Hannah Einbinder plays Ava Daniels, who reaches rock bottom after her show is canceled due to a Twitter uproar. After that, she works as a writer to help Deborah Vance, a famed Vegas stand-up comedian, freshen up her act (Jean Smart).
The strained connection between Einbinder and Smart was a hit with viewers, and the show was renewed for a second season and nominated for a total of 15 Emmys. The ladies were nominated in the categories of Lead (Smart) and Supporting (Einbinder) Actress in Comedy by the Television Academy.
The comedy-drama is Einbinder’s breakout role, but she was already well-versed in the art form in real life as a stand-up comedian. Her mother, Saturday Night Live alum Laraine Newman, and father, comic writer Chad Einbinder, can both be credited with this. Einbinder discussed her role in the series with The A.V. Club during an interview.
When it Comes to Using Adderall
Einbinder admitted to using Adderall, but she didn’t say why. However, on Andy Richter’s podcast, The Three Questions, the actress discussed what led to her utilizing the substances.
She claimed that she transferred from a private art school to a public high school in Los Angeles during her high school years, which was a challenging transition for her given her ADHD. She struggled with her studies as a result, and she was failing math and science.
Her professors placed her in Learning Impaired classes, which harmed her confidence and made the move more difficult than it needed to be. To make matters worse, she was dating a drug addict, and she used Adderall to cope with the stress.
Her life didn’t start to turn around until she met her best friend Phoebe. They were in the same English class and finally became friends. To this day, Einbinder and Phoebe remain close friends.
Hannah Einbinder on Taking on the Role of Ava on Hacks
Working on a TV show that requires a collaborative setting was a welcome shift for her as a stand-up comic who is used to working alone. She explained that she was fortunate in that the folks she worked with were kind and kind.
Everyone had her back the entire time, and it was her first time doing something like this. She also mentioned that doing numerous takes for the angle variations was liberating because the repetition removed the worry and anxiety.
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Ava, played by Einbinder, meets a guy and consumes cocaine in the show. When asked how she came up with the performance for that particular scene, the actress replied that she drew inspiration from her friends and personal experience. Because she witnessed her pals using cocaine all the time, she knew how to play the part of a drug addict. She also revealed that she had put in some of her own practicing time. I’d never tried cocaine since I’d been on Adderall for so long that I was burned out by the time uppers were fun.
She went on to say that she couldn’t party any longer or for long enough to progress to more powerful drugs.