What happens when you’ve sacrificed your female friendships in pursuit of love, only to be brutally dumped by your boyfriend? You get ready to put in the work to repair the ties that bind, as Hulu’s touching new comedy series Dollface proves.
In the aftermath of a breakup, there are several tried-and-tested responses. Ben & Jerry’s. Netflix. Tequila. Dancing. One-night stands. Rinse and repeat. Then, when you’ve run through the entire spectrum of human emotion, you call your girlfriends.
The process of building a new identity when you’re no longer loved-up is a daunting prospect, and one that will hit close to home if you’ve ever lost a friend to a relationship, or you’re said person who left your friends by the wayside as you embarked upon blissful coupledom. It’s also a premise that’s behind Hulu’s new comedy series Dollface, which explores the state of female friendship when the close-knit bonds between women are in need of a little love themselves. Ahead of the show’s premiere this autumn, here’s everything you need to know.
What is the plot of Dollface?
Dollface follows the story of Jules (played by Kat Dennings) who is re-entering the world after being brutally dumped by her longtime boyfriend. After neglecting her female friendships, she “must deal with her own imagination in order to literally and metaphorically re-enter the world of women, and rekindle the female friendships she left behind,” according to Hulu’s official synopsis. That means re-connecting with her estranged girlfriends made up of Stella (Shay Mitchell), Izzy (Esther Povitsky), and Madison (Brenda Song), who are less-than-impressed at the way Jules dropped them in the past.
The grudge won’t last forever though, and by the looks of the first-look photos that the streaming site recently released, there’s plenty of new bonding being done by way of closet clear-outs, face masks and fro-yo dates.
“At the beginning of Dollface, Jules is thrown into a new world she wasn’t prepared for and realises she’s lost touch with her friends and herself,” Dennings recently told Teen Vogue. “Losing your identity in relationships is something that happens a lot, and I think many people will relate to Jules’ journey and her friends’ reluctance to welcome her back.”
“Female friendships have been my longest love relationships. I’m not sure the whole ‘squad’ thing applies to me, I’m more of a one-on-one type of person,” she continued. “I think however you connect with your friends, regardless of what you’re told is normal and right, is the best way. As I’ve gotten older I’ve tried to make time with friends even more of a priority…it’s easy to take your pals for granted.”
Who is in the cast of Dollface?
Kat Dennings, who starred in 2 Broke Girls, leads the cast of Dollface as protagonist Jules.
Jules’ circle of girlfriends, meanwhile, features Shay Mitchell (Pretty Little Liars) as Stella Cole, Disney star Brenda Song (Suite Life of Zack and Cody, Station 19) as Madison Maxwell, and Esther Povitsky (Alone Together) as Izzy.
Shelley Hennig, Camilla Belle and Malin Akerman are also lined up for recurring roles.
The 10-episode series, created by Jordan Weiss (Harley Quinn), doesn’t just feature a female-led cast. There’s also plenty of star power by way of Margot Robbie (I, Tonya) who serves as an executive producer through her production company LuckyChap Entertainment, which champions female-driven projects.
“Coming out of a breakup not dissimilar to the one in the show, and realising that I needed to put more times into my girlfriends, that’s where the idea really came from,” Weiss said in a recent interview with Vulture.
Brett Hedblom (Everly) and Tom Ackerley (I, Tonya) will also executive produce for LuckyChap Entertainment, as well as Bryan Unkeless (Bright), Scott Morgan (I, Tonya), Nicole King and Stephanie Laing (Vice Principals).
Is there a trailer for Dollface?
Not yet, but we’ll keep you posted as soon as we get word. In the meantime, you can watch this clip of castmates Shay Mitchell, Brenda Song and Kat Dennings discussing their new show.
When will Dollface be released?
Dollface will premiere 15 November on Hulu.