The biggest TV heads absolutely know Kim Shaw from her turn as Amber Madison on The Good Wife, her stint on I Just Want My Pants Back on MTV, or even her memorable guest appearances on White Collar, Royal Pains, or most recently, How I Met Your Mother. But the fresh-faced Canadian actress is now co-starring in a WIGS original series, entitled Audrey.
“She’s stuck at work; her job is not a perfect job, and her boss is a bitch, and all she really wants to do and where she feels at home is on her blog where she writes about food, sharing intimate family recipes and comparing them to life. I love that idea because I think everyone’s been at that point in their life where they feel stuck. I think everyone can kind of connect on some level,” Shaw told LA TV Insider Examiner during a break from filming today.
But the comical way this story is told is a bit of a departure for the usually more series WIGS network. Undoubtedly Audrey is designed that way endear you to the character and her journey and allow you to have some fun– even if at her expense.
Audrey revolves on Shaw’s titular character but in true WIGS fashion also includes an impressive roster of secondary characters and guest stars, including Gary Cole and Arielle Kebbel.
“He’s so funny and wonderful, I was a little star struck at first!” Shaw admitted about working with Cole, who she called someone she “respects a lot.”
But it was the relationship with Kebbel as Audrey‘s on-screen BFF that may have meant the most to Shaw, since the two actresses had worked together on a commercial years earlier and she was someone Shaw tried to model her own career after ever since.
“It sounds creepy, but I’ve known her a lot longer than she’s known me because she booked stuff over me all the time when we were living in New York, so I’ve kind of looked up to her for a long time,” Shaw shared.
Similarly, working with director Betty Thomas on Audrey was a chance to Shaw to work with someone she not only admires but also got to learn from in order to challenge herself and show up to her next set armed with a new kind of confidence.
“She is a tough broad! It took me a couple of days to get into her vibe. She’s just very blunt. She’s incredibly talented, and she knows exactly what she wants, which is why she says it kind of abruptly,” Shaw said of Thomas’ directorial style. “To take [a lesson] to the next set, I just know to go in kind of unabashedly and really stand up for myself.”
Early marketing for Audrey is comparing the series to Sex and the City, only with “food instead of Manolos,” which Shaw admitted meant big shoes (no pun intended) to fill for her. Of course, though, anything compared to Sex and the City does, in fact, includes sex. For Shaw, Audrey gave her her first on-screen sex scene with Bobby Campo.
“I didn’t want to draw on anybody that was too well-known. I just kind of saw her as this girl who’s stuck. She’s not happy with where her relationship is; she has issues, I think, with being close to anyone, which you’ll see in later episodes,” She said.
“I think in a much more condensed way, she is like [Carrie]. She’s unlucky, and she’s going through a time in her life that we all have gone through– with men, with work, with life. Everything’s just kind of a mess. I can’t give away too much, but it doesn’t necessarily end happily for her.”
The audience meets Audrey at a very specific point in her life; it is a window into a certain moment, a snapshot, rather than a sum up of her past path and her only bright future. Certainly working within the WIGS brand allowed for some freedom in the storytelling and the idea that she doesn’t have to end up successful in every way she is stuck when the series starts.
As Shaw put it: “That’s what I love about WIGS: there’s all of these little glimpses into these women’s lives. Some people will connect with some stories better than others. Hopefully this Audrey story is one where everyone can get on board with because we’ve all been there. I think it will be fun to watch how she [falls] and see how maybe we don’t have it so bad by comparison!”
Audrey premieres on the WIGS YouTube Channel on October 29th 2012.
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