Here & Now‘s Robin Young speaks with Frankie Shaw (@frankieshawisag), the executive producer, director, writer and star of “SMILF,” a Showtime comedy about a single mom struggling to raise her son in South Boston.
On making a show about a “different South Boston”
I think we’ve become really accustomed to the gangster movies of Southie. You know, “The Departed,” a bunch of the Affleck brother movies. We don’t really see the women in Southie. And it’s the women in Southie that I know, so I thought it would be great to have that as part of the fabric of the show.
On the frankness of her character, Bridgette Bird
There’s something about the character where she gets in her own way. She gets this win and then immediately self-sabotages by not having any boundaries and too much TMI. But the other thing that is important to us is that we’re dealing with issues that are normally swept under the rug. So we’re going to talk about things in an open way, in the way that they actually happen. That’s part of maybe Bridgette’s charm and also her downfall.
On the cultural timeliness of how the show treats sex and sexuality