Treat yo self — to a box of tissues! As beloved NBC comedy Parks and Recreation wraps up its final season, fans of the Amy Poehler-helmed show are preparing to say goodbye — but no one is taking it harder than the powerhouse cast. After seven seasons together, actress Retta, who plays the sassy Donna Meagle, told HuffPost Live the final day of shooting was incredibly emotional for everyone in the Pawnee family — but one cast member took it the hardest.
“Jim O’Heir, he’s the crybaby of the group, he cried the most,” revealed stand-up comedienne Retta.
Stand-up comedian and actor O’Heir, who plays affable and always-teased Jerry Gergich (or Gary, or Larry, or more recently, Terry) apparently couldn’t keep it together during filming for the series finale, which airs on Feb. 24.
“Most of us wrapped together, me, Jim O’Heir, Aziz [Ansari], Aubrey [Plaza], and Chris [Pratt] wrapped together, and then a couple scenes later, Nick [Offerman] wrapped, and then Amy [Poehler] was the last to wrap, and it was super depressing,” said Retta, 44.
The social-media-savvy star, who has also made appearances on Comedy Central series Key and Peele and the Kroll Show, said that her emotions didn’t hit her until after they wrapped. “It was more the wrap party where I had more than one vodka, and was telling the prop master ‘I’m gonna miss you,’” she revealed.
The 13-episode seventh season has been airing in two episode installments since January, but Retta doesn’t take issue with the shortened run.
“I felt good about it, I feel like we were lucky to know that it was our last season,” she said. “I feel like this season is so good that we’re just hitting, and then we’re out.”