November 6th, 2021
 Big Mouth & Esther Povitsky

The fifth season of Netflix’s Emmy-winning animated show Big Mouth came out yesterday, November 5, bringing into light a couple of casting changes hitherto unknown to the fans. We sadly report that Kat did not come back to voice Leah Birch, passing on the role to actress and comedian Chloe Fineman, who is perhaps mostly known for her appearances on Saturday Night Live. No reasons for this change have yet been revealed by the showrunners or Kat Dennings herself.

While we await further news and publicity stills from Dollface, we would like to share a recent interview co-star Esther Povitsky conceded to Yahoo Entertainment where she addressed her comedy and the inspiration behind it.

She explains that she sees her skillsets cross-pollinating right now, and that while her work on Dollface (scripted) is vastly different from honing a standup set, the two keep each other sharp in a way. “They’re two completely different jobs, but getting on stage and testing out material helps me keep my comedy beats and my timing in tune,” she says. “Then, just being on the show has given me new life experience to draw from.”

For anyone that has yet to jump into Dollface, now is the perfect time to catch up while filming for the second season is underway. Povitsky appears alongside Kat Dennings, a sterling Brenda Song, and Shay Mitchell, who portray a friend group in a time of reconciliation shot through a chaotic, absurdist lens. Executive produced by Margot Robbie, Dollface feels like a necessary exploration of female friendship, a tender but honest peek into the complicated highs and lows of existing in your twenties.

According to Povitsky, the friendships seen on screen on Dollface aren’t a big reach. “I feel like they cast us as a real-life friend group,” she says. “This season, in particular, we were just all so comfortable with each other.”


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