AE: Was it/is it hard to get funding to make the series?
TW: Well, there is no funding for the series. Everything you see we either already had or went out and bought with our own money. All the locations are friends’ houses. Our budget is literally $0.
AE: The L Word and other lesbian series get a lot of flack for not being diverse in casting – how would you respond to that about the cast of G/GS?
TW: I found a transman who can act. That’s like finding a unicorn. Jack has exposed a very personal area of his life for the world to see. I admire his fearlessness.
I have no idea what the racial make-up of our cast is and I don’t plan on asking them. The same goes for sexual orientation. I cast the best actor for the role and don’t ask questions.
That’s one thing that bothers me about TV/movies today: You never see racially mixed families without some convoluted explanation. Would it be the end of the world if an African-American and an Asian played a mother and daughter with no questions asked?
AE: What do you think lesbians are lacking in terms of entertainment and media?
TW: There may be a number of lesbian characters on TV or in movies, but they aren’t like any lesbians I know. For one thing, they have no sense of style. They don’t ever seem to have sex. And if they do, it’s with men. What the hell is that?
Then there’s the baby thing. That’s been overdone. I swear to god, if I see one more plotline about a lesbian couple trying to acquire sperm or get pregnant, I’m gonna puke.
AE: What can viewers expect from G/GS? How often will episodes come out?
TW: Expect a brutally honest and sometimes horrifying depiction of life as a queer woman. I want to challenge viewers’ notions of right and wrong, morality and immorality. Maybe we need to modify the disclaimer from Queer as Folk: “Girl/Girl Scene is a celebration of the lives and passions of a group of lesbian friends. It is not meant to reflect all of gay society.”
It’s always going to be funny and fun to watch. And, of course, there are going to be lots more steamy love scenes.
Without a budget, it’s hard to have a schedule. We’re making them as fast as we can.