Morning Brew – Wednesday, July 7: Jennifer Beals interviewed by Rachel Shelley, a bisexual cop in “The Bridge” comes to CBS

Hello all!

Yesterday was Frida Kahlo‘s birthday. The legendary bisexual artist was celebrated in this month’s German Vogue, as Claudia Schiffer donned the famous unibrow to pose as Frida for a photospread. Pretty convincing!

This month’s issue of Diva magazine has a familiar face on the cover.

The cool thing about the interview with Ms. Beals is that it was with Rachel Shelley. Yes, Helena interviewed Bette and Tina wasn’t brought into it. An excerpt from the story written by Shelley:

Amidst all this nostalgia, who could blame Jennifer for missing The L Word? “I miss Bette sometimes. Especially when I’m in the middle of an argument with someone and I think — I know she would know what to do.” In fact, we both get a little wistful about that aspect of our characters. She continues: “I miss my clothes, let’s face facts. I miss hanging out on set with the other women, doing the Planet scenes. Leisha could make me laugh so easily it was just fun. And just really, deeply appreciative of the experience and so profoundly grateful to Ilene for letting us share to the degree she did with her process.”

So does that make Bette Porter the defining role of her career to date? “It’s very fluid. I don’t think that anything that has to do with identity is that solid. Also, it’s not for me to decide, it’s for other people. It’s not as if I go around thinking — hmm, what’s my defining role?” When I mention to Jennifer that some people actually do spend time debating that very question, contrasting the merits of Bette Porter versus Alex Owen (her break-through role in the movie Flashdance), she’s genuinely surprised. I think we can safely say she doesn’t read any of the myriad websites that analyse every breath she takes. “No, I don’t. It’s just too self-reflective and bizarre. I can barely figure out how to use my iPod, much less someone’s blog.”

Anyone up for giving a tutorial? You can get the issue on stands July 8.

In case you haven’t heard, the biggest sports and cultural festival in the world is about to take place in Cologne, from July 31 to August 7. Some 10,000 participants from more than 70 countries will converge for the Gay Games.

The motto is “Be part of it!” And the invitation is open to everyone – gay, straight, bi, male, female, transgender or transsexual, and regardless of religion, nationality, ethnic heritage, political convictions, athletic skills, physical capabilities, age or physical condition.

Can’t attend? You can watch here because we’ll be livestreaming the Games thanks to a partnership with OneMoreLesbian.com.

Some of the competitions we’ll be streaming include In-line Skating, Volleyball, Basketball, Handball, Soccer, and Wrestling. Hosting the livestream will be comedian Bridget McManus. She’ll also be sending us live reports from The Colour Party (Opening gala), Triumph & Temptations Party, Women Place (the official info and meeting point) and of course the OML Theatre Nights. Stay tuned for more updates!

OK, so this is truly what it’s called: Twilight for Guys. But if you have a sense of humor, you might enjoy it! (NSFW, BTW.)

If this were Twilight for Lesbians, it would still star Kristen Stewart. (Thanks Shai2409!)

Outfest is getting underway in Los Angeles this week, and one of the highlights will be a panel called “Coming Out in Hollywood” featuring Meredith Baxter, publicist Howard Bragman and other “industry insiders.” Bragman told The L.A. Times:

Since Meredith came out last Thanksgiving, more celebrities have come out than at any time in history. We’re also at a time when we have people like Neil Patrick Harris and Cheyenne Jackson, out gay men, playing heterosexual men with great credibility.

Such a great idea. I hope it’s a success! The panel is July 17 as part of the film fest.

Tabatha Coffey was hanging out at the fest for its launch party and World of Wonder caught up with her on the red carpet.

Cop drama The Bridge is playing on Canada’s Sony Channel and it stars Inga Cadranell as a hard working officer named Jill. Inga says of her character:

The character that I got to audition for is a dream come true for an actor. She’s this bisexual cop, a tough woman, part of the team. I got to play her very open and free, which was also a plus for me as an actor.

CBS will be airing the series in America on July 10 — aka this weekend. A bisexual cop on TV — someone is listening to our prayers!

Meanwhile, The Atlantic thinks Saffron Burrows isn’t working out on Law & Order: Criminal Intent. In short, they believe her character is too high brow for police work. Fine — give her a new spinoff with Mariska Hargitay: Law & Order: Roommates. I’d watch it!

Last night on Chelsea Lately, Chelsea Handler had a request for guest Pharell Williams.

Chelsea’s lesbian stylist has pretty good taste in men, I have to say. That baby would be stylin’! I bet his sperm is expensive, though.

Do you miss Jessica Clark already? Here she is at New York Pride with gay women on hand.

Corrie Street fans, Sophie and Sian will be returning July 16 and it looks like the drama will start right up again! Click the link only if you want a spoiler.

Crystal Chappell isn’t feeling too down about losing the Emmy this year. She tells The Advocate:

I am a huge fan of the story they gave me. I am very lucky that my peers liked it. You know what? I had an experience a few years ago when I was nominated, when everyone came up to me, saying, “You’re going to win, you’re going to win.” And I am going, “Oh, God.” And I didn’t win, and then everyone was really embarrassed, and they kind of avoided me the whole night. So not only did I get screwed with the Emmy [laughs], I got ignored. So I take it with a whole grain of salt, and I am lucky to be here. I am lucky to have another job at this point, and I am a grateful girl, and somebody gave me a $25 Vegas chip.

The mag also caught up with Eden Riegel who talked about working with Elizabeth Hendrickson again on The Young and the Restless.

The first scenes we had together, I was kind of making eyes at Liz, and there was sort of a sexual thing going on. I went, Uh-oh, wrong show, Eden. You got to put that under wraps. That was in rehearsal. So I said to myself, I have to look like I hate her. I have to look like I hate her. I had to look at her forehead and pretend she is somebody else. Now I am getting better at it, and I narrow my eyes and look like I don’t like her.

I love how incestuous the soaps all are. Perhaps Eden and Liz will get a chance to romance again!

Lesbian producer Christine Vachon talked with T Magazine about working on Mildred Pierce and in the film industry. On why she thinks there are few female directors:

Actually we’ve worked with a lot of women (Mary Harron, Kimberly Peirce, Rose Troche, Ruba Naddra, Jordan Scott, Phyllis Nagy, Katherine Dieckmann). I think it’s harder for women directors because sooner or later most of them want to have kids. Women are still the primary caretakers (yes, I know there are exceptions) and that is a tough combo with directing. Directing demands everything.

She also says she enjoys spending all her free time with her partner and daughter. Did I mention her non-free time is spent with Kate Winslet? Rough life.

TheFabLife.com has a feature on actors who play actors on TV, but don’t have as much star quality as the people they play. Among them is Sarah Paulson for her role on Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. Remember that show? R.I.P.

Lastly, did you catch Suze Orman on The D List last night? She was hilarious with Maggie Griffin. Yes, she was wearing a fierce blazer, per usual. Here’s how Kathy feels about Suze.

And with that, have a nice Hump Day!

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