Paula Pell

TV SeriesCollider

'Girls5eva': In Which Busy Phillips Takes Over the Interview to Ask Paula Pell About 'Documentary Now: Co-Op'

The core of the Peacock comedy Girls5eva, created by Meredith Scardino, is female friendship — specifically told through the lens of what happens when the members of a '90s girls group reunite in the present to try to recapture some of the fame they once had. Thus, it made perfect sense that for a recent press day celebrating the series, stars Busy Phillips and Paula Pell were paired together for interviews.
Picture for 'Girls5eva': In Which Busy Phillips Takes Over the Interview to Ask Paula Pell About 'Documentary Now: Co-Op'
TV & VideosIn Style

From Iconic SNL Writer to Retired Pop Star in Girls5Eva, Paula Pell Is Comedy Gold

As a child, I quickly realized how fun it was to make people laugh. It became my superpower to get out of trouble whenever I did something wrong. I would do bits in school, like running my fingers along the blackboard and then patting one of my favorite teachers on the back to tell him he was doing a great job. We had this "wink-wink" relationship where we gave each other shit, and he was fine with it as long as I didn't disrupt the flow of class. I was also a theater nerd. At age 13, I played Mother Superior in a school production of The Sound of Music. I've always said I was born at 50 because even as a kid, I looked like an older woman. I was repeatedly cast as a mother or grandmother and had gray spray in my hair all throughout high school and college. But I didn't want to play the madam of a brothel forever. I loved acting and had a lot of comedy confidence when I was young, but that confidence goes down the toilet once you start doing it for a living. You deal with a lot of rejection. So when a writing job at Saturday Night Live came along in my early 30s, I decided that would be my path.
Picture for From Iconic SNL Writer to Retired Pop Star in Girls5Eva, Paula Pell Is Comedy Gold
RELATED CHANNELS
TV & Videosawardswatch.com

Interview: Sara Bareilles, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Busy Philipps and Paula Pell of ‘Girls5eva’

Girls5eva debuts this today, Thursday, May 6, on the Peacock network with one of the strongest comedic ensembles in recent memory. The show details the fall and subsequent attempted comeback of an all-girl group from the 90’s longing for past glory. Written by Meredith Scardino and executive produced by 30 Rock‘s Robert Carlock and Tina Fey, this has the potential of being the flagship program for the streaming service.
RELATED PEOPLE