Anna Konkle is an actress and co-creator of PEN15.
The magic and intensity of middle school BFFs. Featuring Pen15’s Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle. For more episodes adolescent friendship, check out 172 about imaginary friends and 101, where a girl’s best friend is a TV movie. Need something that’s fun and bonding to do with your BFF’s? Order our new party game, “I Can’t Believe I Did That!” Then play it over zoom! For more Maya and Anna, check out Season 2 of Pen15 now streaming on Hulu.
Donald Ray Pollock worked in a paper mill and meatpacking plant for 32 years before becoming a writer. He spoke with Terry Gross in 2011 about his acclaimed gothic crime novel, 'The Devil All the Time.' The film adaptation, starring Robert Pattinson and Tom Holland, will begin streaming on Netflix on Sept. 16.Also, we listen back to an interview with Anna Konkle and Maya Erskine, creators and stars of the Hulu comedy series 'PEN15.' They play 13-year-old versions of themselves, navigating the traumas of middle school in the early 2000s. Season 2 begins next week. They spoke with 'Fresh Air' producer Sam Briger.Justin Chang reviews Charlie Kaufman's new Netflix film, 'I'm Thinking of Ending Things.'
Raphael Bob-Waksberg's Emmy-nominated animated Netflix series satirizes Hollywood using a mix of human and animal characters. "Part of the original pitch was like, 'What's Mr. Ed like behind the scenes?'" BoJack (a horse) is a depressed, alcoholic, sexist former sitcom star in the #MeToo era.From braces to bullies, middle school is a period of adolescence that might best be described as cringe-worthy.​ In the Emmy-nominated Hulu series 'PEN15,' actors Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle, who are in their early 30s, play 13-year-old versions of themselves in the year 2000.​ They spoke with Sam Briger about their physical transformation and reliving those difficult years.
Anna Konkle and Maya Erskine, co-creators and stars of the middle school-based comedy PEN15, met and bonded in college. But they knew their most authentic collaboration would come from playing themselves as adolescents, which started them on a six-year journey to put together their show. Maya and Anna talk with Marc about playing their 13-year-old selves again, what it was like to redo traumatic moments of their youth, and why all the other actors are age-appropriate teens. Also, Anna explains what she learned from Marc when she worked with him and Maya details the process that led to the casting of her real mom as her TV mom. This episode is sponsored by ZipRecruiter and SiriusXM.
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Creator Details

Birthdate
Apr 7th, 1987
Episode Count
6
Podcast Count
4
Total Airtime
5 hours, 16 minutes
PCID
Podchaser Creator ID logo 785675