‘Future Man’ Cast, EPs Remember Late Co-Star Glenne Headly: ‘She’s Like a Ball of Light’

TCA 2017: “It wasn’t a production challenge, it was more of an emotional challenge,” showrunner Ben Karlin says of actress’ death

Last Updated: August 7, 2017 @ 4:28 PM

The executive producers and stars of Hulu’s upcoming comedy “Future Man” fondly remembered their late co-star Glenne Headly at the show’s panel at the Television Critics Association press tour on Thursday.

“It was obviously devastating to us, she was a big part of the show,” showrunner Ben Karlin said. “This is a very close-knit cast. That was tough. It’s tough in any environment, but when you’re making a comedy, it throws a wrench into things.”

“She was amazing to work with,” added star Josh Hutcherson, who plays Headly’s son on the show. He also pointed out that Eliza Coupe had also had Headly play her mother in a recent movie project.

“She’s like a ball of light,” Coupe said. “Any room she walked in, she just lit it up.”

Headly passed away last month in the middle of production on the show’s first season, but Karlin and executive producer Seth Rogen said her absence didn’t require much retooling of the season.

“It wasn’t a production challenge, it was more of an emotional challenge,” Karlin said.

“The way the parents came in and out of the storytelling, it didn’t really require that that much re-breaking, to tell you the truth,” he continued. “It was much more of a bummer to have to get up two days later and just keep making the show.”