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To be able to make writing as easy as, 'I just have to write what I’ve experienced before.' It seems so simple, but it’s sort of astounding how often that doesn’t usually get factored into writing for [characters].
The show’s central couple, Mickey (Gillian Jacobs) and Gus (series co-creator Paul Rust), realize that they probably don’t belong together by the end of the first season, and yet they still try to make things work.
(Gillian Jacobs, we've all been there.)JA: “Well, we thought, there’s always a moment before you lock in where you have a couple of things going, so there’s like one phase that’s meeting each other, then there’s another phase where you date but maybe there’s other things going on, and then there’s a moment where you go ‘I guess I gotta shut it all down.’ That was like the last.”PR: “Yeah, we do.
What’s fun about the show is you know everybody, actors and writers and anybody who’s got a good story.
My manager thought, 'The two of them are sort of in Judd’s camp, maybe they can pitch a movie based on their experiences.' Leslie and I outlined the idea for a movie and sent it to Judd.
Judd really responded well to the characters and the dynamic in the relationship.
ended with Mickey Dobbs (Gillian Jacobs) coming clean to Gus Cruikshank (Paul Rust) about her alcohol and drug abuse, and sex and love addiction.
Ahead of the season premiere, Vulture sat down with Rust, Jacobs, and co-creator Judd Apatow to talk about the dangers of dating creative people, writing dialogue that doesn’t sound overwritten, and why the hell Mickey and Gus stick together. I think you see them at their best and their worst.
Season 2 picks up in that very same gas station parking lot.
But this time, rather than a repeat of the Magic Castle date fiasco (literally so cringe-worthy that I crumpled up on horror and am still working out the neck kinks), we're treated to Gus and Mickey giving this relationship a real shot.
Do you worry that people might not relate to these characters?
They’ve gotten to a level where they know they’re making the wrong decision and they keep making it anyway.