Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’s Santino Fontana on Leaving the Show, Greg’s Farewell, and the Show’s Moral Relativism By Devon Ivie Spoilers ahead for Friday night’s episode of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. After Greg, Nathaniel and Josh all declared their feelings for Rebecca, she's going to go on dates with each of them to help clarify which guy is truly for her. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend co-creator on how Santino Fontana's exit changed Greg's journey this link is to an external site that may or may not meet accessibility guidelines. [Laughs.] Greg was smitten but at the time her attention was focused only on getting back together with her ex-boyfriend Josh Chan. And I think that’s something we admire and we hope it’s how we would behave. What we thought was interesting was to take the guy who you might think at first was the most stuck and to have him change his outlook on life, and once he does that, he's able to do what he’s never done before, and that's leave.". MORE: Rachel Bloom Celebrates Brittany Snow Joining 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend' by Singing a Hilarious Medley. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is sadly coming to an end this year after its fourth and final season airs on the The CW.. Vulture caught up with Fontana to discuss Greg’s thoughtful farewell episode, his legacy, and if we can ever expect him back in West Covina. I was like, Great! In that interim I had some opportunities both with films and theater and writing that presented themselves, and I had no idea what was going to happen. Eddie Huang Debuts Pop Smoke, the Actor, in. “Chromatica II” into “911” in the peaceful transfer of power. So, Is Apple Building a Netflix for Podcasts? Throughout the entire run of the show, one storyline was always hanging over the heads of fans: What if Greg came back? And the fact that there would be musical numbers. *Sorry, there was a problem signing you up. They are part of a close knit crew that grew up together which includes Valencia, Josh Wilson and Hector. On tonight’s episode of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, shippers of “Grebecca” received a devastating piece of news involving the dysfunctional couple — Greg (Santino Fontana) is packing up and leaving West Covina to finally fulfill his dream of attending Emory University, but not before declaring his love for Rebecca (Rachel Bloom) in the middle of an airport terminal. Where the heck was Greg and why, oh Lord, why was he steering clear of all of his friends? It’s not normal in a comedy. 2019 Initially I turned down the audition because I thought, Well, they’re not going to want me for this, this isn’t a thing, they’re going to cast Zach Levi. "Those relationships between Valencia, Paula, and Heather become increasingly important [for Rebecca], and then figuring out where she stands with Josh and what kind of relationship they can have going forward ultimately becomes important. That connects to a core of who that guy is. "They have to address these kind of inequities in their relationship. It’s not about him. Rebecca's love triangle has been retired, but she has plenty of other relationships to work on, namely those with the ladies in her life. So complicated! The last time I spoke to Aline, she already had ideas of how we’d be able to check back in with Greg, although I don’t know if that can or will happen now. There is this tricky moral relativism to the show that I think is fascinating. It’s not as clear-cut. Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. In the series premiere, Rebecca felt that the universe pointed her toward Josh, and that Josh pointed her toward California. Why were you drawn to the role of Greg in the first place? Pete Wentz’s parents met while working for Biden in the Senate in the 1970s. The BlacklistSeason 7 Episode 17 'Brothers' Sneak Peek Ahead of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend's final season, many fans have been wondering one thing: Will … And I don’t think he should be with anyone right now, either. In fact, she may have finally found the man for her. The producer made countless contributions to music, but his ego overshadowed them all. “Paula's not very good at asking for help and asking for support, and she knows what Rebecca's been through with both guys and going through the crazy makeover process," Brosh Mckenna says. The fact that Paula quietly went through an abortion in this episode but doesn't reveal her tough decision with her closest pal is especially telling. There’s a feminist lens over the show. In terms of my experiences onstage, I was on a Broadway show with Donna Lynne Champlin and you spend weeks and weeks perfecting a musical number in a musical. The across-the-pond offshoot returns with some familiar challenges, a promising new set of queens, and an array of regional accents. The season started off with Rebecca's ex getting sober and deciding to reboot his life by going off to business school in Georgia -- and according to showrunner Aline Brosh McKenna, the move isn't temporary. Joe Biden Inauguration Day: How to Watch, Performers and More, Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Wife Lauren Burnham Reveal Sex of Twins, Kyrie Irving Buys House for George Floyd's Family, The Best Amazon New Year, New You Deals on Leggings, Lucie Arnaz Weighs In on Lucille Ball Casting Controversy, 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend' Star Rachel Bloom Reveals the Most Bizarre Thing She's Done for Love. In Greg’s final solo, he sings about what a “shit show” he and Rebecca’s relationship was from day one. It will truly be remarkable if Matt somehow manages to explode another season of this show. "She wants to tell her, she tries to tell her, but she sees her face and she sees that she's doing well now and moving on, and she doesn't want to burden her. It’s a fresh take you don’t see on television too often.Totally, and the fact that she’s a feminist but is also clearly going after a guy. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is about to get even crazier in its final season: Rebecca Bunch’s former flame Greg, played by Santino Fontana in the CW rom … ", EXCLUSIVE: Rachel Bloom, 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend's' Triple Threat, on Taking on the Emmys, “Their relationship is a huge part of the show going forward," she continues. However, it’s very much trapped in an antifeminist world than we are used to, and we’re playing with that, which is really hard and tricky. … That’s what I think the audience remembers, and they know his intentions are actually good. During her scheming she inadvertently caused her scandal with Robert years ago to become known to everyone. Rebecca and Greg first met each other at Home Base not long after she moved to West Covina, California. I had a great teacher who always told me, “You have to allow an audience their experience, and not tell them what to feel, but stay true to how you view humanity and how you see people, and people will see themselves in it and they’ll pull out different things.” I think it’s a big testament to the writing, and for them allowing me to put my spin on who the guy is. You got two final numbers in the episode, the more somber “It Was a Shit Show,” and the very upbeat, tap friendly “We Tapped That Ass.” What has been your personal favorite song that you performed on the show?I really had a great time shooting “We Tapped That Ass,” but I had a great time shooting all of them. Remember, when we met this guy, he could’ve taken advantage of a girl who was a mess in a bedroom, and he didn’t. It’s not often when you go in for a TV show that they ask you to play characters who hate themselves; it’s very unusual. One of the most telling lines of the song was at the very end, when Greg admits, "And when you say that I should say, that's exactly when I should split," before riding away on an escalator. James Charles Covers ‘Drivers License,’ Reminds You That He Sings. The biggest revelation from … In the episode titled "When Will Josh and His Friend Leave Me Alone?" After All This, Donald Trump Could Lose His SAG Card, Too, Watch Fall Out Boy’s Decades-in-the-Making Performance for Biden Inauguration. (Although he could be, if he wanted to.) It’s really a testament to the power of storytelling. That’s what’s really at the core of Greg — he wants people to be happy, but he also wants them to face reality, and he can see that in other people more than he can see that in himself. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend alum Santino Fontana isn’t angry at the guy replacing him as Greg. With two breakups and one massive makeover behind her, she's moving in with Heather (Vella Lovell), who's been named the new face of "Miss Douche. "The search for identity, the search for happiness, the search for friendship, the search for love, the search for success, redefining success, that continues," Brosh McKenna says. © 2021 Vox Media, LLC. It’s tricky because we’re doing a TV show on a seven-day shoot schedule so you want to have time. “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” said goodbye to a major character in Friday’s episode, and showrunner Aline Brosh McKenna has confirmed that he’s not coming back. Odd Couple Jazmine Sullivan and Eric Church to Sing Super Bowl National Anthem, H.E.R. Despite knowing this, Greg pursued her anyway which led to a series of humiliating circumstances for him. Log in or link your magazine subscription, Trump Pardons Lil Wayne on His Last Day in Office, Bali Influencer Influences Bali to Deport Her, Here’s How to Watch the 2021 Presidential Inauguration of Joe Biden, Seth Meyers Takes One Last Closer Look at the Trump Presidency, Nurse Lori Marie Key Sings ‘Amazing Grace’ at COVID-19 Memorial. Rebecca and Josh were boyfriend and girlfriend during the summer of 2005 when they were both sixteen years old and attending Camp Canyon Grove.After he dumped her on the last day of camp they didn't see each other for another ten years. With the lovable Greg officially out of our lives, where do we go from here? Crazy Ex-Girlfriend may be coming to an end but that doesn’t mean that there still isn’t excitement in Rebecca’s life. I always liken them to sixth grade girls who became friends because one of them had a crush on a boy, and what happens when that ends, then what kind of relationship do you have? And with the nature of television, you can’t do that with every song because there’s no time. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend has never been shy about acknowledging the fact that it’s a TV show. It really stuck to who Greg is, and we all stuck to who Greg was, and I was able to help tell that story, which is ultimately my job. You have to give an audience their experience, and I think what we know is he’s really been able to pull a lot of his life together, and he knows and he believes that his father is going to be okay. I view it as show business is a messy, complicated, confusing thing. Having only been contracted for one season, Fontana opted to leave the series and turn his attention to other career … Crazy Ex-Girlfriend est une série télévisée américaine créée par Rachel Bloom et Aline Brosh McKenna et diffusée entre le 12 octobre 2015 [1] et le 5 avril 2019 sur le réseau The CW et au Canada sur Showcase [2] puis le réseau Global.. En Suisse et au Luxembourg, la première saison est disponible en français sur Netflix depuis le 15 décembre 2016 et en Belgique depuis 2017. So we'd always talked about doing that, and we knew it was going to happen this season," Brosh McKenna says. "She and Valencia have bills to pay," the showrunner reveals. And I hope he continues. So in order to keep her still the person that we want to like and follow, even though she does terrible things, is for everyone else to be as complicated as her. Also keep in mind, I didn’t know my future with the show regardless, and I didn’t know if the show would be coming back. I see nothing but good stuff ahead for Greg. All rights reserved. [Laughs.] Episode 10 Oh Nathaniel, It’s On! *, And Now, TikTok’s #JunebugChallenge Comes to Break Arms. Already a subscriber? And that, again, connects to a guy who doesn’t go to college because he wants to make sure his father’s okay. Walk me through the decision-making process for you leaving the show. He is the sane one for a while, until Rebecca comes to town and then he loses it a little, too. Those complexities also make Greg a very relatable character. I feel far more people have connected to him, as opposed to Josh, because of those multidimensional qualities.I’m honored to have been able to add to that, and if I do continue to in the future, that remains to be seen. ", WATCH: 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend' Star Rachel Bloom Proves She's the Absolute Best With Hilarious Golden Globes Speech, "She found a job, she's a spokesperson, she's the face of this national campaign," Brosh McKenna says of Heather. [Laughs.] If anything, Greg’s departure is an important move for Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, because it proves it that the show can play with rom-com tropes, not live or die by them, and (hopefully) let Rebecca realize her own potential and evolve. I didn’t feel like it made the most sense. Greg is such an interestingly calibrated character — I’ve had friends describe him as the voice of reason, an asshole, troubled, sarcastic, a good guy, you name it. It’s tricky. It’s been so long ago now since we shot the pilot. It was officially released as track 37 on the Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: Original Television Soundtrack (Season 3). We’re actors who are telling a great story, and I was thrilled to be in West Covina and thrilled to tell that story, and I hope I’m able to tell Greg’s story in different ways as we move forward. I was shooting a movie in New Mexico and I was able to come back and do the tap number. And then I met with Aline and Rachel, and I was like, Why not? By Dave Nemetz / November 12 2016, 1:32 PM PST Courtesy of The CW Greg is headed back to school… and Santino Fontana is leaving with him. And the worst got to him with his alcoholism and he realized, “Oh, okay. By episode’s end, an apparent adversary had become a friend and a confidante, stepping into her world and way of thinking by bursting into song. It's a fitting exit for Greg, though one we didn't fully see coming, even if we should have. However, I don’t think it makes any sense for those two people, let alone anyone … she shouldn’t be with anyone. In Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’s first two seasons, Santino Fontana portrayed Greg Serrano.Battling with Josh Chan (Vincent Rodriguez III) for Rebecca’s affections, Greg was often overlooked since Josh was the idealized ex-boyfriend that Rebecca was in pursuit of. Anyone who thinks of other people first in that way, whether or not they have self-sabotaging tendencies, they’re ultimately a good guy. I don’t view it as though I’m leaving. The series stars Bloom as Rebecca Bunch, a depressed young woman who decides to follow her ex-boyfriend from New York City to West Covina, California in hopes of finding real happiness. And when we look at other characters in the show and we complain about them or see them in a negative light, it’s also … there’s a huge projection going on that’s trying to avoid the cracks in her own character of the terrible things that she does. They all check in down the line, and probably within a week they’re emailing each other and figuring out who they’re going to become. But that was what the initial draw was — it’s not very often you’re asked to play somebody who’s sitting on a deep self-hatred for the nation to watch. The CW was kind enough to give me a one-year contract on the show because of what I thought would be best for my family and my life. So, no, I don’t think in the immediate it makes any sense. For most of the Season 2 premiere, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend 's resident "other boyfriend," Greg, was absent. I was able to maintain my life as it was before Crazy Ex, which involved doing movies and theater and other TV guest spots and other jobs and writing. Is this indeed your last appearance? Will we be seeing you at all after this episode?With the power of editing, who knows. We can’t unscrew each other’s friends, we’re Jerry Springer, not Casablanca.” Sadly, despite Greg appearing later in the episode as a “memory spirit” in Rebecca’s apartment, he has indeed been written off the show as he makes his cross-country, life-changing move. Greg has that role of a caretaker, and he takes care of them in their good-byes. I think what [showrunner and co-creator] Aline [Brosh McKenna] did in terms of how Greg finally gets to go after what really makes him truly happy is fantastic. So any song that had an overarching, high-concept idea, like “We Tapped That Ass,” “I Could If I Wanted To,” and “Settle for Me,” were all really fun and really exciting. Greg (Skylar Astin) gives us a Season 1 throwback. He was a disappointed optimist. 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