Phoebe Robinson Talks The whole lot’s Trash Freeform Collection

Phoebe Robinson as soon as dreamed of getting her personal scripted half-hour comedy sequence. That dream is now a actuality. Primarily based on her 2018 e-book of the identical title, “The whole lot’s Trash” follows the “2 Dope Queens” podcast cohost as a 30-something fictionalized model of herself named Phoebe Hill as she navigates her superbly messy life. Nevertheless, when her older brother, Jayden (Jordan Carlos), decides to launch his political profession, Phoebe is compelled to develop up with some assist from her household and mates.

“It feels so thrilling,” Robinson, 37, tells of fulfilling her years-long sitcom aim. “I hold pinching myself, as a result of I am identical to, ‘It is taking place. It is all taking place.’ I am so pumped, and that is simply the present and the story that I wished to inform. As somebody who used to look at TV on a regular basis as a child up till now, I am simply joyful that I get to have a present that is a part of this TV panorama.”

“I actually really feel like for those who present the humanity, then you may’t deny that we now have that.”

Robinson’s 2018 e-book is a set of hilarious essays that sort out a variety of matters, from gender and race to relationship and finance. When attempting to resolve which of these items they wished to concentrate on for the present, Robinson and showrunner Jonathan Groff agreed that the cash and Girls’s March essays from the e-book have been each sturdy contenders.

“Each of these had quite a lot of humor but additionally had quite a lot of vulnerability, which I feel the present has, and that is type of baked into the DNA,” Robinson explains. “So that you simply sit down and also you go, ‘OK, what can we take from right here?’ My time podcasting, my deep love of my brother, attempting to determine my profession, having no cash, and [building] a world round that, as a result of that feels actually reflective of lots of people, particularly [those] who stay in New York and try to make their goals come true.”

As a New York Occasions bestselling author and three-time creator, Robinson isn’t any stranger to storytelling, however she admits that the method of writing a present is completely totally different from writing a e-book. “Writing a e-book is a really solo expertise, after which writing a TV present is collaborative,” she explains. “We had 11, 12 writers within the room, so you’ve all these experiences and all these folks attempting to come back collectively to make this particular factor. In a writers’ room, you form of know what’s humorous and what’s not.”

“You do not have to have all of the solutions, and also you’re all the time going to be determining easy methods to be an grownup.”

She continues, “I simply cherished the writers’ room as a result of some folks have been married, some folks have children, some persons are single, everybody had a special type of path to attending to the room. And we simply made one another snicker on a regular basis. I do know that is tacky to say, however it actually was true. My face would damage some days as a result of I might simply be like, ‘I am unable to imagine I get to snicker for eight hours a day.’ And so they’re simply a number of the smartest people who I’ve ever met.”

For Robinson, it was additionally essential to indicate “totally different sides of the Black expertise” and “to humanize us” via the sequence. She explains, “We’ve got this narrative of the white hat and the sturdy Black girl, and it is like, there are different methods to be a Black girl. So I actually really feel like for those who present the humanity, then you may’t deny that we now have that.”


The Freeform sequence serves as “a love letter” to Robinson’s brother, Phil Robinson, as effectively. Just like Jayden, Robinson’s real-life brother is a state consultant in Ohio and married with a household of his personal. “The important thing relationship within the present is the one between Phoebe and her brother Jayden,” Robinson says. “We actually wished to have all of that included as a result of that was actually essential.”

With “The whole lot’s Trash” premiering on Freeform on July 13, Robinson hopes viewers “can snicker at themselves the way in which they snicker at Phoebe, Jayden, Malika [Toccarra Cash], Jessie [Nneka Okafor], and Michael [Moses Storm]” and simply “be kinder to themselves.” She provides, “You do not have to have all of the solutions, and also you’re all the time going to be determining easy methods to be an grownup since you’re all the time going to be altering.”

A second season has but to be confirmed, however Robinson is prepared ought to she get the chance. “We’ve not began talks but, however I hope that individuals actually reply to the present and actually present it tons of affection, as a result of I’m able to do a season two,” she says. “We’ve got so many extra tales that we will inform.”

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