Best. Lesbian. Week. Ever. (March 9, 2007)

MAEVE QUINLAN TALKS TRASH
Angela Robinson's upcoming web series Girltrash, about five ass-kicking girls in L.A. in the middle of a gang war "getting by any way they can, even if it means double crossing your best friend or former lover," already has a dream cast that includes Rose Rollins (The L Word's Tasha), Jordana Brewster (D.E.B.S.' Lucy Diamond), Mandy Musgrave and Gabrielle Christian (South of Nowhere's Spencer and Ashley), and Margaret Cho.

Now you can add South of Nowhere's Maeve Quinlan (aka SON’s homophobic mom Paula) to the list.

Maeve plays a closeted lesbian judge who … well, I'll just let her explain it. Here's what Maeve told me about her Girltrash role:

I play a very successful married (to a man) lesbian judge. I'm a sugar mama and I've got a hottie 21-year-old girlfriend — named Louann — on the side. My character is Melinda Cragen, better known as Judge Cragen. She’s very jealous if anyone checks out her girlfriend — don’t mess with Judge Cragen. I've been dying, dying, dying to be directed by Angela Robinson. And it was everything I thought it would be. She's so cool and incredibly talented. Every time I saw her I would accost her and say, 'Can I PLEASE be directed by you?' So she called me up and asked if I wanted to do it.

I was really hoping that I would get to play a lesbian. And I did. And not just any lesbian — a married lesbian judge sugar mama! I had such a good time. In one scene, we're in a bar and we're kissing. It's a territorial kiss — I'm making sure that everyone in that bar knows she's mine. But I'm a married judge in the town, so I try to keep it on the down low as well. It was my first screen kiss with a woman. Mandy [Musgrave] came to the set to watch, and we were cracking up. It was funny for her to see me as Judge Cragen after seeing me as Paula Carlin. So it was my best lesbian week ever!

Have I mentioned how much I like Maeve? Yeah, she’s one cool chick, and one of the nicest people I’ve met in L.A. And as far as her similarity to her SON character goes, if Paula Carlin is Samantha on Bewitched, Maeve is Serena (you know, the fun, sexy one).

Check out these exclusive production stills Angela sent of Maeve's scenes in Girltrash:

Between her role as a porn star on Dirt and this on Girltrash, Maeve hopes people will "finally see that I’m an ACTRESS and that Paula is just a character.” Look for more about Girltrash in the next edition of Angela's AfterEllen.com column, Fringe Theory, in a few weeks. And before you ask, no, I don’t know when the first episode of Girltrash will be posted, or any other details. I’ll let you know when I do!

Speaking of South of Nowhere, if you need a Spashley fix to get you through until next fall, tickets just went on sale for the first ever South of Nowhere appreciation conference, to be held in L.A. this June 9th and 10th. So far, confirmed guests include Mandy Musgrave, Gabrielle Christian and Maeve Quinlan. Events will include panels, autograph signings and a Danso Gordon dunking booth.

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