In anticipation of Bomb Girls 2.5, here are some excellent things to read and hear to bridge the hours:
An interview with creator Michael MacLennan on A Celtic Dragon's Blog
An interview with Charlotte Hegele on AfterEllen and The Mind Reels podcast
An interview with Charlotte Hegele and Ali Liebert on Mindschmootz [Part 2]
For anyone actually watching the episode as it's airing, Ali Liebert, Charlotte Hegele, Meg Tilly, Jodie Balfour, Antonio Cupo and Michael Seater will be live tweeting. Also, please let Shaw Media know how much you love the show and how much you'd like it to be renewed for a third season.
Thanks for the link to the interview with Ali & Charlotte on Mindschmootz. Interviewer is right that Ali calling Charlotte Charlie is soooo cute, you get all the nuances of the love that Betty has for Kate in that one name. So very different than Katie and Ivy...
I also loved how Charlotte was eager to make sure that we know that Kate loves Betty, no question about it! We do Charlie, you'd have to be a fool not to. I was so pleasantly surprised by how 'verbal' Charlotte is, after being used to the shy Kate. I love Kate even more now (if that was possible).
Totally understand now why Adele Witham is such a commending presence: because Kate Hennig is a theatre actor. (I've instantly projected her in Cehov and Ibsen).
Global TV should do as many seasons of Bomb Girls as ABC did of Mad Men. The subject matter is as rich, if not richer and more important because it is about women's experiences. Here's hoping
Remembered something else from the interview: all three, the host, Ali and Charlotte agreed that one of the great things about BG is that each one of us can identify with each one of the characters at some point or another. And when a straight person identifies with Betty's love for Kate or Kate's struggle with this, it means that they are not seeing the gay element in it, just the love/human heart element.
There were quite a few straight people watching The L Word but I'm not sure they were identifying with Bette or Shane or even Pam Grier's character as they can with Betty and Kate and Lorna.
Charlotte Hegele always puts so much care into her choice of words when she answers a question, it's amazing. And it's clear from the interviews that they both spend a lot of time thinking about their characters, figuring out what makes them work, and I think that translates to the screen (beyond what's in the script).
And also, even though I have a hard time to put it into words: to me, the great thing the show does isn't necessarily just offering a wide range of characters so that viewers will find someone to identify with, but making experiences relatable and making me feel empathy for characters that I don't identify with? Because I wouldn't even be able to say who I identify with most, to be honest. It's the acting and the writing and the tight structure of the show that make it both intellectually and emotionally engaging, even when I don't feel like I'm seeing "myself" on screen. If that makes any sense.
It makes perfect sense. Just interesting to see what happens with these people. I think on an intellectual and emotional level these are the 'last' (going back in time) people that we can understand. It's the last generation that we might still have amongst us.
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