Some television shows depict “normal” life, while others are out to redefine what that word even means.
Enter the Netflix series “Atypical”
The recently released Season Two takes a strong approach to showcasing just how normal a person living with autism can be. From creator Robia Rashid, this family dramedy follows a teenager (Keir Gilchrist) on the autism spectrum longing for love and independence.
It’s been called “the best show Netflix has ever made” (Forbes.com) and actress WENDY BRAUN
, who portrays Kathy, has been named “a standout among the recurring cast” (TV.com).
With more than 80 credits on her resume, it looks like Wendy has been a standout in film and television for years. Her most recent appearances include the Ed Helms and Tracy Morgan comedy "The Clapper," ABC’s medical drama "Grey’s Anatomy," opposite Danny DeVito in "It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia" and alongside Fred Armisen in IFC’s "Documentary Now!"
Wendy Braun recently found some time to answer a few questions:
For anyone who hasn’t seen it, tell us about your role on "Atypical."
WENDY: Atypical is a a coming-of-age comedy that follows Sam (Keir Gilchrist), an 18-year old on the autistic spectrum who is looking for love and independence.
I play ‘Kathy,’ the uptight (but well-intentioned) leader of the autism parent support group and friend of Sam’s mom, Elsa (Jason Leigh Leigh).
Is anything different for ‘Kathy’ this season?
WENDY: In Season 2, we learn a lot more about Kathy, and her life outside the support group. We get to go inside her home, as she lets loose a bit in the midst of a very unique workout routine. We also discover she has a new kitten. That’s all can I say without giving anything away.
Overall what do you consider her best (or worst) qualities?
WENDY: Best: She’s perky, positive and put-together. Worst: She’s uptight, controlling and manipulative. She’s the friend you love to hate, which also makes her so much fun to play.
How is it to work alongside Jennifer Jason Leigh?
WENDY: So lovely. She’s simply the best and it’s been a joy to work with her.
Any interesting stories from the set you can share with us?
WENDY: When I heard I was going to be working with a cat, I was concerned. Not because I don’t like cats, but because I am wildly allergic. Luckily we had an amazing cat wrangler who would hold her between takes and I took plenty of Claritin.
Truth be told, that sweet kitten comes across so mellow on-camera, but trust me, there were times when she was the real diva on the set.
What’s the biggest lesson you think audiences might take away from the show?
WENDY: In a show that promotes acceptance, I hope that audiences walk away feeling more compassion for those unlike themselves. I hope watching Atypical helps people choose love over fear.
And, now just for fun:
Who’s your favorite actor/actress?
WENDY: Allison Janney continues to blow my mind. She has always inspired me.
What role from the past do you wish you could have played?
WENDY: Ever since I got cast as the Scarecrow in “The Wiz” in 7th grade, everything else has been gravy. (Ok, fine. Trinity in “The Matrix”.)
Favorite movie or TV show from your childhood.
WENDY: I loved “The Partridge Family” growing up and the late David Cassidy was my childhood crush. I did a commercial campaign years ago and in one of our holiday spots, I answered the door for carolers and there stood David Cassidy singing to me, “Do You Believe In Magic?" So, let’s just say, that, yes, I do.
Tell us one thing that would surprise our readers to learn about you.
WENDY: I create guided meditations that have helped people all over the world to transform their lives. I give one away for free to help turn public speaking/ performance anxiety into confidence + ease in under 5 minutes: ActorInspiration.com/FreeAudio link
How can fans keep up with you?
WENDY: Get updates here: link link
Follow me on Instagram: @MsWendyBraun link
and on Twitter: @Wendy_Braun link
Wendy Braun on-set "Atypical"