I’m curious if you’ve ever faced a Kenny in your own work experience.
100%. Especially when I was young, because I always looked a lot younger than my age. I used to be very, very thin. It took me ages to grow a beard. That’s all of those things. I’m always told I like Yas, and you can see people who like that opportunity, you know?
I’ve worked on a few call centers — there are a few interesting characters in there that I’ve seen along the way. I have seen a few of them in my travels.
I also did some call center work when I was younger, so I feel a close friendship with anyone else. It is a strange world.
It’s hard isn’t it? It’s not for me. It’s the “you didn’t hit your commission target this week.” And I said, “But I don’t really want to sell people this crap. That’s not my vibe. I’m here because I need to be.” It’s a tough world, and when you’re on a cold, competitive, commission-based call, it does something to the people that get pretty unhealthy and unnatural.
What did you think when you first heard about Kenny’s big reveal in Industry Season two?
I love it. And I was really scared because I was pretty sure about who he was. In season two, Kenny rediscovered himself in many ways. And then I was wondering, “Is he rediscovering himself or is this just optics?”
Well, do you think the change is genuine?
They tried to write about him in a way that the audience would feel it too—sometimes it seemed so real, and other times you weren’t so sure if it was all a small act. or not. I had that in season two, a few times, when I said, “I think This is genuine product. “However, I’m not so sure. I’ll try to do it right, but deep down I wonder if Kenny is more concerned with his future and the outcome of his transgressions than he is with real healing. whether or not.
Do you get any background story on why he has to be sober?
I think the strip club moment and the personnel threat from Yasmin. Their manager was aware of the incident. And this season is the post-lockdown period, and I think during the lockdown, maybe bad for the drinks for Kenny.
Have you learned anything about finance from the program or even cryptocurrencies that you have applied in your own life?
I downloaded a crypto app, reviewed it, and then deleted it again. I am the most useless. I still count with my fingertips. I try to learn about finance and investments because I think it will be a great opportunity for me to do something smart with my money. But I’m sad no. I think if I brought anything from Kenny into my real life it would be very interesting.
Deleting the crypto app is definitely the right move, as we’ve seen.
I do not understand it. I don’t understand what it is.
What do people say to you when they realize you’re Kenny on the street?
People are really lovable because they’re like, “Oh my God, what a brilliant performance.” However, I was called by a certain guy to meet-up next Tuesday on the street. Industry! “I said, ‘Yeah. “And then he said, ‘Dude, you’re a—”
This interview has been edited and condensed.
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