Jameela Jamil on her role in Pitch Perfect: Bumper in Berlin: ‘Possibly the most ridiculous character on television in recent memory’
The actress said that she had complete freedom to develop her character in the series. Jameela Jamil (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for WE Day)
Pitch Perfect: Bumper in Berlin, a spinoff of the film series Pitch Perfect, premieres on Peacock today November 23, 2022.
The blockbuster series follows Bumper Allen, the film franchise’s antagonist played by Adam Devine, who move to Germany to pursue a career in music when one of his songs becomes a hit in Berlin.
The six-episode series follows the iconic Pitch Perfect character almost a decade after we last saw him. There are more cast members from the old films and new additions to the team. Apart from Adam Devine as Bumper, Pitch Perfect: Bumper in Berlin also has Flula Borg as Pieter, Lera Abova as DJ Das Boot, Jameela Jamil as Gisela, and Sarah Hyland as Heidi.
Jameela Jamil, who plays the main villain Gisela, told a publication that becoming part of the “beloved franchise” was daunting, but working with Amram made her feel at home.
She added that she had complete freedom to develop her character, who she called “possibly the most ridiculous character on television in recent memory.”
Showrunner Megan Amram said that it was fun to create the new cast of characters and just see Bumper off on his own adventure. “I wanted to make sure in making a spin-off of the Pitch Perfect movies that this world felt recognizable enough so that OG fans wouldn’t feel like we had completely exploded the universe. But it was also really fun to create this new cast of characters and just see Bumper off on his own adventure.”
She further added, “We thought that Bumper would be the perfect character to learn more about, to try to humanize to the point that you’re rooting for him and populate the world with other sweet yet silly characters.”
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