After starring within the hit collection Mad Men which closely featured sexist and misogynistic themes, it was a refreshing transfer for Alison Brie to be a part of the brand new AppleTV+ feminist fables, Roar.
The female-led anthology collection based mostly on writer Cecelia Ahern’s 2018 brief story assortment of the identical title explores situations and dilemmas ladies know all too effectively, however with a whimsical spin.
The eight stand-alone episodes every comply with a feminine protagonist as they undergo a journey of self-discovery and objective, with every story making a thought-provoking climax.
Take Brie’s episode, for instance. She performs a girl who tries to resolve her personal homicide, thus turning the “dead girl” narrative on its head. Typically, a male detective steers the investigation and heroically solves the crime. But in Roar, it is ladies who take the lead.
“I got the script for this episode and I was just struck by how different it was by anything that I had heard or seen before,” Brie, 39, tells 9Honey by way of Zoom.
“The idea sounded really groundbreaking – a different type of way to tell stories about women with very unique source material. It all just sounded so unique and different, and that was really exciting.”
“I am a huge fan of the detective genre, but I have never seen one done from the perspective of the murder victim,” she provides. “So that was very intriguing to me. And ultimately it becomes an examination of violence against women and misogyny and also broader themes of women feeling unseen and unheard by the men around them.”
“If anything, [my character] realises that if you want something done right, you have to do it yourself. I think that’s a lesson a lot of women have learned in our lives. It’s about finding her own voice and a lot of the time it’s up to us to elevate our own voices.”
And there are robust, profitable ladies working behind the scenes too. Roar is created by Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch (the genius powerhouse who labored with Brie on the acclaimed collection Glow) and Aussie creatives Bruna Papandrea and Nicole Kidman are additionally on board as government producers. Kidman, 54, additionally stars in one of many episodes.
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“Liz and Carly called me directly and asked me to be in this episode. Honestly, I adore them. I would do anything with them,” Brie explains. “So those two names were enough for me. But then you throw in Nicole Kidman and I was really sort of blown away and excited by the idea of being in that company.”
“It’s such an honour to be working alongside so many incredibly talented women in front of the camera and behind the camera,” Brie provides. “To work on something that feels like it’s advancing our industry into a higher consciousness of the capacities that women can work on a show – which is every capacity – it’s always meaningful.
“And to work on one thing that has a bigger message behind it. Being in a position to have enjoyable whereas telling these tales which have a deeper which means is particularly fulfilling.”
The groundbreaking collection additionally stars the likes of The Tomorrow War‘s Betty Gilpin and Harriet star Cynthia Erivo.
And whereas the feminine lead didn’t get to create a camaraderie as a result of pandemic and taking pictures schedules of the stand-alone episodes, Brie says woman energy was nonetheless within the air.
“We shot the collection throughout COVID and all people was actually separate from each other,” she tells 9Honey.
“But it type of turned like this nice feminist relay race the place you knew we had been all in it collectively as a group, and one lady would end her episode and type of cross the invisible baton to the subsequent one. And I positively felt like I used to be in good firm.”
All eight episodes of Roar premiere on April 15 on Apple TV+.
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