“Work in Progress” Returns for Season 2 on August 22, 2021

Abby McEnany is a self proclaimed, “fats queer dyke” who stars in Showtime’s “Work in Progress.” The show is a comedy specializing in Abby, a 45-year-old temp-worker battling OCD and nervousness, who’s making an attempt to determine her why romantic endeavors by no means pan out the way in which she envisions.

“I’m Abby, the human, not Abby the character on the show,” says McEnany as she adjusts her TomBoy hat, “There are actually issues which are completely different. The first season is predicated on actual stuff, like an actual relationship I had, however actually there have been issues final season that I by no means did or hopefully would by no means do. But who is aware of.” She lets out a intestine wrenching snigger, “There is a differentiation. This new season, there are related stuff that was added. It’s going off actual life expertise, however it’s staying true to the character and what the character would do. And the character is near me however there are differentiations.”

“I’ve been performing for 28 years however that is my first on digicam skilled job. I’m navigating lots,” says McEnany, “Also the truth that I’m am really weirdly a really personal individual and theres this show and the character has the identical identify and its based mostly on me and there’s a lot of similarities. That sort of lack of autonomy and the assumptions from people that they know me.”

Why Was This Show Important For You To Make?

“Growing up, I by no means noticed a fats girls on TV who weren’t the butt of the joke or had price, that had been characters the place nobody might ever love them, everybody was ashamed of them. And I’ve a lot disgrace about my measurement, and I’ve a lot disgrace about that disgrace. And I do know why I’m and the place it comes from, and I’m attempting to lose the disgrace of my disgrace. The disgrace of being fats.” says McEnany. “I believe additionally our show is stuffed with unpalatable queers, and after I say that, I imply the queers who make a few of America uncomfortable. They do not need to see individuals who aren’t skinny and femme and conventionally stunning thrive. In our show, its stuffed with people with this very actual look of a neighborhood and that is what I see.”

McEnany talks about why it’s she felt “Work in Progress” wanted to be created, “Even although I really feel shitty about how I look and my psychological sickness, and I’m queer, so there are going to be locations I’m not welcome. I do know theres a life and a neighborhood thats going to like you. My household of origin and my chosen household are so great, I’m so fortunate.”

“Work in Progress” is so essential. To see folks that appear to be the individuals aside of my life on display. I believe the L Word is improbable, and I really like that we’re paired with them as a result of it simply exhibits that there are infinite queer tales. They’re two very completely different tales about queer girls they usually’re infinite extra tales to inform.” says McEnany, “There are so many tales to be informed and I really feel so honored I get to inform mine. I nonetheless cant consider it.”

“I’m an enormous proponent for remedy”

“Shame is such a strong and dangerous aside of life, thats why I at all times say I’m not residing with out it. Hopefully individuals who do not feel beloved or accepted really feel like theres locations for you once they see “Work in Progress.”

In season two, Abby is on the hunt for a brand new therapist, having a extremely onerous time discovering anybody who meets her standards. “Some individuals say, “Oh I’ve an issue I have to go to remedy for six months, then I’m finished.” No. This is a lifelong journey. It’s like individuals say, “Just discover somebody to speak to” and it may be so tough. If you do not have mates you may ask, and insurance coverage is so shitty, it is like stabbing darts on a dry board. It’s not simply, “Go speak to any individual” its really a journey.” says McEnany, “I’m an enormous proponent of remedy. I had a pal I labored with at Crate and Barrel years in the past named Mike, “Hi Mike!” And he was like, “I’m a lifer,” and I used to be like oh thats an effective way to consider it.”

“When I first was exhibiting indicators of OCD I used to be like 5, however in school there was no phrase for it. It was like 1986 or 87 and I felt like I used to be going loopy and it was onerous to speak about trigger like how do you say somebody you cant cease washing your fingers? Like my fingers had been bloody. I had a tough time throwing stuff out, and I used to be counting steps, I imply I assumed I used to be going nuts. I used to be so ashamed of it. And theres nothing to be ashamed about psychological sickness. It’s a ache within the ass, it is an actual bummer, but it surely’s nothing to be ashamed about. It’s well being.”

Season 2 of “Work in Progress” Premiers August 22, 2021

The first season initially aired on Showtime in December 2019. The eight episode sequence left many viewers wanting extra, particularly after the cliff-hanger ending of season one. “This season we’re again, clearly we have been actually remoted, we received delayed a bunch of time which I used to be really very comfortable about. Lily and I didn’t need to shoot in 2020 there was not sufficient info. That OCD stuff is actual, I did not go away the home without end, its simply paralyzing. The despair and the OCD and stuff, blah blah blah.” McEnany says throwing her fingers within the air.

“This new season, I hope, in fact, I’m actually nervous if individuals might imagine that is what the show is, and this is not going to be precisely the identical and I hope the tales are nonetheless likable.”

“Maybe I hope “Work in Progress” will show that there’s a place for you. I believe that these queer remoted individuals whether or not they’re in massive cities or small cities. Theres a spot for you, individuals will love you, you’ll make it out.” says McEnany.


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