"I love these people and I want the audience to love them. They’re human beings, their hearts are in the right place. We all make bad choices at times, and we’re all confused, so these are realistic portraits of people who want to be kind to each other. But they’re also confused and they make mistakes. So that makes them sympathetic.
Someone’s despicable if they don’t consider other people’s emotions, points-of-view, and they’re sociopaths. I give each character issues, usually my own issues. Or I spread them around, or come up with other issues I’ve heard about, because I want the audience to look at these people as exaggerated versions of humanity to feel like, 'I’m not alone. I’m struggling to be normal, happy, less confused.’ And they help each other. They might have moments of narcissism, but they care for each other. So that helps them not be despicable."