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‘Maggie’ Star Rebecca Rittenhouse’s Medium Is Less ‘Crazy’

Dating is difficult — and it’s even harder when you can literally look into the future and see if wedding bells are ringing on your horizon.

In the new Hulu comedy “Maggie” – premiering Wednesday, July 6 – Maggie (Rebecca Rittenhouse, “Four Weddings and a Funeral”) is a psychic who can see into the future of her friends, parents, random people, and clients who seek their psychic services. Needless to say, this complicates her dating life, especially when she sees her own future and that of a complete stranger intersect.

Rittenhouse, 33, answered some questions about “Maggie” for The Post via email.

What drew you to this show?

The idea of ​​playing a psychic seemed kind of fun, but to be honest it’s less interesting to me than this relatively simple story about the balancing act of trying to get everything right/trying to control all the variables in life, and realizing that we miss the telling experience of life when we can’t just be in it — flaws and all.

Maggie (Rebecca Rittenhouse) and Ben Ben (David Del Rio) face each other with a smile.
Maggie (Rebecca Rittenhouse) with Ben (David Del Rio).
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Have you done something in particular prepare for the role?

I spoke to a family friend who is a psychic and reads tarot [cards], but honestly, Maggie isn’t what the show is really about. It’s really about the challenges of living your life in the moment and making the best decisions with the information you have (even when you think you know what’s going to happen), because Maggie often doesn’t see the whole picture. Your experience in this regard is universal.

What parts of Maggie’s life or personality do you find most relatable?

Maggie’s dating experience. She often uses her vision as an excuse to isolate herself [since] She assumes she knows everything about a situation based on what she sees. She can even write people off for stupid things, but the reality is that she both wants a relationship and is afraid of one because she’s afraid of getting hurt. I think we can all relate to that. I also think that her relationship with her parents can be very relatable. She has a gift and it’s kind of incredible, and the self acceptance and acceptance and support from her parents is definitely a journey.

The psychic Maggie (Rebecca Rittenhouse) with her friends Amy (Angelique Cabral), Jessie (Chloe Bridges) and Dave (Leonardo Nam) sit smiling around a dining table.
Medium Maggie (Rebecca Rittenhouse) with her friends Amy (Angelique Cabral), Jessie (Chloe Bridges), Dave (Leonardo Nam) and Ben (David Del Rio).
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As you thought about how to play Maggie, did you take any inspiration in particular?

I think psychics, mediums and mystics are often portrayed as weird and crazy, so I wanted Maggie to feel extremely grounded. She didn’t choose to be psychic, and I think she’s trying to move through the world with a certain sense of normality. I wanted to portray her as someone trying to accept and celebrate what was special about her without letting it totally define her.

What did you enjoy most about the role?

Everyone is so funny and happy. For some reason my scenes with Ray Ford were always shot so quickly, probably because they were so fun and entertaining – like a ping pong match. I also absolutely loved working on Maggie’s costumes/hair and makeup. We didn’t want her to look like she was dressing the role of a psychic in a stereotypical way, but we definitely wanted her to have a fashionable identity. In one episode, Maggie is invited to this super exclusive party for psychics and mystics and ends up feeling like an outcast. I decided to wear a completely different hairstyle than Maggie’s norm in this episode because I wanted to dig into the idea that maybe she’s trying too hard to fit in… and things aren’t going well.

Maggie (Rebecca Rittenhouse) is a psychic trying to date her "maggie"
Maggie (Rebecca Rittenhouse) is a psychic trying to date in “Maggie.”
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Do you think psychics like Maggie can really exist?

Absolutely! Why not? At least I’m wise enough to know how little I know.

https://nypost.com/2022/07/05/maggie-star-rebecca-rittenhouses-psychic-is-less-kooky/ ‘Maggie’ Star Rebecca Rittenhouse’s Medium Is Less ‘Crazy’

Emma Bowman

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