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‘Shrill’ Is About Taking Control Of What Happens To Us, Elizabeth Banks Says – The Contenders Emmys Video


Based on Lindy West’s bestselling 2016 memoir, Hulu’s Shrill stars Aidy Bryant as Annie, a journalist who is juggling her life of bad boyfriends, sick parents and a perfectionist boss. She realizes she is as good as anyone else and she looks to change her life – but not her body. Co-executive producer and co-writer Ali Rushfield and executive producer Elizabeth Banks talked about the series recently at Deadline’s The Contenders Emmys and about giving female representation a voice that has been underrepresented. 

Banks points out that there are women “who really want to see themselves portrayed not as a side character but as a lead character in the show.” For her and Rushfield, that was an important call to action in the series.

ShrillShe adds that Bryant’s Annie is just trying to figure things out and what her future holds, and that things happen to her until she takes control and “starts making things happen for herself.”

“That was the real calling card of the book,” Banks said. “It was really about someone — I hate to say — ‘finding their voice’ — that’s such a cliché.”

“It’s maybe less finding her voice and realizing she’s allowed to use the voice she already had,” Rushfield chimes in.

“That’s much better put than how I did it with the cliché,” responded Banks. “That’s why you’re the writer.”

Check out the conversation in the video above.



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