Ginny & Georgia’s Sara Waisglass loves Maxine’s perfectly messy journey

Ironically, doing just that – performing in front of people – is often anxiety-inducing for Waisglass. In a moment of true honesty, she admits to me that she panics every time she gets an audition. But Ginny and Georgia was different. When she read the pages to Maxine, she immediately fell in love with the character. “With her fast talk, with her oversharing, with her morbidity, she just popped right off the page for me and I felt an instant connection,” she says. “I’ve never experienced that before. I was just so excited to get into the room and … when I got into the room, I said to the casting director, ‘How much fun can I have with this? How crazy can I be?’ And he said, ‘Go crazy!’ I did, and I think that informed what Max became.” Sure enough, Max, in all his energetic and eccentric glory, became an instant fan favorite.

A full two years passed between filming season one and season two (thanks, COVID), but as soon as Waisglass sat back in the hair and makeup chair, it was as if Max had never left her. “I cried,” she laughs.

Although it’s safe to say that the Max we returned to at the beginning of season two, which premiered last week, is far from the bubbly 15-year-old we know and love. Still reeling from Ginny and Abby’s betrayal and grieving the outcome of her relationship with Sophie, Max is heartbroken, bitter and self-involved. But this season turns out to be a period of growth for her, a story that also intrigued Waisglass. “What I’m excited about, certainly at the end of the season, is that Max is more sure of herself and she knows what hurts her and what helps her and she sets boundaries, which really is a beautiful thing, especially at 3 p.m.,” she says. “I didn’t even know the word border until I was 22, so I’m very proud of her. I think she’s very mature.”

But it’s not all doom and gloom for Max this season. We get a healthy new relationship with her. “The difference is that instead of chasing Sophie, Silver is just a watcher [Max] and really like everything about her. [She] like her style [and] like her energy and it’s not forced and Max doesn’t feel like she’s trying, which is a really beautiful thing,” says Waisglass. There’s also Max’s appearance in Wellsbury High School’s fall musical production of Wellington (absolutely not Bridgerton!), which turns out to be another scene-stealing moment for Waisglass. The actress adds, “Max’s arc with Wellington is she lets other people take this spotlight and she understands her space and her role in her life. It kind of mimics her role on the show.” We also get to see more of the relationship between Max and her twin brother Marcus (“We have some really beautiful scenes together”) and of course the return of MANG. “That was also something that I was immediately drawn to the script when I first read it because I love a good female friendship and a representation of a good female friendship,” she says.

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