The Jenny and Georgia cast connected to show mental health storylines

Jenny and GeorgiaHe doesn’t shy away from complex topics related to mental health. For fans, that’s part of the appeal.

Season 2 of “Ginny & Georgia,” which premieres Jan. 5 on Netflix, has been in the top 10 of the streaming charts for two weeks, and she has also applauded For its portrayal of characters suffering from eating disorders, anxiety and depression.

“I love this trope of addiction, abuse, mental health, and the nuanced portrayal of social issues as the main theme in films and artwork in general… The world needs more stories about it. Everything isn’t always good or bad,” a viewer wrote on Twitter.

“When Jenny confessed to her father and her panic attack, I cried so hard. I felt her pain so deeply!” #Psychological health # Hahaha“,” wrote another.

Writer Olivia Truffaut Wong called the show’s portrayal of depression — specifically, Jenny telling a joke about herself — “refreshing,” writing, “I still struggle with joking about my depression with others because I worry about how it makes them feel, but sometimes you just need a laugh.” “.

Speaking to TODAY.com, executive producer and writer Sarah Lambert and showrunner Debra G. Fisher said they hoped to show that “everyone is fighting a battle — even if you can’t see it.”

Mental health becomes a major theme of the show in the first season by depicting Ginny’s (Antonia Gentry) experiences with self-harm, which is further explored in the second season. Jenny struggles with a childhood defined by multiple movements and carrying her mother’s weight Georgia (Brian Howey) secrets.

Lambert and Fisher tell TODAY.com that they worked with psychologist Dr. Taji Huang and Menal Health America to accurately depict the inner lives of high school students.

“We wanted to do a realistic shoot,” Fisher told TODAY.com in an interview. “We didn’t want to be a teen show that solves these persistent problems in one episode, one story arc or one season. That’s something the characters struggle with, and we want to show the real-world twists in that.”

“We like to say that everyone is fighting a battle that you can’t see,” Lampert TODAY.com. “We really apply that to each character. We like to show the intricacies of each character.”

“We like to say that everyone is fighting a battle that you can’t see.”

Sarah Lambert

While writing the first season, Fisher and Lambert say they began to think about the second season including how it would highlight Marcus’s (Felix Mallard) depression and Zion’s (Jenny’s father, played by Nathan Mitchell) involvement in Jenny’s plans to start therapy.

Zion’s Merge Fisher says Georgia Opposing views as parents was a conversation they had even before the second season was announced.

In the new season, Zion contracts Jenny to therapy after learning she is self-harming. Jenny hides her therapy sessions from her mother after learning that Georgia does not believe in therapy, a belief taught her by her difficult upbringing.

Later in the season, Georgia confronts Jenny about her burns and learns that Zion has sent her to therapy to get help. She joins her daughter for a season, and realizes how beneficial the therapy can be.

“I think it’s very important for children because not all parents agree about therapy or how to do things. It opens up a really important conversation,” says Fisher.

Although the topics covered on “Ginny & Georgia” are sensitive, Lambert says the show’s writers didn’t want to get too wrapped up in issues young adults are already going through.

“Because that’s life,” she adds. “Life is messy and complicated and people make mistakes and we want to give them room to mess up and room to grow.”

What makes season two so emotional for Lambert and Fisher are the personal stories and viewpoint points of view, coming from the writers, actors, and directors. Fisher shares that she personally struggles with anxiety and panic attacks.

Felix Mallard as Marcus Baker and Jennifer Robertson as Elaine Baker
Felix Mallard as Marcus Baker and Jennifer Robertson as Ellen “Jenny and Georgia” Baker.Netflix

Lambert told TODAY.com that she was in a “dark place” when writing the voiceover for Marcus in the episode devoted to his depression. She says seeing people’s positive reactions to his story was powerful and satisfying for her.

“Having these responses like, ‘Because of the show I started therapy, or because of the show I feel like seeing it’… I mean, those are the responses that matter most to me,” says Lambert.

In an interview with Netflix, which you can see hereGentry and Mallard discuss their personal journeys dealing with mental health and self-discovery.

Mallard said that, similar to Marcus, if he’s not feeling well, he’ll withdraw from people—especially those he loves. “It’s really hard for me to admit that I’m not doing a good job. You know, I don’t want to let them down and so it’s easier not to be in touch,” he said.

Gentry said she struggled with feelings of shame, but was able to find people in her life to help alleviate those feelings.

“You never know who is in your life to help you unless you actually allow them to help you,” Gentry said. “It’s important to have people who understand that and are patient. But you also have to be patient with yourself.”

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