You’re The Worst is, in a few words, FXX’s comedy that capitalizes on the very worst a human can be and makes it hilarious. In a way similar to The Office, the characters of the show deal with human issues (love, career problems, even death) while still having characters that force you to both sympathize and distance yourself from them.
Chris Geere (who plays Jimmy Shive-Overly) recently sat down with Variety to have a quick but intensive Q&A about his character and the show as a whole. When asked about the sudden change in season 3, Geere postulated, “I think there was a lot less exposition this year. People who watch the show know the characters now. We had the opportunity to play a bit more. The writers are really writing for us. And the four of us [including co-stars Desmin Borges and Kether Donohue] together have really gelled into a quite a tight family of performers now.”
Geere also took the Variety team through the emotional struggles of this season, which have included the death of Jimmy’s father. The actor recounted the process he went through with creator Stephen Falk:
“I was told about it beforehand. It was quite a rare occurrence for Stephen give away a storyline. He usually would never tell us where the season’s going to end. He told me I would be going through a grieving process that would take me many, many different places. The decision I made quite early on is that the key to a grieving process there isn’t any formula to it. Every single person is different. It was never going to him finding out the news and breaking down in tears. I decided I didn’t want to repeat any emotion. I thought it would be more interesting for people to see him coping with the grieving process in kind of abstract ways, with a lot of bitterness and resentfulness towards his father.”
With the emotional plot twist already on the table, Variety also segued into asking Geere how he thought the show managed to balance between “slapstick silliness” and intense personal drama, to which he responded:
“When you get to something as phenomenal as Des’ PTSD episode — yes. There was never a thought to ‘Oh is this going to fit in?’ because people understood the tone of the show. It’s such a relief that we got to show that side of his story. It was such a deep episode. Stylistically this season there’s some brilliant stuff coming up.”
It is apparent that Geere has faith in the show, and critics and audiences have also jumped onboard for this series as it has been renewed for season 4, which was reported earlier by mxdwn as well.
You’re The Worst airs every Wednesday night on FXX.