“They are being tested”

The rocky road traveled by spouses “Breeders” Ally and Paul Worsley (Daisy Haggard, Martin Freeman) in the first two seasons of the FX comedy-drama reaches a major hurdle in Season 3, premiering May 9 (10 p.m.) on FX.

“Every time I think about this show I say, ‘Yeah, Ally is really struggling,’ but forget the other seasons — she threw a lot at her and has a lot to deal with in a much bigger way,” Haggard, 44, told the Post.

“I feel like she has to use everything she has to get by – to stay afloat and not let the family ship sink.”

Season 2 ended with the Worsleys in disarray as Paul moved in with his parents after being beaten by his emotionally fragile son, 13-year-old Luke (Alex Eastwood), who said he couldn’t live in the house. the same house with Paul and his anger. problems – which also took their toll on Ally and their 10-year-old daughter, Ava (Eve Prenelle).

As the new season begins, Paul has moved from his parents to his stepmother Leah (she’s on honeymoon) – Ally describes her and Paul trying to have sex in his parents’ apartment as ” Shakespearians” – and he flirts with Leah’s neighbor, Gabby (Sally Phillips).

Photo of Sally Phillips and Martin Freeman as Gabby and Paul.  They are outside in a park and are both smiling;  she is wearing a multicolored coat and scarf and he is wearing a winter coat over a sports jacket and a winter vest.
Paul begins flirting with Leah’s neighbor Gabby (Sally Phillips) in Season 3 of “Breeders.”

Ally, meanwhile, is stressed beyond the breaking point; not only is she trying to maintain an air of normalcy at home without Paul, but her job is in jeopardy after the company’s office in Berlin goes bankrupt. She also worries about losing her connection with Ava, who is going through some changes herself.

Through it all, Ally, Paul et al. handle it all with the sharp humor, pathos and empathy that have become the show’s calling card.

“Ally has an early menopause; she’s kind of hormonal and out of balance and she has a hard time remembering to always do the right thing for everyone, but any human being is incapable of keeping every ball in the air all the time,” Haggard said. “She loses her connection with [Ava], which is really difficult; as a mom of two girls i watch it and i think ‘oh my god my kids are 4 and 7 and we get along brilliantly’ and then i look ahead as always with this show and it always presents me with something which could happen.

“This early onset of menopause means Ally is just fired up and feeling lost and alone and kind of like no one is listening and no one is helping her,” she said. “We see her at the lowest level she has had in all three seasons.

“He’s someone who stretched himself too far in too many directions.”

Haggard, who also co-writes and stars in Showtime’s comedy-drama “Back to Life,” said Ally and Paul’s relationship will suffer as the season progresses.

Photo of Daisy Haggard as an ally.  She is outside wearing a blue jacket with her arms crossed and a dark look on her face.
Ally (Daisy Haggard) is stretched to breaking point in the new season of “Breeders.”

“I think even the most connected people spend too much time apart and too much going on – you have to fight so hard in all relationships to try to maintain those connections and not take anything for granted,” he said. she declared. “In this season, we see [Ally and Paul] really pushed to the limit because they are not even able to live in the same house… they are sorely tested.

“I will not tell [where the season] going, but we are reaching a kind of tipping point in their relationship,” she said. “It’s rising to an inevitable crescendo.”

New York Post

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