‘Fleabag’ – When the character speaks, Waller-Bridge listens

‘Fleabag’ back for a second round of dysfunction

Phoebe Waller-Bridge

It’s been a year since the trauma of being rejected by her family as “Fleabag” returns for Season 2 this week on Amazon.

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

Birthplace: London

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”

George Dickie

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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