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More accolades for Mason alumna and 'Better Call Saul' star Rhea Seehorn

December 14, 2018   /   by Damian Cristodero

Rhea Seehorn, who plays lawyer Kim Wexler on AMC's "Better Call Saul," was nominated for a 2019 Critics' Choice Award. Promotional photo.

Rhea Seehorn continues to receive plaudits for her portrayal of Kimberly “Kim” Wexler in the hit television show “Better Call Saul.”

The George Mason University alumnus, BA Art Studio ’94, was acknowledged again this week with a 2019 Critics’ Choice Award nomination for best supporting actress in a drama series.

“I’m delighted and so grateful,” Seehorn wrote on Twitter, while also giving a shout-out to castmate Bob Odenkirk, who received a nomination for best actor in a drama series. “Cheers to my whole #BCS family.”

Seehorn, who indulged her growing passion for acting while at Mason, has worked on the AMC show since 2015. Her portrayal earned her a Satellite Award from the International Press Academy in 2015 and a 2018 Saturn Award from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films.

She is also known for prior roles in NBC’s “Whitney,” ABC’s “I’m With Her” and TNT’s “Franklin & Bash,” and the Broadway production of “45 Seconds from Broadway.”

“As far as the journey, it’s been great, and I’ve enjoyed every second of it,” Seehorn told the Indo-Asian News Service (IANS).

As for her role in “Better Call Saul,” she said, “I’ve had the great fortune of working with tremendously talented people in roles that I’ve loved, for my whole career. But with the depth of character, the very fine nuances and the shift in tone from comedic to dramatic, you’re able to explain how a show like ‘Better Call Saul’ has garnered some lovely attention for the performances in it, myself included. I’m very grateful for that.”

Interestingly, her character—a lawyer—was not part of the audition process for the role.

“My first one was a policewoman who was doing a bust,” Seehorn explained on an episode of “BUILD Series NYC,” a live interview series. “She thinks it’s a criminal in an alley, but it turns out to be her sister on drugs and a prostitute. The second audition was a woman revisiting her small-town crush who still lives there. They had character traits they were going to graft on to Kim.”

Her theater training, some of which came during her time at Mason, was invaluable in that process.

“To anyone who wants to be an actor for life, I highly recommend theater training and doing live theater,” she told IANS, “especially the down-and-dirty years of doing seven, eight shows a week for very little pay but with sheer devotion to the story.”