After visiting the Philippines Debby has started a small Insatiable Season 2 press tour in the USA. Last Wednesday (October 16) she visited a few radio studios in New York City.
Debby has launched her personal podcast today! Listen to the first 3 episodes on iTunes, Spotify and Google Play.
Episode 1 | Introducing… There You Are with Debby Ryan
Hi there! I’m Debby Ryan. I’ve been an actor since I was thirteen – I’ve had the immense pleasure of creating TV shows and movies in which every story has a beginning, middle and end. But we all know, life isn’t like that. There are so many experiences in my life I haven’t gotten into because I didn’t feel like the media was the best place to open up about them. But this feels like a really great place for me to sit down with some incredible, smart and interesting people that I’ve met through my work and have those meaningful conversations with. Each week, I’m going to sit down with another guest as we try to be fully open and honest with each other and hopefully learn a thing or two along the way.
Episode 2 | Kimmy Shields
Kimmy Shields [Ad Astra, Big Little Lies, Arrested Development, Insatiable] is an American actress. Kimmy sits down with her dear friend Debby to talk about female friendships, her favorite scene to shoot in Season 2 of Insatiable, and the joy of working on an inclusive set. She also tells Debby what playing Nonnie has taught her and how she wishes she could have been more like her when she was in high school. Debby and Kimmy talk about some of the toughest scenes to shoot and how having good friends on set and off can be extremely important.
Episode 3 | Michael Provost
Michael Provost [Insatiable, Shameless, Lucifer] is an American actor. Michael and Debby both talk about their audition experience for Insatiable and how landing the show was a life changing experience for him. They also discuss how Insatiable flipped the male gaze and made Michael an example for young men everywhere while taking off his shirt. Debby and Michael talk about the importance of content and respect in relationships and how his character, Brick, is trailblazing a new version of a TV hot guy.
The main fan event of Insatiable in Manila has taken place yesterday (October 8) and Debby rocked it. Not only did Debby, Dallas Roberts and Gloria Diaz talk about the upcoming second season of the show and Gloria’s guest appearances, but the three also were judges on a special beauty pageant. Seemed so much fun and congrats to the King & Queen.
Calling the first season’s trailer “fatphobic” and “offensive,” viewers were taken aback by the said preview, because it depicted Debby Ryan’s character, Patty Bladell, getting thin to impress people.
After the first season’s run, mixed reviews were put out. Some understood and enjoyed it, while others had mistakes to point out. A year later, a second season was made and they’re ready for redemption.
Debby Ryan, Dallas Roberts (Bob Armstrong), and show-guest-star, former Miss Universe Gloria Diaz (Gloria Reyes) promoted the second season through a fan event in the Philippines yesterday. MEGA sat down with each of them to discuss their experiences in shooting the second season and why viewers should give the show a chance.
In its first season, the show touched on Patty’s eating disorder alongside some of the characters’ depression and mental state.
MEGA: How important is mental health for you to share on your platform and the show?
Dallas: It’s very important. Mental health is one of the crucial things that many of the characters are dealing with, so it is very important to discuss.
Debby: I think it’s very important. There is a lot of stigma around it. I broke my knee two summers ago and I needed to stop walking. I needed to stop, go, and get it fixed. I could still move, I could still see my friends, I do my things but I needed to be really careful, protect it, and make sure that when it’s rebuilding, I was rebuilding it right, so that for the rest of my life, I get to walk on it balanced and not keep hurting myself. I think mental health should be treated exactly the same.
MEGA: Was there some sense of redemption in playing Patty after Season 1?
Debby: Yes, I think after season 1 people got to really go on a journey and they got to see not only where it starts, but this is where it takes Patty and [showed] introductions to why she is the way she is. I’ve dealt with disordered eating for a long time and the scene where Patty eats a cake, that was the first time that I’ve ever seen that. I’ve never seen someone on camera do that thing you do in private, in shame. And to be able to put all of that out there, and then come back and do it again, it felt freeing. It felt redemptive, it felt like all of the fear, all of the shame, the damage, and people telling you what you’re doing, that you’re a bad person for doing it [the show] or whatever; to be able to know how many people it helps and hear from countless people about having never seen things, heard things, and needing to see a coming out story goes like that [Patty’s disorder] and even to see someone find themselves that way. We get to do it all over again knowing that we had all these people who are just like us in a corner, (and there’s) nothing more redemptive than that.
MEGA: What lessons do you think people can learn from the show?
Dallas: We’re not people who behave particularly well. Hopefully, the show shows people that you love making decisions that maybe you wouldn’t make in your own life. The best thing you can learn from the show is not to behave like us.
The show focuses on Patty’s character who is a rookie pageant queen, handled by her coach Bob Armstrong. Together, they join pageants and discover their true selves with the help of each other and other characters of Insatiable.
It was announced prior to the release of Season 2’s trailer that the Philippines’ own former Miss Universe, Gloria Diaz, will be appearing as a guest star on the show. She’s one of the two Filipinos that are going to be featured on the second season of the show (the other being Vincent Rodriguez III, as revealed on NetflixPH’s IG TV).