HBO show ‘The Baby’ makes you think about why not wanting a baby is so horrible

The new HBO series The babya show centered around the horrors created by a cursed baby, may be one of the weirdest stories you’ll see unfold, starring Michelle de Swarte, but it’s genuinely entertaining and brilliantly funny with straight reviews on the maternity (streams on HBO Max or Crave in Canada April 24 at 10:30 p.m. ET).

“When I first read the script it was so refreshing and it was such a different take on what it’s like to be a caregiver and what it’s like for someone end up with a baby,” Swarte who directs the series as Natasha’s character said ahead of the show’s premiere. “She didn’t want to have the responsibility of looking after someone.”

“So even though she had received this little human, it wasn’t enough for Natasha and I thought it was something really refreshing to see a woman not charmed by a newborn baby.”

Michelle de Swarte in HBO’s “The Baby” (Ross Ferguson/HBO)

This is a series where any attempt at a summary won’t be able to accurately reflect the bizarre story arc, but we’ll try to lay the groundwork for you heading into the April 24 premiere.

When we first meet 38-year-old Natasha, she’s a bit frustrated with her friends who are focused on having children, when Natasha is definitely not interested in motherhood. When she decides to take a break from her life in London, she is plunged into a scene of total horror.

A baby, literally, falls into her arms and through a series of deadly events, Natasha finds herself stuck with this baby. As she realizes how dangerous this child is, Natasha embarks on her desperate attempt to get rid of him, with the help of Mrs. Eaves (Amira Ghazalla), a 70-year-old woman who holds the information about the genesis of this child. deadly baby.

Natasha and Mrs. Eaves’ attempts to free themselves from the baby hit a major snag when Natasha’s sister Bobbi (Amber Grappy), who longs to have a child, gets her hands on the baby, leads them to a commune where Bobbi and Natasha’s mother, Barbara (Sinead Cusack), lives.

Amber Grappy, Michelle De Swarte, Amira Ghazalla in HBO

Amber Grappy, Michelle De Swarte, Amira Ghazalla in HBO’s “The Baby” (Ross Ferguson/HBO)

Leaning into the weird, horror and comedy, in the best way you can combine all three, The baby will keep you on the edge of your seat and laughing throughout.

“I think part of this comedy just comes through because we kind of see behind the curtain because [you see]…some of the experiences they have in motherhood,” de Swarte explained. “There’s no kind of romance around it, that’s where the comedy is.”

“The way it’s written is that these women are being brutally honest with their experience on [motherhood] and it’s funny to see… someone who just isn’t in love with a child.

Created by Lucy Gaymer and Sian Robins-Grace, The baby illustrates the power of women telling a story based on the raw and often infuriating reality of the societal pressures of motherhood.

“Just because we’re women, we’re expected to have this instinctive bond with a baby,” de Swarte said. “The way motherhood is shown in movies, magazines, advertisements and all that kind of stuff, it just reconfirms that notion.”

There’s no kind of romance around it, that’s where the comedy is.

“When you talk to other women, especially mothers who are in the first throes of motherhood…it’s something you hear over and over, [that women are not charmed by their newborn] and I think it’s no surprise to us, but seeing him on screen is rare.

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