‘Shrill’ – A learning experience for Aidy Bryant

What the actress has taken away from Hulu comedy

Aidy Bryant of ‘Shrill’ on Hulu

Q: It seems like you play a lot of older characters on “Saturday Night Live.” So was part of the idea behind “Shrill” to enable you to play somebody who was closer to your own age?

A: Oh, yeah. I mean, well, I’m never sad to be cast as a mom because I feel sort of like an older mom at heart. And I think a lot of it is about energy; but, certainly, I’ve played a lot of older women. And yeah, I mean, I think part of us making this show … we wanted to make a fat character that was young and vibrant and had a sexual life and a really full life. That was always something we were setting out to do. And, yeah, I’m happy to play closer to my own age because that’s who I know how to be.

Q: Now that you’ve finished “Shrill,” what are things that you can take from this experience that will inform your work going forward?

A: I’ve been at “SNL” for a very long time, and it’s given me this incredible foundation for how to make television … especially in really extreme circumstances where the timeline is really short and the decisions have to be made. And I think that really helped me in working on “Shrill” because I know how to make decisions quickly and collaborate with an ensemble and communicate my ideas quickly and clearly. And I feel very lucky that I had that foundation going into this because this is a whole new ballgame as far as the scale and the responsibility and the pressure. And so, in that way, I feel like the thing I learned is I can do it. I can do it. I did it. I’m so proud of what I did, what we did. This was an incredible team effort.

George Dickie

George Dickie has been a features writer for Gracenote/Tribune Media Services since 1989, when “Hee-Haw” was still on the air and George “Goober” Lindsay was his first interview. His early interviews ranged from Jim Henson and Dick Van Dyke to Phil Collins and the Dixie Chicks.

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