Chloe + Zoe, a weekly web series finishing its second season, is skyrocketing in views with its quirky, laid-back attitude that almost perfectly resembles 20-something-year-olds getting their life together. They’ve added an edge of style and charisma to their characters, making the viewer dream about being a stereotypical underachieving 20-year-old. Oh, and they have major persuasion in getting other people to do their work.
The creator, writer and actor Chloe Searcy, and her partner in crime who also writes and acts, Zoë Worth, spoke to Red River Noise about future plans for the show, including their dream guest stars. Much like the show, they both have a natural friendship where they can interrupt and laugh at each other when answering questions.
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How did you guys meet each other?
Chloe Searcy: We met right after college basically. We have a lot of mutual friends from high school.
Zoë Worth: [cuts in] We may have met in high school.
Chloe: We think we may have met in high school, but I don’t think that we did. But we should have met in high school, but we didn’t, and then met after college. We had a lot of friends in common. Zoë was basically bringing her theater company (The Collection) from New York to L.A. So that was like the catalyst for us to join forces.
How did Chloe + Zoë come about?
Chloe: Zoë and I were basically kinda the only two female performers in the group (The Collection) and I started writing a short and—which if you know the show—is the second episode, “Dinner.” So I wrote that and then brought it to a meeting. I think we read it once. I wrote a couple more episodes. We planned out a season and we just kind of started shooting it, not really knowing what it was going to be.
Were there any shows that influenced this web series?
Chloe: Yeah, when we were developing the relationship between the two characters, we were drawing from a lot of stuff from Daria. That was a big one for us. Daria and Jane. So lots of kind of shows that had pairs. Beavis and Butthead. Things like that.
What was the process like to get the web series started?
Chloe: We didn’t have that much of a plan. Like the first episode, we just basically, it was just basically us. We didn’t make a lot of planning.
Zoë: It does take a lot of work.
Chloe: It takes a lot of work and now we have planning. But like we started really slow. Just kind of shot the first episode. We didn’t release it till three months later. We didn’t even really know what our plan was. How or where we were going to release it. Now, we’re actually finishing something every week. Where before it was just like okay we’re just gonna get this done when we can and then we’ll put them up.
Would you say that having to plan now takes out the fun in going with the flow of not really having a plan?
Zoë: Yeah, yeah. I mean, it’s kind of a trade off because I think that we’re getting more work out of the work we’re putting in. I mean, Chloe is better at this than me, but much like the characters we both start huffing and puffing when we have to deal with things like continuity. All very aggravating. I rather just go and say my lines and tell jokes but now we’re sort of in a ball game that has more weight. Now other artists and technicians are involved so it’s not hickily pickily.
What has the process been like to see the show transform from season one to season two?
Chloe: I say that season one was like boot camp. We didn’t know what we were doing. We knew nothing about web series. I didn’t even have a YouTube account, which apparently is linked automatically to your Gmail account. We watched a lot of web series while we were making the first season. It was a learning experience in that way.
Zoë: But also more holistically and sort of screenwriting-wise, we had a hiccup the first season because we were actually kicked out of our space so a really funny thing happened when we actually were no longer invited to shoot at Charlie’s apartment, which was hired first season, as you know. It was just something that flowed in and out of our radar. But now, we have a new space.
Chloe and Zoe sort of have this laid back attitude and plans that they never follow through with. As 20-year-olds, and as season two changes their mindset a little bit, what do you think they want to accomplish?
Chloe: I think Chloe and Zoë right now, at least, are just continuing their pursuit in like finding an excuse to just be hanging around and like and screwing around with each other.
How would you say your characters have changed?
Chloe: I don’t think my character has changed much at all.
Zoë: I don’t think mine has either. Something we sort of like to have fun with is putting them through the ringer and then them ending up back to where they started.
Chloe: We tend to have a no-episode-should-have-a-happy-ending. Chloe and Zoe should always kind of screw up and end up back where they were.
What other projects can we look forward to seeing y’all in the future?
Chloe: We don’t know if there’s going to be a season three. We’re going to finish up season two and then we’ve been thinking a lot about the possibilities of turning this into a television show. That’s something we’ve been thinking about for a while.
So if Chloe + Zoe could turn into a show, who would be your ultimate guest star?
Chloe and Zoë [in unison]: Ohhhh.
Chloe: We… well, can we conference about this? We’re making eyes at each other right now. We’re trying to figure it out. I mean, I’m having trouble. I think the guest stars that we dream about currently are like great comedians like…
Chloe: Yeah, Sarah Silverman.