ABC‘s new sitcom Home Economics premieres tonight, April 7th at 8:30|7:30c. I was able to watch a screener of the first two episodes of the new series and it is hysterical. I was hooked from the very beginning and already already have a few favorite characters, one of them being Karla Souza, who is best known from the series How To Get Away With Murder. Souza plays Marina, who is a wine-loving lawyer turned stay-at-home mom of twins and a character many of us moms out there can relate to. In a recent interview with Karla Souza, we discussed her role on Home Economics, the cast and much more! Check out some of the highlights and behind the scenes details on making Home Economics.
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ABC Home Economics Cast
The series stars Topher Grace as Tom, Caitlin McGee as Sarah, Jimmy Tatro as Connor, Karla Souza as Marina, and Sasheer Zamata as Denise. Also starring is Shiloh Bearman as Gretchen, Jordyn Curet as Shamiah, Chloe Jo Rountree as Camila, and JeCobi Swain as Kelvin.
The series takes a look at the heartwarming yet super uncomfortable and sometimes frustrating relationship among three adult siblings: one in the 1%, one middle-class and one barely holding on. The comedy is inspired by the life of writer and executive producer Michael Colton.
Topher Grace not only plays Tom in the sitcom but he is also an Executive Producer. During the interview Souza shared how Grace welcomes her onto the show, “Topher sent me some flowers basically like ‘please be my wife’ and my husband found them outside of the hotel where we were staying. He’s like ‘what the hell is this?’ I was like No, it’s basically the process of courtship. Then Topher had to send a message saying ‘Oh I also told my wife about it, don’t worry.‘”
ABC Home Economics Interview With Karla Souza
Although Souza got her Home Economics role pre-pandemic and production was delayed due to quarantine, when filming finally started it was under Covid protocols. Souza shares, “We have table reads through Zoom, and rehearsals with masks on. There’s a lot of adjusting to do when you’re filming a comedy in Covid.” But like many of us, she is thankfully to have a job during these challenging times.
Filming Home Economics took place over a 2 month period, resulting in seven episodes for season one. But as for Souza, she is over-the-moon to be working on a comedy, especially after the hard year we all had to live through! Souza says, “Don’t tell my Murder family but I’m like how will I ever go back to drama after this? I’m so in love with laughing at work all day. We all had that heavy year. There’s a lot of adjusting to do when you’re filming a comedy [right now]. All of that said, we’re so lucky as an industry to be able to continue to work and to be putting out a project when people are so hungry for things right now. So hungry to just lay back, relax, and have a few laughs.“
Home Economics allows Souza to represent her Mexican heritage, although her character was not always suppose to be mexican. In fact the role of Marina was originally written to be of Peruvian decent, which led to a conversation between Souza and the casting department, “I can’t laugh at Peruvian people if I’m Mexican. That is not OK. I said if you want someone to play a Peruvian, you guys need to cast a Peruvian. I could stand up for a lot of the actual things that I go through as a Mexican. I specifically asked for there to be writers that are Spanish speakers. They’re mothers, they’re women, and have the attributes that Marina has, so that it isn’t like a man writing for my motherhood experience. Being a Mexican woman that married a white man and what it feels to be in their family on Thanksgiving — all those things are very specific that have a lot of comedy potential is what I really cared about when talking to the producers and the showrunners and to Topher we were talking about whether or not I would be Marina.“
Watch Home Economics Wednesdays at 8:30-9:00 p.m. EST on ABC, and the following day streaming on Hulu.