F: What is it about your respective characters and their stories that resonate most with you as actors?
A: “For me, I felt like I connected with Otis. I think he’s quite mature for his age but at the same time, he is often very immature in a lot of ways. I was similar when I was a teenager Plus, my mum, being a therapist too, strikes a chord with me and the similarities in Otis and Jean’s relationship are quite interesting.”
E: “There are a lot of things I love about Maeve. If we’re talking about in what ways we’re similar then it’s probably the fact that she loves reading books and studying – she’s a bit of a lone wolf. I like the way her mind works too. She had gone through an awful lot especially in Season Two and I’ve never experienced what she’s experienced on that level, but certainly, the way that she builds up all these rules herself is something I can recognise and relate.”
F: This question is for Asa. You had to do a lot of physical stuff this season some of which were very awkward and funny. What was it like filming those scenes?
A: “I actually don’t feel very awkward doing those scenes anymore as you would have seen I had a lot of them in Season Two too. I guess it’s a combination of the bits of the show and what the show stands for as well as my comfortability around the director, cast and crew.”
F: Season Two touches on several important issues. Which issue do you feel strongly about?
E: “We literally pack quite a lot into the season. It would be impossible to pick out just one thing. But I do think that Aimee’s (played by Aimee Lou Wood) storyline is extremely important. And every time I talk about it in interviews when people ask me about it, I get quite emotional because I think it’s heart-warming. But what Aimee goes through, I think a lot of people will think it’s very important that it enters the public consciousness and that audience members don’t only just enjoy the show, but take responsibility for their actions and really start to think about the realities of being a woman and as a young woman today (Hint: If you haven’t watched the show, you’ll be shocked to find out what Emma is talking about). And in terms of Maeve’s character, with what she goes through with her mum, particularly, and the whole idea of single parenthood, past addiction, and how to recover from that coming from a broken family is a very important storyline.”
N: “The biggest thing for me would be the representation element that the show has since it showcases a variety of people. I think it’s really powerful to have a show on a platform such as Netflix that embraces a wide range of people such as the LGBT teens and audiences. The media is a very powerful tool in teaching us how to interact with one another in society and how to interact with one another appropriately.”
A: “I think what people don’t talk about as much is the fact that it’s not just these kids that are struggling with sexual relationships and whatever it is, but the adults as well. And I see that as you get older. It doesn’t actually get any easier, perhaps it even gets harder.”
F: How would the viewers react to Eric’s character progression this season?
N: “They will definitely react in many different ways. I think people will be really invested in Eric’s well-being this season, which is great, obviously but mostly, I think people will be really torn this season.”
F: Describe the show in 10 words.
E: Inclusive. Layered. Warm. Intergenerational.
N: Empowering. Charming. Unflinching.
A: Erotic. Surprising. Hilarious.