Aidy Bryant on ‘wishful’ rewrites of her life on ‘Shrill’ and ‘overblown’ Elon Musk ‘SNL’ saga
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After three seasons, Hulu's "Shrill" is going quiet. Eight final episodes of the comedy series starring Aidy Bryant are now streaming.
The "Saturday Night Live" cast member plays Annie Easton, a journalist trying to establish herself professionally and grow more confident in her skin, in the series inspired by Lindy West's 2016 memoir. Bryant also is a writer for "Shrill," which USA TODAY's TV critic Kelly Lawler called "the single best and most realistic TV show ever to include a fat woman."
Bryant says Hulu canceled the series after three seasons but says the final episodes provide "a nice note to leave it on." In her eyes, Annie has evolved from "someone who lets anyone do or say anything to her, without any consequence," to "advocating for herself and trying to get the things that she wants."
'SNL' star Aidy Bryant says goodbye to her Hulu comedy series 'Shrill' after three seasons
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Question: I've read that you incorporate your own experiences into "Shrill" storylines. Are there challenges Annie faces this season that you share?
Aidy Bryant: Definitely. The episode where Annie goes to the doctor, and they suggest kind of right away without really examining her that she should get gastric bypass, that happened to me and to Lindy and to a lot of people. There's a big episode where Annie confesses that she has a crush on someone, and it doesn't go exactly the way she wished. I identified with that, for sure.
Q: When gastric bypass surgery was suggested, how did you react?
Bryant: In a lot of ways, I wish my reaction was more like Annie’s 'cause I think I felt like, "Oh you're the doctor, I'm the patient. I should just sit here and say, "Oh, sorry. OK, maybe. I don't know," full-knowing that that was not something that I was going to be doing. To Annie's credit, in that moment, she was able to say, "I'm not interested in that." There's definitely some wishful writing in some of this, of almost do-overs.