Derek Houck, along with Progress producers Nicole Wright and Armando Saldanamora, sat down with writer Rebecca Norris for an interview in Script Magazine. When asked about the challenges of playing Adam Rhett, Derek talked about the amount of homework that went into the character:
“With Progress, there are so many in-jokes, clues, and references crammed into the dialogue. You can’t just be word-perfect, you must understand the different meanings behind every word, even every syllable, that you utter. In order for Adam Rhett to mock something like the Forever Alone meme, I first had to know what the meme was about. It’s a lot of homework, but it helps create what is, hopefully, a very rich performance that conveys new info each time you watch it.”
Check out the rest of the interview below to find out the impetus behind the web series, the casting process, and even read a few questions about Napoleon Bon Appétit.