Re­becca Rit­ten­house

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - Ontv - BY JAY BOB­BIN

OF ‘FOUR WED­DINGS AND A FUNERAL’ ON HULU

Mindy Kal­ing co-de­vel­oped “Four Wed­dings and a Funeral” as a se­ries, and you had worked with her on “The Mindy Project.” Was that a big con­sid­er­a­tion in your do­ing the show?

Huge. Mindy and I spoke about this project in its very early stages, and I knew I wanted to be a part of it. Hav­ing worked on “The Mindy Project” for two sea­sons, I knew that she was the type of per­son I would want to col­lab­o­rate with again and again. We all know this, but she is whip-smart ... and has the most un­be­liev­able work ethic, and treats peo­ple with re­spect. What more can you ask for?

How do you as­sess your “Four Wed­dings and a Funeral” char­ac­ter, Ains­ley?

What I love most about her is that she finds the courage to be vul­ner­a­ble and to choose love over anger. I think she re­ally grows up in the best way over the course of this se­ries – in the way we all hope to. She doesn’t just grow up, she gets big­ger.

Do you have a close group of friends like the one in the se­ries?

I am for­tu­nate to have so many di­verse groups of friends like the group in this show ... be­tween high school, col­lege, post-grad life in New York City, and the peo­ple I have met over the course of my ca­reer so far. I think any­one who has even one friend with whom they have a re­la­tion­ship like the char­ac­ters in this show is very lucky.

You’ve also done drama se­ries such as “Red Band So­ci­ety” and “Blood & Oil.” Do you have a pref­er­ence be­tween that genre and com­edy?

I ab­so­lutely love do­ing com­edy, but one form does not ap­peal to me over the other. I find the ma­te­rial that ap­peals to me most usu­ally has an el­e­ment of both. After all, life it­self is both deeply tragic and wildly funny.

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