Paula Pell

‘Girls5eva’ star Paula Pell on finally getting to perform

Paula Pell is one of the stars of the Peacock comedy “Girls5eva,'' about a female pop group getting a second chance at fame. She was a writer for more than two decades on “Saturday Night Live.” Pell tells The Treatment she has always been a performer in spite of that talent taking a back seat while at SNL, and she explains why she believes she came into her prime as a performer in her fifties.
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‘Girls5eva’ Star Paula Pell on the Mystery of Ashley’s Death and Her Love of ‘Joyful Losers’

Click here to read the full article. Spoiler Alert: Do not read if you haven’t watched Episode 5 of “Girls5Eva” Season 2, now streaming on Peacock. Although “Girls5Eva” is one of the funniest shows on television, from the beginning there’s been a tragedy underpinning Dawn (Sara Bareilles), Wickie (Renée Elise Goldsberry), Summer (Busy Phillips) and Gloria’s (Paula Pell) quest to revive the titular girl group. In flashbacks to the band’s Y2K heyday, the four are lead by Ashley (Ashley Park), a veteran girl group performer with six prior bands to her name. But after they went their separ8 ways, Ashley died...

Paula Pell has become Girls5eva's most reliable scene-stealer

"At first glance, as the show is well aware and leans into every chance it gets, Gloria is the most unlikely member of Girls5Eva," says Caroline Framke of Pell's character. "With her gray hair and omnipresent frown, and standing a good several inches shorter than everyone else, she immediately goes against the visual grain of the group. Dawn, Wickie, and Summer haven’t changed so much from their younger selves that they’ve become unrecognizable. Gloria, though, has not just aged, but settled into herself as the straight-talking lesbian she always was underneath all the painfully heterosexual girl group glam. She’s evolved so much from her 2000s era self, in fact, that when an episode includes her in a flashback, Gloria’s played not by Pell, but by another actor entirely (Erika Henningsen, making the most of it). As far as character journeys go, Gloria’s is simply the most varied and compelling — though it helps, of course, to have someone like Pell playing her, too."

Why Paula Pell Is the Most Distinct, and Hilarious, Part of ‘Girls5Eva’

Click here to read the full article. Hardly a minute goes by on “Girls5Eva” without at least three jokes sharper than some comedies manage in an entire episode. And yet, the funniest moment of the Season 2 premiere (“Album Mode”) is a series of nonsensical words sung over a single close-up on a person struggling to remain on this earthly plane. In this moment, Paula Pell doesn’t actually say a word — but she doesn’t have to in order to steal this scene and most every other that follows. In its second season, which premiered May 5 on Peacock, Meredith Scardino’s...