February 12th, 2022
 Dollface Season 2 Is About Embracing Your Thirties
Dollface Season 2 Is About Embracing Your Thirties

The cast of the hit Hulu show on their real-life friendship, behind-the-scenes banter, and how to find your inner Pussycat Doll.

More than two years after debuting on Hulu, Dollface has returned for its long-awaited second season, bringing four best friends into a post-pandemic world where they try to discover who they are—and what they really want out of life—as they reach the end of their 20s.

After successfully rekindling her friendships with Madison (Brenda Song), Stella (Shay Mitchell), and Izzy (Esther Povitsky), Jules (Kat Dennings) must now find a way to keep the close-knit group together as the women navigate work, love, heartbreak and an ever deepening relationship with each of themselves.

In a joint Zoom interview with BAZAAR.com, the four leading ladies of Dollface discuss memories of their first meeting, the evolution of their characters in the show’s sophomore season, and the process of filming the show’s most memorable sequences, including an “anxiety tornado” and a dance number set to “Attitude” by Chamie.

Esther, in an interview with The A.V. Club, you said that Kat and Brenda were like Grace and Frankie—these crazy old ladies who would run around the set—while you and Shay were like the dead bodies who would sit around and talk about food. What do you all remember from your first meeting, and how would you say those dynamics have evolved into what we see in the show?

ESTHER POVITSKY: I want to correct that Shay gave them that name—Grace and Frankie—and I think I called me and Shay the dead bodies, ’cause [during] Season 1, we just literally laid with our feet up.


EP: That’s our style.

BRENDA SONG: The funny thing is, since the first time we met, I don’t think our dynamics have changed. This is who we are right off the bat. It was just a safe space, and the funny thing I always tell people is that we are our characters in our friend group. If we were to have dinner—and this did happen when we tried to plan a dinner, I was very Madison. I was like, “We’re going to dinner. We’re setting it up. What are we doing?” And Shay’s like, “We’re going here.”

SM: Shay was late!

KAT DENNINGS: Just a little bit.

BS: And Kat was like, “How far is it from my house?” And Esther is like, “Um, is there gonna be food for me? What is there? I need to see a menu.”

KD: You had already made reservations like two weeks prior. You were like, “Okay, it’s at this time, it’s at this place.”

BS: I forced everyone to do it. I was like, “It’s happening.”

EP: I think, especially when we first met too, we were all so authentically ourselves. And the best days on set were the days when it was all four of us, because we were always on the same page, but also at the same time still so true to who we were that it just always felt like a fun sleepover and just like chaos and also lots of laughing.

BS: I’m surprised that we ever got any work done!

EP: Truly! But also, that’s not true, ’cause we’re such nerds. I’ve never been on a show where we would all gather around, like, “Okay, time to rehearse!” And we’d run through our lines.

BS: Well, I’m old and can’t remember anything anymore. So I have to do that, otherwise we’d be on set forever.

Kat, how would you describe Jules’ evolution this season from a woman who doesn’t know what she wants out of life to someone who doesn’t need the “emotional Secret Service” and who really comes into her own, both personally and professionally?

KD: I think Jules benefited from a little down time from her job to kind of come into her own during the “off” period. But the interesting thing of where we start in Season 2 is that Jules thinks she’s getting fired, she thinks she’s being laid off. And to her immense surprise, she’s promoted instead, so she’s sort of confronted with whether or not she actually wants to work where she works and if she actually wants this life. And of course, she says, “Yes.” And she becomes Izzy’s boss at work, so that kind of throws a wrench into her friend group, and she meets a cute boy … and there’s another cute boy, and she kinda has to figure that out. The roles are kind of reversed for her this season.

Brenda, Madison has always been an organized, straight-laced high-achiever, but her world is really thrown into disarray when she is fired from her P.R. company. What does she ultimately discover about herself when she is forced to establish herself on her own?

BS: I think Madison has never been at such a low, having this huge break up, so therefore she’s gonna put her focus on work—and then that [is] disappearing. This season was really important because it was all about her rediscovering herself—what she really wanted to do, finding her own self-worth that wasn’t in her job or the guy she was dating. And also just being confident in herself without having anything, being able to step out and try new things, breaking out and starting her own firm, having clients that she would normally feel uncomfortable having. I think this season is all about Madison trying new things and trying to step out of her comfort zone, which is obviously a very important lesson for her—and for everyone.

So this journey for her this year is really, really personal. And because she’s still a control freak, she has to focus on something, so she focuses on turning 30, and that is like her gripe this whole year. I remember when I was turning 30—which feels so long ago now—I was stressing out about it! Because it feels like such a milestone, like, “When you turn 30, your life should be here, you have all these places that you should be at.” And for Madison, she just wasn’t anywhere near that, and that could just cause so much self-doubt.

Shay, Stella goes on an intriguing journey when she agrees to start both a personal and professional relationship with Liv (Lilly Singh). Her storyline leads to an interesting exploration of queer families and allows us to see another side of her, because she has to start thinking about people other than herself. How does that relationship ultimately change Stella as a person, and what did you personally make of their heartbreaking final scene?

SM: It’s crazy ’cause I feel like Stella almost comes into her comfort zone in this season [with her] relationship personally with Liv, but also just working in a bar, which I feel is like her second home. She gets to work on her entrepreneurial side, so it’s less of that corporate world that she just didn’t fit into, so in one way, she comes into this comfort zone. But then at the same time, like you said, the responsibilities of now being almost a pseudo stepmom to Liv’s son is kind of a lot, and I think that, in the end, she realizes she’s not there yet and has to make that decision. It was a really heartbreaking scene to shoot, and I felt bad doing it because I think that Stella was finally in this zone of like, “Okay, I have the job that I want, I have this great relationship, I’m playing house with this whole family dynamic.” But, ultimately, it wasn’t really what she was ready for.

Esther, Izzy has this endearing relationship with Liam (Jayson Blair) that you can’t help but root for. But over the course of the season, she has to learn how to love herself—and it’s one of the reasons she chooses to initially break things off with him. For you, how do those really dramatic scenes compare to the comedic ones that you’re most comfortable with? Is there a different approach, or are you simply pulling from different life experiences?

EP: I would say it’s all the same, ’cause even comedy is like, you’re still playing it real and honest. But it was interesting playing Izzy this season because I feel like she made all the mistakes that I made in my 20s. She just ruined her life basically, and it’s like she just blows every opportunity. She gets the hot guy, she blows it. Her friend gets promoted at work, she makes that weird. And so I feel like I’ve done all these things when I was young and stupid, and it was kind of therapeutic to play them and be like, “Oh, I was like this.” And then it’s nice that she comes through it all in the end and grows, which is something I’m not that familiar with personally…

In the third episode, there is a funny practice session that tees up an incredible dance number. Kat, did you use your power as an executive producer to get out of that sequence like Jules did with a doctor’s note on a business card—

KD: Yes! Yes! God bless you! You got it right. I was supposed to dance in the script. In my defense, you guys got a lot of choreography practice, and I was filming other scenes, so I didn’t get to practice.

I also previously broke my ankle and it never really came back quite right, so I have a pre-existing injury and I missed all the choreography practice that these girls got to do. I saw the video—you guys were like the Pussycat Dolls! I didn’t know what was going on, and I tried to practice and I immediately threw my neck out. I was like, “I have the power, I’m gonna try to use it.” And Michelle Nader, our showrunner, found the way to make that funny instead of completely pathetic.

SM: But also, I feel like that’s what your character genuinely would have done…

KD: Same! Yes! Thank you! I had been through an hour of texting and re-writing with Michelle, and I was like, “Guess what? You’re on your own. Bye!” I think it’s perfect and, like Shay said, Jules would never do that dance—never. So the doctor’s note to get out of a dance is incredible, and I don’t regret anything.

BS: I do regret not being able to see you do that dance though, Kat.

KD: Well, you were never gonna see me because I couldn’t do that dance. You would see me in the hospital.

For the three ladies who did dance, what was the creative process like and how long did it really take for everything to come together? I know a few of you might have a little bit of a background in dance, and Shay, I’ve seen your TikTok dances as well.

BS: Oh yeah, that bitch is Beyoncé! [Mitchell shakes her head.] I made her go right in front of me so I could watch her every single move.

SM: We had a lot of fun doing it. It was a great workout. We were bruised head-to-toe, but it was worth it.

BS: And I’ve never done anything like that before. It was terrifying. I was, like, 12 weeks postpartum going, “I don’t know if my body can do this!” But it was so much fun. And actually, the thing was we only rehearsed for, what, an hour and a half, two hours maybe? And then, we had an amazing choreographer. They broke it down where it was so simple because I am so uncoordinated. I was so terrified ’cause I’m like, “I’m gonna make a fool out of myself, but if I do, we’ll make it funny.” But then it was really fun. I was really proud of us.

KD: Esther, you’re a professional dancer!

EP: Look, I just want to say, as a person who was a major in dance for one semester in college, Brenda and Shay are incredible dancers. Brenda thinks she can’t, and Brenda just must be good at everything by accident.

In the landscape of shows centering on female friendships, this show has managed to carve out a niche with its use of magical realism. Do any of you have a favorite memory that really sticks out from filming some of those outlandish sequences? How much of it requires you to really use your own imaginations to buy into the final product?

SM: Honestly, I watched the whole season three times over with different girlfriends of mine—sorry, I couldn’t wait. But the anxiety tornado, I think, everybody has gone through and is so relatable. I think that is what separates our show from any other. It is so relatable, you don’t get anxiety watching it, you feel good after finishing an episode, but everybody can relate to that anxiety tornado because we’ve all gone through and continue to do so. So that specifically for me, I didn’t really have to imagine a lot, I was just like, “Alright, bring it back to yesterday,” and then I think we were all in it.

BS: Also, that was insane to shoot—that was hilarious to shoot. It was towards the end of our shoot, we were all a mess. We were shooting in some random place in L.A. that I don’t even remember, that I just wiped out of my mind. And the thing that I love about the show in general—and even with the surrealism stuff—is that our characters are all so different, so you get to see four different perspectives and how they each individually deal with a single situation. And I think that kind of represents a bunch of different personalities, so someone can find one of these characters to sort of relate to, which I really, really love and [is] one of the things that initially drew me in.

KD: I have the luck of working with Beth Grant a lot in those sequences—and I don’t want to take credit for it, but I will take credit for Beth Grant, because as soon as I knew about the “Cat Lady” concept, I was like, “You guys, let’s try to get Beth Grant.” So I did that, okay? But first of all, she’s one of the great actors of our time, she’s been in absolutely everything, she’s a complete genius, so we were so lucky to have her. But this woman, her voice, her presence, like the way she really gets into character, which I’m gonna say is probably my favorite part of the magical realism behind the scenes. She will make cat noises and say things to me to get herself revved up for the scene, which is an incredible experience, but you really don’t have to imagine that much with Beth. Because even though she’s Beth Grant and she just has C.G.I. dots on her face, there’s no real imagination required, ‘cause she’s so in that character.

Shay and Brenda, in the third episode, Stella asks Madison, “Can’t we, as Asian women, own our sexuality too?” And even though that line was said in passing, it made me think of the way Asian women have been portrayed in Western media. Both of you have become cultural touchstones for multiple generations, and Shay, you’re now executive producing your first series, The Cleaning Lady, on FOX. What do you both make of the evolution of Asian representation, and how would you like to continue changing the narrative for Asian women in Hollywood?

SM: Yeah, absolutely. The Cleaning Lady, for me, it was very important to be able to put more of a minority group into these predominant roles. Our lead for that show [Élodie Yung] is incredible, but it is super important for us. And I think that’s why, even though it’s sort of a tossed line, it is important, and I think that that was something that my character even said in the beginning: “Why can’t she own her sexuality? Even if it is a stereotype, who cares? That’s her owning it.” And I think that it was really important that they put it in the show.

BS: I think it’s really important, especially in today’s day and age, that what the world really looks like is represented in media and TV, and I think we’re moving in a wonderful direction because it hasn’t always been that way. I think we’re so fortunate to have these opportunities now, and to be able to pay that forward is all we can really ask for and all we can really do. I think it’s really important, especially for this next generation and for these younger kids, to grow up seeing themselves represented in TV and media, because that’s something that, personally, I didn’t get much of.

And that’s really hard because that’s not what the world looks like—and especially in a show like this where it’s just about four girls. Yes, we’re all different races, we come from different places, and we touch on it. But at the end of the day, we focus on the fact that we’re just girls living life, and we’re not putting the focus on: “Well, I’m playing the Asian girl.” It’s like, yes, that is our background, that’s where we come from. But at the same time, we’re just living life and that’s not [what] we’re defined by, and I think that’s an interesting twist on our show. It’s the first time we really touch on something [about Asian women] and I think it’s something important that we should talk about and continue to talk about, and that was a really fun episode. Poppy [who plays Lotus Dragon Bebe] is incredible. She’s amazing. She was so funny, so sweet, so talented. I absolutely love her, and yes, I wish I could own my sexuality like her.

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

Written by Max Gao for Harper’s Bazaar, article published on February 11
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February 12th, 2022
 How the Dollface cast & crew made season 2 gay as hell
How the Dollface cast & crew made season 2 gay as hell

After being on hiatus for over two years because of the ongoing global pandemic, your favorite TV girl gang is officially back! 

The beloved comedy series Dollface makes its triumphant return back to Hulu for its hilarious second season, and picking up right where season one left off, we get to see the continued adventures of Jules (Kat Dennings) as she navigates life in her 30s with new romantic relationships, job opportunities, and most importantly, her continued friendships with her core group of besties Madison (Brend Song), Stella (Shay Mitchell), and Izzy (Esther Povitsky).

Season two also ups the ante when it comes to on-screen LGBTQ+ representation, introducing a few new queer characters to the roster and with Pretty Little Liars and You alum Shay Mitchell’s character Stella entering a relationship with a new woman in her life: a queer bar owner named Liv, played by bisexual YouTuber and talk show host Lilly Singh. 

Out got to chat with the cast and creators of Dollface to talk about making season two queer as hell, Asian representation, the need for more diverse casting in TV, and more!

“Being able to work opposite of Lilly was so much fun,” Shay Mitchell told Out about getting to explore Stella’s queerness alongside Lilly Singh’s Liv. “I love her. I’ve known her for a while now, we’re both Canadian, so that was really fun. But I also love the fact that the whole thing about [Stella] dating a girl wasn’t this big to-do. I thought it was really refreshing. Stella’s always been a fluid character, so you’re never really surprised, as an audience, to be like, it’s a woman. The same way you’re like, she’s in a throuple. You know that that’s Stella, and I love that about her.”

“I’m so glad we got to dive into that part of Stella this season because she was a character that I’ve always conceived of as queer or bisexual-identifying who just happened to be dating a guy in the one episode of season one that you got to see her date someone,” Dollface‘s creator Jordan Weiss added. “To get to show more of her love life and more of her story, specifically with her dating a woman this year, was something that we always knew we wanted to do in season two and that we were so excited to get to do. And Shay as a performer was super championing of it. She’s played a lot of queer characters on screen and is such an amazing advocate and a really dynamic performer.”

Season 2 of Dollface is now streaming on Hulu!

Written and interviewed by Raffy Ermac for Out, article and video published on February 11
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February 12th, 2022
 Kat Dennings could teach a master class in makeup removal
Kat Dennings could teach a master class in makeup removal

The star of Dollface shares her unique take on double cleansing, the products she can’t live without, and the discontinued products she’s living without — but just barely.

Kat Dennings loves — loves — to talk about beauty. This is not merely an observation, even though it was abundantly clear when I talked to her recently; this is an admission. “Beauty’s kind of like my favorite thing,” she tells me, followed by the five little words that serve as the secret handshake among those of us who became enamored of makeup before we were allowed to wear it: Making Faces by Kevyn Aucoin. Turns out we both got the legendary book, which she credits with changing her brain chemistry forever, as a Hanukkah gift in the mid-’90s. “The looks he did, like making people look like other people by changing your eyebrow shape or your lip shape or whatever, and all his diagrams on different lip liners — I mean, the whole thing made me obsessed with makeup.”

So it was a little strange that the first two drugstore products that came up in our chat weren’t, say, mascara and shampoo, but rather topical pain-relieving foam and Scotch tape. For nearly a week before our phone conversation, Dennings was tormented by an especially obstinate migraine that had finally lifted that morning. “I know we’re talking about beauty products, but shoutout to Biofreeze foam,” she says. We’ll come back to the tape later.

Dennings has been talking to journalists and fans cleverly disguised as journalists (hello, it is I, the latter of the two) about the second season of Dollface (premiering February 11), in which she continues to play Jules, one of the most relatable characters in Hulu’s vast array of streaming entertainment. Even Dennings relates to her — at least in terms of her makeup, which is very much in sync with the actor’s own signature look.

“I don’t think it’s a secret that I love a cat eye. That’s my thing. And yeah, so does Jules. It’s weird how that happens,” Dennings says. Dollface‘s head makeup artist, Cheryl Calo, applies Jules’s go-to false lashes — which breaks from Dennings’s real-life makeup routine — but Dennings insists on applying her cat eye herself for filming. “It’s controversial because I know that many makeup artists are amazing at it. It’s just that I know my eyes so well, and I can do it in three seconds,” she explains. “Also, I wear contacts, and I get really scared having things really close to my eyes.”

Always welcome near her eyeballs: Pat McGrath Labs Perma Precision Liquid Eyeliner. “Pat McGrath, has, in my opinion, the best liquid liner,” she says, though she also loves Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner.

Eye makeup is actually what Calo — and Dennings, as we’ve established — would start with when she was in the makeup trailer in order to spare Dennings’s skin from heavy complexion makeup as long as possible. “She would do my eyes first, and then we would do my foundation and concealer last. So it was great for her because any fallout, you can just wipe it off,” Dennings says. “But even though it might be 20 minutes, it’s still less time that the makeup’s on your face.”

Keeping on-set makeup off her face as much as possible has become a priority for Dennings, who, from the looks of her skin, is clearly doing something right. In fact, she has her own version of a double cleanse, you could say. “I used to break out a lot more, and now I kind of have this down to a science,” she says. “The second you can take it off, take it right off.” For Dennings, this means using Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes the moment she’s done shooting. Then, after a brief intermission — otherwise known as driving home — the second part of her double cleanse begins.

“I’m lucky enough to have a bathtub, and I have one of those little tables on it, and I keep removal products on that table so I can take it off in the bathtub again,” Dennings says, immediately prompting me to make a note in my phone to look into one of these bathtub tables for myself. She’ll then use either Clinique All About Clean Rinse-Off Foaming Face Cleanser or Weleda Clarifying Gel Cleanser with a “little silicone scrubby pad” she got on Amazon for three bucks. Her three-second cat eye is removed just as quickly with Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover

If she’s feeling especially fancy, Dennings adds yet another step to her cleanse: Bésame Cold Cream. “It’s like a ’50s-style cold cream, except not full of weird lead or whatever they had back then,” she says, which — OK, yes, good. “This is only if I’m really giving myself a treat. It just leaves your skin very soft.”

On the rare occasion that Dennings finds herself wearing glitter, the removal process is significantly less… wet. “We had a scene where we had a lot of glitter on our eyes, and I’m sure you know that glitter is the devil. So Cheryl’s tip, which is brilliant, is to take it off with tape — push it onto your eyelids, obviously being very careful,” Dennings says, clarifying that she means Scotch tape. Please, for the love of Hulu, don’t put packing tape or duct tape near your eyes. “No more sadly taking specks out of your nose a year later.”

Although it sounds like she’s got pretty much everything figured out in the beauty realm — and much of her Instagram content over the last couple of years would seem to confirm that — Dennings admits, there are a few things she’s still wrestling with. 

“I don’t mind telling you that I have gotten so many gray hairs. It’s, like, making me really upset. I don’t know what to do about it. So I’m in this weird place of, like, do I start dyeing my hair? Do I just give in to this happening?” she says. When I tell her she’d look awesome with a badass Bonnie Raitt-style silver streak, Dennings begs to differ. “Of course, Bonnie Raitt looks amazing, but I look like I just got scared a couple of times.”

Another beauty struggle: Where have all the great lip stains gone? “They always discontinue my favorite things,” Dennings says. “Do you remember the Vincent Longo lip stain?” Ugh, yes — they were so good. Also gone: “CoverGirl made my favorite drugstore stain. It’s just, like, a marker.” She lets out a completely justified grunt of frustration, followed by laughter.

So because her favorite lip stains have moved on to the big acrylic lip-color organizer thingy in the sky, Dennings is forced to get creative to achieve the lip looks she’s going for. “Anytime I wear something, people are like, ‘What is that? What color is that?’ I’m like, ‘Well, how much time do you have? It’s five different things.'”

It begs the question: Is it time for Kat Dennings to become the eleventy-thousandth celebrity to launch a beauty brand? And that question apparently begs another question, according to Dennings: “Who would buy the Kat Dennings line of anything?”

To which I say, my future bathtub table and I are ready.

Written by Marci Brown for Allure, article published on February 11
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February 11th, 2022
 Kat Dennings says Dollface season 2 is ‘kinda messy, kinda chaotic’
Kat Dennings says Dollface season 2 is ‘kinda messy, kinda chaotic’

The Dollface season 1 finale may have aired way back in November 2019 (Remember pre-pandemic life?!), but it’s likely you remember the carnage that ensued during a certain wedding showdown. Well, apparently the long-awaited second season isn’t going to be any more chill. “Kinda messy, kinda chaotic,” says star Kat Dennings when asked to describe upcoming episodes of the Hulu comedy.

Since it has been a couple of years, here’s a quick refresher: Dollface follows the recently single Jules (Dennings) who, after breaking from her longterm boyfriend, has to figure out how to reconnect with the best girl friends she abandoned along the way. Luckily, she has the help of a literal cat lady (majestically voiced by Beth Grant, though really just a figment of Jules’ imagination) to help her get things back on track with college besties Madison (Brenda Song) and Stella (Shay Mitchell), as well as forge a new friendship with coworker Izzy (Esther Povitsky). The season 1 finale saw all four girls gather at a friend’s wedding that Jules’ eccentric boss Celeste (Malin Åkerman) and her husband Colin (Goran Visnjic) were also attending.

But what about that mayhem you mentioned? we hear you cry. Well, first off, the bride was actually Jules’s ex-boyfriend’s sister — so pretty, yep, messy — and secondly, it turned out that Colin was actually Madison’s (married-but-planning-on-leaving-his-wife) boyfriend, a fact Jules decided to share during an impassioned toast where she defended her friend and shamed her boss’ husband.

When we pick back up for season 2 with Jules and co., the pandemic has been gone (“another fantasy element,” says Dennings) and our leading lady is about to return to the office and meet with Celeste for the first time since the wedding bombshell. “She doesn’t really know what’s gonna happen, but she assumes she’s going to be immediately fired,” says Dennings. “And instead, Celeste promotes her! Suddenly she’s Celeste’s right hand at work and she’s Izzy’s boss. It thrusts her into this new Jules life where things are the opposite of season 1.”

While things are looking up for Jules’ work life, Madison’s lofty career goals are faltering, which is highly distressing to the super-ambitious P.R. rep. “The cutest thing about this season is that Jules and Madison’s roles are reversed immediately,” explains Dennings. “Madison is usually the one who knows what’s going on, thriving at work, doing amazing, super busy. Just as Jules is being promoted but thinks she’s being fired, Madison thinks she’s being promoted, but instead she gets fired. There’s a really great episode where the two girls have opposite days; everything’s going amazing for Jules and everything’s going worse and worse for Madison.”

Jules and Madison aren’t the only ones seeing changes in their expected career trajectories. After moving to Philadelphia to attend business school at UPenn, Stella is back in L.A. and realizing that she wants to find a way to combine her party girl attitude with her business mind. “Stella’s realizing that she did all this work and she doesn’t even know if she wants to do this anymore,” says Dennings. “Just as she’s giving up, she meets a beautiful woman named Liv, played by the genius Lilly Singh, and they embark on a new business journey together to open a bar. So Stella is using what she learned in business school, but she’s melding it with her true self, which is fun.”

While Stella mixes work and play, Jules juggles two guys this season. Fans of Wes (Matthew Gray Gubler) will be glad to know he is still a presence in Jules’ life, but there’s also a new romantic interest on the scene to spice things up. “She and Wes are still kind of seeing each other, but this very annoying thing has occurred that’s come between them,” says Jules, adding that it’s “up to Wes to rise to the occasion and it’s unclear whether he’s going to do that.” As Jules waits for Wes to get his s— together, in walks an exceedingly tall and very attractive musician. Isn’t TV life great? “There’s also another cute boy, a character named Fender [Luke Cook, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina] and he really throws a wrench into Jules’ romantic life.”

When it comes to Izzy’s love life, however, she’s the only one standing in her own way. Having found that rare lasting pandemic love with a cutie named Liam (Jayson Blair) who’s genuinely crazy about her, Izzy can’t allow herself to believe that’s true. “It’s an interesting thing, because Izzy’s being made to feel bad for having a super hot boyfriend, which is so crazy,” says Dennings. “Her insecurities are really getting the better of her and she’s just letting anxiety take over this relationship. She’s just torpedoing this great thing in her life and we get to see Izzy making a huge mistake, but we’re also on her side all the time.”

The show makes a point of being on the side of women, rather than pitting them against one another, as evidenced by Celeste’s upcoming season 2 arc. Now that she knows that Madison was her husband’s girlfriend and also that Jules was aware of this, it’d be understandable if her feelings toward the girls were somewhat frosty, “but it’s dealt with than differently than you’ve seen on TV before,” explains Dennings. “It’s not the woman’s fault and it’s explored in this really great way where you see Celeste in a whole new light.”

All 10 episodes of Dollface season 2 arrive on Hulu Feb. 11. Watch a clip from the new season above.

Written by Ruth Kinane for Entertainment Weekly, article and video published on February 10
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February 10th, 2022
 Kat Dennings, Dollface cast and crew talk bringing the friends into their 30s for season 2
Kat Dennings, Dollface cast and crew talk bringing the friends into their 30s for season 2

NEW YORK — “Dollface” is back for season 2 on Hulu and it brings the four friends into a new decade, their thirties.

“The turning 30 thing is kind of the theme of the season for kind of everyone but especially Madison and Jules because their birthdays are a few days apart from each other,” said Kat Dennings, “Jules.”

“Her life is like her worst nightmare because of her relationship falling apart she focuses on her job and when that’s taken from her, again no spoilers, but it’s kind of like, it’s taken from her, she doesn’t know what to do because she’s always, she’s a control freak, she needs something to focus on so that’s what she focuses on the thirty, her turning thirty because that’s all she can do,” said Brenda Song, “Madison.”

Season 1 saw major breakups for both Jules and Madison, but this new season also brings changes for Stella and Izzy with their careers.

“I mean Stella definitely missed her friends of course but I think she also realized that trying to fit into this corporate world wasn’t really her,” said Shay Mitchell, “Stella.”

“One thing she goes through that I actually went through this year myself too was the complications of working with friends and the expectations, and just I learned a lot about myself just in seeing Izzy go through that experience because you know, Jules and her work so closely together and that’s complicated. I don’t know if you’ve ever worked with a girlfriend but that can be tricky,” said Esther Povitsky, “Izzy.”

Creator and executive producer of the show Jordan Weiss says that she’s really grown up with the characters on the show.

“I wrote the pilot when I was 22 and now I’m 29 turning 30 like the girls on the show, and so I’ve really grown up with this fictional friend group in my head throughout my 20s,”

She draws from her own life experiences to come up with which direction to take the show.

“When I look at the time in my 20s, there was a real sense of impermanence where jobs were going to come and go, boys were going to come and go, hangovers were going to come and go easier than they do now. And there’s been for us in the past couple of years a sense of taking stock and saying OK, let’s start putting time and energy into the things that are going to last, the relationship that we want to take into the next chapter, the jobs that are now not jobs, they’re careers, the insecurities that we’ve let follow us around for our whole lives that it’s finally time to grow out of,” Weiss said.

Showrunner and executive producer Michelle Nader has worked with Kat Dennings for more than a decade, and now, they wouldn’t have it any other way.

“Well I said to her that I basically only want to do shows with Kat Dennings, that’s it, that’s my signature, why would I want to do any other show?” Nader said.

“I started working with her on Two Broke Girls on like the first episode when I was a baby, child, I was like 23, um yeah, and now she’s here as our showrunner and writer and she’s wonderful, incredible, just a dream in every way I really, we really lucked out,” Dennings said.

“She’s like the fifth doll member, she is like the fifth one, absolutely,” Mitchell said.

All involved feel that the secret to the success of the show is the focus on the importance of female relationships.

“But I just love a show about friendship in this way that was not about men or boys or whatever it was about women and friendship getting you through all those things,” Nader said.

“I wanted to do a best friend love story, like a friendship in the style of a romantic comedy, like the movies that I love,” Weiss said. “It was something I like to watch that I hadn’t seen so I created the show that I wanted to watch.”

“Dollface” season 2 premieres Friday, February 11 on Hulu with all 10 episodes.

Written and interviewed by Jennifer Matarese for ABC7 New York, article and video published on February 10
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February 10th, 2022
 Kat Dennings embraces inner Cat Lady in Dollface season 2

It’s not quite true that just because Dollface stars Kat Dennings, an actual Cat Lady is prominently featured.

The surreal sight of a woman suddenly appearing with a remarkably realistic cat’s head is just one of the many surreal, comic, strange effects in the Hulu series, which begins Season 2 Friday and stars Dennings as Jules.

“Well, the Cat Lady we established in Season 1 was kind of like all of Jules’ fears,” Dennings, 35, said in a Zoom interview. “The fear of being alone and being a ‘cat lady,’ like being a woman alone with a cat.

“That’s like something that society has told women, ‘It’s bad and don’t become a cat lady.’ Of course. It’s a 30-year-old woman and it’s so silly. But that’s where the Cat Lady started.

“We have the amazing Beth Grant, who’s an incredible, tremendous, iconic actress, playing the Cat Lady. And in Season 2, it becomes less of a fear and more of an empowerment thing. Because the Cat Lady is one of the more badass characters in the show, she’s kind of like Jiminy Cricket mixed with like the fairy godmother in ‘Pinocchio.’”

Dollface is Dennings’ follow-up to the long-running hit 2 Broke Girls.

In Season 1, Jules was a little bit of a trainwreck. She abandoned her friends after college to be with her long-term boyfriend and just gave up all of them.

“Then after their breakup she comes crawling back. So in Season 2, she’s laid down that groundwork with all of them and they have a very strong friendship. It’s a post-pandemic kind of fantasy, where Jules thinks she’s going back to work for the first time. To be fired. But it says she gets promoted.

“So it turns her whole world upside down and she has really questioned what she’s doing and what she actually wants. So her arc is about discovering who she is, what she wants and whether she actually likes what she’s doing.

“Tough life lessons, but you know, she almost gets there.”

Dollface has fun considering the complexities of feminism. Jules works for a company called Woom, a riff on Gwyneth Paltrow’s wildly successful company Goop.

“It’s worth acknowledging this lifestyle brand. It’s hilarious,” Dennings declared, “because they sell like $400 eyebrow brushes or whatever. So that’s what Goop is about and that’s a really fun thing to play with because Jules is of course the opposite of that.

“She has no idea why you need an eyebrow brush to begin with. It’s very funny that she works there.”

Written by Stephen Schaeffer for Boston Herald, article published on February 10
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February 10th, 2022
 The Knockturnal: cast of Dollface talks upcoming season 2
The Knockturnal: cast of Dollface talks upcoming season 2

A lot has happened since 2019, namely an entire pandemic that upheld regular life.

At the end of 2019, we were introduced to the incredible girl gang that exists in Hulu’s Dollface starring Kat Dennings, Brenda Song, Shay Mitchell, and Esther Povitsky.

The series follows a young woman, Jules, who – after being dumped by her longtime boyfriend – must re-enter the world of women, and rekindle the female friendships she left behind.

Packed with hilarious intervals of navigating girl world, we see Jules transform from heartbreak to a woman or her own.

Now, after nearly a four year break, season two follows Jules (Dennings) and her girlfriends– post pandemic, post heartbreak, heading toward turning thirty. Now that she’s reunited with her friends (played by Song, Mitchell, and Povitsky), Jules must balance keeping their group together as each woman sets on a path towards their next chapter and a deeper relationship with themselves.

The show proves to stand on its own apart from previous friend centered sitcoms as it narrows in on the importance of female friendships and what being in touch with your most badass self can accomplish.

Article written by Daisy Maldonado for The Knockturnal, article and video published on February 10
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