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Sarah Shahi criticises 'gimmicky' Sex/Life season 2

Gregory Robinson

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Sarah Shahi criticises 'gimmicky' Sex/Life season 2

Featured Image Credit: David Fisher / Shutterstock / Netflix

When Sex/Life returned for its hotly anticipated second season, a lot of fans were left feeling a bit disappointed with how it all unfolded.

It also seems as if the show’s star, Sarah Shahi, also wasn’t a big fan of it, either. And she really hasn’t held back by telling fans exactly how she feels about the most recent season of Netflix’s raunchy hit show.

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She returned as Billie Mann Connelly, the former Columbia university psychology candidate, mum-of-two and former housewife who we see in season two going through a crisis.

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After her marriage with Cooper comes to a tragic end, she confesses her feelings to her well-endowed ex-beau Brad Simon, who reveals he’s not only moved on from her but is also expecting a child with another woman.

It comes as a huge surprise for Billie, as well as viewers, and the pair who made Netflix subscribers hot under the collar with their explicit rendezvous in the summer of 2021 were mostly kept apart in the six-episode follow-up.

During an interview on Amanda Hirsch’s Not Skinny But Not Fat podcast, Shahi said the show became ‘a much different thing for me’ and joked that her bosses over at the streaming service probably won’t be happy with what she has to say.

Sarah Shahi wasn't totally happy with how season two unfolded. Credit: Netflix
Sarah Shahi wasn't totally happy with how season two unfolded. Credit: Netflix
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Admitting that she ‘struggled with the material’ and felt ‘bummed’ about her lack of screen-time with her real-life boyfriend and co-star Demos, she confessed: “I definitely did not have the support that I did in the first season from the people involved in the show. It became a much different thing for me — and I’m not afraid to say that."

“I really liked our stories and I like working with him [Demos]. He was a brilliant scene partner. [In Season 2,] I was working so much and he was working so little. He’s, like, in 60 seconds of the entire thing. I never saw him.”

The 43-year-old star said she believes that ‘there were more moments that felt very gimmicky’ in the second season but said she’s grateful that she ‘didn’t have to do them – the boys did’.

After the viral shower moment from season one in which Brad’s particularly large penis became a huge viral talking point on social media, the show tried to recreate it this time with Cooper's toxic bestie, Devon (Jonathan Sadowski).

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After a high speed drug-fuelled sexcapade ended in a near-deadly car crash, Devon's genitals were bitten off by a woman in the car with him.

The season was mostly focused on Billie and Cooper's divorce. Credit: Netflix
The season was mostly focused on Billie and Cooper's divorce. Credit: Netflix

But Devon made clear in the new season that he was able to make the best out of a bad situation.

Reassuring Cooper that doctors were able to save his penis, the character whipped off his towel to reveal an appendage with a 'whole new lease on life', which he operated with a built-in penis pump.

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Although Shahi said she ‘couldn’t get behind’ a lot of the stories in season two, she said it’s all part of the job.

“That’s part of what I do,” she concluded. “I’m not always gonna get along or agree with a filmmaker. I’m not always gonna like what I have to do or say. But that’s my job, to make it believable.”

“I’m never gonna work for Netflix again now after saying all this,” she said. “But I can’t lie.”

Tyla has contacted Netflix for comment.

Topics: TV And Film, Netflix

Gregory Robinson
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