We may be halfway through September (and the week!), but we’re still going full-throttle with the latest Woman Crush Wednesday! This week, we’re celebrating a wonderful and multifaceted woman who has spent the past several years coming up as a comedian, actress, and writer in the biz. She’s extremely talented and an absolute delight, so make sure to keep an eye out for her continued top-notch work in the years ahead. Without further ado, give it up for this week’s WCW, the amazing Ayo Edebiri.
WHY WE’RE CRUSHING: Edebiri plays Eve Stone in an episode of upcoming FX on Hulu Original series The Premise, which premieres on the platform this Thursday, September 16th. The B.J. Novak-created anthological drama uses the boldest issues of our times as a jumping-off point to tell singular, character-driven stories about the world we live in today. Led by stars like Edebiri, Tracee Ellis Ross, Kaitlyn Dever, Jon Bernthal, Daniel Dae Kim, Lucas Hedges, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Ben Platt, and more, the show explores everything from gun violence to sex scandals.
Edebiri’s episode is called “Social Justice Sex Tape,” and revolves around a white, woke, twenty-something ally to social justice causes (Platt) who needs the help of a savvy young lawyer (Edebiri) and her mentor (Ross) to utilize his highly embarrassing sex tape to save an innocent man (Jermaine Fowler) in court without completely humiliating himself in the process. Check out Edebiri and the rest of the cast’s fantastic work in this highly-anticipated new series as soon as it drops on Hulu this week.
WHERE YOU’VE SEEN HER BEFORE: While you may know Edebiri for her hilarious tweets and stand-up or for her witty writing on shows like Sunnyside and Dickinson, she has also made a name for herself over the years as an impressive onscreen presence. Edebiri’s acting career began with a one-episode appearance in a 2014 episode of mini-series Defectives, and then grew over the next few years with roles in short films like 2015 comedy LARP and 2017 slice-of-life It Was Something Like This.
Over the past two years, however, Edebiri has grown more than ever as an actress, exploding onto the scene with a starring role in 2020 comedy mini-series Ayo and Rachel are Single (for which she also wrote), recurring roles in other shows like Bigtop Burger, Big Mouth, and Dickinson, and appearances in feature films like 2020 comedy-drama Sh*thouse, 2020 drama Cicada, 2021 comedy-drama How It Ends, and 2021 comedy As of Yet. Between her ever-growing filmography and impressive skill and depth in a wide range of areas, we have no doubt that Edebiri has a long and successful career ahead of her both in front of and behind the camera, and we look forward to seeing all that she does in the years to come.
WHERE YOU’LL SEE HER AGAIN: Luckily, you won’t have to wait too much longer to see more from Edebiri. The actress and comedian has several different projects on the horizon right now, including more work voice acting for Missy Foreman-Greenwald in the next season of Big Mouth on Netflix, an appearance in upcoming romantic-drama film Hello, Goodbye and Everything in Between, and a role in upcoming FX half-hour pilot The Bear (which is currently in pre-production).