For Bette Midler and Sarah Paulson, making HBO's "Coastal Elites" in pandemic-forced isolation proved an unsettling challenge.
"It was just bizarre, completely bizarre, because it leads you ... down all these rabbit holes of 'What's next? I mean, what else could happen to me?'" Midler said during an online news conference Wednesday about the social satire. It debuts Sept. 12.
For Midler, the unusual working conditions reinforced how hard the pandemic has slammed the entertainment industry. Most TV and film production came to a standstill in March and is trying to recover, including with socially distanced approaches to taping.
"People used to say that showbiz was depression-proof," Midler said, with moviegoers keeping it afloat during the Great Depression of the 1930s. Turns out it's not, she said, and "now we discovered that we're all out of work!"
"Coastal Elites," a series of monologues written by Paul Rudnick ("Sister More