Ep292 - Anna Konkle, Creator-Writer-Star Hulu’s ‘PEN15’
Anna Konkle followed a typical pursuit into acting until she and Maya Erskine (Wine Country, Plus One) decided to created their own web series. Now, the series is on Hulu, where the duo plays middle school girls. On Pen15, the description reads, “The comedic story of middle school seen through the eyes of two 7th grade girls dealing with the awkwardness of being a teenager.”In this interview, Anna talks about working on ‘Man Seeking Woman,’ influence from Lena Dunham, writing weird ideas, creating a non-traditional writer’s room, breaking a season in two days, and writing emotional truths in comedy. If it’s your first time listening, make sure to subscribe and visit my new website for information on the YouTube channel, the blog, this podcast, and my new book ‘Ink by the Barrel’ which takes advice from these 200+ interviews at the link below…Follow us on Instagram: @creativeprinciplesIf you enjoy the podcast, would you please consider leaving a short review on Apple Podcasts? It only takes about 60-seconds and it really helps convince some of the hard-to-get guests to sit down and have a chat (simply scroll to the bottom on your iTunes Podcast app and click “Write Review"). Enjoy the show!
Anna Konkle, co-creator and star of Hulu's junior high comedy PEN15, plays our game about a drink that will give you a junior high: Red Bull. She is joined by panelists Dulcé Sloan, Faith Salie, and Luke Burbank.
Writer-actors always make for insightful interviews, but that’s particularly true for Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle, who write, produce, edit, and star as middle school–aged versions of themselves on Hulu’s Emmy-nominated cringe comedy “Pen15.” Together they shed light on their “creative ESP” as collaborators, their distinct page-to-screen process alongside director Sam Zvibleman, and how to overcome the self-doubt inherent in a Hollywood career—especially for women onscreen. “I have permission to be free and wild and sort of unapologetic,” says Maya of playing a 13-year-old. Anna agrees: “I’m so grateful that we got the opportunity to just be characters with zero sex appeal. Zero!”After meeting at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, Maya and Anna set out to create their own opportunities in the biz, starting with the web series “Project Reality.” Maya also stars in ""Plus One,"" “Betas,” “Casual,” “Wine Country,” and the upcoming “Obi-Wan Kenobi,” while Anna has appeared in “Rosewood,” “Baskets,” and “Together Together.” Read more about the Gotham Award–winning “Pen15,” which will continue its second season this fall, here: https://bit.ly/3wVEqR0And in this week’s Backstage casting insider segment, Christine McKenna-Tirella addresses a frequently asked question: How does one pursue a career in casting?---Backstage has been the #1 resource for actors and talent-seekers for 60 years. In the Envelope, Backstage’s podcast, features intimate, in-depth conversations with today’s most noteworthy film, television, and theater actors and creators. This is your guide to every aspect of acting, from voiceover and commercial work to casting directors, agents, and more. Full of both know-how and inspiration, In the Envelope airs weekly to cover everything from practical advice on navigating the industry, to how your favorite projects are made, to personal stories of success and failure alike. Join host Jack Smart, Awards Editor at Backstage, for this guide on how to live the creative life from those who are doing it every day: https://bit.ly/2OMryWQFollow Backstage and In the Envelope on social media:- https://www.facebook.com/backstage- https://www.twitter.com/backstage- https://www.twitter.com/intheenvelope- https://www.instagram.com/backstagecastLooking to get cast? Subscribe here: www.backstage.com/subscribeBrowse Backstage casting listings: https://bit.ly/3mth68eCheck out our community-driven virtual programming, The Slate: https://bit.ly/2WDNXf0Backstage stands in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement: https://bit.ly/3cuMBt5Special thanks to...- Host: Jack Smart- Producer: Jamie Muffett- Social media: Katie Minard, Alysa Cirelli- Design: Mark Stinson, Caitlin Watkins- Additional support: Christine McKenna-Tirella, Kasey Howe, Samantha Sherlock, Benjamin Lindsay, Oriella St. Louis
Co-star Anna Konkle talks about the "half-therapy, half-masochist" process of reliving her middle school years through her "Pen15" character, writing the incredible “Vendy Wiccany" (witch) episode, and working with her 13 year-old stars. And at the 27:26 mark, co-creator Sam Zvibleman, who directed all seven episodes of Season 2A, joins the podcast to talk the restraint of Season 2, the influence of "Welcome to the Dollhouse" and the low-fi 90s filmmaking aesthetic of "Pen15," the difficulty of cutting 50 minute episodes down to 30, and what's like to shoot every episode in 4 days. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Napoleon Dynamite is all grown up & depressed - When Jon Tried to Save the World - EMMR (Jon Heder, Maya Erskine, Anna Konkle, Jim O'Heir, Steve Berg))
Everyman Movie Reviews
Episode 110 of the Everyman Movie Review! I, like everyone, loved Napoleon Dynamite. I saw the title of this week's movie (When Jeff Tried to Save the World) and thought it was an end of the world movie; they're in pretty heavy rotation for me right now. But I was pleasantly surprised to find it wasn't exactly what I was expected. Then, I realized it was starring Jon Heder, Maya Erskine, Anna Konkle, Jim O'Heir, and Steve Berg - seemed like a can't miss! Was I disappointed? Check out the episode to find out! Spoiler Alert at 8:38 Back to the Show at 17:20 When Jeff Tried to Save the World on streaming. The Everyman Movie Review is a different kind of movie commentary - it's not about the art of movie-making, but rather about the enjoyment and entertainment of the film itself. It's not about me or my opinion, it's about the movie - does it deliver on what it promises? New episodes on Thursdays - subscribe to be notified when new episodes are available. Share the podcast to let everyone know about your favorite movie review series! Send me a message with your thoughts and questions. EMMR is now available on social media! Check out the Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook Page! Want more from Rob? Check out the O The Anthem Podcast, available every Tuesday at OTheAnthem.com and on Anchor. Find Rob on Social Media Support the show! --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/everymanmoviereviews/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/everymanmoviereviews/support
198: I'm Obsessed w My BFF (w PEN15's Anna Konkle and Maya Erskine)
The Mortified Podcast
The magic and intensity of middle school BFFs. Featuring Pen15’s Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle. For more episodes adolescent friendship, check out 172 about imaginary friends and 101, where a girl’s best friend is a TV movie. Need something that’s fun and bonding to do with your BFF’s? Order our new party game, “I Can’t Believe I Did That!” Then play it over zoom! For more Maya and Anna, check out Season 2 of Pen15 now streaming on Hulu.
Danny welcomes Anna Konkle and Maya Erskine from Hulu's Pen15 to Everything Iconic to talk about season 2, what's to come, Devon Sawa, and so much more!Interview starts at 2:30ish. *To support this pod & access bonus episodes, visit Patreon.com/EverythingIconicLINKS:YouTube.com/DannyPellegrino1https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.co/Twitter.com/DannyPellegrinoInstagram.com/DannyPellegrinoFacebook.com/PellegrinoDannyCameo.com/DannyPellegrinoT-shirts: EverythingIconic.store/*Sponsored by SamsonTech.comSee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle, PEN15 creators and stars
Bullseye with Jesse Thorn
Ahead of their second season we'll revisit our interview with PEN15's Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle. They are the stars and creators of the very funny Hulu show. It's about two middle school girls coming of age in the early 2000s. The show deals with sensitive topics like getting your first period or being bullied, but also has tons of heart and humor.
Anna Konkle and Maya Erskine ('PEN15') chat with Gold Derby editor Matt Noble about their Hulu comedy series: 'How are we going to be 13' again after all these years? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices