Aidy Bryant had set out to co-write and star in her very own show on Hulu, Shrill. The show debuted on Friday with six episodes and has received positive feedback. That’s expected when you have someone like Aidy Bryant involved. Her years on Saturday Night Live has allowed her to handle the pressures of a TV show and its viewers. Bryant’s success is truly a testament to her character and work ethic.
Going from writing sketches at the last minute for a live show to having two months to write Shrill is considered a breeze to Aidy Bryant.
“I think what this allowed me to do was just go a lot more subtle and take a little more time. I feel like at SNL it’s always, ‘Get it shorter, get it tighter, lose more time out of this so we have more time for other things.’ And this, you just had a little air to breathe and time to go over your script,” she told the Hollywood Reporter. “That to me just felt so luxurious. Like, crazy to me. I think a lot of people were worried about the turnaround of trying to write this in two months, then immediately shoot it in two months, and all these different things. And I was like, ‘This sounds like a piece of cake, let’s do it.'”
This is the first time we are seeing Bryant in a lead role that is different from the usual characters she portrays on-screen.
“We’ve only seen a certain type of woman be famous, basically, and I think that’s obviously starting to change,” said Bryant. “But that does sort of pigeonhole me at SNL when it’s about popular culture. These women aren’t being put in the public eye. But as far as original characters, I always feel like you can do whatever you want. I’ve never felt too pigeonholed, but certainly, I play a lot of teachers, I play a lot of moms, and I think probably more so than my other same age female castmates. You could say that’s because of my warmth or because I’m whatever, but I think it’s also partially because of my body.”
You can stream Shrill now on Hulu.