So according to Showmax, their latest series Love Life is a goodie and it wasn’t on our radar until they brought it to our attention. Starring the quirky and likeable Anna Kendrick, Love Life is a romcom series which traces the journey from first love to lasting love and yes it is now readily available to binge on Showmax.
The Oscar-nominated star of box-office hit movies like Up in the Air, Into the Woods and Pitch Perfect plays 20-something Darby in the 10-episode anthology series, which explores how our dating history shapes us into who we are when we finally end up with someone forever … something we’re sure many of us can relate to or are in process of.
Adding to its case and further livening up its current status, it’s interesting to note that Love Life is the second most-popular title on the recently launched streaming service HBO Max, topping The Big Bang Theory and beaten only by the classic mega-comedy Friends.
As we dip into Darby’s love stories – some poignant, some funny, and some just “oh hell, no” – it’s the small moments of connection and truth that you’ll recognise, the moments that connect all love stories.
“Everything just feels really honest,” says Anna. “It doesn’t feel funny because we’re saying a series of jokes, it’s just that the characters are warm and lovely and funny, and the drama comes from authenticity and honesty.”
To get that authenticity, the writers drew on their personal experiences, something Anna was keen to contribute to once she came on board. “I wanted to be able to put some of my personal experiences in the show – the way that they changed me and the lessons that I learned – not necessarily super-specific (although, just for fun, there are some super-specific things that have happened to me in the show).”
“There was one iteration in the beginning that I was like, ‘This is maybe too close to real life. I’m going to get some angry texts’,” she laughs. “Things ended up getting taken apart and kind of remixed, so I have plausible deniability in a lot of areas… but it’s amazing how something really small, really specific, that really happened to you can be so relatable and so universal. Everybody that worked on the show brought that.”
As the show goes on, Anna says viewers will quickly realise, “things aren’t going to work out how you expect them. Even when you’re going to watch a show about relationships and each episode is a relationship, it’s not going to be quite as linear and clean as you think it’s going to be. I mean, that’s been my experience of life. Nothing was just, ‘Oh, I dated these 10 guys, and then I found the one.’ Things are messy and complicated and they can still be gorgeous.”
Anna explains that Darby’s relationships were an amazing lens through which to see a person grow.
The writers “did an amazing job of figuring out how one person would go through life and go through these relationships,” says Paul. “What do you leave behind? What do you learn? What you realize you don’t want to do again, what you realize you want…” And, he adds, “It was really written and plotted out the way that life is, where you just don’t know what’s going to happen next, and you’re sort of open and ready for anything.”
What Anna doesn’t feel ready for, though, is dispensing dating advice. “Dating advice is never going to be that helpful because you can’t learn life lessons for other people. Even with advice, I had to go through it myself and learn it myself. You always think that if you prepare yourself enough, you won’t make the same mistakes that everyone has made through human history. But I guess my dating advice would be like, ‘It’s okay to make mistakes and you’re just learning and growing, and an ended relationship is not a failed relationship.”
There’s a lot like about this one, Love Life was recently renewed for a second season, which will centre on a whole new New York love story, with Anna returning as a guest star.
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