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Jameela Jamil Spills on Her "Average" Role in Pitch Perfect Spin-Off

Jameela Jamil Spills on Her "Average" Role in Pitch Perfect Spin-Off

Jamila Jamil
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"She has the sense of delusion of a mediocre white man."


Get ready, pitches!

Pitch Perfect became a pop culture phenomenon after the success of its three films starring Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow, Elizabeth Banks, and Adam Devine.

Now, Devine is reprising his role as Bumper in the new Peacock spin-off series Bumper in Berlin. After going viral on TikTok, the character moves to Berlin to make a name for himself.

Out actor Jameela Jamil is one of the new faces joining the series, but fans can still expect a similar vibe from the hit acapella movies.

"It's intimidating because obviously the [franchise] is so beloved by its stans and we are doing something so different with the show. We are paying homage to the franchise, but with a fresh and modern take on Pitch Perfect. We loved making it," Jamil tells PRIDE.

In Bumper in Berlin, Jamil plays Devine's new opponent Gisela, where the two characters clash on who will be the best singer in Germany.

"You know I love playing a villain. You know I love playing someone annoying... it comes very naturally to me. She has the sense of delusion of a mediocre white man and I love seeing that in a brown woman. How dare she? She's so average and she thinks she's so iconic and that's one of my favorite things about her."

While Pitch Perfect may now be on her resume, Jamil isn't quick to call herself a singer or dancer.

"I mean look... we're doing deliberately basic pop singing. Whether I can dance or not remains in question. But, I can slap my ass to the beat! We've all seen pop stars. I think I fit in with the worst of them."

Bumper in Berlin is also progressive with its representation on the show, as many of the characters identify as queer or in the LGBTQ+ community.

"We have a lot of queer characters in this show. My character is trying to have sex with truly everyone. What's cool about this show is that it doesn't make a big deal about that. It's very natural and normal, which is how it should be. It's hyper-normalized, so that when kids see it, they know it's not a big deal."

Pitch Perfect: Bumper in Berlin is streaming now on Peacock. To see the full interview with Jameela Jamil, check out the video below.

Jameela Jamil Spills on Her "Average" Role in 'Pitch Perfect'

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