Ms. Shawkat said if season one was about Dory wondering who she was – self-absorbed and singular focused -- season two continues to find the character in denial about herself. And she thinks that’s fairly common for twentysomethings.
“Did I know a Dory? Yeah. I think there is a little bit of Dory in all of us, especially when I was younger,” she said in July during a TBS press conference at the Television Critics Association summer press tour. “The thing I find the most interesting about her that is seen a lot in the second season, is this quality of almost like politeness and kindness being a replacement for character. You know, she was always just kind of like, ‘Well, I'm helping my friends, and I'm being a good person, and so I'm a good person. And I want to help those other persons, because I'm a good person.’ And it's like, ‘No, no, no. Stop. All these choices are coming from the wrong place.’”
This post originally appeared in the print edition of the Sunday Post-Gazette Magazine section.