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Platonic stars Rose Byrne and Seth Rogan wreak havoc in the new rom-com series

Rose Byrne and Seth Rogan wreak havoc in the rom-com series Platonic, now streaming on Apple+

For decades, pop culture has debated whether men and women can simply be just friends. The hit 1989 film When Harry Met Sally danced around the topic until the protagonists gave into their desires – subsequently suggesting they can’t – and the will-they-won’t-they storyline has won out ever since.

But in 2023, Platonic aims to put the word “friend” back on the table. Created by Francesca Delbanco and Nicholas Stoller, Aussie actress Rose Byrne reunites with Seth Rogen, her co-star from the 2014 comedy Bad Neighbours, to play former best friends who reconnect after decades apart.

What happens in Platonic?

Starring Rose Byrne and Seth Rogan, Sylvia and Will are two former friends who approaching midlife reunite after a long rift. As their friendship becomes more consuming, it destabilises their life in the most hilarious way, and poses the question — can a man and a woman just be friends?

Is Platonic a Neighbours spin off?

While Platonic reunites Rose Byrne, Seth Rogan and Carla Gallo, Platonic is not a Neighbours (2014, 2016) movie spin-off.

Will they or won’t they…

Who are the cast members of Platonic?

Alongside Rose Byrne as Sylvia and Seth Rogan as Will, Platonic stars Luke Macfarlane as Charlie Greeves, Tre Hale as Andy, Andrew Lopez as Reggie, and Carla Gallo as Katie.

What have leading stars Rose Byrne and Seth Rogen said about Platonic?

“We first met when I came to read with Seth for Bad Neighbours,” recalls Rose, 43. “We were thrown into this crazy ride of a movie but had great instincts and intuition with each other. We also have that Australian-Canadian Commonwealth crossover, which helps.”

“Yes, we get along well, inherently,” laughs Vancouver-born Seth, 41. “But we spent a lot of time together across those films and Rose is a good partner.”

The comedian insists that not all funny actors are necessarily funny people, but in his co-star’s case, it was true. “I can tell the comedy dynamic is working well when people hand off being the straight person and switch between them,” he says. “That’s what’s nice about our dynamic – that we take turns escalating and calming situations. Rose is very funny!”

But do they truly believe the show’s premise is plausible in today’s society? “Very much so,” Seth says of opposite-sex friendship. “There are a lot of dysfunctional people who are still friends. This show is saying that men and women can be friends, specifically these characters. They rediscover each other at a time when there are more opportunities for their dynamic to work out.

“Our characters bring out the best and worst in each other. I’ve seen and experienced that myself in real life. It’s just strange how little it’s been explored cinematically.”

Is there a trailer for Platonic?

Watch the trailer for Platonic below.

Where can I watch Platonic in NZ?

In New Zealand, Platonic is available exclusively on Apple TV+.

Sign up to Apple TV+ here for a 7-day free trial to watch Platonic now.

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