Thank you both so much for being with us. “And I was in ninth grade. “That didn’t just happen at that age; I feel [it] continued throughout my 20s really,” Erskine says. “He jerked off on her photo,” Konkle begins. We didn’t get in the flow as much as we used to because we would just be finding the story, the arc of the scene, and then suddenly you’re signed out. “Vendy Wiccany” touches on Anna’s thoughts of suicide, and Konkle says her aim was to address the “slippery” mental health issues she didn’t know she was facing at the time. SIMON: What's it like to play 13-year-olds who work with other 13-year-olds? Thanks very much for being with us, both of you. The one they came up with “had a scene where a kid fingers my character,” says Erskine. But unlike the show, they didn't meet in middle school; they first crossed paths in their junior year at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. Like their one friend, who recalled a ritual he’d come up with to get his girlfriend to break up with him so he could go out with someone more popular. “Because you’re different from us, you’re, like, tan,” one says, asking her to perform with an accent as “Guido the Mexican gardener.”, “That’s racist,” Maya’s brother bluntly informs her later, when she tries to pass it off as a funny thing that happened. NPR transcripts are created on a rush deadline by Verb8tm, Inc., an NPR contractor, and produced using a proprietary transcription process developed with NPR. And so in rewriting this season - and we try not to. It's great. I didn't know that? Cool-kid pheromones are universal. PEN15 is an American cringe comedy web television series, created by Maya Erskine, Anna Konkle, and Sam Zvibleman, that premiered on February 8, 2019, on Hulu.The series stars Erskine and Konkle, who also serve as executive producers alongside Zvibleman, Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, Jorma Taccone, Becky Sloviter, Marc Provissiero, Brooke Pobjoy, Debbie Liebling, and Gabe Liedman. hide caption, "There's not a lot of heroic acts in middle school ..." says PEN15 creator and star Maya Erskine (left, shown here with co-creator and co-star Anna Konkle). I had no action in middle school, but I was masturbating like crazy. "It's all about survival and being accepted.". Erskine and Konkle say their middle school selves are never too far below the surface. “They don’t care about your process. "It's all about survival and being accepted." Transforming to their middle school selves meant donning ill-fitting, 2000s-era low-rise jeans, as well as wigs and retainers. Their “ESP” connection is on full display when Erskine and Konkle jump on a Zoom call to talk about the upcoming second season, for which they had to finish post-production from home, like so many producers amid the pandemic chaos. Log in or link your magazine subscription. She remembers that time in her life as being “very tense.”, “We learned from Season 1 that whenever there’s an honest story that feels scary to share, it’s probably going to resonate with people,” Konkle says.

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