‘Fleabag’ back for a second round of dysfunction
Premiering Friday, May 17, the fresh batch of six episodes finds Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s title character as angry and confused as ever as she goes toe-to-toe with the Almighty over the problems in her life and she meets a priest (Andrew Scott) who jolts her into seeing things in a different light. Meanwhile, there are still old wounds left to lick, especially ones regarding her sister Claire (Sian Clifford) and brother-in-law Martin (Brett Gelman), and new ones to tend to as she continues her turbulent journey.
That that journey continued at all is somewhat of a surprise given that Waller-Bridge originally conceived the series as a one-season-and-done proposition, as she told a recent gathering of journalists in Pasadena, Calif.
“The moment this character speaks to me is when I get surprised,” explains the London native. “I didn’t know that (Season 2) was going to be about religion or there was going to be a priest as the new main character, and I also didn’t know what was going to happen to these two.
“I decided not to do a second season absolutely for sure, and I had great pride in my artistic integrity for not coming back,” she continues. “And then I had the idea for the second series, and then did that again, and I’ve now decided there should absolutely not be a third series. So, I may be surprised again. I don’t know. But I had doubts all the way through, as I always do with my work, about whether or not it’s the right story to tell, but there’s something driving it with this character all the time, and I felt driven again by her.”
Full name: Phoebe Mary Waller-Bridge
Birth date: July 14, 1985
Marital status: divorced
Alma mater: Graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London
TV credits include: “Doctors,” “How Not to Live Your Life,” “Coming Up,” “The Cafe,” “London Irish,” “Bad Education,” “Blandings,” “Glue,” Broadchurch,” “Crashing”
Movie credits include: “Albert Nobbs” (2011), “The Iron Lady” (2011), “Man Up” (2015), “Goodbye Christopher Robin” (2017), “Solo: A Star Wars Story” (2018, voice)
Stage credits include: “Is Everyone OK?” “Crazy Love,” “Twelfth Night,” “Tribes,” “Hay Fever,” “Like a Fishbone,” “Fleabag,” “The One”