Since first arriving in Los Angeles from his home state of Iowa, Love co-creator Paul Rust has arguably been an overnight success. He was one of the first Los Angeles alums out of the Upright Citizens Brigade’s Hollywood outpost after they opened in 2005. There, along with his writing partner Neil Campbell, they developed a reputation for churning out vaudevillian-gross out sketches, in both the late-night stage show Not Too Shabby and with their sketch group A Kiss From Daddy. Soon after, Rust was catapulted into motion pictures, starring in Chris Columbus’ I Love You, Beth Cooper and Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds.
Recently, Rust has been part of Netflix’s creative stable, writing on the fourth season of Arrested Development and co-writing the streaming service’s movie Pee-wee’s Big Holiday with the pic’s star Paul Reubens. That film marked the first of Rust’s collaborations with Judd Apatow. As explained here by Rust at the Awardsline Emmy screening of Love, the series, which takes a close-up of young couple Gus (Rust) and Mickey (Community‘s Gillian Jacobs), initially started as a movie pitch to Apatow by Rust and his wife, Lesley Arfin. In this clip, Rust expounds on Love‘s early roots, while Jacobs and Australian co-star Claudia O’Doherty explain how they made their way to the project.
Stand-up comedian John Mulaney guest-moderated our Love post-screening Q&A. His stand-up special The Comeback Kid is currently available on Netflix.