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  • Writer's pictureHannah Pearson and Susannah Powers Stengel

Medium Pussy Energy






Great news everybody! The Girls5Eva hiatus is over. We’ve just been gifted season three, and there’s no better time to end our hiatus here at Tellyfish


Ours was not a writers’ strike per se, more like a writers’ hibernation. Just like the girls on their Returnity tour, we need some extra time in the chrysalis. To make our way to the medium time. 


When we kicked off our reunion almost five years ago today and started writing seriously again as a team (an ambition previously dormant for well over a decade, much like our Girls5Eva), we thought—boom! One fellowship away, and we’ll be off the races. We’ll have superstardom as writers! Tina Fey and Amy Poehler meet Hansannah–your new rivals. But much like Abby and Ilana of Broad City, we had years of bumbling through our toxically delightful and smoke-choked misadventures before even winding up here–the precious medium time. 


So here’s what’s been happening: 


HANNAH’S MEDIUM 




In high school I thought at the age I am now I’d be playing kissy face with my Oscar and Emmy. And thanks to Moulin Rouge being my sexual awakening, I also thought I’d marry Ewan McGregor.



And guess what? Neither has happened. But this year has still been chalk full of that big MEDIUM pussy energy for this jaded, under-employed, and nostalgic millennial. I got a master’s degree from a very medium film school, where my Gen Z friends affectionately nicknamed me “Nana.” My IMDb page has been littered with mid-energy short films shot last summer. They are raking in some very mid-tier festival recognition. Who needs TIFF? My film is showing at TINFF (Toronto International Nollywood Film Festival). I’m not placing in any fellowships (yet) but I am volunteering as a reader, watching others soar to the top!  And sure, I don’t have my Oscar yet… or Emmy… but I did get to see a Felix when I attended the European Film Awards last December. A series of shorts I produced played during the ceremony. Stellan Skarsgård introduced them and he, my friends, is no medium Skarsgård. That's top shelf Skarsgård.






Lastly, I’ve recently landed my next gig as a writer’s assistant, which fits snugly under a Staff Writer and right over Coffee Run Bitch. 


My time in the medium is teaching me that it is just peachy that life hasn’t unfolded exactly as I thought it would in high school. The important thing is that I haven’t given up on my dreams… and that everyone I hated in HS is more miserable than me. 


Also, Ewan McGregor, it’s not too late! Call me!!!







SUSANNAH’S MEDIUM 





When I saw Cole Porter’s Kiss Me Kate at an impressionable tween age, I was certain that by the time I reached my thirties, I’d be a Broadway star. By then, I’d find the Chandler to my Monica, someone to lovingly rib me–we’d be lovers and Friends. But alas! The Broadway Baby Gellar dream grew dim. While I stumbled through theatre grad school and dated high-grade narcissists (more Chuck Basses and Tim-the-Toolman-Taylors than Chan-an-doler Bongs), I slowly transformed my passion for drama into television. This year I’ve found the moxie to sing out–I’m doing medium at this screenwriting thing! 


My “riddle of the middle” has a few new layers this spring. I’ve got two finished shorts in the middle of pre-production to be shot this summer–both projects are coming of age (location scouting and auditioning). I’m also in the middle of preparing for Cascadia International Women’s Film Festival’s Script Studio–-creating program content for my script, Fire and Oak, one of four selected to be workshopped there live. And this Little Harmonica hasn’t as of now nabbed that sexy contest fellowship program on my Fosse-to-Rhimes vision board, but I yoinked a Chandler-esque deadpan wit boo. He’s a medium energy introvert who balances me. I’ll hang out here in the middle I’ve made, knowing I’m growing and showing up freely confident in my own talent. 





In Conclusion:


Ross and Rachel might or might not have been on a break, but Hannah and I certainly won’t be resting this year. More is coming. We’ll make sure of it. And just like Wickie refused a solo odyssey for the next venture of her career, we two since-kindergarten-sister-friends know our stars shine brightest together. Whatever ride we take next, we’re buckled in together for the journey. 


As a girl group, our momentum goes far past the medium time in which we’re currently thriving. 





Now go watch season three, available on Streamberry now!

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