Interview With Thea Gill

AE: I wonder about a lot of things with this show.
TG: It’s the whole history of the rivaling sisters.

AE: So, your story arc gets even more exciting?
You should see the fifth episode. I’m tearing my frigging hair apart. I tear patches to tatters. You know, it’s painful. [laughs] It’s painful!

Thea Gill and Tracy Scoggins

AE: You and Tracy are fun to watch together. Tracy doesn’t really have an accent, does she?
TG: No.

AE: I guess if I didn’t want that bubble burst, I shouldn’t have asked. Is there anything spoilerish about this season you can tell us?
TG: Grace and Diana have sex.

AE: What?
TG: [laughs] I’m just kidding.

AE: With Dante’s Cove you never know.
[laughs] Well, that’s right. No, I’m sorry. I won’t spoil anything for you for this season.

AE: Yeah, thanks. So, you also just finished shooting Mulligans, a film written by your Dante’s Cove co-star, Charlie David. What was that like?
In Mulligans, I get to play a straight woman, the mom.

AE: That’s a change for you. You’re a married, straight actor, but you’ve spent many years as a professional lesbian.
You think? [laughs] No, no.

AE: Playing a lesbian or a bisexual is old hat by now.
I guess I’m used to it now. I’m [more] curious, as an actress, what my next love scene will be. What will that be like? If I ever get one again.

That role that I played in Charlie’s film, the mother — oh my Lord, it was huge. I ultimately came out of the experience a stronger, deeper actress, because I had to go to places in that piece that I haven’t had to go to before.

I hope my work was OK, I really do, because I tried to break boundaries for myself, tear down some shutters, open the windows, and let the light or the night shine through.

AE: You recently moved from your native Canada to Los Angeles.
I thought it was time I became more introduced to the industry here in Los Angeles. When I was in Canada I was just an actress going for the auditions, doing my best as an actor and then [leaving].

Here there’s more of a star system, and the emphasis [is] on image and persona. I’ve been struggling with that a little bit because I’ve always prided myself in just being me.

I’ve been told to watch my behavior. So the wild aspects of Thea, or the restless parts of me, have to be tamed a little bit. And the nice, conservative, sweet girl parts of me have to be heightened.

AE: Maybe you can still be wild, restless Thea, just not until people get to know you. I saw you at the Point Foundation awards dinner. Events like that allow you to introduce yourself to the local community, no?
You know, I’m hoping that that’s true because when I was in Canada on Vancouver Island, it felt like "out of sight, out of mind." Now I’m meeting new people every day — very creative people — and ideas are flourishing. It’s good.

AE: That’s exciting.
One’s attitude makes a big difference, and how one’s frame of mind is. I feel I don’t know where my home is right now. I have a beautiful little coach house here but, you know, I feel like a bit of a wanderer. I feel a little nomadic right now.

My husband is back home in Canada and he has his job at the university, and here I am on my own, without the structure of the job or the series. So I’m living an independent life for a change. And with that comes experimentation, and figuring out how to be independent and responsible, and how to behave.

AE: Behaving can be tough.
I lost a little bit of my faith in people. But then, when I had the lowest faith in people, I bumped into Wallace Shawn at [a] screening and immediately my whole faith in humanity was restored.

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