You’re The Worst follows two millennials as attempt to navigate life and love, but too often, they find both concepts just too much work. The show calls itself, “The story of Gretchen and Jimmy, fear, heartbreak, romance, sex, food, Los Angeles, Sunday Funday, friendship, and the fact that sometimes the worst people make the best partners.” Basically, it’s two people who you want to smack around for being so wrong, but somehow, they’re totally right for each other.
For its second season, You’re the Worst has hopped from FX to its edgier sibling FXX, and while the focus of the series will still be on struggling, self-important writer Jimmy (Chris Geere) and his hookup-turned-girlfriend Gretchen (Aya Cash), the show is giving larger roles to the couple’s friends, Lindsay (played by Kether Donohue) and Edgar (Desmin Borges). Series creator Stephen Falk says, “It is a romantic comedy and I think we will always sort of have that relationship front and center, but it’s always been kind of my sneaky desire to do more of an ensemble show.” Falk points to last season’s episode, “Sunday Fun Day” as a moment that validated his desire to move in the ensemble direction.
When I marveled at the genuine friendship that is evident between the cast and crew, Geere explained, “Everyone came from semi-successful careers, but none of us had ever been given the opportunity to do something that was as incredible as this show. And all of us were aware of that. There were no egos from the beginning, so we’re taken this journey together — all of the ups and downs — and at the end of the day, we trust this brilliant writing and know that we’re so fortunate to be here.”
Not only does the cast trust the oft-raunchy scenes that are written for them, the cast is also game for any amount of tomfoolery suggested by the show. Have you seen the hilarious Season 2 “Worst Greetings” that Chris and Aya did as “Jimmy” and “Gretchen”? Freaking awesome, especially the one titled “So your co-worker sucks.” If only they’d done one for the coworker who microwaves fish in the office kitchen…
I had a fun time with Chris Geere at a TCA event the cast of YTW at an epic — yet intimate — party called, “Sunday Fun Night.” Geere and his castmates hosted the resplendent throw down complete with mini-garbage cans filled with booze, White Russians, giant-sized Jenga, Mini-burgers and nitrogen-frozen alcohol-sicles. The night led to a hangover the size of which I’m sure Jimmy and Gretchen can relate but before I destroyed my liver, Chris answered our “7 Questions.”
1. If your TV carried just three shows or networks, what would they be?
FX, because they’re a ridiculously amazing network who have given me my opportunity. And then I would put on Entourage, because I’ve seen the whole catalogue twice, and I’m still in, and then I’d bring back Lost. I loved Lost! I got confused at some points, but I stuck with it, and I felt like I was on that bloody island with them. They are the kind of things I could watch forever.
2. What three things do you have to have in your fridge of pantry?
Crisps — or what you call chips. Every year, my friends and I have “Crispmas” where we celebrate our love for crisps. It started when my best friend and I were so poor, straight out of drama school, and we couldn’t afford a proper Christmas gift for each other, and so we would buy each other a bag of crisps. As the years progressed, and our careers progressed, we could afford a bit more, but we didn’t need to buy presents, so we bought more crisps! Last year, for example, we had two suitcases-full of crisps and a case of beer, and we would sit there for a day, eat chips, and play video games. It is so different from everything we do in our normal family lives, but I always have chips.
My generic food that I would eat everyday, if I was stuck on an island is soup. I love soup. As Kether [Donohue] would say, “Soup is particularly admired by old people.” I think soup has so many flavors, and textures, and heat, and temperatures.
And for my third food, I would have mango. Mango is a fruit I would never necessarily go to the supermarket to buy. I never say, “Oh, I must go pick up a mango,” but if I see one, and it looks awesome, it’s like KFC, it’s like a treat that you shouldn’t have but when you have it, but when you do, you’re like yeahhhhhhhh!
3. What has been your strangest or funniest fan encounter?
I was sent some stuff in the post. I was working on a show in the UK, and over the course of three or four weeks, I had a weird one. She sent me a card with a picture of me — that I was meant to sign — with her lip imprint on it. So I signed it, and sent it back. The following week, one came with two lip marks and picture of her at her house. I wasn’t sure what to do with it. And three weeks later, she sent her panties. And I was all done. It was flattering, but it was so weird.
4. Tell us about a time when you were starstruck.
The most recent time happened a few months ago. A friend of mine is in a band called The 1975, they’re quite huge in England and they’re just breaking over here — they’re playing the Rose Bowl in January. And they’re good friends with Ed Sheeran, so we got backstage passes to go see Ed Sheeran during our shoot. And I went there and meeting Ed was wonderful, but I’ve known him for years because he’s British. And then suddenly, there was a knock at the door and John Mayer walked in. And this is a bold statement, but John Mayer got me into music. “Your Body Is A Wonderland” came out when I first started paying attention to music, so I sat there and had a little conversation with him and the whole time I was shaking with excitement.
I rarely get starstruck with actors, because I admire their work, but it’s what I do, so I know how it works. Musicians and sportsmen — I could chat all day. If I ever met David Beckham, I would faint. I love that guy.
5. What’s your favorite sports team?
I’m a soccer fan, and I support Southampton, ‘cause that’s where I grew up, but as a whole I love all sports. Desi on the cast [Desmin Borges] has taught me the rules of American football, has taught me the rules of basketball, I now support the Denver Broncos because of Payton Manning and the Chicago Bulls because Desi is from Chicago. So I’m learning American sports.
6. What is the most American thing you’ve done with your co-star Desi?
We had our first 5-side basketball game a few weeks ago. He and I went down to Pan Pacific Park in L.A. and were shooting hoops on our own and some guys asked up to play and we had a 5-on-5 game. Everyone who plays basketball is so cool. Apparently people high-five after basketball and do not go (shaking hands), “That was a lovely game. Thank you so much.”
7. What’s a movie you can watch over and over again?
I can answer that one easily because I have watched it a million times … Home Alone. I watched Home Alone last week. Just for the record, it’s August. It was July last week, and I watched Home Alone. It has some sort of in-built thing from 20 years ago, or whenever I watched it first, that just makes me go, “life’s awesome.” That music… It’s the proper make-believe fantasy world that I grew up in. I’m exactly the same age as Macaulay Culkin and he must have been about 10 when he made that movie, so that’s 24 years of me watching that movie. And I’ll never stop.
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