DirecTV’s newest original series, “Billy & Billie,” tells the tale of two step-siblings who embark on a romantic relationship.
Adam Brody, who plays “Billy with a ‘y'” in the new dramedy sat down with TheWrap’s executive editor Joseph Kapsch for a new episode of “Drinking With the Stars” at Riviera 31 in Los Angeles’ Sofitel Hotel, to speak about the series, which marks his fourth project with Neil LaBute.
“It is about a step brother and sister who start a relationship together,” Brody said. “Romantically and secretly at first, and then they decide how public they want to go with it.”
The series has been tagged as being about incest and the former “O.C.” actor explained that even though that isn’t really the biological case, it doesn’t hurt the show’s buzz.
“It terms of it being labeled, it’s fine, it’s a hooky premise,” he said, adding that it would be disingenuous to be upset about it. “That is the prejudice they [the characters] are trying to deal with.
“People have these convictions about it and these opinions, and people are going to jump to those conclusions. Negative ones most likely.
“Obviously, biologically it’s fine — science says go for it,” Brody said, “and yet society might frown.”
But it’s not unlike a lot of relationships that don’t have a hint of incest, he said: “You have to decide who you love, face criticism and negativity and decide if you are confident enough to weather that.”
The 10-episode drama — written, directed and produced LaBute — co-stars Lisa Joyce (“A Master Builder,” “Boardwalk Empire”) as Billie.
“Billy & Billie” runs under DirecTV’s Audience Network banner, which is home to other well-received original programming including “Full Circle” and “Kingdom,” starring Nick Jonas.
The actor also discussed the great on-screen chemistry with his co-star and the punchy dialogue which allots for some well-placed F-Bombs from Joyce.
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