Go90’s latest series Tween Fest is about to be your new go-to destination for laughs. The Funny or Die digital show parodies the lives of social media personalities and provides its viewers with a reality check on how obsessed the world can get with these platforms. Basically, if you’ve ever paused your friends’ brunch so you could take a photo, this show might or might not be for (and maybe even about) you.
With new episodes every Wednesday, the show takes you through a two-weekend long festival featuring all kinds of influencers. From Joey King’s pimple-popping character (which is exactly as it sounds) to a Venmo star with a loyal following, it’s an over-the-top take on how people treat the world of social media today. To get a better understanding of the show, Teen Vogue caught up with Joey about her experience filming and how she approaches social media on her own.
Teen Vogue: What was your favorite part about filming Tween Fest?
Joey King: I got to work with some really cool people that I had such a great time with. I got to play a character I’ve never played before. My character is named Madison Crawford and she kind of goes a little crazy. She starts off as a really sweet girl, but loses it when things don’t go her way. She’s a YouTube-famous pimple popper, but what she really wants to do is break out into the music business.
TV: Are there any similarities between you and Madison?
JK: We’re so different, but the perfect way to describe her is that she’s very determined. Whether she schemes to sabotage the festival or does what she can to become a singer, [Madison] takes everything she does very seriously.
TV: What was the most memorable scene to film?
JK: I had to rub pizza and chicken wings all over my face at one point. It was the grossest scene I’ve ever had to film in my entire life and it was so funny. It was hilarious and my sister was on set that day, everyone was laughing so hard.
TV: What kind of message do you and your cast mates want people to take away from the show?
JK: We’re poking fun in a really funny way, the show isn’t being mean about anything. However, it shows a pretty terrible message about [social media] in the best way possible. At first, all the characters emerge from conflict and being internet-famous. By the end, they realize that doesn’t mean they can’t be friends.
TV: How do you feel about social media?
JK: I love social media. A lot of people have different opinions, but I feel like it’s just a really fun place to connect with people. What I like most about is getting to share photos and moments with people I care a lot about. Whenever I share something on social media it’s typically because I think it’s funny or I had a good time doing it. The fact that people respond to that and can connect with me based on something I’m passionate about is awesome.
TV: Which social media platform do you like most?
JK: I’m an old-school Twitter fan, but I never thought Snapchat would become social media. Ever since I made a Snapchat account, I’ve had so much fun on it. Every Wednesday I do “Wednesday Wisdom.” It’s hard for me to choose, but I also love Instagram. (I don’t get the whole “Finsta” thing though. I don’t get why people have those.)
TV: What do you have coming up on your “Words of Wisdom” segment?
JK: ” Everyone always asks if I prepare what I will say a week in advance, but the funny thing is, I’ll get on Snapchat and have no idea what I’m going to do. Then I get flooded with the most random thoughts and I just say anything that comes to mind. If I have friends over, they often get featured. Last week, Nolan Gould was it in and that was really fun. My sister Hunter makes an appearance, too. She’s hilarious and I love her so much.
TV: If you had to pick between a comedy like this and drama, which would you choose?
JK: It’s hard to say because everybody wonders what type of role is my favorite, and it’s so ridiculously difficult to choose. I love drama. It really pushes me as an actor and the outcome is super rewarding. Comedy is a hard concept to grasp, but it’s a lot of fun. I feel like it’s hard to actually be funny sometimes, which is also one of the reasons I enjoy it.