Why ‘Women’s Anger’ and ‘Fear’ Play Integral Roles in ‘The Morning Show’

Why ‘Women’s Anger’ and ‘Fear’ Play Integral Roles in ‘The Morning Show’
Why ‘Women’s Anger’ and ‘Fear’ Play Integral Roles in ‘The Morning Show’

“The Morning Show” is sometimes about people leaning fully into their most base impulses. Other times it’s about harnessing those impulses for their benefit.

For actor and executive producer Reese Witherspoon, anger was one of her best motivators when playing the part of up-and-coming news anchor Bradley Jackson in the Apple TV Plus original drama. Here’s all that you need to know about what went down.

Two women are stronger than one 

“I’m interested in women’s anger,” she told Variety at the Paley Center’s screening of the pilot episode in New York City on Tuesday night. “We don’t see it a lot on film, and I think women expressing their rage and anger is a really exciting character trait to explore.

Why ‘Women’s Anger’ and ‘Fear’ Play Integral Roles in ‘The Morning Show’
Why ‘Women’s Anger’ and ‘Fear’ Play Integral Roles in ‘The Morning Show’

My character just doesn’t have a filter and she has kind of a hairpin trigger, anger response.” This was a character trait Witherspoon advocated for in the room with showrunner Kerry Ehrin.

“Reese wanted to push her character to have more of an anger issue, which I thought was really funny and fun,” said Ehrin, to which the actress expressed her enthusiasm towards it.

Get to know the show 

The show centers on a day of reckoning after beloved morning show anchor Mitch Kessler, who is played by Steve Carell, is fired amid allegations of sexual misconduct.

which the team behind the show feels gives them the perfect opportunity to showcase all emotions that would come out in the aftermath of such a bombshell.

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A show that reaches out to you 

When asked if there was an element of fear in embarking on a story so close to the sexual allegations against former NBC anchor Matt Lauer, Leder replied, “Fear is a really great motivator.

We are in the cultural shifting dynamic of the #MeToo movement. This show is a snapshot of that, and I wanted to explore that world of truth-telling.” For actor and executive producer Jennifer Aniston, the fear came full force on the first day of filming, when she had to build 15 years of emotional history with co-star Carell in one scene.


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