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Melissa Leo: seriously great in a drama about scoring laughs

Associated Press logo Associated Press 5/31/2017 By FRAZIER MOORE, AP Television Writer
This image released by Showtime shows Melissa Leo as Goldie in the new series, "I'm Dying Up Here," about a circa-1970s L.A. comedy club. (Justina Mintz/Showtime via AP) © The Associated Press This image released by Showtime shows Melissa Leo as Goldie in the new series, "I'm Dying Up Here," about a circa-1970s L.A. comedy club. (Justina Mintz/Showtime via AP)

NEW YORK (AP) — Melissa Leo is a woman without vanity whether onscreen or off.

This image released by Showtime shows Ari Graynor as Cassie, left, and Melissa Leo as Goldie in the new series, "I'm Dying Up Here," about a circa-1970s L.A. comedy club. (Justina Mintz/Showtime via AP) © The Associated Press This image released by Showtime shows Ari Graynor as Cassie, left, and Melissa Leo as Goldie in the new series, "I'm Dying Up Here," about a circa-1970s L.A. comedy club. (Justina Mintz/Showtime via AP)

For example, she doesn't wear makeup, unless it's for the job.

This image released by Showtime shows Melissa Leo as Goldie in the new series, "I'm Dying Up Here," about a circa-1970s L.A. comedy club. (Justina Mintz/Showtime via AP) © The Associated Press This image released by Showtime shows Melissa Leo as Goldie in the new series, "I'm Dying Up Here," about a circa-1970s L.A. comedy club. (Justina Mintz/Showtime via AP)

The Oscar-winning actress says her interest in her own image is all about transforming it for each new character. She calls herself "a very uncomfortable human being who's learned to socialize, to a degree, mostly through my work."

This image released by Showtime shows Melissa Leo as Goldie in the new series, "I'm Dying Up Here," about a circa-1970s L.A. comedy club. (Justina Mintz/Showtime via AP) © The Associated Press This image released by Showtime shows Melissa Leo as Goldie in the new series, "I'm Dying Up Here," about a circa-1970s L.A. comedy club. (Justina Mintz/Showtime via AP)

Leo is now starring as Goldie, the owner of a 1970s-era Los Angeles comedy club, in the Showtime drama series "I'm Dying Up Here." It premieres Sunday at 10 p.m. EDT.

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