Gillian Jacobs, aka Britta Perry on Community, shared her thoughts about the show's season six premiere on Yahoo! Screen, how she really feels about a certain hashtag, and what she loves most about her cast-mates.
Gillian Jacobs is destined to be this year’s new It girl. The down-to-earth actress hit the big screen in Hot Tub Time Machine 2 last month, appears as the quirky Mimi-Rose Howard in this season of Girls, and is set to star in Judd Apatow’s upcoming Netflix series called Love.
Today (March 17), we'll watch Jacobs revive her most beloved character, Community's Britta Perry, in the sixth season of the wildly popular comedy series. In anticipation of the show’s premiere, we sat down with the comedienne to find out what the show’s move from NBC to Yahoo! Screen was like, and more.
So, season six. How does that feel?
GILLIAN JACOBS: For so long, I was just convinced it was going to happen on NBC so I was shocked when we got canceled. But it also feels kind of like coming home to Yahoo! to be on the web. It sort of feels like it’s where we should have been all along, but it didn’t really exist six years ago when we started the show.
What was it like to find out the show was picked up again? We can imagine it was a bit of a roller coaster.
GJ: Yeah, we cheated death so many times on NBC that I really thought we would make it to six seasons. I really mourned the show and kind of put it to bed because we were canceled for weeks and months. I really thought it was finally dead […] and then at the very last second [on] the final day of our contracts they did the deal with Yahoo!. It was a real shock. We were Yahoo!’s first big purchase in that way, so it was not something that I really even considered as an option. It’s proven to be really great, but you know, it is strange when you think something is dead and buried, and then it comes back to life. It’s like the zombie boyfriend.
What can we expect from season six?
GJ: It’s very much the same show. Everyone keeps asking if suddenly we’re swearing or it’s gotten really dirty; [there's] none of that. It feels very much like Community. I think we’re kind of liberated in terms of like length of episodes; they can be a little bit longer. [We have] two new characters, played by Paget Brewster and Keith David, [who are] just really, genuinely funny.
What was the chemistry like with them on set?
GJ: It’s fun. It’s also funny because in some ways, it mirrors the dynamic in real life of introducing new people to our cast because we have spent hundreds of hours together over five years [so] we kind of have our own language. You can see that in episodes where a character references something and then we [translate to them] what the hell we’re talking about.
They’re also incredibly game. I feel like they’ve become a part of the family very quickly and they’re in on the jokes. Paget and Keith are right there with us being goofballs. It’s really fun to suck them into our insanity and suck them into the videos that we make while we’re bored on set. Keith has a wonderful voice [so] we make him sing and things—we've drawn them in.
Is #sixseasonsandamovie still the goal? Are there plans for maybe a seventh season and a movie?
GJ: I don’t know of any plans [but] I would love to do a movie. I think all of us would like to do a movie. This stupid joke—from I don’t even know how many years ago—this hashtag, has taken on a life of its own. I feel like it must come true or the gods will be displeased. In order for us to continue existing, we should probably make the movie.
The trailer gave us a fun sneak peek into the new season. We especially loved the part about a dog getting a degree from Greendale Community College.
GJ: Well, you know, Greendale Community College is not a good academic institution, and so our rival that’s trying to take us down releases this attack ad saying that we gave a degree to a dog. As you can see in the trailer, Dean is having a hard time answering that question, which is a really unnerving thing. So yes, we’re a school that is so terrible that we may or may not have given a degree to a dog.
What do you love most about your character, Britta?
GJ: I love that she’s resilient. No matter how many times people mock her or tell her that she’s being stupid, she stands up for herself and bounces back and she keeps on going.