On the new NBC comedy series Welcome to Sweden, New York resident Bruce Evans (Greg Poehler, who also serves as executive producer, head writer and showrunner) and Swedish import Emma Wiik (Josephine Bornebusch) seem to be the perfect couple. But when she makes the life-changing decision to move back to her native Stockholm to accept a prestigious job after being with Bruce for a year, she is surprised and thrilled that he agrees to move with her to begin a new life together. Only once there, he faces many unique challenges and culture clashes, not the least of which is winning over her eccentric and very Swedish family. The show also stars Lena Olin, Claes Månsson, Christopher Wagelin, Patrick Duffy and Illeana Douglas, with guest appearances by Amy Poehler, Aubrey Plaza, Will Ferrell and Gene Simmons.
During this exclusive interview with Collider, producer/writer/actor Greg Poehler talked about how exciting the success of the show was in Sweden, what it’s like to be so involved with pretty much every aspect of the show, getting the respect of the people that he was working with, why the subtitles work to their advantage, having a three-year plan for the show, putting together the Swedish cast, how his sister Amy Poehler got involved, just how close this is to his own life, the difference between doing stand-up in America and doing stand-up in Sweden, how they’re looking to take this format to other countries, and that he’s currently writing a cross-border feature film project. Check out what he had to say after the jump.