Much to the surprise and joy of every Arrested Development fan, the Emmy Award-winning comedy series following the wildly eccentric and entertainingly dysfunctional Bluth family is back with 15 new episodes debuting on Netflix on May 26th. Having seen the first new episode, I can say that the show is as twisted and funny as ever, and feels like it hasn’t missed a beat in the seven years since the last episode aired. From creator/writer Mitch Hurwitz, the series stars Will Arnett, Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, David Cross, Portia de Rossi, Tony Hale, Alia Shawkat, Jeffrey Tambor and Jessica Walter.
At the show’s press day, actress Alia Shawkat spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about when she realized that the show’s return was actually real, the concern that they wouldn’t live up to the memory fans have of it, what it was like to read that first script again, the constant spontaneity they had on set, how easy it was to get confused while shooting 15 episodes simultaneously, what the first day back was like, why binge watching is the best way to watch these episodes, that she had to discover who Maeby Fünke was, as an adult, how exciting it was to have an episode centered around her character, just how little improvisation actually goes on, on set, and how, even though there are no firm plans for more episodes or a movie, at this point, that she’s always willing to keep playing Maeby. Check out what she had to say after the jump.