Who wants to talk to their parents about sex? No one, right? Just the thought of it has us cringing, but the new digital series Avocado Toast looks like remove the awkwardness from discussions about sex as it bridges the gap between characters from 25 to 69. The name Avocado Toast is a nod to the notion that “millennials are wasting their money on things like avocado toast rather than buying a house,” explains series co-creator and star Perrie Voss. “We used the symbolism of avocado toast the food as the tangible divider between millennials and baby-boomers,” she tells The TV Junkies.
Voss stars alongside co-creator Heidi Lynch in the series which already has distribution deals with OUTtv in Canada, Australia and New Zealand, as well as Tello Films in the U.S. Voss and Lynch also have a very talented roster already lined up to co-star. The cast includes Maika Harper (Mohawk Girls), Faye Marsay (Game of Thrones, McMafia), Mag Ruffman (Road to Avonlea), Jefferson Mappin, Scott Cavalheiro (Mary Kills People) and Patricia Vanstone (Road to Avonlea). The project is currently one of many series seeking funding from the Independent Production Fund (IPF). So before you go and check out the trailer, read on for reasons why we’re excited about the prospect of more Avocado Toast.
Not your typical coming out story
At 31, grade eight teacher Molly (Lynch) has only ever dated men, but she surprises herself when she falls in love with a woman for the first time. This leads to her coming out to her parents as bisexual and for viewers, a chance to experience a different point of view on something that is usually told only through the lens of younger characters. Not only is Molly’s age a factor, but “there’s an added level for the bisexual community,” says Lynch. “Sometimes it takes a while to stop listening to friends or family calling you gay to realize that you’re bisexual and that bisexuality is a valid experience.” Lynch says that initially Molly’s experience was based on her own, but that it evolved as time went on. Regardless, she says that “it’s important to share this story because I would have liked more representation to turn to when I was feeling lost.”
We all have mommy issues, right?
Despite Molly’s problems, her best friend Elle (Voss), a creative director, is dealing with her own set of issues after discovering her mother had an affair with a much younger man, leading to her divorce from her stepdad. “Elle is usually a powerhouse woman with seemingly everything under control,” Voss says, but now she “has to deal with her mom’s freshened up sex-life on grand display.” Voss says the question now becomes what she does when her “foundation and core understanding of her world have been turned upside-down and unwanted emotions are bubbling up?” One would hope that Elle would choose to deal with things in a healthy way, but instead, Voss says she wages “corporate warfare on her mother/boss and take over the company to avenge the loss of her family unit.”
The power of female friendship
“We really want to see more truthful female friendships on screen. They’re complicated and beautiful,” says Voss and we couldn’t agree more! “Heidi and I met when there were some huge changes happening in our lives and the series reflects that,” she says. “The goofiness, humour, and chemistry between the characters are directly from our real-life friendship.” Through Molly and Elle’s adventures, Avocado Toast explores “what happens when two female friends have a deep, platonic bond but who are also completely dependent on each other for happiness, and then what happens when that bond is challenged by external events.” The series looks to “alter the common depiction of women being petty in friendships often due to a love interest,” and instead shows “strong women who hold each other up,” says Voss. “Women can be incredible friends to one another if we eliminate the attacking, doubting and judging of one other.”
It’s opening the conversation around sex
“Sex is a dark curiosity at the core of everyone,” says Voss, and “regardless of age, orientation or identification is something we all address in some way throughout our lives.” Because of that, Avocado Toast is “aiming to open this conversation.” There are so many taboos and double standards in society, that Avocado Toast wants to use humor in order to fully discuss these issues. “We want to start the conversation and close the divide, all through the lens of truth and humour,” adds Voss.
Want to know more about Avocado Toast? Check out the teaser below!
For more information on Avocado Toast, watch their full IPF trailer here and follow the series on Instagram and Twitter. Remember be sure to “like”, share and view it as much as possible to increase the series’ funding chances!
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