Tonya Harding 'loved' I, Tonya, according to Allison Janney

Angelo Anderson
December 7, 2017

"I, Tonya" premieres December 8 in NY and Los Angeles and widely on January 19.

The movie portrays Harding's rough upbringing under a domineering mother in OR and then the attack that made her a notorious sports figure.

Co-star Allison Janney, who plays Harding's mother in the film, said: "Wow, this is incredible".

Figure skating was Janney's childhood passion and although she doesn't perform any double axels in I, Tonya, her role is expected to bring the former West Wing actress her first Oscar nomination next month. "I was quite graceful on the ice but I'm six feet tall and ultimately didn't think I was going to be able to do the jumps that were required to go to the Olympics", Janney, now 58, said. It made headlines around the world - and all eyes soon turned to Harding, who was accused of plotting the attack with her ex-husband and her bodyguard.

Janney plays LaVona Harding, who bullies and beats her young daughter to reach the top of a sport.


Tonya Harding has gone from a disgraced Olympic figure skater to wowing Hollywood stars on the red carpet. Once the story moves into the meat of the action, though - from Tonya moving in with Jeff to the insanity that follows - she paints a layered and unexpectedly sympathetic portrait as the most seemingly trustworthy of the film's alternating narrators.

"I don't know if I should even say "Hi" to her, I mean, I play Jeff!"

Janney pretty almost steals the show as Tonya's foul-mouthed, chain-smoking mother, who constantly gripes about how she's squandering her limited resources on skating lessons and coaching for a girl, she's told, who "stands out because she looks like she chops wood every morning".

"I come away from it looking like she has nothing to do with it", stated DeGeneres.

Tonya Harding walked the red carpet at the Los Angeles premiere of "I, Tonya" at the Egyptian Theatre. "I don't think we exonerate her completely but I don't think she is as guilty as we all remember her to have been", she said.

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