Life in the night light

Art im­i­tates the funny side of par­ent­hood for Will Ar­nett, writes

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - TELEVISION -

PAR­ENT­HOOD of­fers myr­iad joys and plea­sures but it’s not al­ways a pic­nic as the US sit­com Up All Night hu­mor­ously demon­strates.

It fol­lows Rea­gan and Chris, played by Christina Ap­ple­gate and Will Ar­nett, as they be­gin the ad­ven­ture of rais­ing in­fant Amy while try­ing to get the work-life bal­ance cor­rect (Chris is stay­ing at home, while Rea­gan works on the talk show hosted by her friend Ava, played by Brides­maids star Maya Ru­dolph) and bid­ding farewell to their pre-baby lives.

The show brings to­gether an ac­com­plished comedic cast, with Ar­nett a pleas­ant sur­prise as the sup­port­ive if fraz­zled Chris. Af­ter all, Ar­nett is so great at play­ing jerks on shows such as Ar­rested Devel­op­ment and 30 Rock that it’s un­usual to see him so con­vinc­ingly play a nice guy.

has done quite nicely in the rat­ings in the US, which I imag­ine is pretty good news for all in­volved, Will.

The rat­ings stuff is be­yond our con­trol, so it’s nice to see we’ve done bet­ter that we had hoped for. Really, our job is just to try to make the episodes as funny and as good as pos­si­ble . . . and if we can get peo­ple to watch here and there, then that’s great. My main fo­cus now is en­joy­ing work­ing on the show, and I’m really lucky that means work­ing with so many great peo­ple. A bal­ance of com­edy, au­then­tic­ity and heart is of­ten hard to achieve but this show gets it right. What can you at­tribute that to?

The­mat­i­cally, all the sto­ries come from some­thing that res­onates with the writ­ing staff and (ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer) Emily Spivey, so the ker­nel of ev­ery story comes from a real place. Of course, ev­ery­thing has to be a lit­tle height­ened be­cause we’re not just mak­ing a doc­u­men­tary. A doc­u­men­tary about this sub­ject would be drab. Be­tween your­self, Christina Ap­ple­gate, Maya Ru­dolph and some great guest stars, there’s some ter­rific comedic tal­ent tak­ing part in this show. Do you guys al­ways stick

stars Maya Ru­dolph, Christina Ap­ple­gate and Will Ar­nett . to the script or is there room for a lit­tle ad-lib­bing?

Yeah, there al­ways is. We’re very lucky that we have such great writ­ers and get to work on th­ese really fun scripts, but there’s al­ways an un­der­stand­ing we want to make the best show pos­si­ble. If stuff comes up and you feel like you want to add some­thing, there’s def­i­nitely im­pro­vis­ing. It’s all col­lab­o­ra­tion.

has started with your char­ac­ter Chris as a stay-at-home dad while Ap­ple­gate’s Rea­gan is work­ing nine-to-five. Will that dy­namic stay in place or are there changes in the works?

Wait, is that what you’re pitch­ing? As of now, no, but you’re go­ing to see them try­ing to fig­ure out what works. It’s just like real par­ent­ing. You’re now a par­ent to two young sons. Did you have goals as a fa­ther?

I didn’t have that many goals, but the ex­pe­ri­ence has been be­yond my wildest imag­i­na­tion. It is the most mag­nif­i­cent . . . most im­por­tant thing in my life. Will, you’re per­haps best-known for play­ing, well, jerks. Chris is far from that. Were you look­ing for a change?

When I read the script, I re­lated to the story be­cause it felt really close to where I am in my own life right now. That was the first time I’d ex­pe­ri­enced that.

Thurs­days, 11.05pm, Seven, Prime7.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.