Interview with Jennifer Beals

 
 

AE: You’re being honored this week (June 5) by the Orange County Gay and Lesbian Center — they’re awarding you its Torch Bearer Award.
JB:
I know! I’m not sure why, but I’m thrilled!

AE: The award is given to those who have "gone bravely ahead, lighting the way for others in the community and who have helped non-LGBT community see the humor and irony in the separation of LGBT people from the mainstream limelight." What does this recognition mean to you?
JB:
It’s an amazing award. I’m really excited. And in Orange County, no less. Rose Troche is going to present it to me. I’m so excited! I don’t think she’s seen the book yet, and it’s such a love letter to her in so many ways. I can’t wait for her to see it.

AE: Do you still keep in touch with everyone?
JB:
Off and on. I’d love to have a reunion; I tried to organize one so I could show everyone the photographs, but it really was like wrangling cats.

AE: A cast reunion would be great — to hear what everyone’s working on and how the show has changed them.
JB:
I think the show has changed everybody so intensely. I feel like I’ve been really lucky that the sets I have gone to have been very inclusive and very nurturing. It was an eye opener for a lot of people. To move to a set where things didn’t really have a larger meaning would be very odd and frustrating.

AE: Have you seen any of the trailers for The Real L Word? What do you think?
JB:
No, I haven’t, but it sounds hilarious! I would only suggest that they get Ilene to write them some scenes. But it’s a completely different animal.

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