Sorry for Your Loss, Dead to Me, 13 Reasons Why. There’s one thing all three of these shows have in common: grief. But are they indicative of a larger television trend centered around death and grieving? According to Elizabeth Olsen, star of Sorry for Your Loss, maybe.
PureWow had the chance to chat with Olsen exclusively while she was promoting her partnership with American Express and Delta Air Lines as they celebrate the relaunch of the Delta SkyMiles American Express Card portfolio, which kicks off in January 2020.
Olsen plays Leigh Shaw on the critically acclaimed Facebook Watch show about a woman whose husband suddenly dies, leaving her to pick up the pieces. The star says that when she first read the script for Sorry for Your Loss, grief was not exactly a popular topic being discussed on TV. “I read this script four years ago,” she remembers. “So, by the time we made it, I was like: What are all these shows that are also talking about grief? That’s our subject!”
Still, Olsen admits that perhaps it’s just a case of people collectively recognizing a programming gap. “The truth is that a few people realized that there was a hole in storytelling related to this topic,” she adds. “As a result, there was opportunity there.”