AE: Thatâ€™s so interesting because on the surface, looking at your being a Rangerette and because you were cast on Danteâ€™s Cove, I wouldnâ€™t think of you as a Shakespearean actress. Do you feel like you have to fight these kinds perceptions of as you as an actress?
EC: I think that â€¦ any young, attractive woman who comes to Hollywood is going to have to expect it until you get some credits or something on your resume that says, â€œIâ€™m a serious actress.â€ There is going to be that struggle. â€¦ I donâ€™t blame the industry; I donâ€™t blame men. Iâ€™m not upset about it because when I first moved here, I saw women that were more than happy to do special favors for producers in order to get jobs. And I saw women who expected to get a role simply because they were beautiful and not interested in actually doing work as an actor.
And so I understand why that perception is there because that reality is there. There are a lot of women in this town who donâ€™t give two hoots about taking [an] acting class or being a good actor â€” they want to be on TV. They want to be on the red carpet, they want to have a famous boyfriend, and thatâ€™s it. And so to fight that [perception], I think that the biggest thing for me was, I just knew I had to train and train and train. Itâ€™s why Iâ€™m always in acting class when Iâ€™m not working on a production. Itâ€™s why I went to London and studied Shakespeare because I did not have a background in Yale School of Drama or Tisch School or Juilliard. I needed something, at least for my own confidence â€” not necessarily for my resume but for my own confidence â€” to go, â€œYou know what? I do deserve to be playing Lady Macbeth. I do deserve to be starring on a television show.â€
And a lot of times â€¦ if you donâ€™t have a strong theater background or you donâ€™t have really strong training or credits, itâ€™s very easy to fall into the categories that people will want to put you in, and bimbo is not one that Iâ€™ve ever been interested in being a part of. â€¦ I remember [a friend said], â€œThe director saw your picture and he wants to cast you in this movie.â€ And I said, â€œAwesome, thatâ€™s great,â€ thinking that heâ€™d see my resume. â€œWhat role?â€ â€œOh well, naked girl in shower.â€
I was like, â€œAre you kidding me? You can take that role and shove it up your ass! Donâ€™t even insult me by suggesting that.â€ And of course if youâ€™re saying Danteâ€™s Cove â€” weâ€™re not kidding ourselves, nobodyâ€™s winning Emmys for this show [laughs], but number one, I think the fact that itâ€™s the very first horror genre show to feature a cast of prominently gay and lesbian characters â€” thatâ€™s groundbreaking as far as gay and lesbian television is concerned. Did you see Season 1?
AE: No, just Season 2.
EC: They made leaps and bounds from Season 1 to Season 2. They brought in new writers; they brought in a lot of new actors.
AE: Thereâ€™s a lot more full frontal male nudity, from what I understand [laughs].
EC: Noooo. Actually, well, Episode 3. Hereâ€™s the thing: The second season, thereâ€™s actually a story and thereâ€™s a lot of sex thrown in as well. Season 1, it really was like the story was just a catalyst to get to the next sex scene, and the sex scenes were really, really long. And I talked to everyone that was involved with it, and it was a good experiment but they learned a lot of lessons from it, and in Season 2 they made a lot of changes. And the thing about the nudity â€” especially with the guys â€” is the audience, if you read the stuff that people write on the website, thatâ€™s what they want to see.
AE: Sure, theyâ€™re awesome. Every guy on the show is unbelievably beautiful.
EC: Gorgeous, I know.
AE: Way better looking that what you see on regular TV.
EC: Mm-hmm, exactly, which is great. Danteâ€™s Cove is a beautiful island with beautiful people and theyâ€™re all gay [laughs] and happy.
AE: And theyâ€™ve added more lesbian story lines to Season 2.
EC: Exactly. The reason why I brought up Girls Gone Wild was because the sex scenes between the women were basically that: gratuitous lesbian sex for the purpose of having two hot chicks getting it on, and thatâ€™s not a story at all. We knew that Van was a lesbian but the only way we knew that was because occasionally sheâ€™d hook up with a girl. Well, I knew lots of straight girls who do that when they get drunk [laughs]. That doesnâ€™t necessarily mean that theyâ€™re lesbians; that just means that they like attention and that they have Daddy issues.
I think it was really nice to see Van in a relationship, and also I think that this year because â€¦ the introduction of the character Brit was so strong and really interesting and exciting, Iâ€™d hopefully think that theyâ€™d continue in the third season with more of a lesbian story line. I know that when we finish this season, a lot of people from the network were commenting on how that was so strong and how they wish that they had shot more.
AE: Michelle Wolff should be a huge star; sheâ€™s unbelievable.
EC: Yeah, sheâ€™s great. I really loved working with her, and I have an immense amount of respect for her. That was my first sex scene like ever [laughs], and so again another situation, â€œOh youâ€™ve never done a sex scene, why donâ€™t you go in that deep end right there.â€ So I was really nervous about it â€¦ I just want to make sure that we do this right, and I want to make sure that people like what they see. And if weâ€™re going to do it, weâ€™re going to go for it â€” weâ€™re not going to hold back â€” and once we got into the room it was really comfortable. The dolly was farting so that was really fun.
Like literally weâ€™re in the scene [laughs], the fans are blowing and weâ€™re kissing and the camera was on a dolly and sort of moving along the side, and it was supposed to pan back and forth and Sam goes, â€œAnd action.â€ And weâ€™re kissing and it was really intense, and the dolly starts moving and all of a sudden he goes [makes fart sound], and weâ€™re laughing and it totally broke the tension of, â€œOK thereâ€™s two naked girls here.â€
AE: The crew must have been really happy.
EC: They were so respectful. The boom operator was this 22-year-old kid â€¦ and he would look away, and whenever weâ€™d break all the guys were staring at the ceiling. It was really cute, and they were incredibly respectful. And then afterwards a couple of the guys came up to me and they gave me a hug and they were like, â€œYou were great; Iâ€™m really proud of you,â€ which was so nice â€™cause they knew that I was nervous. They knew that I was a little scared â€” I mean obviously the first time that you do a sex scene where youâ€™re exposing your body, thereâ€™s so much bare â€” Iâ€™m not saying that means youâ€™re a good actress by any means, but it is because we donâ€™t run around naked. When you expose yourself of course youâ€™re going to be like, â€œDo my boobs look OK? Have I done enough crunches?â€ Stuff like that, all these stupid things that go through your head which are all about vanity, and you just have to [think], â€œOK, whatâ€™s going on here? Oh, thereâ€™s a gorgeous, naked, beautiful woman in front of me. All right, let me get on that.â€ [Laughs.]