Per Selection, this comes straight from McGee who spoke about her experiences filming the present for the official rewatch podcast, “Pod Meets World.” McGee says she was approached by somebody excessive up and informed that the opposite stars of the present requested for her to not be concerned. As McGee informed the podcast co-hosts Robust, Danielle Fishel, and Will Friedle:
“I used to be informed, in form of a bizarre, off-handed means by a vital particular person, that you just guys all went to [showrunner] Michael Jacobs, and also you stated, ‘We don’t need her within the final episode. She’s in some way taking our gentle.’ [That] was the gist of it. I used to be informed that after I shot what was the present earlier than the final episode, which was referred to as ‘Angela’s Ashes’ once I left. When Michael introduced to me, we’re going to do one other present on Angela, I used to be so glad, not realizing this was going to be the present earlier than the final present.”
Robust, Fishel, and Friedle had been fast to close down that notion, shocked to listen to that McGee was informed this and insisting that none of them had ever stated such a factor. McGee does say she believes them based mostly on their reactions, however on the time, she took it to coronary heart, and it was deeply upsetting.
“I’ve had that in my head for therefore lengthy, and I’ve by no means watched that present. I’ve at all times felt like, ugh. … That damage me a very long time.”
McGee additionally recalled the feelings she felt again then and could not assist however query the actual purpose she wasn’t invited to seem within the episode.
“I bear in mind after we taped the present, I had stated to an individual, ‘Why aren’t we on the final present?’ As a result of I do know the final present was going to be the one with the scores and the crying and all of the stuff. I used to be underneath the impression that y’all received collectively and didn’t need me within the final present, for some purpose I used to be going to take some shine or one thing to that impact. That was actually hurtful to me for a very long time. To make it worse, folks of colour are likely to look into issues somewhat more durable typically. So I had cousins calling me, saying, ‘How come you weren’t within the final episode? They only gave you that entire present so that you just’d be distracted and wouldn’t be within the present with the actual scores?’ A number of of my cousins, my members of the family had been telling me this. … I’ve actually had that in my head for 20 years.”
Trina McGee Was Requested to Tone Down Her ‘Black Meter’
McGee had one other reminiscence from engaged on the present that was one thing her co-stars didn’t have to fret about. She describes using a “Black meter” which she needed to tone down a number of notches after she was informed by the showrunner to “flip down the Telma Hopkins,” referring to the actress who performed Rachel Baines Crawford in Household Issues.
“Coming from Black sitcoms, I at all times needed to have like a Black meter… My Black meter was in all probability all the way down to a 2. I bear in mind once I was doing ‘Angela’s Ashes’ episode, in some way my Black meter had slipped up and I used to be at a few 9. Michael came to visit to me and his notice was, ‘Hey Trina, simply flip down the Telma Hopkins about eight notches.’ I knew precisely what he was speaking about and I did. … There are such a lot of belongings you guys are so fortunate you didn’t have to consider.”
You’ll be able to try the total interview with Trina McGee on the “Pod Meets World” podcast.