Lake Bell on becoming that hipster who dropped everything for a farm in Nebraska
Lake Bell would like us to find some common ground. And that ground is in Nebraska, a state whose defiant motto is "Honestly, it's not for everyone." On her new fish-out-of-water sitcom "Bless This Mess," the indie icon plays Rio, one half of a burne...
As Bell explained to SalonTV's Mary Elizabeth Williams on "Salon Talks," Rio soon discovers that "it's complicated, and farming is a hyper learned skill set. There's a really fun but rude awakening." Bell also writes, directs and co-created the series with "New Girl's" Liz Meriwether.
The show's inspiration comes from Bell's longtime collaboration with Meriwether (she co-starred in 2011's "No Strings Attached") and their similar sensibilities. "When we set out to write this show," Bell recalled, "the way [we] like to express ourselves comedically is in the territory of a kind spirit - not really joking at anyone else's expense but self deprecating."
She continued, "We need to have a sense of humor about ourselves in general. This show is not going to cure the country, but we are setting out to give a sweet and kind flavor of comedy, where we all can align in just good core values." Whether you're in a red state or blue state, rural or urban, Bell says, "We can believe in different things, and yet want to help one another when we're down."
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