When it comes to Netflix's new series Wellmania, Celeste Barber's Liv really shouldn't be the main character.
At least, that's what the storytelling of the past would have us believe – when the loud, funny, unmarried, and child-free friend was always relegated to sidekick status. There for a laugh (and sometimes an embarrassed groan) but rarely ever the woman who ascends to main character level, complete with a fleshed-out storyline.
The new eight-part series, inspired by the book Wellmania: Misadventures in the Search for Wellness by author and journalist Brigid Delaney, and co-created with Benjamin Law, takes this stereotype and flips it on its head.
As Wellmania kicks off, the character of Liv really does have all the calling cards of a classic disastrous rom-com best friend.
We first meet her in the throes of an awkward one-night stand, she's knocked back more than a couple of drinks, and later on she barrels into her best friend's birthday drinks before crashing through a glass table and bringing the festivities to a dramatic halt.
But alongside the welcome big comedy moments in Wellmania lies a deeper story about health, identity and adult friendship.
Which is exactly the story comedian and actor Celeste Barber – who has also amassed a monstrous following of 9.5 million thanks to her hilarious, headline-making photos – wanted to tell.
When Wellmania kicks off Australian food writer Liv, who is based in New York, has just discovered that she's in with a chance to score a once-in-a-lifetime job that will catapult her into American mainstream fame.