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TV Junkie: Interview with Thesy Surface aka Margaret McPoyle of 'It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia'

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Look at the pic at the bottom of the post, that's one and the same girl: Margaret McPoyle of FX's "It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia" is played by the beautiful Thesy Surface. For every episode that Margaret appears in, Surface shows up and endures a 1 1/2 to 2 hour "uglification" process in order to be transformed into the greasy (check out the ring around the collar!), unibrowed, hairy upper-lipped Margaret McPoyle. In order to shoot the above video, I met Thesy Surface at a cafe on Sunset Boulvard and we walked down to The Crossroads of the World complex via Selma Avenue. As we walked she told me about how she landed the role of Margaret as well as her other projects. She was game for me shooting as we walked and there we went, myself a perspiring schlub and Thesy, perfect and fresh on what was already a very warm morning.

What threw me off was not only how pretty she is, but also her English accent from growing up in London. Her European connection is still strong as she actively video-blogged about this summer's World Cup, a blog that looks like it might become an ongoing sponsored gig for her. Inspired by the "Sunny" gang, she's had a TV show ("Revivals") optioned and is hard at work on getting it on the air. You can also look for her in the indie film Glory Days, and was in several episodes of "Big News TV". I also felt super-lucky to finally get a tour around the always iconic, yet enigmatic Crossroads of the World center from someone as busy as Thesy Surface. As she has an acting class in the complex she had a key and very kindly led us around the Disneyland-esque environs and we even peered into some of the empty storefronts.

You can attempt to keep up with Surface via her blog or Twitter (@ThesySurface) but you'll have the best chance of seeing her on tonight's season premiere of "It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia" on FX at 10pm.

Speaking of "Sunny", the soundtrack is now available for purchase at iTunes, Amazon, Rhapsody and Spotify, listen below to the opening credits tune, "Temptation Sensation", the wonderfully cheeseball song that is a perfect counterpoint to the unrate-able antics of the show:

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Margaret McPoyle (left) of FX's "It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia" is played by the lovely Thesy Surface (right)