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Scream Queens: Ryan Murphy doesn't think the writers are too old to write for teens

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Ryan Murphy has frequently written roles for teenagers and twentysomethings, but how accurate is the lingo?

During the dozen-strong press tour panel for Fox’s sorority-set horror anthology Scream Queens, a reporter asked Murphy and co-creators Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan whether they were concerned about staying relevant when it comes to writing “the way the kids talk.”

Brennan admitted that it’s a mild concern, but they don’t feel they’re in danger of aging out. “I think we hear so much verbiage all the time, everybody sort of has an intuitive sense of how people speak,” he posed.

“I had to Google a couple of things,” confessed Nasim Pedrad, who plays sorority chief Gigi on the college campus-set slasher. “I feel 1,000 years old when I read the script sometimes.” 

Falchuk added that it’s not as much about the accuracy as the attempt: “I’m more interested if kids in their twenties are entertained by the way we write how kids talk.” Even 19-year-old cast member Abigail Breslin admitted she’s consistently surprised by modern slang off the show.

Finally, Murphy — he of Popular and Glee — chimed in. “I can only say that when I direct them, I feel really f—ing ancient,” he joked. “I started off doing a show about young people in the late ‘90s and I do think … because I have children of my own now, I went from feeling like a peer to a paternal figure. But I like that. It’s a different mindset, a different way of approaching the work.”


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