New York's Lilly Award winning actress/ producer/ director and social activist, Shakina Nayfack joins the second season cast ofJulie Klausner's DIFFICULT PEOPLE in Hulu's hit comedy series co-executive produced by Amy Poehler.
"Difficult People" hails from the comedic minds of Julie Klausner("Ugly Americans") and Billy Eichner (Emmy-nominated "Billy on the Streets"), who star as themselves. As best friends living in New York City, their typical, irreverent behavior lands them in some very awkward situation. Ms. Nayfack joins the cast as the opinionated Lola, a new waitress at D's Café. In Lola's debut episode, Epstein struggles with fears of being labeled transphobic on social media by rebutting some of Lola's more controversial opinions.
"Shakina is an accomplished performance artist and an incredibly impressive theater producer, performer, writer and director," says DIFFICULT PEOPLE creator and star Julie Klausner. "We connected to her raw sense of humor, her tenacity, her eagerness to use comedy to tackle social injustice, and, of course, her love of the show already! We were impressed right away by Shakina's academic pedigree, her combination of irreverence and emotional warmth, her sense of adventure, and her kindness." Nayfack worked closely with Klausner to further define the character. "Shakina is responsible for some of Lola's funniest and most outrageous lines. We are so lucky to have her," she says.
"In the quest for transgender visibility we've only been introduced to sympathetic roles that rely on victimization or stereotypes in order to elicit empathy from our audiences," Nayfack says. "I am thrilled that Julie Klausner and Huluhave created the character of Lola. It is so refreshing to be able to play a trans woman who is funny, confrontational, and just as difficult as everyone else on the show. You're gonna love Lola because she's strong and opinionated and crass, not because she's getting bashed, locked up, or wrestling with coming out."