'Little Voice' Finale Is the Beginning of Its Singer-Songwriter's Journey

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Creators Sara Bareilles and Jessie Nelson and star Brittany O'Grady weigh in on a potential second season of the AppleTV+ drama.

Music stardom doesn't come overnight for most people, even mega-talented ones like Grammy winner and Tony and Emmy nominee Sara Bareilles. So it makes sense, then, that the struggling singer/songwriter at the center of Little Voice, the AppleTV+ series loosely inspired by Bareilles' life, didn't magically become a pop star goddess in the season one finale.

Instead, Bess (Brittany O'Grady) finally pushed past her fear of performing her own material and, in the process, caught the eye of an A&R rep. It's a scene that somewhat mirrors Bareilles' own experience — which Bareilles' co-creator Jessie Nelson included on purpose.

"At a point where she had gone through a lot rejections — 'You're more of a songwriter than a singer;' 'You're more of a singer than a songwriter;' 'I love you, but I don't know how to market you' — all of those things were thrown at her. She played a gig ... just for the love of singing, just to reconnect with that and the love of music and didn't know there was an A&R person in the audience," Nelson told The Hollywood Reporter. "That was the night that they saw her and she was signed from that point on and kind of her career began. I love that that's how it happened for Sara."

There are many stages of an artist's career, and scoring a record deal is just the beginning. Added Nelson, "there's a whole new set of challenges when you get into the professional world of it. So it felt like a nice place to leave our character with having completed one chapter and about to begin a whole other one."

O'Grady is not only excited about her character's professional development, but also her personal life: After a season pining for her very taken neighbor, Bess finally kissed her guitarist/collaborator, Samuel (Colton Ryan), just before they went on stage together. In a potential second season she'd love to further explore that relationship.

"I would be really excited to see for a potential season two what happens between Samuel and Bess, what happens with her career, and how she will feel and be impacted potentially by the industry if she moves forward in a bigger, professional realm," O'Grady told THR.

Whether a second season will happen, however, is still up in the air.

"I have no idea. It's such bumsauce," O'Grady said.

Bareilles said that while there are plenty of story angles to explore, the state of the world means the show's future is still up in the air.

"I think with the way the world is at the moment any sort of projection into the future is kind of [futile]," Bareilles told THR. "Everything's sort of put on pause at the moment. There's plenty of fodder for watching what happens to Bess moving forward into the world but we don't have any concrete plans at the moment."