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    Two Teens Break Down What “Sex Education,” “Riverdale,” And More Get Right And Wrong About The Teen Experience

    “You will not see a character that has any acne, like, ever. And that is such a central point of the teenage experience for so many people, including myself.”

    On today's episode of BuzzFeed Daily, we broke down the top pop culture headlines AND discussed the most and least accurate teen shows. You can listen below or scroll down to read more about the interview!

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    So let's dive right into it! Recently we talked to Cloe and Jade from This Teenage Life about which TV shows they think do a good (and bad) job of depicting the teen experience. Here's some of what we learned:

    BuzzFeed Daily: At BuzzFeed, we talk a lot about TV all the time, which of course includes teen shows. But at the end of the day, all of these teen shows are written by adults, so I think it's all the more impressive when a teen show actually feels authentic. I'd really just love to hear from both of you about the TV shows you think do a good, or at least decent, job of portraying the teen experience.

    Asa Butterfield and Mimi Keene as Otis and Ruby in Sex Education

    BuzzFeed Daily: I'm also curious to know which shows do you think are totally missing the mark.

    KJ Apa, Camila Mendes, Cole Sprouse, and Lili Reinhart as Archie, Veronica, Jughead, and Betty in Riverdale

    BuzzFeed Daily: It's interesting that you say you're still a sucker for it because, I guess one thing I'm wondering is, do you think it's actually a problem when these shows aren't really authentic to the teen experience? Or can you find yourself just enjoying Riverdale for the craziness that it is, or Gossip Girl for the aspirationalness of that kind of show. Do you still enjoy it even when you feel like this is not what it's like to be a teen at all?

    Blake Lively as Serena Van Der Woodsen in Gossip Girl

    BuzzFeed Daily: What's your one piece of advice for how to write a true teen character in the year 2021?

    Kier Gilchrest as Sam in Atypical

    BuzzFeed Daily: Now, let's say someone comes to you and they say, "I've just been hired as a casting director on the hot new teen show. What do you want to see in terms of the actors that are cast on these shows?" And I don't mean particular celebrities you want to see, but more like when they're auditioning people, what kinds of people do you want to see onscreen?

    Samm Levine, Martin Starr, and John Francis Daley as Neal, Bill, and Sam on Freaks and Geeks

    We also talked about Beanie Feldstein's confusion over all the tweets about Lea Michele, after she was cast in the Broadway Funny Girl revival.

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    In an interview with Andy Cohen on SiriusXM, Beanie said: "I didn't even know that any of this was happening. ... All of a sudden, people started explaining it to me and I was like, 'Wait, what?' I didn't understand." 

    She added that while Lea Michele quote “very sweetly” congratulated her on Instagram, she doesn’t quote “know the woman whatsoever.”

    Beanie’s not the only member of her family to make news recently. On Wednesday, her brother Jonah Hill made a very reasonable request of his fans: to stop making remarks about his body.

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