Emily Osment, a star of 'Pretty smart' is using her comedy queen powers for goodDecider spoke with Emily Osment about her new Netflix series, "Pretty Smart" and the importance of having an intimate coordinator on-set.
Emily Osment, the Sitcom Comedy Queen of her generation is no less than Emily Osment. Although it would be tempting to make comparisons to her with the Amys, Tinas or Lucys of her generation, she has forged her own multicam route, free from scandal and determined to utilize her leading lady abilities for good. What's more? It's pure fun to see her.
Osment is the daughter of actor Michael Osment and Haley Joel Joel. However, neither has the success she achieved over the past (gasp!) years. 15 years. From Hannah Montana to Young & Hungry, from stints on Family Guy as well as the Chuck Lorre-produced Mom and The Kominsky Method, it's no surprise that Netflix would want to snap her up for their latest comedy series, Pretty Smart. Osment plays Chelsea (a snobby Harvard graduate) who moves in in Los Angeles with Claire (Olivia Macklin), her roommate Claire (Gregg Sulkin), as well as three other people, including an influencer (Michael Hsu Rosen), Claire (Olivia Macklin), and Cinthya Carmona, her crystal-loving friend). Osment is the best person to help you navigate this household.
Osment has been successfully navigating Hollywood for over 20 years now. But she doesn't do it without her circle of friends. Osment shared her experience via Zoom from Canada, where she is currently filming Hallmark's movie. Before I accept a job, my parents, my partner, and my dog are all involved. "What is the right decision?" I ask myself. It's something that everyone has to make, and it is one I love.
While her dog may not be thrilled to see Canada, many people were enthusiastic about Pretty smart. "I can still remember when I received the call from my whole team. When you receive a call form your entire staff, it's a sign that something is up. Then they say, "We have this great script. We think you'll like it." Osment initially wanted to break away from multi-cam comedy, but the combination of Jack Dolgen and Doug Mand ( Crazy ex-Girlfriend ) was too much to resist. Osment said that they are young and smart men with positive energy. It was a simple decision after meeting them. Netflix has been my friend for many years and I always feel so grateful to them. They have another animated series coming out soon ( DeathEndia). I feel like they are my family, and this was the perfect place. After the past year and half, it's been a pleasure to be able bring laughter and joy into homes and bathtubs, or anywhere else you might watch television. You know what we want? To make you happy.
Osment is particularly pleased with the character she plays throughout the series. Although the first 10 episodes are only half an hour long, it is enough to feel that you have become close friends with Chelsea and her roommates by season 10. Osment stated that she liked her character and her ability to keep her head up throughout the seasons. "I have seen online people saying that it's the opposite Big Bang Theory!" It's like Cheers. She was a woman who believed her life was heading in one direction, but then realized she needs to change the course of her life. This woman is looking for support from people she didn't know she could even speak to. This is how you can learn new things and it's also how you meet people. She learns so much from them about her own character, friendship and having a family to support you.
Perhaps one of the most notable qualities about Osment's acting performances, besides the fact that she continually makes her characters relatable and enjoyable to watch, is that she is just as good playing the straight woman as she is playing the goofball. 'I like [playing the] straight man,' she confessed. 'I think it's a little more fun and a little more challenging if you can't fall back on physical comedy or an outrageous line or an outrageous performance. If you actually have to be funny without using all of your skills from previous comedy jobs, it's more challenging, it's more fun. I like that, and watching my fellow castmates shine and be ridiculous, especially Micheal Hsu Rosen who is just a gem. I know he's beloved already but I can't wait to see him and the entire cast just being obsessed over by the world, because they're phenomenal.' She points to an episode later in the season where his character Jayden communicates through dance, adding, 'I mean, my god! It's ridiculous how talented he is.'
Osment looked at her phone as she brought up the subject of her co-stars. There were 27 messages unread in their group chat right now, which is remarkable given that they all participated in the Pretty Smart media day. Osment stated that they all enjoy each other. We all live close together; Gregg, Cinthya, and I are both neighbors. This makes perfect sense. It's also the first ensemble show in which everyone is roughly the same age. This was different from many other shows that I have been on. It was clear that there were differences in age and interests, but this show works. This show feels like a family. As you age, you realize that nothing is more important than doing your job well. There's no drama. Every day it's nice to have your cast carefully care for you.
Part of that is an environment Osment is responsible for, consciously or not, as it is often the actor that appears first on the call sheet that can set a precedent for the vibe on set — and she is using those powers for good. "I have been an SAG member since 1993 and it is something I keep in my toolbox. Anyone who tries to play with me can get that out. Although I do not have any, it is nice to be able to say "Hey, this has been going on a while, and I know what the right way should be." It's good to be able to voice your opinion, especially with everything going on at IATSE. With Pretty Smart I was extremely pleased with our sexual intimacy coordinator for this program. The response was a resounding "Yes, that's right!" They just hadn't thought of that. It was a pleasant experience to have them there, even if it wasn’t intense. It was my first experience as number one. I had to put up a fight for them. We had Rebecca Johannsen, who was a wonderful lady and made all the difference.
Pretty Smart doesn't have a lot of sex but there are enough instances, including implied sex and kissing, that it is a very sexual show. Two women were seen leaving Grant's room in the pilot episode. Even though it was a fairly simple scene, the intimacy coordinator set to work. "With those two women (the day actors that were hired for this scene), she called them and explained that if they felt uncomfortable She has this feeling of safety that I never had in my entire career. This happens everywhere, not just in acting. Unsurprisingly, there isn't a woman I know who hasn't said, "Yeah! I felt uncomfortable at work." We do everything we can to make our partners feel at ease. This show is so great! It all went very smoothly! "I think I just sent one email, and she hired me within twelve hours." "What else could I do?"
Osment also uses the chance to recruit talented actors for her projects. She said, "It is within my realm to suggest actors for certain projects." "So it's always fun to hear someone say, "Hey, we've got this part in a few episodes. Do you know of any actors who might be suitable?" And I was like, "Oh my God I do!" It's a great feeling to support your fellow team members. In college, I was a theater major and it felt so good to support the rest of your team. Los Angeles is a more solitary career than Hollywood. There is so much competition among actors, and it is a joy to be able to recommend friends. People will vouch to you and then they'll vouch later. It's good.
She also found it gratifying to have showrunners who wanted to do the right thing for her characters. Osment stated that they were at Jack and Doug's mercy. She added that the crew spent time on the stage getting to know each other and this contributed to the show's chemistry. They are friends, they know one another, and there is room for playfulness, jokes, and a lot more. Because we spent so much time together, it was common for us to meet up every day for lunch. We would always knock at the door of someone who wasn't there for lunch and ask them what they're doing. All of us are eating in Cinthya’s room. Every weekend, we were all at my place. The experience was so safe and comforting. Unfortunately, it's not often that an ensemble cast like that. That was something I truly appreciate.
It seems that the show needs a musical episode. However, Osment, who is also a singer, was excited about the idea. I even suggested Beck as a guest star. She has been reading Little Fires Everywhere and How To Change Your Mind, as well as The Unvisible Life Of Addie LaRue, which she is about to start. Schwab is "constantly reading David Sedaris since he's just incredible," and she also listens to Malcolm Gladwell’s podcast, Revisionist History.
Viewers will enjoy her role as Chelsea the bookworm, and will be able to watch from the outside. She can't help but fall for another "will they/won’t they" relationship. Osment was asked about what it is like to actually be in one, rather than just looking from the outside. She replied that she hadn't thought of it because it wasn't something she had any control over. It's so nice to tell the world that I didn't have any control over the ending of Young & Hungry. I am sorry for it. It was not my intention for it to go in this direction. The 'will it or won't?' questions made us all feel frustrated. We were all frustrated by the "will they or won't they?" and the cliffhanger. I am certain that this will never happen on this series. This delicate balance is hard to achieve. It's not something you want to see Grant or Chelsea trying it too hard. It's been done with Cheers and Friends. We have seen it work in many other shows. There is an art to giving people what they want, and not holding back or letting them begged for. She can solve the problem by simply sending an email.
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