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Interview: Haneefah Wood on Playing the Hardworking Shirley and Dreaming of the Future on ‘Hello Tomorrow!’

The Apple TV+ series Hello Tomorrow! imagines a world in which settlement on the moon is a way of moving up, leaving behind a dismal life on Earth for the magic of being able to look down on the planet from luxury lunar accommodations. Among those selling that pipe dream is Shirley (Haneefah Wood), who takes care of all of the business in the division run by Jack (Billy Crudup) and is often left to clean up other people’s messes.

Awards Radar had the chance to speak with Wood about what it was like to work on a retro-futuristic set:

“The world that was created for us was, frankly, quite beautiful to me. It really informed, especially as far as my acting, how I walked, how I spoke, the costumes that we wore. It just informed everything for me, and helped a lot. I loved it. It was really cool, especially with the robots and them being rickety and, even though they were new, they were old. They always failed us in some kind of way. It was pretty exciting to be on that set.”

She also commented on how Shirley responds to finally learning the truth about what she’s really selling:

“She’s furious because she has a hope and a dream for her own life, and it’s almost like she’s being crushed. And then she has to make a decision like, am I going to go with this? Am I going to go with Jack or am I going to go the way that I think she normally would go, which is in integrity. But I think she’s in too deep with it, so she has to go with Jack. And I think, also, that there’s some excitement with that. Her life before she met Jack was very boring, very mundane. I think he brings a type of spice, and Eddie brings this hope of vitality and new life to Shirley. So yeah, she’s informed, yes, and she totally learns of it and accepts it, but then she has to make a decision for herself.”

Listen to the full conversation below.

Season one of Hello Tomorrow! is streaming on Apple TV+.


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Written by Abe Friedtanzer

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