James and Oliver Phelps to Launch New Podcast “Normal Not Normal”
Get a great start to 2021 with Normal Not Normal, a brand-new podcast from James and Oliver Phelps (Fred and George Weasley). Starting January 1, join the twins and special guests as they discuss what normal means to them.
Ahead of the launch of Normal Not Normal, MuggleNet asked Oliver Phelps about the motivations behind the new podcast and why he feels discussions about mental health are long overdue.
Of course, this isn’t James and Oliver’s first foray into the world of podcasting. 2020 saw the twins release the second season of Double Trouble, with guests that included their Potter castmates, stellar sportspeople, and more. Double Trouble gained dedicated fans across its two seasons who are sure to be excited about this new podcast venture.
‘Normal not Normal’ is going to be a much crisper podcast compared to ‘Double Trouble.’ We loved that it was so well received by people and it gave lots of listeners some sort of escapism from what a crazy year we have all been experiencing. With that in mind, we have been working hard on keeping elements of the original show that people loved while making it better sounding, cooler visually & something that will reassure people [who] may think ‘I’m not normal’ and even say their thinking that there isn’t actually any such thing.
Normal Not Normal combines lighthearted chat with in-depth discussions about the idea of normality, which is arguably something that looks different to different people.
A couple of years ago, I was struggling with what being normal actually meant when it was put to me that normality is just a view of your own reality. I think that is a very true reflection.
Discussions about mental health are central to the podcast and often go hand in hand with guests’ changing experiences of normality. Speaking about the importance of talking about mental health, Oliver touched on his struggles along with his belief that these conversations are long overdue.
This past year has been a crazy (maybe the wrong word given the topic) year for so many people. I’ll be honest; I’ve struggled myself both during the pandemic and several years before it. I understand how important talking about mental health is. You wouldn’t break your arm and just tell it to ‘get better”, so don’t do it with your mind. James and I love the comments coming from people saying that ‘Double Trouble’ really helped them during a hard time in their life. If we can make just one person feel empowered to help their mental state, then we have succeeded.
But it’s not only James and Oliver who will be diving into complex topics. The pair will be joined by a range of guests, including Evanna Lynch, Katie Leung (Cho Chang), and Natalia Tena (Nymphadora Tonks). First to join the podcast will be actress Mara Wilson (Matilda, Mrs. Doubtfire).
I’m not just saying it to keep people listening, but everybody we have interviewed has each bought something unique, and on many, many occasions, we have run over time-wise, because there are so many interesting stories and points of view, whether we’re catching up with old friends like Evanna Lynch and Tom Hopper or to [sic] talking to people we have only admired from afar like Mara Wilson & Mercedes Varnado (aka Sasha Banks). We do our best to keep conversation fun and easy-going [sic] while getting into some important topics and life experiences.
Like many of us, Oliver has spent even more time listening to podcasts this year. So what has he been listening to?
I’m a big fan of [t]he ‘Good, the Bad [&] the Rugby’ podcast. One of the presenters, James Haskell, is a guest on ‘Normal Not Normal’ this season, and it was great speaking to him about it. Others would be ‘Real Dictators’ and ‘Real Narcos’ (uplifting, right!). I binged on those two a couple of months ago when I was working on my house.
We will be adding Normal Not Normal to our list of favorite podcasts when it launches on January 1! Make sure to check out the first episode with Mara Wilson when it drops on Spotify, Apple, and wherever you get your podcasts.