Life of the Party podcast: ‘Florida Girls’ creator Laura Chinn talks growing up Florida

The star and creator of the Pop series talks about her youth in Clearwater, hostessing at Winghouse and the critical acclaim of her show. Plus, Lil Nas X is a record breaker and we watch the trailer for Cats together.
From left to right: Laci Mosley, Laura Chinn, Patty Gugenheim and Melanie Field in a scene from "Florida Girls." [Courtesy of Pop]
From left to right: Laci Mosley, Laura Chinn, Patty Gugenheim and Melanie Field in a scene from "Florida Girls." [Courtesy of Pop]
Published August 1

Florida Girls has been positively reviewed in the New York Times, Time Magazine and TV Guide. The ratings are strong, fingers are crossed for Season 2. It’s safe to say things are going well for its star and creator, Laura Chinn.

But when Chinn called into our Life of the Party podcast, she practically squealed. Getting attention from her hometown newspaper — that meant she had really made it.

“My Everest is the Tampa Bay Times,” she said. “It really makes me feel like I’ve accomplished something.”

It’s not an act. Chinn, 33, is proudly from here — she grew up in Clearwater and dropped out of Dunedin High at 16 before eventually moving to Los Angeles. Though she left town, she visits often and has developed an honest, curious appreciation for Florida, its stories and its people.

Her past is the basis for Florida Girls, the half-hour comedy series she created, stars in and produces for Pop, the same channel that’s home to the hit Schitt’s Creek. Florida Girls is set in an over-the-top version of Clearwater, following Chinn’s character Shelby and her wild friends living in a trailer park. The show is colorful and kitschy Florida vibes, with edge and a big heart.

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Chinn talks about her experiences living here — WingHouse hostess! And she breaks down striking the right chord between “Florida Man” trope and smart sensitivity, how she writes flawed women for TV and why diversity matters.

Also in this episode: Lil Nas X is a record breaker, and we watch the trailer for Cats together. It gets pretty intense.

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