Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne are JUST FRIENDS in the show platonicpremiering Wednesday on Apple TV+.
They star as a pair of old friends who reconnect and mayhem ensues. But don’t expect it to be a will, they/they don’t type of show, watch it and expect their characters to connect.
“We’re working so hard to make sure that doesn’t happen,” Byrne told ABC Audio. “We wanted the audience to be relaxed, let go of that expectation and just enjoy what was going to happen.”
“It’s not a show about that,” she adds. “It’s a show about a friendship.”
Rogen echoes the same sentiment, saying, “These two people were not romantically interested in each other. Even though her husband had a hard time believing it, and my friends had a hard time believing it.”
“And it all feels very real, you know? But we also firmly believe that it’s possible and real for a man and woman to have a friendship, you know?”
Although Byrne and Rogen wanted to avoid the expectation that their characters are connected, they had fun with the idea.
“It’s obviously a trope we’re playing with,” Bryne explains. “So inspired by a lot of the classics When Harry met Sally, e.g. But it’s not that. This says you can do it.”
“And ultimately the show is about these personalities, this friendship, which just can’t be sustained because it’s too extreme, you know, high ups and downs,” she continues. “And can they ever just have a more, you know, happy medium.”
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