Donald Glover is opening up about his professional “divorce” from Phoebe Waller-Bridge.
Back in 2021, it was announced that the two actors would be teaming up to co-create and star in the TV reboot of Mr And Mrs Smith, based on the 2005 film of the same name.
However, it was later revealed that the Fleabag actor had withdrawn from the project due to creative differences, with Donald staying on and PEN15 star Maya Erskine taking over as the show’s female lead.
During a joint interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the Atlanta star was asked about Phoebe’s departure, admitting that it felt like “a divorce in a weird way.”
“You’re like, ‘Oh shit, this should work,’” he recalls, explaining: “It’s probably just cultural.
“You have to think, Fleabag was written entirely by her, they don’t really do writers’ rooms in England, and I look back at Atlanta, and we built a culture where we could say mean things to each other or be mean. like, ‘That idea is kind of (garbage),’ and then we’d laugh.”Donald Glover at the New York premiere of Mr And Mrs Smith
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“I don’t think we ever felt comfortable enough with each other,” he said of the Killing Eve creator. “And that’s okay. That’s what happens when you have two captains. It’s like, ‘This is how I run my ship’, ‘This is how I run my ship’. And that’s such a big idea, this show, I don’t think it can have two captains.
“I mean, he rewrote the pilot, and I looked at the script and I was like, ‘This is definitely not my style,’ but if he did it with her in it, we’d all be like, ‘This is a great show’.”
Donald later added: ‘I don’t think Phoebe is completely into it. But I feel really good about the fact that if it felt more like his and he said, ‘I like this,’ I would say, ‘You have to have it.’”Phoebe Waller-Bridge at the premiere of the fifth Indiana Jones film last year
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All eight episodes of Mr And Mrs Smith debuted on Prime Video last week, with Sharon Horgan, Alexander Skarsgård, Michaela Coel and Sarah Paulson among the supporting cast.
Before working together on the short-lived Mr And Mrs Smith, both Donald (also known to music fans as Childish Gambino) and Phoebe starred in the Star Wars prequel Solo.
Donald plays young Lando Calrissian, while Phoebe lends her voice to a new android character, L3-37.
Read Donald and Maya’s full interview in The Hollywood Reporter here.