“Beverly Pills” (http://www.BeverlyPillstheSeries.com/) is a new web series created by Luis Bustamante and co-produced by Ginger Parker. Filmed in Los Angeles, the series takes place in Beverly Hills, Calif. where Scarlett Davis (Ginger Parker) is a privileged, spoiled, trust fund socialite who has an intimate relationship with prescription pills. She is completely ego-driven, oblivious to those around her, and obnoxious to anyone under her socio-economic stratosphere. Scarlett's world is flipped upside down when her inheritance is seized by the FBI and she goes from riches to rags overnight.
Scarlett finds herself out of money with no roof over her head and shunned by her former friends. She is forced to move to Hollywood, Calif. also referred to as the “slums” of Los Angeles by her former peers. She begins to climb her way back to her former social stature by becoming the most successful prescription drug dealer in Beverly Hills history.
We caught up with Luis Bustamante and Ginger Parker to find out about this irreverent satire and here's what they had to say.
Flo DiBona: Congratulations on your new series. Where did the idea of “Beverly Pills” come from?
Luis Bustamante: The concept of ‘Beverly Pills’ came from a collection of experiences and personalities we’ve encountered in the years of living in West Hollywood, which is portrayed as Beverly Hills on the show for the sake of the audience’s wider knowledge on the reputation the famous 90210 neighborhood has established in history.
Ginger Parker: The characters in the show are a lighthearted portrayal of socialites we’ve met in the past who have proven that the facade of these designer-wearing rich kids with perfectly-decorated-homes house infinite tales of fraud, deception and incriminating professions, illustrated in a tongue-in-cheek fashion.
FD: This is very mature subject matter considering the premise of the show. Do you think this will hinder the show or help it in any way?
GP: Both Luis and I worried that our content was too dark for the “average internet audience,” given only networks such as Showtime or HBO touch on subjects of this nature. However, we found that there’s a defined juxtaposition between the premise and the tone of the show, which is why we coated Beverly Pills with the glossy campy-comedy genre to bring lightness to the muted and dark matter of illegal drug trade.
FD: Are the people who grew up in Beverly Hills really anything like Scarlett and her circle of friends?
LB: I like to believe we aren’t offending anyone who actually grew up in Beverly Hills because even though we haven’t shown these characters redeem themselves and grow this early in the season, they will learn lessons and land in the real world the rest of us live in after having realizations from their experiences. Doing so, I believe Beverly Pills will unveil a more three dimensional portrayal of Beverly Hills socialites than shows like “Rich Kids of Beverly Hills” or “TMZ” like to depict.
FD: Scarlett seems very air-headed and shallow. As the series matures will we see Scarlett grow or is she destined to remain a shallow, devious, air-headed bleach blonde?
GP: Scarlett’s sassy flare and flamboyant personality will never fade, but both her passion for business and willingness to overcome her flaws will grow with every episode, specially after having the realizations that A) She’s not perfect; and B) She’s not right most of the time. Scarlett is faced with an obstacle that’s only a challenge to her because of her personal flaws, and she must both become aware of them and work toward overcoming them by the end of each episode.
FD: Prescription drug abuse is a big problem in this country. Is there a message in “Beverly Pill,” or is the show just for fun?
LB: Opiates and narcotics are a huge problem not just America, but all over the world. It leads to most of its users becoming addicted to drugs such as heroine. However, it becomes a personal problem in future episodes when Scarlett learns the fine line between having a corrupt profession and being a corrupt person. Eventually she becomes aware of the damage these drugs do to its victims and decides to take an angle of drug dealing that is both morally acceptable and understandable. Which angle could that possibly be? You’ll have to watch and discover!
FD: Thank you so much for your time. Is there anything you would like to say to fans of the show or to readers who might be new to the show?
LB: Absolutely! First off I’d like to thank those watching the show for the undeniable support, encouragement and kind words they’ve welcomed us with. We’re so grateful for their loyalty, especially for a new show with fresh, eager artists who don’t, dare I say, have huge names in the industry. The only reason my beautiful, talented and hardworking co-producer, Ginger Parker and I wake up every morning to overcome a mountain of obstacles is to produce a show that not only entertains us, but it also entertains people out there searching for our type of content! If you like us, please tweet us! We get tickled by it!
GP: We’re also grateful for this production because it’s making us grow as writers, directors and overall better artists. Everyday, Beverly Pills validates the reason why we left our homes and gives us the peace that all of our hard work and sacrifices are not in vain. Those out there watching and relating and sharing what we’ve worked so hard on is very rewarding indeed and a reason to continue guerrilla film-making. And, for that we are eternally grateful.