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Jean Elie, Mike Gauyo Discuss 'Send Help' and What They Learned From the Set of 'Insecure'

The new coming-of-age dark comedy Send Help is set to make its premiere on August 11. For creators Mike Gauyo and Jean Elie, finally having an audience able to watch their hard work is already a win.

The 7-episode half-hour dramedy follows Fritz Jean Baptiste, played by Elie, as a first-generation Haitian American actor who is on top of the world since landing a starring role on the fictional hit TV show, This Can't Be Us. As the sole support system for his demanding Haitian family who is grieving from a recent family tragedy, Fritz's career hits rock bottom once his show is canceled. Viewers will watch Elie's character navigate Hollywood as he struggles to find his next big hit while leaning on his close circle of friends.

Both Elie and Gauyo come from the world of Insecure. Elie played Ahmal, Issa Dee’s younger brother, and Gauyo was a writer on the hit HBO series. Now, the two are showcasing what networking across could do.

"As a writer on Insecure, seeing how they navigated that room, I wanted to mirror that in the writer's room Jean and I created," Gauyo says.

Leaning on each other and establishing a brotherhood is the secret to their success. With all eyes waiting to watch Send Help on AMC's ALLBLK streaming service, the executive producers know that this story comes at the perfect time.

"It was a story that I wanted to tell because it was something that I felt alone in," Elie says explaining why Send Help is needed. "I knew that other people were going through the same thing, it was important for me to speak on it."

Both Elie and Gauyo are of Haitian descent, which has become a driving factor as to why they are ready to see themselves reflected on the screen.

Check out what the Hollywood rising stars had to say about their latest show, navigating the entertainment industry, and if they are ready for Black Twitter watch parties in our interview below.

Check out the trailer below.


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