Interview with Cristin Milioti from Made For Love

Made For Love made its debut with the first three episodes on April 1 exclusively on HBO GO. Since its debut, it has gotten a fanbase thanks to its dark comedy narrative.

This dark comedy series is based on a novel by Alisa Nutting, which tells the story of a darkly absurd and cynically poignant story of love and divorce following Hazel Green (Cristin Milioti), a thirty-something woman on the run after 10 years in a suffocating marriage to Byron Gogol.

Soon she discovers that her husband has implanted a monitoring device – the Made for Love chip – in her brain, allowing him to track her, watch her, and know her “emotional data” as she tries to regain her independence.

The series is led by Cristin Milioti, Billy Magnussen, Dan Bakkedahl, Noma Dumezweni, Augusto Aguilera, Caleb Foote and Ray Romano.

It is executively produced by Christina Lee, Alissa Nutting, Patrick Somerville, Dean Bakopoulos, Liza Chasin and SJ Clarkson. The series is run by Christina Lee and directed by Stephanie Laing and Alethea Jones.

We at got a chance to interview the star of the show herself, Cristin Milioti. Here’s the Q&A.

With the rise of domestic abuse taking place during lockdowns globally, how do you think the show could bring awareness to their audience?

That is very real and terrifying. If this show ever reached someone who experienced it, I hope God will help them to get out of it. My heart goes to everyone who is in the situation. It is something that I am very glad we talked about.

What you’re asking, I just want to be clear that if I hope this show helps, yeah it would be incredible.

How different is the character to yourself?

Of course, they are very different. I am always a very different person with the characters I play. I don’t know if there’s any similarity but maybe, I am a little bit tougher than I appear.

The character on the other is very suffocated because of what she has been through. She is so disconnected from herself and I don’t walk that way in my life. I think that is the big difference.

What’s one message you would audiences to take away from the show?

Wow! That’s a big one. I would say I hope that people see themselves in it and their own struggles to connect. Whether it is marriage or family or themselves.

What I love about the show is that it is a little sneaky with its dark comedy and sci-fi elements but at the end of the day, it is a story of people who are desperate to connect. I think that is something very universal

I hope it (the show) reaches out to the people who need such help.

Can we expect season two because we are already excited thinking about it?

Oh really!? That’s good to know. Actually, I don’t know anything about season two. I think the season will end in a way which is really wild.

I really hope we are given a chance so we can explore more in season two and I will love to be able to do that.

(Spoiler alert) As the character Hazel, after all she has been through, how do you think she will describe love?

I don’t think she will describe it and I don’t know how she will describe it. Especially because I have the rest of the season in mind as well.

But I would say she will not believe love exists. This is because she has been through so much in her life. I think the one experience she has with her husband is brutal and horrible so I don’t think she will believe in love. She is also Herbert’s daughter who has a synthetic partner, and they were in a very specific relationship, a tender relationship.

At this point, she has no reason to believe in love because she is never received it and it is sad. This is a story of a person discovering herself, what she wants and her ability to change. I forgot what’s the word for it, but I believe it’s the abstract of it.

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