On What Are Friends For, Gabrielle Ruiz & Pallavi Sastry dive deep and revel in all the facets of platonic love. But their friendship wasn’t always secure.
After originally meeting on a summer theatre job in 2007, GxP were mostly colleagues who awkwardly interacted in New York City in audition waiting rooms or once at a street fair in Queens. After genuinely reconnecting over health and wellness in 2012, they learned to get over themselves and carry on vulnerable conversations without the pressure of entertainment industry competition. They knew they wanted to work together again one day; they were simply waiting for the right project.
They’ve tackled issues such as working with friends, race and friendship, building community, recovering from trauma, mentoring, friendship breakups, and what is a “best friend?”
Past episode guests have included Javier Muñoz (Hamilton), Alysia Reiner (Orange is the New Black), Harvey Guillen (What We Do in the Shadows), Travis McElroy (My Brother, My Brother, and Me), Melissa Barrera (Vida), Karen David (Fear the Walking Dead), Kelli O’Hara (The King and I), Poorna Jagannathan (Never Have I Ever), Brittany Snow (Pitch Perfect), and more.
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