Now more than ever we need stories about mental health. The more stories that get told on screen about how to deal with mental health issues, the more the stigma around it will get removed. That’s exactly the aim of the web series Ghost BFF which premieres Season 2 on July 7. All episodes of the series are available to stream on KindaTV. Creator Vanessa Matsui (The Handmaid’s Tale, Shadowhunters) returns to star as Amy alongside Kaniehtiio Horn’s (Letterkenny) Tara,her best friend with a catch.
Amy is alive and it’s been three years since her best friend Tara committed suicide. Amy begins seeing and talking to Tara again, and Season 2 delves even deeper into the struggles faced by both women. Amy must address unemployment, singledom, unexpected challenges, and the grief of missing her friend, while Tara looks for closure with her mother (Angela Asher).
Matsui recently spoke with The TV Junkies and previewed for us more of what viewers can expect come Season 2. Now that all episodes of Ghost BFF are available to watch, we’ve got a few reasons why you should check it out and definitely make this your next quarantine binge!
There’s 2 amazing WOC leads
In a time where the entertainment industry has turned an eye inward to self reflect on how to increase diversity and inclusion both on and off screen, Ghost BFF’s leading ladies are both Women of Color. “When have you ever seen a show that has two biracial women leading it and being funny,” Matsui asked. While the topic of inclusion has been a hot button issue as of late, she noted that “We’re here. We’ve been here the whole time. Nobody was paying attention.”
It’s removing the stigma around mental health
Talking about mental health is more important than ever before. With the recent pandemic we’ve seen more conversations happening around it, but there’s still a huge stigma that surrounds topics of mental health in so many ways. Not only does Ghost BFF address issues around suicide, drug use, anxiety, and self care, but it does so all while making you laugh. “I always felt like comedy was a really great bridge when speaking to a larger audience about previously taboo subjects,” Matsui told us.
And giving you tools to help
However, Matsui and the Ghost BFF team were very aware that they “couldn’t just put this show out about suicide and just leave it there.” That’s why part of the Ghost BFF experience will once again include eight mental health PSA segments to discuss mindfulness, depression, anxiety, boundaries, and self-care. These PSAs are done in conjunction with the Center for Mindfulness Studies and Matsui and her team made them with their audience in mind. “We were really targeting young women in their 20s,” said Matsui. She explained that time can be hard because “there’s this gap where if you are struggling with mental health, you’re not under your parents’ insurance anymore. You probably don’t have the resources to spend money on various kinds of therapy.” She’s hoping that’s where these PSAs can be useful because “Mindfulness is cost-effective and if you learn these tools early on, it’s very powerful for dealing with depression and anxiety.”
Female friendship takes center stage
We don’t get enough stories where female friendship is the focus. That’s not the case with Ghost BFF, as Amy and Tara’s friendship and relationship is always front of mind for the audience and the story. In Season 2, both women are still striving to say goodbye to one another and find some kind of closure. “Amy is definitely still grieving. It’s not something that you can just switch off,” said Matsui. Conversely, “from Tara’s perspective, there are some things on Earth that she still needs closure with.” Matsui said that for Amy and Tara, “Season 2 is really the goodbye season.”
It’s a comedic take on grief
Grief has no time limit and there’s no quick way to move through it. Ghost BFF takes the same comedic approach that it does to other mental health issues as it does with grief. “In Season 1 Amy was really putting a bandaid on the situation,” Matsui explained. “She cleaned up. She stopped being an artist and was marrying the guy that looked good on paper, but when that bandaid got ripped off, Amy now has to deal with what’s really there. The stuff she was really in denial about really comes to surface in Season 2. Same for Tara.”
All-star guest star talent
Season 2 also boasts some very impressive guest stars and features Angela Asher (Bad Blood), Jean Yoon (Kim’s Convenience) and Dani Kind (Workin’ Moms, Wynonna Earp). Asher will be playing Tara’s mom and Yoon plays Amy’s. “I’ve admired Jean Yoon from afar for so long,” said Matsui. “I’m an Asian actress and there are not that many of us, and not that many of us that are at the level she’s at. When I wrote this mom character she was automatically the first person I thought of.” As Tara’s mom, Matsui said that Asher is “incredible and so perfect for that part. She plays this rock-n-roll chick and I just believed it.” After meeting Kind during a stint on Workin’ Moms, Matsui asked her to come on for Season 2 of Ghost BFF. “She is awesome and so down to earth. I love her. She’s a no bullshit person and a mom too. She gets it.”
It’s themes surrounding mothers and daughters
Season 2 really is about both Amy and Tara dealing with some issues they have with their mothers. The focus on mothers and daughters came from a very personal place for Matsui. “In between Season 1 and 2 I had a baby. It was a life-changing experience to say the least.” She added that after the baby, “I have so much respect for mothers that I did not have before having a kid.” That’s why she says that Season 1 may have been all about best friends, but make no mistake, Season 2 “is a love letter to mothers.”
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Ghost BFF Season 2 is available for streaming on KindaTV.
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