Quinta Bruson is making waves. Not only his hit show, Abbott Elementary Schoola comedic success, but she also garnered admiration from her peers and fans when the show won three Primetime Emmys for its first season.
Brunson serves as the show’s executive producer and a writer, and stars as second-grade teacher Janine Teagues. Before Brunson became big, she cut her teeth creating viral videos for Buzzfeed. She also soaked up the history of film and television as much as she could by taking on more than her fair share of studio tours in Los Angeles. According to a recent interview, his extensive knowledge of these tours got him into trouble on at least one occasion.
Brunson likes the studios and makes frequent visits
Brunson doesn’t have as much free time as before. But as she found her way in Hollywood, she made a habit of doing numerous studio tours that give fans a behind-the-scenes look at what it’s like to work on TV and film sets. It’s not lost on her that the Warner Brothers studio lot now features a huge poster of her and the rest of the Abbott cast.
“It’s a ‘pinch’ moment for me; to be on the side of Warner Brothers,” Brunson told Jimmy Kimmel in the above interview. “It’s something I hold in high regard.”
Brunson admitted to Kimmel that she used to make frequent studio visits. “I love studios. I love them; they’re beautiful,” she said. “That’s where the magic happens and when you step on it, it just makes you feel like you’re loving again your job and you know why you fell in love with movies and TV.”
Although Brunson is loyal to Warner Brothers since it is the studio where Abbott is produced, she reluctantly admitted that the Universal Studios lot was her favorite. “It’s fire,” she said. “The rides are great, the studio tour is fantastic. I love it.”
She added an important ‘Jaws’ fact to a tour she was on
Brunson told Kimmel that she bought a pass and used to make visits at least once a month to Universal. It didn’t take her long to become an expert. “I know this tour by heart to the point that if anyone gets it wrong, like the tour guide…I almost got kicked out for correcting them,” she said.
One of the biggest attractions of the tour is visiting ‘Lake Jaws’, a pond surrounded by a recreation of the Martha’s Vineyard buildings made famous by the original Jaws. The shark has taken various forms over the years, according to The Studio Tour, much like the fisherman/diver, the shark “attacks” in full view of tourists.
The Jaws feature is a major attraction on the Universal Tour, and Brunson knows it. While on tour, Brunson realized that his group’s tour guide had omitted an important anecdote. “Jaws is a big problem. And she left out the fact that – you know, the shark, it sank when they first put it in the water,” she explained. “I think that’s an important fact that people should know. So I kindly told the rest of my car that she left that out.
Brunson didn’t think the guide had heard her add the factoid to those within earshot, until the tour was over. “At the end of the tour [the guide] said: ‘Hi, sorry, yes Quinta, I know who you are (because at the time I was viral and all), please don’t do this.
Brunson said his add-on was not intended to undermine the tour guide. “I want everyone to have the best experience,” she laughed. “And I want them to have a good time.”
Season 2 of the award-winning series “Abbott Elementary” is already underway
It’s safe to say that these days, Brunson is always invested in having a good time. She wants Abbott fans to get the most out of Season 2 of the series. The show returned on September 21 and easily reminded viewers why it’s already an Emmy winner. “The laughs came more frequently in the second half of season one, and this season two premiere doesn’t skip a beat,” AV Club said of the first episode.
Over the summer, Bruson said the 22-episode Year Two series would allow for more in-depth character development. It will also allow for a more relaxed sitcom cadence, similar to Friends or other classics, rather than the breakneck speed of Season 1 that Brunson and the team used to establish Abbott’s main cast.
That said, the first episode was a banger in its own right. Barbara Johnson (Sheryl Lee Ralph) finds her missing shoes on a booze-laden summer cruise (“Sea Barbara…is different from Land Barbara.”) Janine has an awkward exchange with Gregory (Tyler James Williams) about their compulsory teacher mixer status. Principal Ava Coleman (Janelle James) launches a tailgate for teachers… at 9 a.m. If Episode 1 is the bar, Season 2 is shaping up to exceed all expectations.
Abbott Elementary School airs ABC Wednesdays at 9 p.m. EST.
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