Jules has neglected her girlfriends for the last five years and now she is about to pay the price.
As portrayed by Kat Dennings (“2 Broke Girls”) in the Hulu comedy series “Dollface,” premiering Friday, she’s a young woman who has just been dumped by her longtime boyfriend and now must face the world as a singleton and rekindle her relationships with the pals she pushed aside: Madison (Brenda Song, “The Social Network”), Stella (Shay Mitchell, “You”) and Izzy (Esther Povitsky, “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”). But her biggest obstacle might be her own imagination.
That’s illustrated by a fantasy sequence in the premiere’s opening minutes, when the newly jilted Jules steps on a bus driven by a catwoman and full of sobbing dumpees who presumably need to be reassimilated back into uncoupled society. They arrive at a terminal where a PA announcement instructs them to “reconnect with your girlfriends and proceed to emotional baggage claim.”
“I call it the like Calvin and Hobbes thing,” Dennings told a recent gathering of journalists in Beverly Hills, Calif., “where when Jules is kind of going through a heightened emotion, the magical realism kind of comes in to guide her, if you want.”
“Sometimes it’s heightened reality and sometimes it’s not, but the heightened reality doesn’t drive the story,” executive producer/director Stephanie Laing said. “No rules about how we slip in and out of it. It’s sort of, we transition. We like to think it’ll be a surprise.”
Her best friend Madison is none too pleased when Jules turns up at her door and immediately picks up that she’s been dumped. She’s also not sure whether Jules is there because she’s just lonely or she indeed wants her friendship. All she knows is she feels left behind.
For Song, playing against the TV trope of toxic female codependency was important to her, adding that “Dollface” is “not about female friendships. I think the show is just about friendships in general. Because I think there’s a weird stigma to that, and that’s so untrue.
“And I think what’s fun about our show,” she continued, “is that a lot of these issues that we portray on this show, I myself, have gone through a million-and-twelve times over. It feels very real. There’s so many times where I read these scripts and I’m, like, ‘Oh, I’ve done this.’ Or, ‘Oh, thought of that.’ And that’s what’s been really fun about this is that it feels sort of — I mean, obviously, it’s heightened, but it’s all very organic and real issues that I think people can relate to. Guys, too.”
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