Midori Francis’ next big role after Dash & Lily was a supporting role in Netflix’s 2021 supernatural comedy film The Afterlife of the Party. Written by Carrie Freedle and directed by Stephen Herek, the film focuses on Cassie ( Victoria Justice), who hasn’t outgrown her party-loving ways, even though her longtime best friend Lisa (Francis) has. After a night of partying, a hungover Cassie goes to the bathroom where she falls and hits her head on the toilet, resulting in her death. When she “wakes up,” she is greeted by her guardian angel, Val (Robyn Scott), who informs her that she has five days to make things right with the important people in her life, including Lisa.
Francis opened up about her role in Afterlife in the Party in an interview with The Nerds of Color in September 2021. Describing what drew her to the role of Lisa, Francis said, “What really drew me to the role was the fact that this is about two best friends, one woman, I might not have done it. There was something about it: I was like, okay, that feels real. Female friendships are so intense, and you don’t always see that explored.
Afterlife of the Party followed her run on season one of The Sex Lives of College Girls, which will be followed by her appearance on the upcoming season 19 of Grey’s Anatomy as one of the new lead cast members, Dr. Mika Yasuda (via Deadline).
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