Kaitlin Olson as Mickey
Although there are some similarities between Mickey of “The Mick” and Sweet Dee of “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” the actress who portrays both roles, Kaitlin Olson, said that the two are different from one another. FOX

When “The Mick” premiered on New Year’s Day, some fans couldn’t help but notice the similarities between Kaitlin Olson’s role on the new FOX series and her character on the long-running FXX sitcom “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.”

But in a recent interview with New York Magazine, Olson said that Mickey of “The Mick” and Sweet Dee of “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” are two different characters despite some similarities between them.

“Dee, everything that motivates her is out of fear of failure and wanting to be accepted and liked. Mickey is just the opposite,” Olson explained. “She doesn’t care at all what anyone thinks and is perfectly comfortable doing anything she wants at any time.”

“The Mick” creators John and Dave Chernin also recently revealed that the character of Mickey was actually inspired by their mom.

“We have always wanted to create a character inspired by our mother,” the Chernin brothers told Entertainment Weekly. “No, she is not an unrepentant degenerate. In fact, she’s a wonderful and lovely woman. But when we were growing up, she was so crafty and clever in her parenting, and she always seemed to be a step ahead of us. Run-of-the-mill discipline was abandoned in favor of mental warfare that usually left us begging for punishment, if only to be spared any further psychological torture.”

“We see Mickey as the kind of character who would take that style of parenting to the extreme,” they explained. “Ultimately, we want this to be a show about the least-equipped parent being forced to raise the most challenging children imaginable.”

“The Mick” Season 1, episode 3, “The Balloon,” airs on Tuesday, Jan. 10 at 8:30 p.m. EST. Check out the synopsis for the episode below:

“When Mickey learns they’ve all forgotten Ben’s (Jack Stanton) seventh birthday, the family is forced to put their selfish tendencies aside for one day and throw him the celebration he deserves, which proves way harder than it sounds.”