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Oh, Greg! Wait … Greg
of Friday brought back the crazy ex-girlfriend Rebecca's final for the first time since season 2 – but now he plays ] Pitch Perfect Star Skylar Astin, who joins original actor Santino Fontana. In true Crazy Ex method, the episode tended into the absurdity of the whole. At first, Rebecca did not recognize Greg and in the new version made a statement about how radically our perception of people can change over time. (He's not even the same person!)
Rebecca and Greg started fresh with an introductory duet – "hello, nice to meet you I was inside of me" she sang – and even after confessing that she had slept with Greg's father, the two did not shut the door completely to allow for a possible resurrection. With another love interest in Rebecca's Orbit, TVLine has turned to showrunner Aline Brosh McKenna to learn about Greg's big rebuild, which means his return to Rebecca's already complicated love life – and what we can expect in the last half of last season ,
TVLINE | We have not seen Greg since the second season. When did you first decide that he had to come back in any way? Well, we'd always thought her love relationship would die somewhere in season two, but we would continue his journey to find out he's an alcoholic and sober. We would probably have needed all Season 2 for it. Similar to Josh and Nathaniel, their stories do not end unless they sleep with Rebecca. So we had a few things we wanted to do with Greg, and then Santino had to move back to New York, so we accelerated and packed up the entire storyline at the beginning of season two. But we kept on telling his story and story, and when we were [writing] this season, we thought, "We could …"
We did not want us to just reissue. We felt that we had the opportunity to do something different and to do it the way it works for our show. So the idea is that it's a first-person show: it's all filtered through their perceptions. She looks at him as different. First of all, because when you see an ex you have not seen for two years, you always see and feel very different, but also because he has changed a lot and has developed a lot, is in a way a different kind of Person. What you find out at the end of the episode is that both have changed, and that's why it seems so different. It is also the fact that she has changed, as the fact that he has changed.
TVLINE | Do you feel that Skylar Astin is putting a different energy on Santino? Or is it still like writing for the same character?
Oh, I think he brings another energy into the role, but that's because the character is a different type. He's been recovering for two years, going to weekly meetings, hearing many stories far worse than his own. I think it has broadened its humanity, so we write it differently. And the way we write it fits Skylar very well, because I think he emanates a heightened intelligence and warmth that Greg presumably developed in Atlanta. That's not to say Santino did not play it, but Skylar brings good quality and a wonderful connection to Rachel. He simply fit into the group like crazy. It's pretty amazing to get into a show too late, and two seconds later you play with the Cast Paintball … [ Laughs ]
TVLINE | Did you actually talk to Santino? I know that he is busy Tootsie but …
We did not address him to play the role, because the whole idea was that she would be played by another actor. That was exciting for us. But we did not want him to be surprised, so we let him know first that we would redesign the role. And he and Skylar are friends. They did a show together, that's nice.
TVLINE | Greg has changed a lot and not just physically: he is more centered, he is less self-destructive. So did he go through the same hard psychological work as Rebecca?
Exactly. I think that someone who has been recovering for two years and someone who has been undergoing a fairly intense psychiatric program for a year now has much more to discuss than the last time he last saw one another. Her relationship was always characterized by a slight judgment of her. There was always a slightly misty energy coming from him, and I think that's something they both now understand came from an unhealthy impulse on their part and a self-loathing of their side. So they can actually fix some of these problems.
TVLINE | Rebecca came in and admitted that she had slept with Greg's father, and he was stunned. But he also appreciated their honesty. Is that a sign that he may accept her as she is, mistakes and so on?
Well, he was in meetings again, where people talked about doing all sorts of crazy things. I think he has broadened his humanity somewhat and recognizes the change in her. She is someone who has never admitted that before. She was always someone who tried to get away with it. There is no reason that she had to be there to tell him. He would know it two seconds later. So he recognizes the courage in it, even if it is obviously quite repugnant and rather annoying.
TVLINE | We've done "The Math of Love Triangles" before, so is Rebecca now in a love rectangle?
She is in a love square, yes.
TVLINE | Do you see these three men addressing different aspects of her?
Oh, definitely. We've deliberately tried to explore the different tropes of men in romantic comedies, and in keeping with the stereotype of a crazy ex-girlfriend, we have high school hero Josh Chan, rich Nathan Nathan Plimpton, and snarky's best friend Greg , It's all things that attract her, and they all have something about her that she really loves and admires. But she still understands herself. She really tries to find out who she is and what place she has in the world.
TVLINE | Yes, Rebecca even mentioned this week: Does she even end up with someone?
Yeah, does she have to be with someone? What is the role of love in your life? How important is it for you? Is one of these guys suitable for that? Is she ready to be with someone in a relationship? Love is her favorite drug, and unlike alcohol and drugs, she can not just take her off and go away. That's what Dr. med. Akopian said to her last year: you need and deserve love. For her the challenge is: how will she ever dive with someone in the toes without being overwhelmed and overwhelmed and breaking a rabbit hole?
TVLINE | We enter the home track here, the last half of last season. What can you tell us about what is coming?
We come back with an episode that's just crazy. It's one of the stupidest we've ever done. We really enjoyed doing it. And we explore these relationships and where Rebecca goes in her life. She lands the plane now. She tries to make some decisions based on the insights she has learned about herself. We gave her a lot of real estate after her attempted suicide, both through an eight-month jump and, again, she was not romantically connected to anyone this season. She has gone through the list of unresolved relationships, and obviously this relationship with Greg is one of the unsolved ones. So there is a chance to return to it with the tools that she has learned, and that is one year since [suicide attempt].
TVLINE | And is the series finale really on Valentine's Day, as Greg said this week?
I mean … that's the end of the break, is not it?
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