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Interview: The Pop Stars of ‘Girls5Eva’ Talk Growth And Hijinks Ahead Of Season 2

Last year, one of the biggest surprises of Peacock’s original streaming series was Girls5Eva. A show about a fictitious pop girl group, who wanted to return to their Y2K glory days after their old song was made relevant again.

The comedy from writer Meredith Scardino is rife with charm, smart — and sometimes zany — humor, and has pop culture references for days. The show stars Sara Bareilles (Dawn), Busy Philipps (Summer), Renée Elise Goldsberry (Wickie), and Paula Pell (Gloria) — a cast not only filled with a mix of masters in comedy and music but one with amazing chemistry to boot.

The show effortlessly played with the pop culture and fads made famous at the turn of the millennium, when MTV had a significant role in a pop star’s trajectory to stardom. From TRL to Cribs, Girls5Eva didn’t miss a beat as the writers seemed to enjoy unpacking that particular problematic era of celebrity while building on the unique identity of each girl decades later. The insanely catchy earworms from music composer Jeff Richmond (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) wrapped the show up in an undeniably fun bow.

Since its premiere, it has received rave reviews and garnered an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Writing For A Comedy Series. At the time, Meredith wasn’t thinking about how anyone would react while developing the series. “I didn’t know how people were going to react; I just thought if people liked the tone of comedy that I like, and have been a part of over the last ten years, maybe they would like it, too.”

Now, the girls are back for season 2, and while the writers give the audience plenty of hijinks and zingy one-liners, the ladies are evolving past their personas and breaking out of their mold to discover who they are in this specific time in their lives. “It’s the joy of being on a series that gets to find its footing,” said Busy Philipps. “Too many things are unceremoniously swept aside too soon in our industry. Being able to have the chance to dig deep into these lives and character stories, and what it mirrors in real life, and what it’s saying about women in their forties is really relatable and very deep in many ways — you don’t get to see that all that often.”

Season 1 saw the girls claw their way from obscurity to the jingle ball stage, but make no mistake; they’re still scrappy, noted Paula Pell, “We’re still underdogs in our own life of trying to figure out who we are and what we want, and where we’re going.”

There are many ingredients that make the show a success, but it goes beyond the fun chemistry, fun bops, and script to the environment on the set. Renée Elise Goldsberry spoke about her experience, “There’s room for in-the-moment improvisation and behind-the-scenes collaboration. It’s really a culture of ‘yes, and,’ and because I love the show, I can see how well that works.”

Awards Radar sat down with Sara Bareilles, Busy Philipps, Renée Elise Goldsberry, and Paula Pell to discuss season 2 of Girls5Eva ahead of its premiere. Check out the interviews below!

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Written by Niki Cruz

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