Teachers’ Katie O’Brien On All the Fun Still in Store for Filmore Elementary

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While TV Land’s Teachers may be almost done with its second season, there’s been no signs of a sophomore slump. Brought to us by the Katydids, an all female improv troupe from Chicago whose members are all coincidentally named Kate or Katie, the series follows six teachers at Filmore Elementary. However, they are anything but your average teacher. From waking up up in a senior living home to spending the summer driving around in a hot dog truck, these women are far from the usual.

Recently, Ms. Bennigan, a pious and conservative woman played by Katie O’Brien, has had her eyes on “Hot Dad,” a father of one of her students. Although she loves Hot Dad (Ryan Caltagirone), she also has an odd and innocently flirtatious relationship with Ms. Snap (Katy Colloton), her alleged best friend. Over the past few episodes Ms. Bennigan has learned that Hot Dad is back on the market, deciding to co-parent with his ex-wife, and it’s finally a chance for her to make her move.

Having already been renewed for a third season, Filmore Elementary’s infamous educators are not going anywhere. We caught up with Katie O’Brien to catch up on what it’s like to be part of this crazy group of teachers and what’s happening in the second half of Season 2.

 

The TV Junkies: What’s your favorite part about playing Mary-Louise?

Katie O’Brien: My favorite part is exploring her naiveté and putting her in situations that really heighten it, like teaching sex ed, exploring her sexuality or her relationship with Hot Dad. As a person I have no shame, so when it comes to Bennigan, anything goes. I’ll pretty much do anything, which probably isn’t healthy or normal.

TTVJ: When we last saw everyone, they were at the school dance and it was a musical episode! How much fun was that? Where did that idea come from?

KOB: It’s really fun, but it was a big episode to shoot and we only had four days, which was crazy, but also really fun. It was very nostalgic to do an episode about a school dance, specifically a hoedown. I think everyone reverted to their awkward, dance-selves. I know I did. I felt like the whole time shooting my shoulders were up to my ears and I was just giggling.

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TTVJ: The scenes where all the teachers come together are always fun to watch. What’s it like shooting those and do you guys do any improv while filming or writing?

KOB: They’re so much fun to shoot. We’re all best friends, so when we’re all together, it can turn into a slumber party-like mentality. We have this inside joke that if we all start to get really weird, we’ll say, ‘It’s midnight at the slumber party.’ I always feel bad for the crew and director because it’s a lot of ‘you guys, we really need to keep moving.’

TTVJ: Mary-Louise has such a thing for “Hot Dad” and she just as she got the courage to confess her feelings to him, his ex wife appeared! Are we going to see that play out?

KOB: What a cliffhanger, right? People were outraged when Hot Dad’s ex-wife Sharon showed up. It really made me laugh to read all of the comments online like ‘How dare he!’ But don’t worry, you will see a lot more of Hot Dad in the upcoming season.

TTVJ: You guys always have fun guest stars. Can you preview who might be coming to Filmore this season?

KOB: This upcoming season we’re really lucky to have some amazing guest stars. Andy Daly plays a D.A.R.E-like drug officer opposite Ms. Feldman and the hilarious Jeff Ross plays a fire marshal who catches Ms. Bennigan in an embarrassing situation that scars her for life.

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TTVJ: One of the things we think is so great about Teachers is that it gives us so many different types of women. Is that something you guys wanted from the very beginning?

KOB: Yes, that’s one of my favorite things about the show; how different and unique each of these characters are and how anyone who watches the show can relate to at least someone. I love when people tell me that the a character reminds them of themselves, or a friend, or a coworker. It’s interesting, we didn’t set out to create six very different types of women, I just think all six of us are very different and all have distinct voices and different comedic styles so it just worked out that way. We always say, as The Katydids, we kind of create this seventh voice that is very unique and distinct, but it needs all of us to work. That’s why this ensemble is so special.

TTVJ: Is there anything you want to preview for the second half of the season?

KOB: So much! I think I’m most excited for everyone to see the finale episode of this ten. We decided to break form and do an episode in the style of the 1940s. It’s shot in black and white and deals with a feminist issue. We’re really proud of it.

 

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Teachers airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET on TV Land. You can catch up on Seasons 1 and 2 here!

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