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Interview with Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle – Contenders TV – Deadline

At Hulu Pen15, real-life best friends Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle play versions of themselves at age 13 at the turn of the 21st century. In the midst of the Y2K era of AOL Instant Messenger chat, gel pens and Tamagotchi keychains, the TV versions of Maya and Anna must navigate one of the most awkward and painful moments in the world. life: adolescence.

Even though we’ve seen the couple of friends walk through the hormonal and landmine-filled field of puberty, Erskine and Konkle bring a lot of heart to the comedy they created with Sam Zvibleman. For the duo, revisiting those formative moments of their lives – while acting alongside real 13-year-olds – was quite a journey.

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“Season 1, we were shocked at the times we felt the pain so viscerally – it was surprising to us,” said Erskine, who was joined by Konkle on the show’s panel at the event. of Deadline’s Contenders Television Awards Season. She added that they cried on set as they re-enacted scenes that took place during their childhood, “[because] in our mind, these were fun scenes, but it would slowly transform the show as we did it, ”Erskine added.

For the second season, both men were prepared for those emotions, and Erskine said they were a bit darker – but she and Konkle were still having a lot of fun. “I laughed with her everyday because I think in the first season there was so much pressure and we treated it like ‘this is probably the only season we’ll ever have,’ admitted Erskine.

She continued, “We couldn’t sit back in the fun of being 13 again.”

“I think there’s something about being able to go back and being super positive and näive – there’s something fun and refreshing about going,” Konkle said.

Even so, Konkle acknowledged that reliving those traumatic moments of the age of 13 can be difficult. “I feel like 10 years from now we’re going to be like, ‘Was this therapy or was it pure masochism? ” she said.

Check back on Monday for the panel video.

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