‘Living With Yourself’ prompts you to ask yourself- Do we really want to be better? The series is a philosophical sitcom being executed on the concept of becoming a better person and attaining improvement which is a mature decision to make, and working towards it, which is even wiser. This Netflix project is created and written by Timothy Greenberg and stars Paul Rudd of Antman (Marvel) fame. They also serve as executive producers on the show along with Anthony Bregman, Jeff Stern, Tony Hernandez, Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris, and Jeffrey Blitz. Dayton and Faris, best known for directing ‘Little Miss Sunshine’ and ‘Battle of the Sexes’, also sit on the director’s chair for various episodes.
The series revolves around a man struggling in life and going through various ups and downs, who eventually undergoes a treatment to become a better person but later on, finds that he has come out as a better person, having been replaced by his improved version. ‘Living with Yourself’ was first given the green light last year at AMC Networks-owned IFC, but it never moved forward at that time. However, on August 10, 2018, it was announced that the project will go ahead with Netflix providing production for the first season consisting of eight episodes.
Living With Yourself Cast: Who’s in it?
The lead star of ‘Living With Yourself’ is Paul Rudd. Rudd’s previous collaborations with Netflix include neo-noir sci-fi ‘Mute’, comedy-drama ‘The Fundamentals of Caring’, and the prequel series of ‘Wet Hot American Summer franchise’, ‘Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp’. He has appeared in popular movies like ‘Clueless‘, ‘Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy’ and ‘The 40-Year-Old Virgin’. His most popular role came in the form of Scott Lang in MCU’s ‘Ant-Man’. He has reprised the role in the sequel, ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’, ‘ Captain America: Civil War’ and ‘Avengers: Endgame’. He has previously graced television screens with guest roles in ‘Friends‘ and ‘Parks and Recreation‘. ‘Living With Yourself’ is his first major television role.
Aisling Bea stars alongside Rudd in a major role. She is an award-winning stand-up comedian and has been a part of many British comedies, such as ‘Cardinal Burns’, ‘Trollied’ and ‘The Delivery Man’. She has also worked in British crime dramas, ‘The Fall’ and ‘Hard Sun’. Her other acting credits include shows like ‘Plebs’, ‘Drunk History’, ‘Playhouse Presents’ and ‘Dead Boss’.
Desmin Borges is set to appear in the show as a character named Dan. He is best known for playing the role of Edgar Quintero in FXX’s ‘You’re the Worst‘. His upcoming project includes Amazon Video’s American adaptation of British series, ‘Utopia’ by Gillian Flynn. He has also appeared in ‘Preacher‘, ‘Madam Secretary’, ‘The Good Wife‘ and ‘Private Life’.
Karen Pittman, too, has joined the cast of ‘Living With Yourself’ as Lenore Pool. Having worked in movies, TV shows and the theatre, Pittman has some great projects under her belt. In 2019 itself, she has been a part of Emmy winning series, ‘Live From Lincoln Center’; has appeared in AMC’s supernatural horror, ‘NOS4A2‘, and is set to share the screen with Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon and Steve Carell in Apple TV Plus’ upcoming comedy-drama, ‘The Morning Show’. Additionally, she has also appeared in Netflix’s ‘Luke Cage‘, FX’s ‘The Americans’ and Kathryn Bigelow’s ‘Detroit’.
Zoe Chao plays the role of Kaylyn. Chao has experience in theatre productions and has worked alongside some acclaimed directors in the field. Apart from her acting skills, she is also known for writing her own stories. She first starred in 2014 TV series, ‘The God Particles’, that she had written as well as produced. The role that she is best known for is Isobel Song on Facebook Watch’s comedy-drama, ‘Strangers’. She is also set to appear in ‘Where’d You Go, Bernadette’ alongside Cate Blanchett and Kristen Wiig. In the upcoming comedy-drama, ‘Downhill’, she shares the screen with Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Will Ferrell.
Additional cast members include Joseph Bessette, Rob Yang, Emily Young, Gopal Lalwani, Eden Malyn and Adam Butterfield.
Living With Yourself Plot: What is it about?
George Elliot feels like a failure. His personal life is a mess and professional life is in shambles. After all these years of blaming his failures on others, he finally realises that the problem lies in himself. If he wants to change his life, he needs to change himself. That’s when he comes across a treatment that allows you to get rid of all the bad parts and thus, become a better version of yourself. Who in their right mind wouldn’t want such a thing? That’s what George thinks too and ends up with an improved version of himself. And so his problems begin. This clone is a far worse enemy than his own flawed self.
Bringing in the perfect blend of humor, emotions, and romance, ‘Living With Yourself’ is narrated from multiple perspectives. According to directors, Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, the unusual premise of the story posed one major challenge. How to tell the two Miles apart? And how would the audience keep track of who they were actually following? But after several rounds of rehearsals, modifications, and improvisations, Dayton and Faris were able to address the issue.
According to them, “There were lots of little things we did to differentiate the two characters. We had the clothes for New Miles tailored to fit just a little better. He dressed in brighter colors with flattering blue tones. When playing Old Miles, Paul wore absolutely no makeup, except for subtle dark circles we placed under his eyes. His clothes were brown and frumpy. After we finished filming we noticed that Paul always made sure Old Miles missed a belt loop in his pants!”
So, will Miles be able to tackle the unexpected challenges that come his way? Will he be able to finally find the path to true happiness and contentment? And most importantly, will he actually want to be “better” after the fiasco is finally over? Watch the series to find out.
Living With Yourself Release Date: When will it premiere?
‘Living With Yourself’ season 1 is set to premiere on October 18, 2019.
Living With Yourself Trailer
Here’s season 1 trailer.
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