Hacks launched on May 13 of this year, and the dramedy has been sweeping the comic world ever since.
The HBO Max series follows veteran Las Vegas comic Deborah Vance (played by Jean Smart), who mentors a young comedy writer named Ava (played by Hannah Einbinder).
Vance needs someone who can offer something new to the exalted, although exhausted comedian, and Ava, a comedian herself, is frantically looking for work after being canceled in a Twitter tempest. The two grudgingly link-up due to their domineering egos.
The show’s popularity has been attributed to the connection between Smart and newcomer Einbinder, according to critics. Einbinder was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress for her entitled and caustic performance as a writer.
It’s especially impressive given that this is only her fourth acting role, and while she’s new to acting, she’s no stranger to comedy. She was the youngest comic to perform on Stephen Colbert’s Late Show at the age of 23.
Her on-screen persona, Ava, shares her passion for entertainment. During her interview with Deadline, the actress talked about her new job in greater detail.
The First Major Role of Einbinder
Einbinder has done a lot of stand-up comedy over the years, but Hacks is her first major TV role. The actress admitted that she was nervous and was “quite anxious for a good deal if it.”
She stated that the burden of paying tribute to the work of Lucia Aniello, Paul W. Downs, and Jen Statsky got to her. She wanted to make sure they liked her and the way she depicted Ava.
But, because of the individuals around her, she was able to handle her duty with ease.
She is grateful to her peers and collaborators for assisting her in taking on a project of this magnitude.
Making Her Character Come to Life
In terms of bringing her character to life, Einbinder explained that rather than focusing on the negative aspects of her character’s life, she concentrated on her potential and improvement.
She added that, while she recognized Ava’s talent and that she had forgotten “what was really essential” due to Los Angeles’ fast pace, she saw Ava as more than her circumstances.
Einbinder said she recognized the potential in her and that, as a comic, she understood what it meant to be in need of comedy, to use it to fill a hole, and to aspire to engage in comedy. She wished for people to feel sorry for Ava and sympathize with her.
Einbinder also wrote a lot of jokes for Ava because she is a comedian who writes her own jokes. She and Smart also had impromptu conversations, with many of them making the final cut. Season 1 of Hacks is available on HBO Max.