“She’s still pretty lost and desperate, so I’m happy about that,” says Amanda Peet about playing lovelorn Tina in HBO’s freshman comedy “Togetherness.” She’s currently in production on season two. “For some reason it’s really fun for me to play a desperate person. I don’t know what that means. I find it to be really relatable. I don’t know if it’s from years of being an actor or not thinking I got enough attention as a child, but there’s something about it that is really fun for me.”
In the first season, which finished airing in March, Tina was down on her luck, insecure about her career options, and unsure if she should settle down with a hotshot Hollywood producer she doesn’t love (Peter Gallagher) or her friend Alex (Steve Zissis), a struggling actor.
As an actress, she can relate to her character’s struggle to make it in Los Angeles. “I definitely felt like during different periods of my career, I felt as though I wasn’t taken seriously, and I wish there would be a different perception of me, I wish someone would pass me the ball more, but sometimes when I did I would suck,” she says. “It’s very hard to have all the stars align … When I think about it now, I can’t believe that I’m still working or that I ever worked.”
The stars haven’t aligned for Tina yet, but that’s just how Peet likes it, because “I’m not sure successful people are that interesting to watch.”
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