An honest look at building a relationship, Judd Apatow’s Netflix series, Love, quickly earned praise among fans and critics alike thanks to the cast’s standout performances led by co-creator Paul Rust, Gillian Jacobs and Claudia O’Doherty, who is also a first-time Emmy nominee as a writer for Inside Amy Schumer.
The show offered a “down-to-earth” look at dating as Mickey (Jacobs) and Gus (Rust) got to know each other after a chance encounter at a local convenience store. Needless to say, things weren’t always pretty for Mickey and Gus, with the two blowing up at each other at the end of season one.
Season two quickly went into production -- thanks to Netflix’s initial two-season order -- and wrapped filming at the end of July. A short time later, ET caught up with Apatow at the Just for Laughs comedy festival in Montreal, Canada, where the notoriously tight-lipped co-creator and producer teased what’s to come.
“You’ll see what happens … We all know what’s happening -- where it’s going,” Apatow said, suggesting that the two unlikely lovers will continue to explore the show’s titular theme.
Apatow also confirmed that despite Andy Dick’s controversial appearance in season one, the comedian will be back. “My part in season 2 of Love is small,” Dick said, as he joined Apatow at the comedy festival. “It’s still me, obviously. I come in, cry on Gillian’s shoulder, she fluffs me up and I leave.”
While Apatow was scant on show details, he did open up about his daughter Iris Apatow’s foray into acting, including a supporting role on the series as Gus’ pupil, child actor Arya. “We tried to do it slowly,” he said of his and wife Leslie Mann’s laissez-faire attitude about it. “And she is a really interesting, talented young lady.”
“She really enjoys it. She’s oddly very comfortable on the set, almost to the point of being bored and sleepy,” Apatow continued. “She’s just very good, so I’m glad that she’s got to show that she can do it.”
Besides, “why would you want your kids to get a real job?!” Apatow offered.
Meanwhile, the show’s two female stars offered a few more specifics about their characters. “Mickey’s grappling with some different issues in season two,” Jacobs told ET during a break from filming. “You're going to see her be challenged in different ways as the show goes on.”
She did add that there’ll be some new characters, but the focus is still “on the ride with Gus and Mickey.”
O’Doherty, who rounds out the cast as Bertie, Mickey’s chipper yet put-upon roommate who finds romance of her own as she starts dating giant teddy bear of a man Randy (Mike Mitchell), was too nervous to betray Apatow’s trust. However, ET did get her to reveal that Bertie will still be living with Mickey and exploring her relationship with Randy. "In the beginning, things are going -- things are on," O’Doherty said of Bertie and Randy. "That's all I can say!"
Love returns to Netflix with 12 new episodes in 2017.
--Additional reporting by Emily Krauser and Stacy Lambe