Since June 3, Apple TV has begun airing Season 2 of Physical, where Rose Byrne has become an aerobics queen. A series full of terrifying humor with 80s brushing and neon clothes.
Launched in 2021, Physical revives the 80’s and sets its scene off the coast of California. Rose Byrne plays Shila, a completely depressed housewife who regains her mental and physical strength for a very fashionable practice of aerobics at the time.
Meet creator and showrunner Annie Weizmann, Rose Byrne who plays Sheila, and Murray Bartlett, also seen in the White Lotus, who plays Sheila’s new enemy Vinnie Green, Rory Scovel who plays Danny, Sheila’s husband, and Dreyer as Greater. His friend.
What can we expect from this new season, what is different with the first one?
Annie Weissman: In the first season, we meet Sheila, with herself, in conflict with her inner monsters. This season, he will express this conflict in an external and powerful way. He will stop fighting with himself and start fighting with the world in which he lives.
The first season was difficult to shoot because of the epidemic. This time we had the necessary vaccines and everyone felt much safer. I think there is a sense of freedom that goes into the consciousness of this season. The rock really feels alive again. I think the first season had quite a dark tone, where the lights are on this time, episode after episode.
Murray Bartlett: In the first season, we introduced all of these characters and so now it’s going to be a gear shift. Sheila is in the secondary stage of her trajectory. I’m playing a new character, Vinnie Green, who is a fitness guru. I think it was inspired by a lot of iconic people in the 80’s when aerobics grew. Outside of the physical connection, he also connects with you mentally. Sheila finds this interesting because she probably didn’t consider this more spiritual approach that would allow her to face her monster, her deepest doubts.
Rory Scowell: This season I really feel like I’m going through a real transformation with Danny. She will finally understand what she wants out of life and how she can be a better parent. He will also deal with the monsters of his wife Sheila and support her in developing her business which goes with her.
Rose Byrne: What is certain is that my character Sheila is exposed to the world and comes out of her mental prison out of a physical one. This time, we see her stand firm in her marriage and her business. It’s a season that shows the difficulty of rebuilding and how to get there. How easy it is to come back to a time of depression and addiction before you get up and start again.
I also like that we introduce new characters like Vinnie Green. It was accompanied by an explosion of informals, TV commercials that tried to sell all sorts of miraculous recipes to get you back in shape. It’s interesting to see where we’ve come from, since the 80’s, with so many apps available to you in this area
How do you explain the success of the series? We’re in Season 2 and Apple has just announced its third season.
Annie Weissman: I think the honesty with which we interact with women’s inner feelings speaks to every woman who watches over us. I am glad to see that many of them are familiar with our character and their journey. It is they who have felt or felt it themselves.
This is how our listeners feel, hear and move forward. What is interesting and rewarding for me is that men have also told me that they like the series because it helps them to better understand and appreciate women in their lives. Some men even feel well represented by our series, which was partly a bet on our initiative. It’s great to have that effect.
Rory Scowell: A large segment of the public would love to see a series that has a tremendous strength of character who fights in every way to achieve his goals and to accomplish himself to the fullest. Politically I think the show reflects that mood when everyone is still looking for perfection physically and mentally. We always face the biggest challenge in life: ourselves.
Deidre Frill: Viewers should watch a series that reflects their own lives. Somehow I think viewers get to know our characters because they are authentic; Even if they come from another age, not so far from us.
Tell us about this season’s theme and what’s the physical message?
Murray Bartlett: For me it’s a season that highlights, and more, a woman’s inner strength and how she manages to express it. It is interesting to me because I have seen my mother go through this stage of awakening. This series shows how we can be free from the mold that society sometimes tries to keep us.
How to break down barriers that prevent us from moving forward in life and achieving what we have. It is interesting to me to see this young woman, Sheila, the prison where her mind is stuck and how she becomes a skilled woman who sleeps inside her. I think we are all going through this journey of life, you are a woman or a man.
Rory Scowell: We all have an inner voice that we don’t listen to enough, this show shows us that sometimes we need to have the courage to speak this voice and help ourselves stay out of it. I believe that we all have many doubts and we must succeed in overcoming these doubts so that we can really move forward without any hesitation. “Let’s meet physically!” This is what the series means to me, never doubting yourself and always believing that the impossible is possible.
Deidre Frill: I think when we let our bodies talk and stop being in our heads, we start to feel really good about ourselves. We have seen it with this epidemic that has limited or slowed us down. Being able to move again really gives us the joy of survival.
Rose Byrne: It is certain that I was not in such a good condition during the shooting of this series. I do my best with my choreographer to show me the way. I hope watching the series will give you as much energy as shooting it. I like to feel the rush of adrenaline in my body while shooting this series.
Annie Weissman: In the first season, the subject was mainly focused on the fight against Sheila Bulimia. This was the theme of nutrition. But this season, we realize that his problems are not really, and only, food. It is a deep psychological conflict that still haunts him. We therefore explore the deeper sources of potential psychological fractures that can lead to physical and mental disorders.
This series shows how one should have a positive and constructive relationship with one’s own body and mental health. It’s about finding the inner strength that gives you balance in life. In my case, I found a balance between life and mental health when I realized that sport should not be an excuse to put myself in the eyes of others but rather it would allow me to feel better. Just on my skin.