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Dermot Mulroney: “I forced myself on Mike White and wound up with a part”

This season on the fantastic, unique "Enlightened," Dermot Mulroney has been guest-starring as Jeff, a respected investigative journalist who Amy Jellicoe (Laura Dern) thinks is the perfect person to help her expose the corporate misdeeds of Abaddon, the company she works for. Amy, being Amy, approaches Jeff full of energy and cockamamie ideals, but instead of being rebuffed, he takes her seriously. Together, they are going to try and take Abaddon down. Mulroney has been on TV quite a bit lately. He was a guest star on "New Girl" last season and just had a cameo appearance in a "Saturday Night Live" sketch. Later this year, he will co-star in the much-awaited film adaptation of Tracy Letts' award-winning play "August: Osage County" alongside Meryl Streep, Ewan McGregor and Julia Roberts. He spoke with me about "Enlightened's" particular brand of humor, and the long history of being mistaken for Dylan McDermott.

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