Right before the world shut down in March of 2020, Carly Glenn was Amy McIntyre’s associate at McIntyre’s company, Beeline Reps. Despite the end of their working relationship caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, Glenn and McIntyre remained close friends; so close, they even developed a TV show together.
I Didn’t Mean To Go Mental, written by Glenn and co-created with McIntyre, is set to shoot in the middle of June. This unlikely story of two women, a 27 year old just off her dad’s insurance and a working mom, who crash their cars into each other in a school parking lot and forced to spend a weekend together in a psychiatric ward, is inspired by the very different lives of Glenn and McIntyre. “It’s honestly just a very heightened version of some of the things we experience individually,” McIntyre says, “and it’s such a lovely, unlikely friendship that Carly and I just felt we had to put it in a script.”
Almost Pi Productions has brought in a dream team with Layne Marie Williams (Zen Room, Christmas Pitch) set to direct the pilot. “I signed onto this project immediately,” says Williams. “This story is an opportunity to tenderly examine the significance of mental health through the perspectives of two vastly different women.” The pilot’s key crew also includes cinematographer, Gianna Aquilina (The Girl Inside, White People Money) and producers, Grace Hahn and Aimy Tien.
So far, all department heads are made up of mostly women and non-binary people of color. “Being able to qualify and express the struggles of life, health, and identity without them defining or defeating you is perhaps my biggest draw to working in storytelling,” Hahn states, “I believe women have the unique strength of telling these stories while valuing the fact that they’re all different. This is the thesis of the pilot, and has a boss team all at the ready to make it happen.”
Also ready to make Glenn and McIntyre’s script come to life, are the amazing actors. The cast is made up of incredible Chicago actors, some of which include Katie Maringer (Don’t Log Off, Young People), Kroydell Galima (Chicago Med, The Chi), Breon Arzell (Southside), Antoine McKay (Southside, Empire), The Pierce Twins, and Kimberly Michelle Vaughn (Empire, Hot Date).
With just days away from filming, Glenn thinks back on where she was. “I cannot even believe my story is coming to life,” Glenn states, “I honestly don’t remember a time in my 20s that I didn’t struggle with mental health, and having a team of amazing humans rally behind this story is not only humbling and cathartic but very reminiscent of all of my friends from treatment who rallied around me as we all healed together.” Glenn is set to play one of the leading roles as well. “I honestly don’t even know how I got here, and I can’t wait to celebrate my journey by playing a character so close to my authentic self. It’s just mental!”
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