“Playing Gabby, she’s somebody who I can relate to on such a profoundly deep level,” Recasner shared during the show’s TCA press day on Wednesday. “We’re meeting her at a time where she’s decided to do the exact opposite of what the world and her brain and everybody really have told her how to act her whole life. And so, having this chance to represent somebody that frankly, I didn’t have growing up… .”
She continued: “I couldn’t ever see myself being on network television as an actor because I didn’t see myself represented. So when this story came around and they were real about having a big, curvy, plus-size body dance — because there are amazing curvy dancers and curvy people out there — I mean, it’s beyond a dream to be a part of.”
Written by Heldens, inspired by a UK reality format, The Big Leap is a show-within-a-show that takes viewers on a journey of self-acceptance, body positivity, and empowerment at any age. It’s described as a modern tale about second chances, chasing your dreams, and taking back what’s yours. It revolves around a group of diverse, down-on-their-luck characters attempting to change their lives by participating in a potentially life-ruining reality dance show that builds to a live production of Swan Lake.
Recasner’s series co-stars include Scott Foley, Teri Polo, Piper Perabo, Ser’Darius Blain, Jon Rudnitsky, Raymond Cham Jr., Mallory Jansen, Kevin Daniels and Anna Grace Barlow.
The first two episodes of The Big Leap will be available to watch via Hulu, Fox Now and On Demand starting September 14, ahead of the show’s September 20 premiere.
Watch a newly released teaser for the comedy below.