When we last saw Ghost BFF‘s Amy (Vanessa Matsui), things weren’t going well. She and Mitchell (Dan Beirne) had broken up, and she’d been hauntedâ€”literallyâ€”by Tara (Kaniehtiio Horn), Amy’s best friend who had committed suicide.
Season 2 is a struggle too.
Available on Shaftesbury’sÂ KindaTV now, Ghost BFF reunites the two best friendsâ€”one living, one deadâ€”for more hijinks. Created and written by Matsui, she admits to being caught off-guard by a second season renewal.
“Never did I think a second season was going to happen,” she says with a laugh. “I had to write it really fast, much faster than I did with the first season. I learned that’s a real rookie move. You should have multiple seasons in mind in case that green light keeps going.” Like the debut season, Ghost BFF digs more deeply into Amyâ€™s struggles as she addresses unemployment, single life, unexpected challenges, and the continued grief of missing her friend.
Often, a web series doesn’t allow for a ton of character growth outside of the main player. Not so with Ghost BFF. Horn’s Tara evolves, in search ofÂ closure with her mother (Angela Asher), to help Amy heal and to gain a better understanding of her own narrative of what happened the day she died.
“I have a hard time not finding layers in the characters that I portray,” Horn says. “It’s not fun to play someone who is one-note. This is a comedy about suicide and I didn’t want the humour to come at the expense of such an intense, serious subject.” Eight PSAs accompany the new episodes, offering advice onÂ mindfulness, depression, anxiety, boundaries and self-care. With COVID-19 continuing to wreak havoc with our livesâ€”and many Canadians staying indoorsâ€”mental health continues to be important and talking about it even more so.
“In Season 1, Amy would use band-aid solutions to deal with her mental health,” Matsui says. “In Season 2, she isn’t wearing band-aids. She is being forced to deal with her real self, which is I think what a lot of people have had to do in this very isolating time.”
“Normalizing talking about mental health is really important,” Horn says. “I used to joke about having a glass of wine in one hand and a glass of champagne in the other. But that was my coping mechanism. I was very lost for a long time. But the pandemic has forced me to face myself. And, with things like Ghost BFF, I’ve started to talk about my mental health.”
Season 2 of Ghost BFF is available on KindaTV now.
Images courtesy of Shaftesbury.