In Go On, Laura Benanti plays Lauren Bennett, a by-the-book support group leader who struggles to contain Matthew Perry’s colorfully energetic Ryan King.
A former actress in NBC’s The Playboy Club, Laura Benanti made the leap from Broadway to television after several Tony Award nominations and a win at the 2008 Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for her portrayal of Gypsy Rose Lee in “Gypsy,” opposite Patti Lupone and directed by Arthur Laurents.
Following her turn in The Playboy Club, Laura took her acting game to new heights in comedy for the network return of Matthew Perry whose character was thrust into group therapy after the death of his wife.
Now, eight episodes into the first season of Go On, Laura Benanti is still heading up the support group.
So, how does Laura feel about Lauren having her own issues along with the group?
“I was psyched that Lauren had her own issues,” Benanti told The Deadbolt this week. “I think it would be boring if she didn’t have her own issues.”
As fans of Go On know, Laura’s character began the season as an authority figure who held the group together through a strict and traditional routine of therapy. However, as we’ve seen throughout the first season of the NBC comedy, the truth behind Lauren was slowly exposed by Matthew Perry’s Ryan King.
Although Lauren headed up group therapy as a leader, her credentials as a therapist were lacking to say the least.
As we all discovered, Lauren was just someone trying to get by like the rest of the colorful group in therapy.
“I think that every therapist that I know, ” Benanti continued, “they have their own issues. But that empathy is what makes them good at their job. I like that she needs the group as much as they need her. I think it really humainzes her and makes her more specific and more interesting.”
Go On airs Tuesday nights at 9 p.m. on NBC.