Retta talks Game of Thrones and Good Girls at SXSW

You beloved Retta in Parks and Recreation as Donna, and now she’s killing it as Ruby within the NBC present Good Girls. In the sequence, Ruby is a part of an all-women staff of criminals alongside Mae Whitman’s Annie and Christina Hendricks’ Beth. Hey, they’re all doing it for good causes.

At the South by Southwest (SXSW) pageant in Austin, SYFY FANGRRLS headed right down to the Comcast NBCU home on Rainey Street to talk with Retta in regards to the present, what she geeks out over, and the way she simply can’t watch Game of Thrones proper now.

Season 2 of Good Girls is a lot darker from what we’ve seen to this point.

Yeah. It will get actually darkish. I hold telling individuals that each time, I do not know what’s coming. Mae likes to know all the pieces. Christina needs to know sufficient that she is aware of what to play, however she would not need to know an excessive amount of, as a result of she would not wanna play one thing that she should not know in her efficiency, and I wanna know nothing. Jenna [Bans] takes us all out individually to inform us what we have now coming within the season, blah, blah, blah. I’m like, do not inform me any storylines. I do not need to know. She’s like, “Let me just tell you this one.” I’m like, “Don’t tell me.” So, as a result of I inform her to not inform me, after I get the scripts I lose my thoughts as a result of I’m like, “What?!” There are some surprises that occurred on this season that I used to be fully thrown by and mortified to search out out. I might textual content Jenna in the midst of the night time like, “Jenna, I can’t do this,” or “Why are we doing this?” She’s like, “Because it’s good TV, my friend.” So I too discover it to be a darkish and insane season. 

So you perceive my response to the Season 2 premiere!

Yes, I used to be as shocked as you! 

You in all probability have essentially the most emotional flip of all people

Yeah, I’m the cry child. 

Ruby’s acquired some good causes although! Is {that a} laborious factor to do, acting-wise?

You know what, no. I really feel like I’m at an age the place I’m emotionally mature and so I’m conversant in what hurts me, what strikes me, what surprises me, what makes me glad, and that kind of factor. I’m more proficient at clicking into my feelings for sure issues. Ten years in the past, I do not know that I might have been capable of play this function, however having lived the life, I’m acquainted. I’m additionally fairly good at sense reminiscence for myself, so I can create my very own triggers, however often, it is the writing. Usually, it is the writing that triggers me. When I learn the pilot, I cried studying it. So it was simpler to sort of get to that place as a result of, within the writing, it sort of geared me and led me to it. 

The actually cool factor about this present is the truth that it exhibits off feminine friendships, and that is actually the love story that we’re seeing. So how do you are feeling about that in working with these girls?

One of my favourite exhibits was Sex within the City, and what I actually beloved in regards to the present … It was humorous, nevertheless it confirmed friendship. It made me glad to see friendships between girls that I personally have with my associates. I beloved that they’d get into fights, be indignant with each other, after which make up. You noticed a love relationship between a bunch of associates. I particularly beloved the scene in Sex within the City the place Carrie makes a name from a payphone and says are you able to meet me in our place. You assume it should be Big and it seems it is Miranda. It made me so glad as a result of I used to be like, I get that. I perceive that and I’ve at all times wished to painting that, and I admire having the ability to do it on this present, and having finished it on Girlfriends’ Guide, I actually … I adore it. It’s my favourite factor to point out what love between associates will be. 

Can we discuss Game of Thrones?

Game of Thrones, it messed me up! I needed to cease watching. I could not take it. I believe I could end it … when it is finished, when it is finished, finished, finished. Everybody is aware of what’s occurred, so I can name somebody and say one thing they usually not be spoiled or no matter. It was so intense for me. The Red Wedding f*cked me up. I believe I watched possibly three extra episodes into that new season as a result of I acquired to see Joffrey die. That made me very glad. I’ve by no means cheered for loss of life on tv the way in which I cheered for Joffrey’s loss of life. It made me query who I used to be as an individual. But it was an excessive amount of. It actually was an excessive amount of for me. TV was an excessive amount of for me at that time, so I have a tendency to return the place it will not be so intense for me as a result of it will not be weekly and ready, and simply dwelling with the heinousness that occurs. I’ll attempt to breeze by it, no matter I can, however proper now I am unable to convey myself to complete. 

Have you seen any of the brand new trailers, or are you staying away from all the pieces? 

I’ve not as a result of I do know that I need to get again to it. I spoiled various things prior to now for myself simply happening Twitter. So I’m hoping to get again to it and never spoil myself. Although, I believe it is higher to spoil myself, that manner it will not have an effect on me so harshly after I do watch it. 

You can put together your self that manner.


What are you geeking out over lately? 


Or films. 

Oh. I do not even know what films are out. 

Well, there’s Captain Marvel

I’m not a superhero individual. I watch them on cable. I not often even get to go to the theater, so I have a tendency to observe … I beloved X-Men. But I watched all that on HBO or no matter. I am unable to consider what I’m geeking out … I imply, I’ll say Umbrella Academy was actually nice. I’m having fun with that. 

So something you intend on live-tweeting? 

I do not actually have time as a result of, after I live-tweet, I typically take my time. I attempt to take photos and do video and put it in my tweet. Because I work a lot, when I’m down, I’m simply attempting to plow by stuff. So I’m simply attempting to devour all of it. I haven’t got time to actually share except one thing is simply bananas. Then I’m like, “Did y’all see this sh*t?” they usually’re like, “Yeah we saw it when it aired originally.”

Do that with Game of Thrones as a result of we’re all dying to listen to your ideas on it. 

I positively did that with Buffy. I did not watch Buffy when it got here out and I purchased the field set, and I used to be live-tweeting it. I nonetheless did not get to complete that. That’s why I nonetheless have to return to ending as a result of that quiet episode [“Hush”]? God bless. 

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