In Abbott Elementary, Tyler James Williams plays Gregory Eddie, a first grade instructor who keeps his crush on Quinta Brunson’s Janine Teagues a secret. Williams plays his crush on Teagues so well that it’s not hard to believe he and Brunson had known each other for quite some time before the series began filming. In an interview with The Gate in 2021, the actor was asked what it was like working with the program’s creator/star. He replied, “I’ve known Quinta for a couple of years. We did ‘A Black Lady Sketch Show’ together, and you know, most of the time people would say never work with your friends because it changes the relationship.”
He then added that the experience of working with Brunson only made their friendship stronger, which is a testament to his co-star and showrunner’s dedication. The actress praised her ability to “manage a set with a bunch of people you know and respect,” while still being able to separate her artistic and professional decisions from her personal friendships. Williams concluded by saying the world is just beginning to see Brunson’s full potential. The series was renewed for a third season halfway through its second run.