Tituss Burgess say his Unbreakable
Kimmy Schmidt character will get a new love interest in the
show's second season.
The 36-year-old openly gay Burgess
plays Titus Andromedon on the Netflix comedy, which revolves around
Kimmy Schmidt, a naive young woman who fled to New York City after
spending 15 years in an Indiana bunker.
Burgess told Entertainment
Weekly that his gay character in the upcoming season “is
more readily available to decalcify” thanks to Kimmy's influence
and Vonda, his secret ex-wife who arrived on the scene at the end of
the show's first season.
“Her [Kimmy's] optimism, her
sunniness and selflessness and being considerate of other people is
wearing off on Titus,” Burgess said. “And, because of Vonda’s
visit, he has to expose more of that soft core. We find Titus being
more readily available to decalcify. He has to come to terms with
some stuff, and you’ll find out in the first episode how and why he
made the exit, and that just explains so much. There are a lot of
layers to this man to peel off, because it’s not just this false
sense of fabulousness. It is a protective armor, so we find him
having to undo what he has worked so hard to do.”
Burgess added that season two will
feature a new love interest – whom he described as an “everyday
man” – and a one-man show for his character.
“[The show is] about a past life that
he insists he remembers. It’s very funny, and oddly touching.
Given the PC social climate that we live in today, there’s so much
that humans claim are a part of their human composition that other
humans cannot contest … so it was lovely to go down that yellow
brick road and watch, once again, how [creators Tina Fey and Robert
Carlock] so brilliantly bring up tension and juxtaposition in a way
of humor. It makes you question why we’re so quick to question the
authenticity of someone’s experience, even if it’s something that
didn’t happen in this current life.”