Kaitlin Olson is known for going blue. For 11 seasons — with a twelfth en route, and a thirteenth and a fourteenth already commissioned — she’s played Sweet Dee, member of the appallingly self-centered quartet on “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.” But that’s not Olson. In person she’s a warm mother of two (and married to “Philadelphia” creator/star Rob McElhenney). Knowing that, it’s only mildly shocking that she pops up in “Finding Dory,” the latest Pixar romp, voicing a near-sighted whale shark super duper stoked to be reunited with Ellen DeGeneres’ absentminded regal blue tang.
Actors who go edgy sometimes say they actively sought out children’s fare because they wanted their kids or nieces or nephews to actually be able to watch their work. Being a parent of two, was that your idea, too?
This is certainly the first thing my kids have been able to see that I’ve done. That was awesome. I would absolutely do more Pixar films, or more kids films, as long as they are funny and good. There’s certainly some kids films I would not be interested in doing. [Laughs]
As a fan of Pixar, what is it like being in the middle of that machine?
The great thing about doing voiceover for these guys is [director] Andrew Stanton is a really great director for actors. He can act really well. When you’re reading with him you really feel like you’re working with another actor. That’s uncommon. It gives you the freedom to relax into it. I’m so used to working with actors. I’m not used to standing up there by myself and saying lines over and over. He makes it feel like you’re really in a scene with someone.