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    Quote of the Day: June Diane Raphael on Why She Wrote a Spinoff for Her “Grace and Frankie” Character

    Whereas Netflix’s “Grace and Frankie” prepares to wrap up its last collection on April 29, one in all its stars, actor and screenwriter June Diane Raphael, will not be able to say goodbye simply but. In response to an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, throughout a hiatus on the present, she co-wrote the pilot for a possible spinoff collection for her character, Brianna Hanson, after talking with producers about her want to say extra with the function.

    “It was truly round season 4 or 5 that I began pondering of those different tales for Brianna and actually itching for extra,” she defined. “I’m so proud of the whole lot I obtained to do on ‘Grace and Frankie,’ however I simply saved pondering that her story wouldn’t be carried out.”

    Drawing consideration to her character’s child-free standing and the significance of such portrayals, she added, “There’s nonetheless a stigma round girls who wouldn’t have children and it brings up so much for folks.”

    With the blessing of the present’s producers, Raphael and “Grace and Frankie” co-creator Howard Morris labored remotely on crafting a pilot script based mostly on her concept, earlier than creating a wider season narrative. They’ve pitched the collection to Netflix, although there’s no phrase but on whether or not will probably be greenlit.

    She makes a salient level about illustration — or lack thereof — of feminine characters, and significantly older ones, with out youngsters. Even in 2022 it’s nonetheless comparatively uncommon to see feminine characters of their 40s or older whose narratives are usually not knowledgeable ultimately by their standing as a mom. It’s why characters equivalent to Eve (Sandra Oh) within the just lately concluded “Killing Eve” may be so refreshing: the collection, created by Phoebe Waller-Bridge, notably had such an off-the-cuff disinterest in ever even addressing parenthood, not to mention exploring it. There’s definitely loads of area — together with in comedy — for telling extra of those tales.

    Explaining that she explored screenwriting earlier in her profession as a result of she noticed it as the trail to getting a begin within the business, Raphael additionally commented that whereas she enjoys working with a co-writer and “laughed all day lengthy” whereas working with Morris, she finds writing solo “lonely” and “grueling.” Amongst her writing credit, she is finest recognized for the screenplay for “Bride Wars.” She has additionally written plenty of shorts, and co-wrote the characteristic “Ass Backwards,” by which she additionally starred. In entrance of the digicam, she has additionally appeared in TV’s “New Lady,” and reverse Charlize Theron in characteristic “Lengthy Shot.”

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