Amy Huberman tries to treasure all moments in life.
Even the off-the-wall ones.
On set, the Irish actress enjoys bringing a little fun along with her.
It’s exactly why she enjoys her time filming,”Finding Joy.”
“It never feels like work,” she says. “It’s so important to have fun while you’re working.”
The second season of “Finding Joy” is now streaming on Acorn TV.
The offbeat comedy/drama series follows Joy Morris, played by Huberman, who is a newly single thirtysomething and once stand-in lifestyle vlogger as she becomes a full-time online entrepreneur with the creation of her own video channel.
The second season follows Morris as she takes on new personal video challenges that she hopes will help establish her new brand of finding happiness and fulfillment in everyday life and attract many more subscribers and sponsors, which leads to wildly varying results.
The series is created by, executive-produced and written by Huberman.
Huberman says the first season found Morris reeling from a painful breakup of a long-term relationship, but her fortunes reversed when she became an internet sensation filling in for a happiness vlogger.
Encouraged by her unexpected success, she feels that going back to her former life of spell-checking and grammar at News Today doesn’t hold much appeal, so she decides to go it alone and set up her own online vlogging channel.
“With a series, you want to push it forward,” Huberman says. “When we see Joy, she has this falsely, inflated sense of self. She’s been brought down, and she’s figured out how everyone should have happiness in their life. She’s cooked up something great, and she’s ready to share it with the world.”
Huberman says that in the new episodes, Morris is more confident than she used to be, but a new set of challenges provided by her channel and her personal life test her and teach her a valuable lesson about being there not only for herself, but for other people as well.
“Joy goes back to her roots and revisits people from her teen years,” Huberman says. Morris also turns to nature for solace, explores motherhood, reconnects with fun cousin Maeve, played by Justine Mitchell, learns a bit about betrayal and forgiveness, and maybe gets a bit closer to finding joy, Huberman says.
Huberman says Morris is constantly caught in awkward situations, which provides the show with needed laughs.
“The ideas for the show are so random,” Huberman says. “It’s myself and two other writers who bounce ideas around the room. The goal is about putting Joy out of her comfort zone.”
The series was filmed in Ireland.
Huberman says the production often had to move quickly.
“We often battled daylight, and when the sun sets at 4 p.m., we did have to move fast,” she recalls. “We always needed more time. We tried to make sure our locations were ready and keep the scenes tight. Logistics are always the biggest concern with a production.”
Because Huberman wears so many hats on “Finding Joy” she’s learned she has to be able to let things go.
“I used to be very harsh on myself,” she says. “The more I let go, the more opportunities I have to take a different route. There are a million ways to skin a cat, and that’s the same for playing a scene. At some point, you have to let it go an enjoy it.”