‘The Bear’ on Hulu: Ayo Edebiri says series 'took her back' to when she worked at a restaurant
'I actually used to work at a restaurant for many years,' said Edebiri about her role of an aspiring chef in Hulu's ‘The Bear’
We all love watching feel-good food-based movies. For fans who have grown up watching the iconic television cooking reality shows like ‘MasterChef’, Hulu is bringing forth a cooking-based dramedy series titled ‘The Bear’. The series has been directed and executively produced by Christopher Storer and Joanna Calo. The screenplay has been written by Christopher Storer and Alex O’Keefe. Backed by production company Super Frog and FX Productions, 'The Bear' is releasing globally by June 23, 2022, on Hulu.
The story revolves around a young chef named Carmen Berzatto (Jeremy Allen White) who leaves the world of fine dining back in New York because of his brother’s unfortunate death and ends up coming back to his home in Chicago, where he starts running his family’s beef sandwich shop called ‘The Original Beef of Chicagoland’. With the restaurant hugely in debt, Carmy has to work hard to win the trust of the stubborn kitchen staff along with managing the menu and also keeping the business and his rationality intact. With the series all set to release on Hulu in the next few days, viewers can also watch other cooking-based films like ‘Always Amore’, ‘Sugar Rush’, ‘Cook Off’ and ‘Waffles + Mochi’.
In a recent interview with ChannelGuidemag.com, actress Ayo Edebiri who plays the character of Sydney, an aspiring chef that comes looking out for a job at her father’s favorite restaurant and also helps Carmy in the kitchen in the series, opened up about her character. She said, “There’s a chance to prove herself by working at The Original Beef not just to Carmy, who she admires so much, and the OG crew of The Beef but to herself."
Reflecting on the earlier days of her career before becoming an actor, Ayo added, “I actually used to work at a restaurant for many years! I worked in reservations, then I worked as a host, and then finally, I was a waiter and barista. So elements of The Bear definitely took me back there."
Talking about how they all had to work in "a cramped kitchen" without the air conditioner on during the filming of ‘The Bear’, Ayo shared, “It was a working kitchen and when we’d shoot, the A/C would be off and we’d be cooking in scenes, so the burners would be blasting. On top of that, my character loves a collared shirt. So yeah, it could get hot."
Spilling beans on her strangest fan encounter, Ayo said, “I honestly haven’t had any strange encounters. I think whenever anyone recognizes me, I make it strange, because I’m sort of shocked that anyone has recognized me from anything. Once I was at a restaurant and ordered food and the waitress recognized me from Big Mouth just from my voice, which was pretty cool."
Talking about her favorite movie that she could watch repeatedly, Ayo said, "My favorite movie ever, ever is Babe. I think it is a piece of genius cinema, and I think that because I’m right. I also watch Good Will Hunting whenever I get a cold because it cures me of my main illness (being from Boston)."
The rest of the cast from ‘The Bear’ includes Jeremy Allen White, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Chris Witaske, Abby Elliott, Ayo Edebiri, Lisa Colon-Zayas, Lionel Boyce, and several others.
‘The Bear’ drops on June 23, 2022, on Hulu.
The official trailer for the awaited food-based dramedy series is out. You can also watch it here.