Big Mouth Co-creator, executive producer and star Nick Kroll said Wednesday that the show will reprise the role of the voice of Missy, a biracial character in the Netflix animated series, with a black actress. The role had been voiced by Jenny Slate for the first three seasons of the show.
“We made a mistake, we took our privilege for granted and we are working hard to make better progress,” Kroll wrote in a Twitter post with series creators Andrew Goldberg, Mark Levin and Jennifer Flackett. “We are proud of the portrayal Missy has offered to sensitive, brain-colored women, and we plan to continue that portrayal and further grow Missy’s character as we re-launch a new black actor to portray her.”
One of the most successful Netflix series, Big Mouth Last summer saw the biggest streamer renewal – three additional seasons (4, 5, and 6). Season 4, which opens this fall, has already ended with Slate voicing Missy. A new actor is being sought to portray the character beginning in Season 5.
The half-hour animated animated comedy by real-life best friends Kroll and Goldberg is about the glorious nightmare of teenage puberty. Comedian John Mulaney lends his voice to Andrew’s character, while Kroll voices many characters, including best friend Nick. Children try to navigate school, friendships, and growth aided (and sometimes not so aided) by their assigned hormonal monsters.
Maya Rudolph, Jason Mantzoukas, Jordan Peele, Fred Armisen and Jessi Klein are among those who lend their voices to the series, created and produced by Kroll, Goldberg and screenwriters and directors Levin & Flackett.
Big Mouth It is a Netflix production.