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Janney says C.J. ranks No. 1 relating to all of the characters she’s performed. She additionally stated she strives to be extra like C.J. in her personal life. 

“She is my favorite character I’ve ever played because she’s someone that I aspire to,” Janney stated of her West Wing character. “I wish I could be C.J.,” she added. 

Janney continued, saying she sees the affect C.J.’s had on the present’s viewers which followers usually remind her of. 

“People come up to me all the time and say they changed their majors in college, they went into public service because of C.J., and I get it,” Janney stated earlier than providing up some sort phrases about her on-screen counterpart. 

“She’s a wonderful character, she’s not afraid to speak truth to power,” Janney stated. “She’s a woman in a traditionally male-populated arena in the White House and she was given the president’s ear.”

However, the actor says she and C.J. are completely different however that doesn’t cease her from emulating the character.

C.J.’s “the one I most want to be like and who I’m most not like,” Janney stated. 

Allison Janney as C.J. Cregg on 'The West Wing'Allison Janney as C.J. Cregg on 'The West Wing'
Allison Janney as C.J. Cregg on The West Wing | NBCU Photo Bank

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Allison Janney gained 3 Emmys for ‘The West Wing’

Even although Janney says she’s in contrast to C.J. in actual life, critics and followers of The West Wing couldn’t inform on the present. Becoming C.J. on display screen, she earned a number of awards for her efficiency. 

Besides successful awards along with her castmates throughout The West Wing’s run, Janney gained some solo awards too. According to IMDb, she gained three Emmys for taking part in C.J. on the collection. 

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