You’re the Worst has become the cult hit comedy of FXX. The dark romantic comedy is brutally real, dealing with issues of depression and pregnancy among its four leads. The central relationship is between Gretchen (Aya Cash) and Jimmy (Chris Geere), but their friend Lindsay (Kether Donohue) is a fan favorite. She became pregnant near the end of season two.
FX presented a panel on You’re the Worst to the Television Critics Association, who nominated the show for Outstanding Achievement in Comedy. After the panel, Donohue stayed to speak with reporters more about fan favorite references like Sunday Fundays and “new phone who dis” (it makes unwanted texts go away!). You’re the Worst returns for a third season August 31 and airs Wednesday nights at 10 on FXX.
What’s coming up for Lindsay?
I don’t know what I’m allowed to say. She’s keeping the baby. You just basically see her and Paul, what the lengths they will go to to commit to make their marriage work. They’re pretty intense lengths.
Have you tried on any prosthetic bellies?
I have not yet. I actually haven’t because the future episodes that are coming up, she’s very, very, very early on in the pregnancy. It’s still fresh, so so far in the upcoming episodes it’s not far into the pregnancy.
Is You’re the Worst the kind of show you would watch if you weren’t on it?
Absolutely, hands down. It’s wonderful. My friends and my family, they all watch the show and they even say, “We would watch it even if you weren’t on it.” So that’s really nice.
Do you do your own Sunday Fundays?
Oh yeah, in real life. I certainly do. Actually the cast, we do Sunday Fundays together. We have brunch together. We love each other very much and we hang out outside of set.
Do you embrace the disturbing parts of Lindsay, like we see at the end of the season premiere?
Disturbing is a good word for it, for sure. Yeah, I love it. It’s a gift as an actor. For example, when I was in school and I was in school plays and Cinderella was the play, I would like to be the evil stepsister not Cinderella. I really have always liked playing roles where the character does something unlikeable but having empathy for the character and figuring out why that was done, because you have to justify it.
How much did “New phone who dis” take off?
Oh my gosh, it’s so great. I get Instagram notifications all the time where people have hats made that says “new phone who dis.” I’m pitching that a phone case should be made, a cell phone case. I think that would be a big hit. People Instagram me like, “Uh, my ex-boyfriend texted me after months of not talking and I texted back: new phone who dis. Thank you so much.” I think it has helped, just like the depression line helped people out, I think “new phone who dis” helps people out too.
Have you ever used “new phone who dis?”
I have but more as a joke. My friends know when I say it as a joke. I’ve never used it seriously. If I use it on my friends, they know.
Do you feel like You’re the Worst is growing and people are starting to catch on?
Absolutely. Especially, I’m so excited that season two is on Hulu. When I open my Twitter and Instagram now, more fans are reaching out and saying, “Oh my God, I just saw You’re the Worst on Hulu.” Then word of mouth spreads and they tell their friends. I think more and more people are starting to know about it and responding to it. It’s really exciting.
What have You’re the Worst and Grease Live done for your career?
It’s been wonderful. It’s just been nice to have fans resonate. Like when I go out, people will come up to me and say, “Oh my God, I loved that production” or “I love the show.” It’s really nice to know that you’re reaching people in a way that you didn’t before. It’s cool. It’s really nice to go in audition rooms and casting directors have seen more of my work. Just different directors or producers or creative people that I would love to work with know more of my work which was great.
The energy of Grease Live was so infectious. How long did it take to cool down from it?
I definitely went through withdrawal from that for like a month or two because we rehearsed from November 30th to January 31st, Monday through Saturday, 10 to seven every day. So after that amazing night on January 31st, the next day when I didn’t have rehearsal, I was like, “Oh no.” I was sad and I missed my Grease family. I definitely went through withdrawal for a good month.
On the 31st did you stay up all night?
Oh yeah. I drank quite a bunch that night.
What do the nominations like the TCA Award for the series mean for you?
Oh my God, it means the world. I’m just proud to be part of a show that is resonating with people. The critics’ opinions mean so much to us. We trust the critics and the critic support means so much to us. I’m just proud to be part of a show that is being well received.