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Interview: Daisy Haggard on Playing Ally and Parenting on TV in ‘Breeders’

FX’s Breeders, now in its third season, offers a comedic take on what it’s like to raise kids, following the misadventures of Paul (Martin Freeman) and Ally (Daisy Haggard) as they struggle to do what’s best for Luke (Alex Eastwood) and Ava (Eve Prenelle). While there are many moments of levity, the show’s secret weapon is its ability to showcase the more serious turns life often has to offer.

Awards Radar had the chance to speak with Haggard about playing Ally, and particularly how much she’s like her character: 

“I always just think Ally is much cooler than I am. I’m more sort of immature and messy, and she’s just a bit more together. In this season, she has her moments, but I’m sillier than her. What I do relate to is the absolute juggle of family and parents and work, and just trying to keep your head up above the water. I relate to that as a working mother. But we’re different and the same, I guess. I also think that we both share a sense of humor. I think I parent with humor, and Ally does too.”

On whether it’s hard to switch between the comedy and the drama, Haggard expressed: 

“No, I don’t find that difficult, personally. I think me and Martin are of the belief that that’s life, that’s kind of how life is. In a funny way, it would be harder if you had to just be funny all the time. That’s how I view life, and that’s what I love about this show, that it’s quite fluid between the moment at which it’s quite silly and funny, and suddenly the rug can be pulled, and something dreadful can happen, because that feels quite real to me.”

Watch the full conversation below:

The third season finale of Breeders premieres Monday, July 11th. All three seasons are available to stream on Hulu.

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Written by Abe Friedtanzer

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