Bless the Harts Interview: Jillian Bell, Ike Barinholtz and Emily Spivey on Their New Animated Series

Bless the Harts series creator Emily Spivey describes the new half-hour animated comedy as a nice addition to Fox’s Animation Domination lineup. “I think it’s a more realistic show. So, if you’re a fan of King of the Hill and that type of humor, I think this show is going to be for you.”

Creator Emily Spivey and voice actors Ike Barinholtz (“Wayne Edwards”) and Jillian Bell (“Violet Hart”) promoted season one of Bless the Harts with a panel at the 2019 San Diego Comic-Con. They also sat down for a roundtable interview to delve further into what’s in store for viewers who check out the new series.

Jillian Bell describes Violet Hart as dry and sarcastic but also the voice of reason in her family. “She’s artistically talented and way cooler than who I am as a person,” said Bell. “She’s into ‘B’ horror films and Rocky Horror Picture Show.”

Wayne Edwards is the boyfriend of Jenny, voiced by Kristen Wiig. “He’s a very sweet, well-meaning man. His heart is bigger than his brain. He loves these women very much,” explained Barinholtz. “I think one of the sweetest things we developed was the relationship between Violent and Wayne. They really are kind of companions.”

“He is this unexpected father-figure for her,” added Bell.

“Yeah. He never thought he’d be a father or a father-figure and he kind of is to Violet,” agreed Barinholtz.

While they did discuss their characters and the origin of the show, Barinholtz and Bell also proved to be spontaneously hilarious which made for one of the most entertaining interviews of the entire 2019 SDCC. The 12-minute interview (spotlighted above) kind of went off the rails toward the end, but in the best way possible.

Bless the Harts will premiere on September 29, 2019. New episodes air on Sundays at 8:30pm ET/PT.

Bless the Harts Description, Courtesy of Fox:

Bless the Harts is a new half-hour animated comedy that follows the Harts, a Southern family that is always broke, and forever struggling to make ends meet. They one day hope to achieve the American dream, but they’re already rich – in friends, family and laughter.

Jenny Hart (Wiig) is a single mother supporting her family working as a waitress in the small town of Greenpoint, NC. While Jenny’s the head of her family, she’s often at odds with, or scheming with, her lottery scratcher-obsessed mother, Betty (Maya Rudolph), and her witty, creative daughter, Violet (Bell).

Jenny’s doting, eternal optimist boyfriend of 10 years, Wayne Edwards (Barinholtz), is the love of her life and a surrogate father to Violet. He’s a charming dreamer who may never hit the big time, but he’s not going to give up the fight. In the end, the Harts may not have much, but they may just have everything they need.”