Tuesday 20 November 2018

'He tells the story of 'aloe vera-gate'' - Stefanie Preissner confesses she isn't the easiest person to live with

Stefanie Preissner
Stefanie Preissner

Sorcha O'Connor

Stefanie Preissner, the creator of Can't Cope, Won't Cope, has told how American audiences certainly "get it" when it comes to the RTE comedy series.

The show made the transition to the US when it was added to American Netflix last month.

Stefanie said that US fans even see a bit of themselves in her infamous characters Aisling and Danielle - but the idea of a reliable taximan like Taxi Good is a foreign concept to those who rely on Uber.

"It's translated well. I get people following me on Instagram and Twitter sometimes telling me that they are Aisling or Danielle," she told the Herald.

Stefanie wears: Dress, Alice + Olivia, Brown Thomas. Photo: Kip Carroll
Stefanie wears: Dress, Alice + Olivia, Brown Thomas. Photo: Kip Carroll

"People are also baffled at the relationship the girls have with Taxi Good.

"I think the idea of having a regular cab driver on speed dial who will come to save you from a situation - or yourself - is wild in an Uber culture.

"I love hearing from people who have watched the show or read my book.

"It makes my day and feels like a digital hug - which is a rare feeling to get through social media."

Stefanie Preissner wears: Dress, MSGM, Brown Thomas. Photo: Kip Carroll
Stefanie Preissner wears: Dress, MSGM, Brown Thomas. Photo: Kip Carroll

Stefanie confirmed earlier this summer that the popular series wouldn't return for a third season.

She said she doesn't feel pressure to follow Can't Cope, Won't Cope with something "better" either.

"If I focus on trying to outdo myself it's not going to create an atmosphere of excitement and interest for me," she said.

"It would change the goal from what I always aim for - which is to write about what interests me, to write what I want to see on screen.

Fun in the sun... Stefanie Preissner and mum are jetting off
Fun in the sun... Stefanie Preissner and mum are jetting off

"I feel like creating dynamic characters and nuanced women to fly in the face of the bland female stereotypes which have been created by men - and for me - for decades. It is a much better goal than just trying to 'be better', which is vague and highly subjective."

The writer certainly hasn't been idle in the meantime, bringing out a new podcast Situationships, which she deems her favourite project to date.

She discusses a variety of human relationships on her podcast with best pal and co-host Rachel Yoder, including the trickiest one to manage - the relationship you have with a housemate.

According to Stefanie, she isn't the easiest person to live with.

Stefanie Preissner
Stefanie Preissner

"I spoke to my housemate and, now, dear friend Cathal. He and I were strangers when he first moved in," she said.

"He tells the story of 'aloe vera-gate' - the day I threw away an aloe vera plant because he wanted it to live on the floor and I was adamant that the windowsill was the only place for it."

Stefanie has plenty of other projects in the mix and will be flying high on Monday as she jets off to LA to pitch a new series.

"I'm heading to LA to pitch a new series and I will stay on for a few days to work with Paramount Television on the pilot I have just finished," she said.

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