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‘Human Resources’ Showrunner Kelly Galuska On Using Monsters As “Representatives Of Emotion” To Create Something Special

Coming off of her work on Big Mouth show runner Kelly Galuska knew that creating the monsters would be the most important part of Human Resources. From Emmy the Love bug Aidy Bryant to Petra the Ambition Goblin Rosie Perez Galuska and her team of writers had their work cut out for them.Human Resources follows the world of monsters associated with human emotions introduced in Netflix other adult animated sitcom Big Mouth. The workplace comedy involves monsters assigned to adults as the representations of their feelings like the Love bugs Logic Rocks Hormone Monsters and Ambition Goblins. The penultimate episode of the season Its Almost Over follows Yara Nidah Barber an ailing grandmother with Alzhei mers as Walter the Love bug Brandon Kyle Goodman comes to terms with the loss.

While the humans were the main focus in Big Mouth Human Resources focus on the diverse cast of monsters allowed for more personal stories about human emotions. In Its Almost Over Galuska and her writers told a deeply personal story about love and loss.

KELLY GALUSKA Thats the thing thats so fun about Human Resources The number of emotions and feelings that human beings have are endless. So there are always more to explore but the Lovebugs and the Logic Rock were the first ones we started with. Ultimately the show is about love more than anything else so our way in is with the Lovebugs. But then as we went the stories we decided to tell often grew new characters out of them. For instance we wanted to do this episode about death and ultimately that episode is about grief. So it only made sense that such a powerful emotion needed to be represented in a character and thats how we came up with Keith from Grief who Henry Winkler epitomizes so beautifully. He is a cozy sweater of a man so that was lucky.

GALUSKA Totally. In the room we talk very deeply about our own lives and thats a lot of what ends up in the show. We talked about how grief is scary because when you pay it attention then you have to feel these bad feelings and you have to think about this deep sadness that youre going to have or that you have already. So in the world of animation we can show that if you ignore grief grief gets bigger and bigger and bigger and is scary. But ultimately grief is who he was in the very beginning which is a comfort and something that gets you through a terrible situation not something that makes that situation worse. So that was sort of how he evolved to both grow and shrink back down to being this sensitive being.

GALUSKA I think its a very personal episode for a lot of us in the room. I have dealt with a grandfather with Alzheimers and many other writers in our room have experiences with dementia in their families. To me starting the show with birth and wanting to show all of life and almost ending the season with death showed the beauty in death and her life. Its important how we showed the point of view of Yara the woman who was going through this and how she was a full person. I think so often when we think of elderly people we dont think about how that person that was a child once.

That was a woman who was passionately in love and had this amazing life. I think showing the full personhood of her was something that we all feel very proud of. And really showing that love represented by Walter the Lovebug being passed on to her granddaughter in her death just shows that when people are gone theyre not really gone. Thats something that Human Resources uniquely could show because we have these representatives of emotion. Its a very special episode to all of us and it was exciting that it was special to other people who watched it too.

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