Emily Browning on new show Class of 07: I want to embarrass myself
Emily Browning said she’s not worried about people comparing her new show, “Class of 07,” to Showtime’s. “yellow vests.”
“It’s fine with me,” Browning, 34, told The Post. “Because it’s not like you watch one and you don’t need to watch the other. If you watch ‘Yellowjackets,’ it’s like the kind of lighter, warmer companion piece. Less terrifying and scary and killer.”
flowing now (Prime Video), “Class of 07” is a half-hour comedy set in Australia that follows Zoe (Browning), who has been living off the grid after being embarrassed on national television — in a dating incident that goes viral.
During her time living in seclusion, she sees a warning that an apocalyptic wave is coming to flood everything. While fleeing to the higher ground, she inadvertently stumbles upon her high school reunion of ten years, where she sees her best friend Amelia (Megan Smart) and former classmate Saskia (Caitlin Stasey). “please like”). Zoe joins the party instead of adequately warning everyone of the impending wave, which angers all of the women when disaster strikes.
The former classmates work together to find a new way of life at their old high school, in a “Lord of the Flies” type environment.
Browning has done a wide range of dramatic projects, including “Sucker Punch,” “The Uninvited,” “Legend,” and “American Gods,” but this show marks her first foray into comedy.
“I had to do a solid week of improvisation and comedy boot camp, in order to learn how to relax, because I’m used to doing drama,” she said. “I’m usually quite content with my shows, and I had to totally let that go.
“As soon as I read that opening scene, I was automatically like, ‘I’ve never done something like this before, I just want to totally embarrass myself, do something outside of my comfort zone. “I was excited about the idea of doing comedy. I was just trying to bring out the most awkward, embarrassing version of myself. Zoe is definitely in me.”
Although “Chapter 07” deals with natural disasters and dystopian themes, it focuses on the relationships between former classmates who have years of resentment and grievances with each other.
“It’s really exciting to have these big, epic stories that matter to the whole world, but then you just watch the interactions between a select group of people and how they deal with it. It can be a little hard to process, but this is a very contained story. It’s about the end of the world in a sense. Umbrella is big, but it’s about how you handle it.” Stacy, 32, told The Washington Post.
“I think what our show is most like is Orange is the New Black. It’s a comedy that’s set in a high-stakes setting, but it’s really about relationships. And all those apocalyptic shows that we see are well-constructed, but mostly dramatic. There’s a sandbox. Brave melancholy for that. That’s pretty much amusing, even given the circumstances.”