An Emmy-winning casting director, Blichfeld first worked with Yorke and the actress’s on-screen roommate and gay bestie, Max Jenkins, on 30 Rock
before bringing them in for the web series.
“I’m not surprised people love it,” Yorke says of High Maintenance
. When the Broadway star first worked on the show, it was very much a low-budget affair (“It was real scrappy,” as Sinclair puts it), with only five people on the crew. Now, it’s a much bigger experience.
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But Yorke says that fans of the HBO series should eventually watch the original episodes (streaming on HBO Go
and HBO Now). “It’s fun to see the evolution of what this project is,” she says of not only the production values, but the story and recurring characters. “You get that progression. It’s like, ‘Oh sh*t, this is where these people came from.’”
Yorke and Jenkins’ characters, who were collectively known as “A**holes” in the web series, return for the premiere (“Meth(od)”), where their relationship comes to a poignant head, leading Max straight into the arms (and bed) of random hookup played by gay porn star Colby Keller. “I don’t remember who contacted me, but it was like, ‘Yes, sign me up now,’” Keller says, unsure how he came across Blichfeld or Sinclair’s radar. (At the show’s HBO premiere party, Blichfeld had nothing but adoration for Keller in his first major scripted role.)