She’s Versatile! Ayo Edebiri Impresses With Her Directorial Debut Of ‘The Bear’ Episode, ‘Napkins’

by Gee NY

Ayo Edebiri, known for her versatile talents in writing and acting, has stepped into the director’s chair with a bang on the latest episode of “The Bear.”

In a surprising turn of events in Season 3, Episode 6 titled “Napkins,” Edebiri directs a flashback-centric story focusing on Tina, portrayed by Liza Colón-Zayas.

The episode delves into Tina’s journey before joining The Original Beef as a line cook, exploring her resilience amid career setbacks.

The decision for Edebiri to direct this particular episode stemmed from creator Chris Storer’s desire to pair her with Colón-Zayas, jokingly citing them as the “most toxic” duo on set.

However, both actresses share a mutual admiration, with Colón-Zayas praising Edebiri’s talent and fearless approach to collaboration.

“Napkins,” penned by Catherine Schetina, resonated deeply with Colón-Zayas, who found the script emotionally compelling from the outset.

The episode showcases Tina navigating the challenges of unemployment with unwavering support from her husband, played by David Zayas.

Edebiri, who has previously written for acclaimed shows like “Dickinson” and “What We Do in the Shadows,” seized the opportunity to direct after being approached by Storer during Season 2 production.

Her directorial debut on “The Bear” allowed her to explore a different tonal palette, infusing moments of existential dread and dark humor into the narrative.

The episode culminates in a poignant scene where Tina, amidst the chaos of her surroundings, finds solace and a new beginning in the bustling restaurant industry.

Edebiri’s directorial vision shines through in capturing the raw emotions and complexities of Tina’s journey.

Colón-Zayas commended Edebiri’s directorial style, praising her ease and supportiveness on set, contrary to initial nerves about working with a younger director.

With accolades already under her belt, including starring and co-executive producing “The Bear,” Edebiri’s directorial debut marks another milestone in her burgeoning career.

As she continues to make waves in the entertainment industry, we can only wonder: what’s next for the multi-talented Ayo Edebiri?

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