INTERVIEW: Amanda Collin and Abubakar Salim Talk About Dad Jokes and ‘Raised by Wolves’

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Raised by Wolves is the new sci-fi epic from genre master Ridley Scott! It tells the story of two androids, Mother and Father, tasked with keeping the last children of the human race alive on a harsh and dangerous planet. I was lucky enough to have a quick chat with the stars of the show, Amanda Collin (Mother) and Abubakar Salim (Father) about the most important tool of parenthood: DAD JOKES.

WARNING: THERE BE SPOILERS.

Nerds and Beyond: Hi! Father’s jokes have been one of my favorite things so far in the show. And I know the idea of dad jokes has kind of become a cliché, but I also feel like they’re an essential part of fatherhood. I was wondering if you could talk about maybe why that is, and Amanda, what was it like to constantly be on the receiving end of them?

Abubakar Salim: I mean, she loved it. I’ll answer that for her. She loved it. Like, no, I think for me, you know, it was, it’s funny, right? The jokes are so awkward and so weird. And they come at the most awkward times. And what I really discovered was the fact that they are designed to relieve some weird tension. So for example, father’s giving jokes right after mother massacred an entire ship. So it’s like, okay, you pick your moments. And it seems to work. So I feel like, yeah, it’s definitely a tool I’m going to keep in my back pocket, you know, for the future, when I start having children. Just throw a dad joke in there when the world is ending!

Amanda Collin: Also don’t underestimate the power of lightening things up. Do you know, you use them so cleverly. And I think with Hunter, when he’s being a smart ass, that’s a clever way of using the data. And I genuinely think they were fun. I mean I was laughing for real, and every time I watched the episodes, I cannot help texting Abu like, “I am so in love with you!” So the dad jokes were my favorite part, too.

Raised by Wolves is now streaming on HBO Max. Read our review here.

Britt

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Britt is a Los Angeles based writer, burlesque performer, and life long nerd. A former drama kid turned playwright and classic ambivert, (shout out fellow ambiverts! There are dozens of us! Dozens!) her love of books, snacks, and cats makes her a Ravenclaw with Hufflepuff leanings. She is a voracious reader, writer, and unapologetic binge-watcher. Her lifelong obsessions include Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, Star Trek, Harry Potter, Firefly, Battlestar Galactica, Doctor Who, Arrested Development, Neil Gaiman, and Frank Herbert's Dune series. Her current obsessions include: Sherlock, Black Mirror, The Great British Baking Show, RuPaul's Drag Race, and Counterpart. She will also gladly talk people's ears off about graphic novels if they let her, which they usually don't. Find Britt on Twitter @MsGeorgiaOQueef

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