Lake Bell Improvised a Lot of Poison Ivy’s Cursing in ‘Harley Quinn,’ Especially in a Memorable Season 2 Scene

by Jeremy Spirogis
Poison Ivy (voiced by Lake Bell) fights off an infected tree in

DC‘s Harley Quinn is thought for its raunchy, hilarious writing and very-much-for-adults content material. The collection took very well-known characters and actually constructed on the work of Batman: The Animated Series and the comics. Plus they did all of it with a ton of swearing concerned. 

There actually isn’t an episode that goes by that somebody isn’t cussing or somebody isn’t brutally dying. And two of the leads, Lake Bell and Kaley Cuoco, liked competing on who bought to say essentially the most quantity of f-bombs. And Bell actually shined in a single episode. 

Poison Ivy (voiced by Lake Bell) fights off an infected tree in 'Harley Quinn' Season 1.
Poison Ivy (voiced by Lake Bell) fights off an contaminated tree in ‘Harley Quinn’ Season 1 | DC/WB TV

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Lake Bell was nice at improvising her colourful swear phrases

In an interview with Entertainment Tonight on Dec. 1, Cuoco and Bell couldn’t cease their pleasure about the truth that they bought to curse so usually on the present. But in addition they did reveal that there’s a restrict to what number of f-bombs or different raunchy phrases they get to make use of.  

“There’s often a fight,” Bell mentioned, with Cuoco including a state of affairs the place Bell took the final open profanity for that episode. 

In a Reddit AMA on July 13, co-showrunner Justin Halpern shared that Bell is such a proficient actor and he or she crafted Ivy’s accent and voice herself.

“She completely created the sound for Ivy. She’s a badass,” Halpern wrote. “One of the best vocal performers around. Also a crazy-good writer, too. She improvised so many good lines.”

Halpern introduced up Season 2, Episode 9 to level out an occasion the place Bell’s improvised potty mouth made for an important second.  

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“We script a lot of F-bombs but we also allow the cast to improvise. Lake Bell is a preternatural curser,” he wrote. “She’s brilliant at it. All those sequences where she goes on a rant, she’s just ad-libbing. ‘P*ss cakes of a d*ck’ is pure Lake Bell.”

A fan-favorite second was Poison Ivy’s speech in Bane’s Pit

There can also be a much less R-rated scene from Season 2 that Halpern praised as properly. In a must-see-episodes breakdown for Entertainment Weekly, Halpern talked about Ivy’s speech in Bane’s Pit. This is after she and Harley Quinn miss George Lopez for his or her likelihood to flee. 

“That’s one of my favorite moments in the series, even though it’s not a joke. It’s a testament to Lake and director Colin Heck,” Halpern mentioned. 

Poison Ivy goes via numerous feelings at this level and is now in jail although she has a marriage to plan with Kite Man. She’s reflecting on how she used to essentially hate people and all different dwelling issues (except for crops) and the way she by no means knew it will be so nice to have people who care about you. Of course, she’s bummed that she’s again in a literal pit versus an emotional one.

Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn on Themyscira in Season 2, Episode 9.Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn on Themyscira in Season 2, Episode 9.
Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn on Themyscira in Season 2, Episode 9 | DC / WB TV

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Poison Ivy’s story will turn out to be extra central to the present in the event that they get a Season 3

With all of that mentioned, Poison Ivy was very important to this collection, in fact, however viewers didn’t get to see her again story. Or what actually lies beneath the floor for her. In the identical Reddit AMA, Halpern mentioned that they’d “really activate Ivy” in the event that they’re given a 3rd season.

“Definitely going to be diving into Ivy’s origins more if we get another season,” Halpern continued in one other reply.

Part of her previous is proven in her mind in Season 1, and comedian ebook followers know that she went via numerous trauma to get to the place she is. So the viewers have already got a touch that the Poison Ivy we all know to date is barely the half of it. 

Halpern shared that they wish to do an Ivy-centric episode too in order that they’ll actually get at “what makes [Ivy] tick.”

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