The New Missy
Ayo Edebiri brings her voice to Big Mouth.
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Ayo Edebiri wasn’t exactly one of the cool kids when she was in middle school — but that actually gives her a starting advantage on Big Mouth, the animated series about the pains and perils of puberty. In the final episodes of Season 4, she takes over from Jenny Slate as the voice of the eminently geeky 13-year-old Missy Foreman-Greenwald. To top it off, series co-creator Nick Kroll and his fellow executive producers have welcomed her into the Season 5 writers’ room. For a self-proclaimed Big Mouth fan, it’s the ultimate answer to the question of what to be when you grow up.
Netflix Is A Joke sat down with Edebiri to talk all things Big Mouth and beyond.
Netflix: Were you a fan of Big Mouth before you worked on the show?Ayo Edebiri: I was definitely a fan of Big Mouth. I remember when the first season came out, I was still in college. I was just obsessed. I was like, This is so cool and so funny and so different. This is a dream job if I could ever get hired here.
Tell us the story of how you joined the cast.
AE: I had done a few auditions and callbacks. I was already writing in the room, so I wasn’t sure what was going to happen, but I was glad to have the opportunity to keep doing these callbacks. Then I got a call from all the executive producers and Nick, and it was like, “Why do you think we’re all calling you on the phone?” I was like, “O.K., good news.”
Do you have a favorite moment from the new season?
AE: I love everything that happens at camp. There’s a character named Milk who sort of changes the game for me, and I hope for you as well. Milk rules. Milk is beautiful.
I spent quite a bit of money at Michaels, buying things to make puppets with.”
Who is the last person that you texted from the show?
AE: The last person that I texted from the show was probably Quinta. I probably sent her a horrible meme and she said, “Why?” And then I probably responded with a little heart reaction because sometimes I’m a troll. It’s just the way it is.
What’s your most embarrassing memory from adolescence?
AE: In high school, maybe my freshman year, everybody in my group of friends decided they were going to skip school on Chinese New Year and go eat and hang out. I was like, I’m going to go. It’ll be fine. I’ll be able to skip school. It won’t be a big deal. My dad came up behind me and yanked me off the bus. He found out. He somehow knew from dad powers where I was going to be. I left crying. All my friends went to have dim sum in the middle of the day. I had to go back to school. I was very embarrassed.
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