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Interview | Writer Benjamin Percy on Co-Writing Summering w/ James Ponsoldt, Working During Covid and Nods to Horror Classics



At one point, we were all dreading the time of summer when the season is about to end and school is right around the corner. This small fragment of time is tackled by director James Ponsoldt (The Spectacular Now) in Summering. The film follows a group of four friends who discover a dead body in the woods. This kicks off one last adventure as the four face a looming separation once middle school begins due to going to different schools. This film has the likes of Stand by Me written all over it with the unique twist of putting four girls front and center, giving girls and women a chance to see themselves in a coming-of-age film.

I spoke with co-writer Benjamin Percy, who worked extensively with Ponsoldt to write the film, over Zoom as a part of the Summering junket. We talked about his relationship with Ponsoldt, some of the inspirations of Summering and the very unique way that he and Ponsoldt collaborated.

Warning: This interview features light spoilers for Summering.

Coastal House Media: Hi, Benjamin, it’s nice to meet you. Congratulations on the film! I was reading the director’s note and reading about your hope that audiences see a version of themselves in the film and I think you nailed that. How did you and James Ponsoldt meet and begin working collaboratively on Summering?

Benjamin Percy: So, James [Ponsoldt] and I met each other in 2003 when we were roommates at this Sewanee Writers’ Conference and we became friends. We are frequent collaborators and this is the first thing that we’ve worked on together that’s gone the distance.

CHM: I know this was a personal project for him, but what about you?

Percy: My daughter is the exact age as the girls in the film, and like every dork dad, I was really excited to share the stories I had grown up with. When I read her books like The Hobbit or The Outsiders or Where the Red Fern Grows or The Yearling [or] when I showed her movies like Stand by Me and The Goonies, in every instance, she was like, “That’s great, I love that. But where are the girls?” And every day when she comes home from school, she gets off the bus, bangs through the front door and drops her backpack, and usually storms down the stairs and grabs me from my desk and says, “Let’s go get a snack.” And, you know, we chat for a while about her day, but one day she came home and stayed upstairs so I went to investigate what was going on [and] I found her at the family computer writing and she had a novel underway called The Girl Hobbit. I’m butchering the first line, but it went something like this: “This story might seem familiar to you, but it’s about a girl Hobbit,” and it was in that spirit of revisionism that James and I began this conversation about Summering and in some ways, Madeline, my daughter, felt like a collaborator in the process.

CHM: Well, I should ask you then, down the line when your daughter is a little older, would you consider writing a script or a novel with her?

Percy: Well, we’re always talking stories. When we go on walks [or] when we’re driving to the ski hill late at night or just lying in bed and saying goodnight, we’ll just talk about different story possibilities. So one day, certainly, yeah, I can see that happening.

CHM: So since you’re friends with James, I imagine you’ve seen most of, if not all of his films. Which of your films is your favorite and why?

Percy: I love The End of the Tour. Not just because it’s a really profound and moving movie, but also because it’s about David Foster Wallace. So as a novelist myself, I always love movies [that are] “inside baseball” when it comes to the writing world.

CHM: I read that you guys kind of collaborated and communicated over email. What was it like writing a script this way?

Percy: It was a really egoless process. We know each other well [enough] that we can totally write over the top of one another without any hesitation. Usually, somebody would write a scene or two, they’d send the document on to the other person [who] would then write a scene or two or three and in doing so would also edit what had been handed in before. By the end of this whole process, it becomes really unclear [of] who wrote what because you achieved a kind of “Mindmeld,” or a singularity of voice.

A still from Summering. Photo courtesy of Bleecker Street.

CHM: Now did you guys choose this way of collaborating because of you guys not being close in distance to each other or because of COVID?

Percy: Well, we do live in separate corners of the country — I’m in Minnesota — but I think even if I was down the block from him, the process would be the same. Usually, we have a Google document. That’s how we start things off.

And sometimes we’ll be in the Google Document at the same time — that’s usually [for] when we’re outlining or coming up with a “Bible” about a project —and then we move into the final draft and that’s when you have singular versions of the draft that you email back and forth. So usually we’ll text each other and say, “I’m working on the document right now, don’t touch it.”

This carries over to the way that we collaborated on Urban Cowboy, which we’re writing right now for a Paramount+ series.

CHM: Because of your close bond, is I know you guys are, is it hard to ever because you guys are so close, does that ever make it difficult to give constructive criticism?

Percy: We aren’t overly sensitive. In fact, we welcome brutal criticism, and that doesn’t just apply to the conversations that we have with each other, but with others.

With Summering, before we ever wrote a single word, I sat down with several moms, asking for their opinion on the project, [and] I talked to my daughter about it. As we began to script, we were sharing scenes and sharing drafts with a fifth-grade teacher, with a mother of a friend, and with girls who were approximately the same age as the ones in the film, just trying to get feedback and hopefully get things right. And we welcome them to be as brutally honest as possible.

CHM: I actually was just going to ask about that. Was it difficult at all to write from the perspective of these 11-year-old girls?

Percy: Given that I have a kid who’s that exact age, racing through that same gauntlet and going through this sort of liminal stage of life when there’s a lot that’s changing; when you’re moving from this safe little nest of elementary school into middle school and adult truths are looming. I’ve been eavesdropping on her friends, I’ve been asking her all these questions and as a result, it made that projection a lot easier. But at the same time, I recognize that I have a lot of blind spots and that’s why we introduced so many others to the conversation and to the editing process.

CHM: Just curious, do either you or James have an older sibling? Because one of the characters has an older sibling and as an older sibling myself, I really thought that you nailed the dynamic between them.

Percy: You know, one of the things that we wanted to do is sort of show this progression. So we had the teenager, who is a little more hardened. That older sister is a truth-teller and is sort of calling them out on their more “fantastical,” or as she refers to them, “immature” mindsets, and they [the kids] sort of recognize where they’re going and they don’t like the look of it.

A still from Summering. Photo courtesy of Bleecker Street.

And then we also have that next stage, the stage of motherhood. We wanted to have these different projected destinations and have the moms looking back and have the girls looking forward.

CHM: Was there any point where you guys hit writer’s block or a scene that was hard to finish?

Percy: The thing that we wanted to get just right was offering up just enough of a magical lens that we felt like we were inhabiting a kid’s perspective, but not go so far that it felt cartoonish, you know? And the idea is that as the film progresses, we sort of go from a state of fantasy to realism. By the end, summer is ending, they’ve gone through this quest together and things are going to be different from here on out.

And the magic of the movie, a door closes on it and you should be questioning at that juncture whether or not there ever was a body at all, or if they were engaged in storytelling. That was a tricky thing to do, to sort of finesse when we were writing, but also when we were editing.

Warning: light spoilers in the next question

CHM: I don’t know if you can say, but in your mind, was there a body?

Percy: I’m not sure if I’m supposed to say, but the body wasn’t real to me.

CHM: This might be an easy question for you, but what is it about James as a director that made you kind of trust him with making your guys’ screenplay? Because once you guys wrote this together, it was in his hands.

Percy: James is one of the most empathetic, generous people you’ll ever encounter. He’s incredibly smart, incredibly kind, and if you’ve ever been out in the world with him, I mean, just going to a coffee shop, walking into a grocery store, sitting down at a restaurant, he will talk to everyone and get them to open right up. He has this superpower [of] empathy and so that big-heartedness and that genuineness that he has, it carries over to all of his work.

CHM: So then was there any scene in your script that you were really excited to see on the big screen, one that may have come out as what you imagined?

Percy: I mean, the whole story feels like a dream realized in that what we put on the page is very much what I’m seeing on the screen. I was especially interested in these moments that were sort of revisionist hat tips to existing stories. Like if you look at the opening shots of the film, for instance, you think this is one thing, you have these kids they’re in the bathtub, they’re sort of hunched down, shallow-breathing, they’re obviously fearful, and then a shadow looms on the shower curtain. We think we know what this movie is, but then the shower curtain is ripped aside and it’s their friend [who’s] dressed up in her mom’s ridiculous pink bathrobe and the sleeping mask and has a dust buster in hand. But that moment is sort of a direct nod to Psycho, right? And instead of a situation in which women are victimized, we sort of pulled a rug out from under the audience and we’re making an announcement to them as to what sort of story is in store for them.

You see other moments like that throughout the story; there are hat tips to Halloween in the way that the specter is following them about, and so those moments of horror, that then you experience a reversal through, those were ones that I was especially interested in.

CHM: One last question for you: There’s a lot of voiceover at the beginning and the end and that’s where I really think the script really shines and is so profound. Is it tough to write a voiceover? Because I imagine it’s a tough line to navigate; not sounding cheesy.

A still from Summering. Photo courtesy of Bleecker Street.

Percy: Yeah, you don’t want voiceover to be clumsy with exposition, you know? You don’t want it to feel like you’re being guided too aggressively. What we wanted to do was anchor the story in Daisy [Lia Barnett]’s point of view. This is an ensemble story, but really the emotional linchpin of it all is Daisy. There’s something analogous between her journey, to sort of overcome the loss of her father and to seek out this lost figure in the man in the woods; those two mysteries are entwined and she achieves this sort of catharsis with the help of her friends. So we wanted to really cement that through the voiceover and we hope that it’s showing at the beginning and at the end and adds just enough of a flourish to the story [to] make that resonate.

Summering is in theaters now.


Andrew is an entertainment journalist and film "critic" who has written for the likes of Above the Line, Below the Line, Collider, Film Focus Online, /Film and The Hollywood Handle among others. Leader of the Kaitlyn Dever Fanclub.


Charlie Michael Baker: Journey of Autism, Social Media and Working with Kylie Jenner (EXCLUSIVE)



Charlie Michael Baker and Kylie Jenner

At just 17, Charlie Michael Baker is giving his all to change the world. Baker is a renowned author, entrepreneur, actor, and journalist and he is on a mission to help millions of people suffering from autism. Charlie Michael Baker previously told Costal House Media he raised over £400,000 to help people with autism. He faced many challenges since childhood but his determination and perseverance were the key to his success.

Baker is a Social Media sensation with over 1.2M followers on Instagram. Charlie Michael Baker is one of the many influencers being bullied on social media every day. He receives 300-500 rape and death threats daily!

Charlie Michael Baker

Charlie Michael Baker

We had the honor to connect with Charlie Michael Baker. You can read our conversation below.

Nikita Pahwa: Congratulations on launching your new book! What can you tell us about it?

Charlie Michael Baker: So my new book is about social media, specifically, the dangers of social media. All young kids now want to grow up and be ‘famous’ but don’t know the bad side of it all. I was one of those kids, I’d always wanted to be famous, it’s something I’d always dreamed of!

NP: How do you deal with death and rape threats?

CMB: The short answer is, I don’t, really. I stopped reading my DMs a few months back because of it all. I don’t deal with negativity and there’s too many trolls to block each and every one, so they all just get ignored.

Charlie Michael Baker Social Media and I

Charlie Michael Baker Social Media and I (Photo: @kaybeephotography2 on Instagram)

NP: What advice would you give to people in similar situations?

CMB: I’d say don’t listen to them, do what I do and just don’t read them. It’s better that way. What you don’t see can’t hurt you!

NP: If you could say one thing to people sending you threats, what would it be?

CMB: Without ruining my career *lol* I’d say just to be a bit kinder. If there’s something going on in your life that you’re not very happy with, ask someone for help. Speak to someone you trust rather than swaying to a life of being a keyboard warrior. It’s not nice!

NP: Is your new book related to Charlie Baker: Autism and Me?

CMB: It is! It will be written in the same – ish way BUT Charlie Michael Baker Social Media And I will be exclusively E – book sold on my website

NP: Are you currently working on a new venture with Kylie Jenner?

CMB: I am! We’re working with the same brand – glow beverages. We’re working alongside an NBA star too whose name I cannot remember for the life of me – oops lol.

Kylie Jenner and Charlie Michael Baker

Kylie Jenner and Charlie Michael Baker

NP: Are you planning to collaborate with more celebrities in the future?

CMB: I love working with celebrities. Mostly just to see what they’re like to be honest. Kylie is so nice though honestly I keep messaging her life updates!

NP: Last question, is it true that you’re working on the Charlie Baker: Autism and Me movie? Are we going to see it on the big screen?

CMB: Yes, it is! I’m filming something very very special this year with Creation Media 22 which should appear on Netflix and Prime Video which is so exciting! It will be my first time in front of an actual TV camera so it’s a bit different to daily vlogs!

You can get your Charlie Michael Baker Social Media And I E-copy on March, 1 for £0.01 (yes, a penny!). Get your Charlie Baker: Autism and Me copy on Amazon.

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INTERVIEW | ‘The Tiger’s Apprentice’ Stars Brandon Soo Hoo and Leah Lewis Discuss Representation, Positivity, and the Power of Belief



Tiger's Apprentice
Tiger's Apprentice (Paramount+)

Paramount’s latest animated flick ‘The Tiger’s Apprentice’ has finally been released and garnered positive response from everywhere. Adapted from Laurence Yep’s beloved children’s book series, ‘The Tiger’s Apprentice’ brings to life the thrilling journey of Chinese American teen Tom Lee (portrayed by Brandon Soo Hoo). He is suddenly thrust into a realm he once believed existed only in bedtime tales. After a tragedy strikes his family, the young man discovers his identity as a Guardian. Subsequently, he is mentored by the mystical Tiger Hu (played by Henry Golding) to confront the evil Loo (portrayed by Michelle Yeoh). In between all this chaos, he develops a special friendship with a girl named Rav (played by Leah Lewis) who helps him in defeating the villain and saving the world.

It is one of those films that you can enjoy with your family. It is tender, beautifully crafted, and encourages you to think about how traditions play a crucial role in everyone’s lives. In this exclusive interview, Brandon Soo Hoo and Leah Lewis share their perspectives on the film’s themes, the significance of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) representation in media, and the impact of portraying multi-dimensional characters. The actors delve into the importance of maintaining positivity in the face of adversity, believing in oneself, and breaking stereotypes in the entertainment industry. From challenging outdated narratives to normalizing cultural heritage, Brandon and Leah express their excitement for viewers to experience the film’s adventurous and tender journey of self-discovery.

Tiger's Apprentice

A still from ‘The Tiger’s Apprentice’ (Paramount+)

Aayush Sharma: ‘The Tiger’s Apprentice’ is a mixture of so many great things love, care, culture, and family. But for you guys, what was the one thing that made you relate to this story and made you proud? And why do you think that particular thing is so important for people to see?

Brandon Soo Hoo: One of the favorite things that I related with my character was Tom has uncanny ability to maintain a positive outlook when things get really tough. And so, you know, he’ll drop in a humorous little quip here and there in the face of adversity. I think that’s such a powerful way to confront anything challenging because life isn’t that serious. And, if you really lean into the negative, and if you really lean into the dark side, I feel like it can really corrupt and taint you. I believe maintaining that light and positivity around you is like the ultimate protection that you have, from the dark stuff when life kind of gets you down. Because if you let life get too dark, then you won’t let enough of your inner light kind of radiate outwards and do what it needs to do. So, you know, hold on to your light, hold on to the positivity. I feel like it’s contagious. It’s very, very healing.

Leah Lewis: I think, for me, one of my favorite things about this film that I would take away, is really learning how to believe in yourself. And I know that’s such a simple statement, but it’s a big loaded one for me. I really feel like when it comes down, to believing in yourself, it’s the things that you care about, the people you care about, where you came from, where you’re going. You see this character, Tom, struggle with believing in himself in any aspect. I think that’s really important too. And I think, when you can believe in yourself too and present yourself, honestly, and vulnerably, that’s also when you find other people who are right for you in your life. You see Tom eventually learns how to be himself, and because of it, he fits into this Zodiac and kind of ends up finding a community that he never would have expected. So, I think that aspect is important for me.

AS: So, you know, besides showing so many great things, this is also an Asian story. The characters, the cast, the makers, and most of the people involved in this project, have an Asian background. But you know when we see the entertainment industry, we still see a lot of talented Asian actors stuck in a kind of stereotype. And they are cast in one kind of role. For you guys, how does Asian representation in movies intersect with a broader discussion about diversity and inclusion in the entertainment industry?

BS: I mean, it’s 2024, we’re past the era of having Asian people playing just submissive roles or playing like the tech support. I think that right now is like a renaissance for Asian entertainers and Asian artists to showcase that we are multi-dimensional people, that we can be the hero, we can be the cool guy. It’s all that stuff is like, we’re really seeing Asians being at the forefront of stories like that. And it’s so important because growing up, if you don’t see all of those things represented in media, it’s kind of hard to feel like, you can see that in yourself. So, it’s almost like this conditioning that we received from a really young age. So right now, we’re trying to reverse engineer all of that by showing you can be the hero of your own story, you know, you can save the day. And you could be more than just like whatever aesthetic or face that people want to put on you. You can kind of step out of those boundaries and as a human being, you can do whatever the heck you want. So, I think that it’s so important for us to be able to share with you all.

Brandon Soo Hoo (@brandonsoohoo/Instagram)

LL: I agree, I think, we’re living in a day and age where we’re moving towards a place where representation isn’t such a flashy, flashy thing. It’s a necessary and needed thing that should already be kind of embedded into our society. So, it’s a huge win for the AAPI community any time there’s an API lead or like, especially something like this film where it’s completely eccentric. But I also think the more and more we start to see those projects, like, it’s important to be able to normalize the difference in all these characters. You know, when I also look at, the list of like, Caucasian actors, I can think of an actor for every kind of character. I’m like, oh, yeah, I know, this actor played that, and this and that. But you know, for Asian, that’s been a long time coming, where it’s like, oh, it’s only Michelle Yeoh, who plays that or like, you know, we have the designated person who plays the geek or the kind of hero or like the dark character. And what’s so cool about this film, too, is like, Tom is just, he’s a cool, regular guy who hails from Chinese American culture. This film shows heritage and culture in a way where it’s so normalized, and just so kind of nuanced. I feel like that sense of representation is so cool for the people at home who are like, hey, casually, I like this guy, or I know those kinds of traditions, and I love the way he builds in this theme because I feel that way. I don’t know, I just, I also wish I had something like this growing up too. But like, now is the best time to see people that look like you, speak like you, or act like you on screen. It really recovers that belief in yourself that things are possible for you. Like we all watch TV. We all care about these characters to feel seen and feel like you know, you have a voice out there somewhere. There’s nothing better than that feeling. So, I hope that this film does that for a lot of people to me.

AS: You guys are working with such huge stars. Michelle Yeoh, Lucy Liu, Henry Golding, and more. What was your reaction when you heard these guys will be in the movie?

BS: Man, I mean, the reaction was and still is just like, almost like a surreal disbelief. I was like, these are people that I watched growing up when I was little, I was like, dang, these are some huge Asian names. They are the biggest names in our community. So yeah, I told my parents immediately about, like, who’s going to be in the project, and we all just like giggled about it together. So, I think just immense pride. It’s such a celebration, and it’s such a win, not just for me and my career, but it’s such a celebration for the Asian community. It’s like, man, look at all of us, like, together just being badass Zodiac warriors.

LL: I felt the same way. I mean, honestly, I tend to do this thing to where if someone tells me like this person is who you’re working with. I’m just like, wait, what? And I’m still like that, you know, like when we were able to even see Sandra Oh, at the premiere of like, let’s go, oh, my God, like, that’s really freakin’ cool. It’s also just like, I think it’s a really proud moment to finally see all different generations of AAPI actors coming together on one screen and to be able to see that there is space for more than just one or two. This whole cast is like a chock filled with it. And everyone is so talented, it’s been an honor. I’m really proud to be a part of it.

Leah Lewis and Sandra Oh

Leah Lewis and Sandra Oh (@leahmlewis/Instagram)

AS: The film has finally been released and it has opened to great reviews. If anyone hasn’t seen the movie, what’s your advice to them? And why should they watch ‘The Tiger’s Apprentice’?

BS: What do you what are you waiting for? Get in there. Watch this movie. It’s special, it’s beautiful. There’s something in there for everybody. And yeah, I think you’re really missing out on something that’s, that’s really beautiful and important. So go check it out. I hope they get to watch it with your family because there are a lot of beautiful lessons in there to share. So, go go check it out. You have to.

LL: It’s like, it’s a cool, like, genuinely cool. It has Steelo to it. Adventurous, tender film about finding yourself and I know we all want to do that. So, you should totally watch it and I hope you find a bit of yourself in this cool tender film.

‘The Tiger’s Apprentice’ is currently streaming on Paramount+.

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INTERVIEW | Sarayu Blue Dives Deep into ‘EXPATS’ Journey with Cultural Authenticity and Emotional Depth



Sarayu Blue stars as Hilary Starr in Lulu Wang's 'EXPATS' (@sarayublue/Instagram)

After taking the world by storm with ‘The Farewell,’ director Lulu Wang is back and this time, she has taken her storytelling prowess to the small screen. Her series, ‘EXPATS,’ is a story mainly about three women trying to overcome guilt and grief in the most authentic way possible. The very first frame of the series encourages viewers to take a remarkable journey into the lives of characters that are connected in one way or the other. Nicole Kidman portrays Margaret in the series while Ji-young Yoo plays Mercy. Both stars have given spectacular performances in the six-part series, but one actor who has managed to nab all the attention is none other than Sarayu Blue, who plays the role of Hilary.

At first, Hilary seems to be a no-nonsense woman who has moved to Hong Kong to make strides in her professional life. She does brilliantly professionally, but her personal life is in a bit of turmoil. Her marriage is not going well, her best friend seems to have lost almost everything, and she is overburdened with the pressure of becoming a mother. Wang knows how to extract a powerful performance from an actor and Sarayu is no different. Sarayu’s portrayal of the character is truly magnificent, capturing Hilary’s frustration and compassion with authenticity on screen. I sat down (virtually) with Sarayu Blue and discussed several aspects of her character in the Prime Video series. The actress opened up about how she learned Punjabi to make her character more authentic and also, how South Asian parents show love most uniquely.

Sarayu Blue in a still from ‘EXPATS’ (Prime Video)

Aayush Sharma: Congratulations on the series. It’s getting such beautiful reactions. Your character is written so beautifully, but Lulu Wang made some alterations to your character’s journey in the series, particularly regarding her approach to motherhood. So, how, as an actor, approached the shift in your character’s arc? And what kind of discussions have you had with Wong regarding these changes?

Sarayu Blue: Actually, the changes had already happened before I came. Because in the book, Hillary is not written South Asian. And so that was one of the changes. And so, when I auditioned, it was already South Asian, of course. I think when I got on board, I was able to read all the scripts, and I just devoured them. I mean, in one sitting, it was like, you know, I couldn’t get enough. It was such an exciting experience to see this South Asian woman who’s so human, she’s so layered and complicated, and messy, and real, and beautiful, and funny and vulnerable, and raw and hurting. And so, then it just became the biggest gift I could ever imagine.

AS: One of the best things about your character was her backstory, and showing the kind of Sikh family she was born into. But what was that one thing that you wanted viewers to see in your character to understand why Hillary sees the world in the way she does? Also, how challenging was it for you to learn the Punjabi language to make your character sound more authentic?

SB: I’m so thankful to our team and our wonderful consultant, Inder, who was like the most patient and kind human. I kept reciting it repeatedly, because somebody who speaks Telugu, and I’ve tried to teach people Telugu, pronunciation is everything. It’s everything, along with the accent, and every emphasis that matters so much. So, I was so thankful for that support. Also, Sudha (Brinder) speaks Punjabi, so I had Masters constantly working with me, and I was so thankful. Meanwhile, I think as far as the view that Hillary has, or what was important to me, it was important to see the hurt for both Brinder and Hilary. You know, what I love about the dynamic you see in Episode Four is you really see that they’re both hurting, and there’s aggression because that’s how we speak to each other. (laughs) I mean, that part is so universal, because my mother and I have a very contentious love. But, you know, that hurt underneath, and the vulnerability underneath is why it feels so real. And that representation of that specific dynamic was very important to me.

AS: Yeah, I mean, I can understand as an Indian, I know the kind of relationship that we share with our parents. I mean, they would just bash us, and then say that’s how we show our love for you. That’s, that’s our love. (laughs)

SB: I said to my dad, my dad was calling. I was FaceTiming with him, and he said, ‘So what are you doing? Are you doing anything interesting?’ I said, ‘I’m just doing a lot of press for this show. Remember that show? I did EXPATS? And he said, ‘I remember that.’ He added, ‘So nothing. You’re not doing anything.’ (laughs) But I get it.

Sarayu Blue with Sudha Bhuchar and Jennifer Beveridge (@sarayublue/Instagram)

AS: Your Punjabi was so amazing in that scene because I’m a Punjabi and when I was hearing that conversation, I had to pause the episode and go to the internet to see if you had any Punjabi roots because your accent was so authentic.

SB: Let me tell you how much that means to me because it’s the most important thing for me. Because Telugu is not easy to speak. It’s not, and I was raised by a Telugu professor and a Telugu short story writer. Also, I’ve tried to teach Telugu to somebody, and if it doesn’t sound right, it won’t feel good. That’s why it’s all I wanted to show. You must speak the language with the right pronunciation. That’s very important.

AS: Now that EXPATS has premiered three episodes on Prime Video and receiving so much love. But for those who haven’t started the series, what would like to tell them and why they should be watching this show?

SB: I am so honored to be in this show. I really am. I get goosebumps even talking to you right now, seeing you smile, and having this conversation. I want people to watch the show for everyone. There’s so much good talent in this show. You know, Sudha who plays Brinder is extraordinary. Kavi Raz, who plays my dad in Episode Six, is brilliant. You know, all these actors, Ruby Ruiz, Ji-young Yoo, Brian Tee, there’s so much brilliance that I hope people just watch and realize how many actors of color are getting to do amazing work. It feels like a dream. But, of course, there’s so much to see in this show, you know.

Cast of ‘Expats’ with director Lulu Wang at the premiere. (Getty Images)

The first three episode of ‘EXPATS’ are currently streaming exclusively on Prime Video.

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