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Aidy Bryant made a name for herself through her hilarious character work as a (still current) cast member on Saturday Night Live. Now the comedian is starring in her very own Hulu original series, and it's sure to become an instant hit.

Bryant will play Annie in Shrill, based on Lindy West's 2016 memoir of the same name. It centers around "a fat young woman who wants to change her life — but not her body," and Hulu just dropped the first full trailer to get you excited.

Body-positivity queen Aidy Bryant is starring as Annie in Shrill, an original comedy series coming to Hulu.


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According to the description, Annie is "trying to make it as a journalist while juggling bad boyfriends, sick parents, and a perfectionist boss, while the world around her deems her not good enough because of her weight. She starts to realize that she’s as good as anyone else, and acts on it.”

Check out the first trailer, which just dropped on Monday. 

The trailer begins with a trip to the pharmacy, where Bryant's character, Annie, dodges a very loud public announcement of her request for the Plan B pill. It continues with her stumbling through an incredibly awkward relationship and also dealing with an editor who won't listen—until she attends a pool party.

Following a pool party, Annie begins to make some serious changes to her life.

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Her new mind-set then leads to her writing her first successful article, and in return getting her first internet troll. 

The series is based on Shrill, a bestselling memoir by Lindy West.

Bryant cowrote the script with West, as well as Alexandra Rushfield (Love, Parks and Recreation). 

According to Bryant, the character of Annie is a mixture of both her and West.

"Annie is not exactly me and she's not exactly Lindy," Bryant said. She added that Annie's apologetic nature is more her deal than Lindy's.

The series also stars Lolly Adefope, Luka Jones, Daniel Stern, Ian Owens, and John Cameron Mitchell.

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Another Saturday Night Live alum, Julia Sweeney, is playing Annie’s mom. So you know it's going to be a hilarious show.

SNL's Lorne Michaels and Pitch Perfect alum Elizabeth Banks will serve as executive producers for the six-episode series.

If you're wondering why it's only six episodes, it's because Bryant is a busy gal. They had to shoot the series over the summer while she (and Michaels) were on break from SNL.

Despite being a short first season, the show manages to tackle heavy topics in a new way — like abortion, for example.

West explained that rather than framing abortion as something devastating and regrettable for Annie, Shrill shifts the focus to her character making a powerful choice for her own body.

West wanted to adapt her book into a TV series to give plus-size women a better on-screen role model than Ursula the sea witch.

"[Fat female] characters exist but they are like plump grandmothers or a monster. I grew up feeling like those were my only two options," West told reporters at the Television Critics Association. "The point of the show is to present another option."

People on Twitter are already calling it their "new favorite show of 2019," likely because of Annie's relatable nature.

"This character maybe even starts sort of meeker than Lindy did. We were feeling that was something that’s sort of universal to a lot of girls," Bryant explained. "I know for myself, just trying to make yourself small and nice and totally sweet so that no one notices that you’re a big fat lady. Some of those elements weren’t necessarily in the book, but we felt like they filled out who this person was."

Basically, Bryant is already an icon and we are so excited for her!

Shrill is "my first big thing that’s my own," said Bryant. "I felt strongly that we had to put out this character with a full life."

Every episode of Shrill will arrive on Hulu on March 15, so mark your calendars!

Bryant getting her own series is definitely long overdue and we cannot wait to show our support! Like the person on Twitter said, "I am SO here for this show."

Oh, and the cast and crew are already discussing a season two.

Start campaigning, y'all! Like this woman said on Twitter, "Shrill made me feel very seen and I know many other women will feel similarly." 

And remember, like the show's teaser says, "Less apologizing, more living."

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"I have something to offer this world and why do I have to do it in a size 2 package?" Bryant said. Amen, girl. We can't wait to see what Annie has to offer!