‘You’re the Worst’ Stars Aya Cash, Kether Donohue Reveal Why Shame Is the Show’s ‘Secret Ingredient’ (Video)

“We’re showing an honest portrayal of fucked up things we do that we’re ashamed about,” Donohue tells TheWrap in new episode of “Drinking With the Stars”

Last Updated: October 1, 2015 @ 3:46 PM

Aya Cash and Kether Donohue star as Gretchen and Lindsay, respectively, in FXX’s “You’re the Worst,” a comedy about characters who treat each other and the people around them terribly.

In an episode of “Drinking With the Stars,” the actresses explained to TheWrap’s Greg Gilman what exactly it is that makes their characters the worst.

“Gretchen is the worst because she steals food. Oh, and she does coke,” said Donohue of her co-star’s character. “Lindsay is the worst because she sleeps with anyone who she makes eye contact with,” responded Cash. “She’s constantly covered in food.”

But Donohue also said that as an actress, it’s fun for her to go to work and get to act vicariously through her on-screen character. “It’s fun for Kether to shoot that,” she said. “Going to work is a true joy.”

Donohue plays Lindsay, a woman who does drugs, cheats on her husband and finds herself faced with a divorce by the end of the first season. In one episode, she sleeps with a 19-year-old who just moved out to L.A. in his family’s minivan, and Donohue tackled the scene so aggressively, she ended up hurting her scene partner.

“In the script it says, ‘Lindsay destroys Aiden.’ I take my job very seriously,” Donohue said. “This little kid was so innocent, and he looked like he was going to cry … He opened his shirt and he was bruised. And he’s so white and pale, it looked like I beat him up.”

Despite their characters’ awful antics, the actresses say one simple factor keeps the show from being unbearable: Shame.

“On TV, we don’t really talk about things we do that we’re ashamed of,” Donohue said. “I think the reason that people tune in every week and actually like us is because we’re showing an honest portrayal of fucked up things we do that we’re ashamed about.”

Watch the video.