January 29, 2023

[Editor’s note: The following contains spoilers for Boo, Bitch.]From co-showrunners Lauren Iungerich and Erin Ehrlich, the eight-episode 30-minute Netflix restricted comedy sequence Boo, Bitch follows highschool senior Erika Vu (Lana Condor) and her greatest good friend Gia (Zoe Colletti), who’ve lastly determined to interrupt out of their boring existence of flying-under-the-radar and begin dwelling their epic life. The one downside with that’s that Erika wakes up the day after a giant celebration to search out out that she’s a ghost who could solely have so long as determining her unfinished enterprise earlier than disappearing without end.

Throughout this interview with Collider, co-stars Aparna Brielle (who performs in style imply lady Riley) and Mason Versaw (who performs Erika’s present and Riley’s former love curiosity, Jake C.) talked about their auditions for the sequence, eager to guarantee that Riley was greater than a imply lady and likewise had a really human facet, how a lot enjoyable they’d with the Jake/Riley dynamic, and their expertise with capturing one of many extra memorable moments for his or her characters.


Collider: This present is a lot enjoyable. How did every of you come to this? Did you undergo an entire audition course of? What was that like? Did you get scenes from the present to learn, or have been they scenes that by no means truly ended up within the present?

APARNA BRIELLE: Mason was solid first, of the 2 of us.

MASON VERSAW: Sure. I positively acquired the scenes from the present, for certain. I keep in mind auditioning in Might of final yr (2021) with a pleasant little self-tape. I didn’t hear again for slightly bit. A stable month handed. There have been a pair rounds of self-tape time, and my brother was my reader. There was this era the place they began to maneuver actually shortly on it, in order that they have been attempting to get the chemistry reads in. I keep in mind having a fairly demanding turnaround interval to get it in there, nevertheless it was a extremely enjoyable audition course of that I had. After which, I did the chemistry learn with Lana [Condor] and the remaining was historical past. It was a great course of.

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BRIELLE: For me, it was actually fascinating. In Hollywood, it may be very exhausting to interrupt in by the door. There are such a lot of tasks the place I had gotten so shut, after which didn’t make it, however I realized one thing from each. With this present, I had acquired an audition for Riley’s henchwoman, Leah, first. I learn for her and I didn’t hear again, so I simply assumed it was accomplished and moved onto the following one. After which, every week later they have been like, “Hey, might you learn for Riley?” So, I did. After which, I needed to wait one other few days. I attempt not to consider it an excessive amount of. After which, all of the sudden, I acquired a name saying like, “They have been thinking about doing a callback, however as an alternative, the showrunners wish to meet with you as we speak on Zoom.” After which, over the decision, they advised me the half was mine. It’s nonetheless very surreal to consider now.

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While you do an audition for a job like Riley, do they need you to persuade them which you could be a great imply lady?

BRIELLE: It’s fascinating, I’d heard that they’d been searching for one thing with Riley, however they didn’t fairly know what. I believed it could be enjoyable to lean into the imply lady, however I additionally actually wished to play up her insecurity and the truth that she is an actual one that’s lashing out as a result of she doesn’t have management over herself. She’s only a teenage lady, attempting to remain on the highest at college. It was enjoyable getting to try this.

I truly discovered her very relatable. I surprisingly loved the truth that you possibly can really feel her insecurity and he or she is somebody you possibly can sympathize with, which is a testomony to you and what you dropped at the position.

BRIELLE: Thanks a lot. That’s so candy.

VERSAW: It’s an actual redeeming character.

BRIELLE: Aw, you guys!

Your characters on this develop aside, which isn’t unusual in highschool relationships, amongst folks nonetheless determining who they’re and what they need. What did you most take pleasure in about what you bought to discover with the dynamic of your characters?

BRIELLE: Mason is a giving actor and so enjoyable to work together with, and we actually simply wished to let free with each alternative we acquired. We shot numerous the scenes out of order and numerous the episodes out of order, so it was a problem, leaping between totally different factors of their relationship. There are factors the place they’re very shut, and there are factors the place they’re full enemies, however what made it very easy and enjoyable for us to do is that we have been each actually open to being as weak as we might with a few of these moments. Realizing that it’s a comedy allowed us to go all the best way.

VERSAW: For certain. One in all our first scenes was us butting heads and our breakup. After which, we figured issues out a bit and there was a maturing course of going down. I’m not simply saying it, nevertheless it was really easy appearing with Aparna as a result of we have been simply enjoying more often than not. It was simply such a blast. I feel there’s one thing relatable find a relationship like this, the place these two have grown with one another for fairly a while, in a poisonous means, however in addition they do very a lot love one another. It was fascinating, determining that course of, nevertheless it was simply a lot enjoyable, working with Aparna.

Aparna, what was it wish to have that second the place Riley reveals as much as see Jake, and he or she has curlers in her hair, and we get to see slightly little bit of that in style, good facade stripped away slightly bit. Was it enjoyable to have a second like that?

BRIELLE: Truthfully, it was so enjoyable. We truly shot that day fairly early on. I feel we shot the new tub scenes first, after which we did a couple of different issues, after which there was that scene. It was good getting to try this, early on, as a result of after that, I felt like I simply knew who she was beneath. You might have an concept going into any new job, however you don’t actually know for certain till you’re appearing off one other particular person. Particularly with what Jake is for Riley and who he’s for Riley, she’s lastly coming to phrases with the truth that somebody may be in your life and be vital, however they don’t must have the identical position. They are often one thing else. Attending to play that second of her understanding that on TV, was very nice to do early on. And it was actually enjoyable. We have been guffawing quite a bit. It was simply cute. It was actually enjoyable seeing Riley undressed, however she nonetheless seemed so glam. I believed it was a extremely candy expertise that we acquired to have it early on, and it simply allowed each of us to essentially belief one another.

VERSAW: That scene is simply so refreshing, for Jake C. to see that vulnerability that Riley presents. I don’t wanna give something away, however seeing the layers of what unravels of their relationship, there’s quite a bit there.

BRIELLE: We additionally see how Jake has began redefining issues too, by that time. In that second, it’s each of them understanding that possibly they’ve not been one of the best collectively as a pair, however they work collectively as buddies, they usually know easy methods to be open and weak with one another in ways in which they haven’t been with different folks. It was simply actually nice to have the ability to try this, early on.

Boo, Bitch is obtainable to stream at Netflix.