Jimmi Simpson thinks Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle should win some type of peace prize for their Hulu show “Pen15.”
“I think its one of the greatest shows ever made, truly. I’m stunned by it, floored. I’m getting misty right now,” he told Page Six at last week’s ATX TV Festival. “I will laugh my ass off, not just at the situation that these two women have created, but by their performances of them. I’m floored by their talent and then they will make me cry in almost every episode in the best possible way.”
“Pen15” follows two girls attempting to navigate the awkwardness of middle school. Erskine and Konkle, who are both 32 years old, play the lead characters.
Simpson, 43, continued to sing their praises, saying that they should win some sort of peace prize or Emmys for the series.
“They’re telling the truth, they’re showing the effect on a younger person through the medium of an adult who’s able to express these very cogent thoughts and feelings and reactions and it just brings you right back to it,” said the actor, who currently stars in Epix’s “Perpetual Grace, LTD.” “I can’t imagine the value of this if I was 15. It’s like giving CliffsNotes to the younger generation of, like, no, it’s not all that bad, we all went through that and we all looked like f–king assholes and we’re all called ugly and done away with by the popular kids.”
Of his own show, he said working alongside Ben Kingsley really made him step up his own game going forward.
“He was absolutely welcoming, not just to me but to the grips, to the day players, everyone,” he said, adding that Kingsley was “so god damn prepared, like an inspiration … He definitely set a standard that I’m going to be shooting for the rest of my career.”