Big Mouth‘s Andrew (John Mulaney) and Nick (Nick Kroll) are getting some welcome (???) additions to their animated assault on the brutal realities of puberty and adolescence: Gina Rodriguez (Jane: The Virgin) and David Thewlis (Wonder Woman, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows) have joined the voice cast of Netflix’s adult animated comedy series. Created by executive producers Kroll, Andrew Goldberg (Family Guy); and screenwriter-directors Mark Levin and Jennifer Flackett, the second season is expected to premiere in late 2018.
Rodriguez will voice Gina, a girl on Missy (Jenny Slate) and Jessi’s (Jessi Klein) soccer team who shakes up the social dynamics of the school; creating serioys drama in the process. Thewlis jumps onto the more “supernatural” side of things as The Shame Wizard, the Hormone Monster’s (Kroll) mortal enemy who haunts the kids, stoking their deepest shame.
Here’s a look back at the first season of Netflix’s Big Mouth, which premiered on the streaming service on September 29, 2017:
Big Mouth is a 10-episode, half-hour edgy adult animated comedy from real-life best friends Nick Kroll and Andrew Goldberg about the glorious nightmare that is teenaged puberty. Comedian John Mulaney lends his voice to the character of Andrew, while Kroll (who serves as co-creator, executive producer) voices many including best friend Nick. Maya Rudolph, Jason Mantzoukas, Jordan Peele, Fred Armisen, Jenny Slate and Jessi Klein are among those who lend their voice to the series.”
Before the show’s premiere, Kroll explained to GQ that the title and entire concept behind the show are things that are very personal to him and those he grew up with on a number of levels:
“I always physically had a big mouth. If you look at pictures of me from childhood, it’s like I’m all mouth and forehead, I guess not that much has changed. So, that’s the literal meaning of it, but the metaphorical meaning is, I think, that I had a big mouth. I just was a little guy and a bit of a shit talker and the show is based on me and my best friend from childhood, Andrew Goldberg. We met in first grade, became best friends around middle school, and then have stayed close throughout.
Andrew was ravished by puberty. He had a beard at 13. His dad made his mom wax his upper lip. He slow danced with a girl and came in his pants at a bar mitzvah. I was a very late bloomer. I didn’t get my first pube until probably high school.
This is a show about two boys who were best friends and shared everything, except physically they were in very different places.”