*We caught up with Academy Award-winner Matthew A. Cherry to speak about his new animated series “Young Love,” premiering on Max September. 21.
Max will debut the first four episodes in the twelve-episode season on Thursday, continuing with four episodes weekly, leading up to the season finale on Thursday, October 5.
“Young Love” is another chapter in the expansion of the Oscar-winning short film “Hair Love.” Here’s the synopsis: “YOUNG LOVE gives an honest, heartfelt, and comedic glimpse into the lives of African American millennial parents Stephen Love (Scott Mescudi) and Angela Young (Issa Rae) as they experience the relatable ups and downs of modern life. In remission following a battle with cancer, Angela struggles to balance her work as a stylist with the demands of parenthood, while Stephen attempts to carve out a career as a musician in an ultra-competitive industry. Along with their fearless daughter Zuri (Brooke Monroe Conaway), this tight-knit Chicago family juggles careers, marriage, parenthood, social issues, and multi-generational dynamics while striving to make a better life for themselves.”
The “Young Love” cast includes Scott Mescudi (Stephen Love), Issa Rae (Angela Young), Brooke Monroe Conaway (Zuri Young Love), Loretta Devine (Gigi Young), Harry Lennix (Russell Young), Tamar Braxton (Star), Sheryl Lee Ralph (Sheree), Debra Wilson (Additional Voices), and others.
“The kind of relatability of the world even created in the short with no dialogue is very much a continuation of what we tried to present in the series,” Cherry told Reuters.
“We got the multigenerational family too, we added the grandparents played by Loretta Devine and Henry Lennix. And, you know, obviously Zuri got a voice now, and Stephen is Cudi,” Cherry said.
“So, we really hope it’s something for everybody, every generation we try to represent.”
Cherry serves as an executive producer on the series along with Monica A. Young, Karen Rupert Toliver, Carl Jones, David Steward II, Carl Reed; and producer, Karen Malach.
We spoke to the filmmaker about what he’s most excited about viewers experiencing when “Young Love” drops this week. Check out our exclusive conversation via the clip below.
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