“I wore the fake belly for nine months, so eventually, and it affected everything I did physically on set,” Madison told TVLine. “I ended up having back pain, which I had to train after, but it was an experience. It was definitely a first for me, a first that I was looking forward to doing.
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As for the baby’s father, who has yet to be identified in the three episodes currently airing on HBO Max, “That’s a big part of the mystery throughout the series,” Madison teases. “I’m glad it’s happening.”
Executive producer Lindsay Calhoon bring echoes that sentiment, confirming that Imogen’s pregnancy is a “very important story,” as well as one of the series’ driving mysteries. “You will know who the father is. This is important, not only for Imogen, but also for female friendships on the show. This leads to a very strong bond between the young women – a strong support system.
Imogen generally seems at peace with her situation, except for a moment of panic in the premiere when she asks the school nurse if it’s possible to have an abortion.
“I think it’s very honest with how Imogen feels, given the changes in her life,” Madison says. “She had very different support [via her mother] when she first got this information. When that support is removed, reality sets in. She’s 16 and she has that moment where she asks, “Does it make me a horrible person that I’m not ready to be a mother?” It’s a question that, unfortunately, a lot of women have to ask themselves and then feel very remorseful about something that shouldn’t have that weight because someone is so young. It was one of the first scenes I read, the one I auditioned with, and it was very indicative of the stories we were going to tell on the show and the level of attention we were going to bring to them.
The scene in question was written and filmed before the reversal of Roe v. Wade, and Bring guesses “it’s going to hit differently” for people watching it now.
“As we say on the show, Imogen obviously knows that’s not a possibility at six months pregnant. However, she’s a girl who’s been through so much. She’s at a breaking point, she is out of breath, and she’s just looking for help and a way out. It’s a big story for her to decide how she’s going to handle the pregnancy, what she’s going to do for the baby. We hope members of the public feel seen, and I support women’s right to choose, and I fully understand and support Imogen’s breakdown.
Tell us: Are you also dying to know who the father of Imogen’s child is? It may be too early for theories, but… theories? Drop them in a comment below.
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