MADE Legends Edition - Page 50

MADE FEATURES and what it’s like to be an African-American woman, more specifically what it’s like to be an African-American woman in Los Angeles. MADE: Especially for millennials, a lot of people are in that familiar period of self-discovery like the lead characters. What elements of “finding yourself” are covered in the show? PP: It’s circled around dealing with things of culture, race and politics that we all sort of talk about behind closed doors. Some characters talk openly, some make fun of situations and we just kind of like unapologetically talking about all of these things. Just on a very human level, it’s about what it’s like being insecure and what it’s like to question yourself. What it’s like when you’re in a relationship and you’re not sure it’s the right thing and if you’re just making the right choices as a human being. So I think it has all those elements that are interesting for our show. MADE: We heard that you have a writers’ room of diverse individuals of both men and women. How important was that for you, especially knowing the show is about Black women and there are only certain struggles that Black women know about? PP: It was extremely important. I’ve worked on shows where I’ve been the only young black person, and there might only be one person of color. So, seeing and having a diverse room (and I hate repeating that word... just makes it seem like it should be the norm) that’s more reflective of the world we live in was important. It’s important because I’ve seen where, you know, having a room that isn’t just filled with eight people who have the same voice will get rich and very complex stories. You get very “Oh, I didn’t think of that” kind of stories from their point of view. The show was about two Black women given an opportunity and also having the opportunity to voice for Black women (which doesn’t typically doesn’t happen a lot either). We knew that we couldn’t just hire comedy writers. We didn’t just want a couple of single people. We didn’t want a certain age group. We wanted a wide variety to give us different stories, ideas, thoughts and perspectives that would make our show better. Event if we would have had eight Issa Raes in the room, we don’t need another Issa. The Black women we have are completely different and no one has a background like the other. MADE: It feels like Issa Rae and Yvonne Orji are our new #FriendshipGoals. What are the long-term goals you all want to accomplish with this series. PP: You know it’s funny that you asked that because Issa and I just met a couple of weeks ago and we were just talking about and asking ourselves bigger picture questions for the series. Asking where we want these things to go, where we want to end up at the end of the whole series and obviously that’s predicated on HBO deciding to make more. MADE: *Fingers crossed* PP: I don’t think we have an overall “this is where they’re going to go”, but the one thing we have maintained is that if the story makes us feel uncomfortable, then we want to explore it. Those were the things that gave us the best stories because the room was split. Everybody had a point of difference about that. I think those are the things that I can’t wait for people to see because I think that’s what people will naturally respond to. You’re going to have five or six friends watching the show who will all have a different opinion about what happened that we [writers] had a different opinion about. Our best stories were when we said “Oh okay. This is a good idea, but what if we push it there”. Those are always the moments that made it livelier, real and more interesting stories. I think that has always been our thing. I think goin rf'v&B06rrFvRRW'6VfW2V6f'F&RBFVvBFW2FB'&rWf"FW"VRvBVW7F2vF@&CBFW&^( 2&vB"w&p7vW'2vRW7BvBF6W'Fǒ6F6PVW7F2W6FRVfVRB6VvPVRFFB2fW''FBf"W2ࠦFRvR6S