The second season of NBC’s quirky, ironically titled dramedy, Very good Girls, finds Beth (Christina Hendricks), Ruby (Retta), and Annie (Mae Whitman) dealing with the consequences of their criminal behavior.
The series left off with, amongst other cliffhangers, Beth confronted by gang member Rio (Manny Montana), who told her to shoot husband Dean (Matthew Lillard) if she really desires to be the boss. But maybe the most emotionally gripping cliffhanger was when police officer Stan (Reno Wilson) confronted wife Ruby about the robbery, the revenue from which she made use of to spend for their daughter’s kidney surgery.
That rift in between Ruby and Stan is explored additional in the initial handful of episodes of Season two, and Retta and Wilson bring extremely compelling heft to the couple’s issues. Can Stan, as an officer of the law, reconcile his wife’s wrongdoing, even figuring out that deep down she is a very good individual and her actions had been for a noble bring about?
Viewers will root for the couple, and that is in big thanks to the performances from Retta and Wilson. It could be somewhat ironic that such intense drama is brought by two actors with an comprehensive background in comedic acting and standup. We broached that topic with Retta when we spoke with her lately at an NBC press panel referred to as “Women of Drama.” Does she uncover that her background in comedy aids her when it comes to a functionality in a dark-humored drama like Very good Girls?
“I do not necessarily really feel like there’s a lot of comedy [in the show],” Retta clarified. “I do really feel like Annie has all the funny stuff. I get to sit and love the comedy from her.
“I do get to play lighter moments, and I do attempt to infuse some comedy, but I’m not operating challenging on that. I’m attempting to make [Ruby] really feel as true and as grounded as I possibly can, with a sense of humor.”
And Retta — who admits that “I have a tendency to be the crier of the group” — does just that proper off the bat in Season two, maintaining it entirely true as a mother who did what she believed was finest for her child’s desperate circumstance but now finds herself in conflict with her husband.
“It’s a challenging go for them,” Retta says of Ruby and Stan. “People speak about how Ruby is the moral center of the girls, of the group, and Stan is the moral center of our family members. It truly hurts his feelings to know that he’s been lied to for so lengthy.
“[That] hurts [Ruby]. I imply, even final season she truly struggled with obtaining to lie, simply because I consider she truly didn’t think that he would survive it. There is a scene at the finish of Episode 9 final season exactly where it appears like she’s about to inform him, and she’s super-conflicted, and it is truly hurting her to know or to wonder what his reaction is gonna be when she tells him.
“And then, anything takes place, and she does not inform him. She knows that it is not gonna be fantastic and is attempting to stay clear of it at all fees. The truth that she didn’t get to say something, and he identified out ahead of she could say anything, truly messed her up. It tends to make it truly, truly challenging. So, the initial handful of episodes are a struggle for Ruby and Stan.”
And most likely for the couple’s young children, also, as Retta adds that, “There is a scene with the entire family members exactly where the youngsters are like, ‘What is taking place?’ And, we cannot hide it any longer.”
Just before acting, Retta graduated Duke University with a degree in sociology. Does she consider the truth that she so deeply studied human behavior could have helped her acting when it comes to understanding the motivations of characters like Ruby?
“Yeah. I consider when I was in college, you have a tendency to appear at social trends, and I try to remember carrying out a large paper on triggers, on why people today do particular points. I consider I do have an understanding of that, but honestly, I consider just becoming a individual, I type of get it.
“I do not have youngsters, but I have nephews, and I know what I’m prepared to do for them, and how vital they are to me. … I do not know what it is like to be a parent, but I do know, as an aunt, I’ll kill somebody that hurts my nephews. So, I get it in that respect.”
Audiences look to get it, also. So significantly so, that Retta sounds at least somewhat confident there will be a third season of Very good Girls.
“We consider that it is carrying out properly sufficient,” she mentioned, “particularly on Netflix [Season 1 episodes air on the streaming service], that we could get a spike in viewership for the new season, which need to — knock on wood — guarantee yet another season.”
Very good Girls, Season two Premiere, Sunday, March three, 10/9c, NBC