Brad Pitt 'fangirled' over Phoebe Waller-Bridge
Seems Brad Pitt is a big fan of Fleabag and ‘fangirled’ over creator Phoebe Waller-Bridger, according to co-star Sian Clifford.
To be fair, we’re backing Brad’s move, seeing as a lot of us would fangirl ourselves should we ever meet the writer behind the BBC/Amazon series.
The show has bagged many a famous fan, however Sian – who played Claire, the sister of Phoebe’s Fleabag – has recalled meeting one Oscar-winning follower of the show.
Speaking about the reaction from those in Hollywood to the programme, Sian told The Guardian: ‘Oh, yeah, definitely, doing the award circuit in America. The American Film Institute awards made an exception and recognised Fleabag, and that was basically where we met Brad Pitt.
‘Brad Pitt literally fan-girling over Phoebe is without question the most surreal thing I’ll ever see in my life.’
She went on: ‘I just shook his hand. Ah, to shake people’s hands. Thank God coronavirus hadn’t arrived then, that would have scuppered that meeting.
‘But we laughed for the rest of the day, it was so stupid.’
The show was a massive hit, bagging Phoebe awards left right and centre, sweeping the board and picking up best actress in a comedy series at the Critics’ Choice Awards, the Golden Globes and the SAG Awards. Irish actor Andrew Scott (who played the (hot) Priest) scooped best supporting actor in a TV series at Critics’ Choice and the Golden Globes, while Fleabag picked up best comedy series.
On the notion of the series being such a big hit, Sian recalled: ‘The first one I thought would do well, but I also knew it was new and it was weird, and that people really might not like that. So the response to that was overwhelming enough.
‘But when I read the script for the second series and she had, excuse my French, a f**king brilliant idea at the end of episode three, which is where the priest breaks the fourth wall [speaks directly to the audience], I just thought: “Oh, OK. So you’re literally going to try and change television.”’
Sadly for Brad, and the rest of us, Phoebe has confirmed Fleabag’s story – which started on stage – ends with season two.
At the end of the series it appeared that the character waved goodbye to the audience, who she often spoke to through the camera, and went off on her own after getting her heart broken.
Speaking to The Mirror’s Notebook, Phoebe confirmed that it really was the final goodbye from the beloved and complicated role, explained: ‘No [she’s not returning].
‘I think we have to let her go, she’s exhausted. She’s been through a lot.
‘But we’re all going to work together again, so there will be something of the Fleabag spirit to come back.’
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