“Faking It’ stars Rita Volk and Katie Stevens talk gay representation, reading their fan fic

Tonight’s Season 1 finale of Faking It will leave fans with a huge cliffhanger. The good news? The MTV series was renewed for a second season just yesterday, which means we won’t have to wonder what will happen with Karmy for the rest of our lives—just another year or however long it takes for the cast and crew to put some more lesbian-themed comic fun together.

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We spoke with stars Rita Volk and Katie Stevens about tonight’s episode, their on-screen chemistry and reading fan fic.

AfterEllen.com: OK, the first thing I have to ask—I just watched the finale—is how you feel like fans of the show are going to react, especially lesbian and bisexual women? 

Katie Stevens: I think they’re gonna freak out.  I think that the writers were really great in creating a finale where everyone is left being, like, “Excuse me, what?” (laughs)

AE: You guys have such great best friend chemistry, which I don’t feel like I ever see enough of on TV. Did that come naturally, did you spend a lot of time together, where did that come from? 

Rita Volk: We just got really lucky. We met in an audition room and we decided to be civil to each other. We were like, we’re not gonna do that whole mean girl audition thing and Katie made the effort to talk to me. And from that moment on we went through this process together. Once we found out we both got the part, we started hanging out, because we really wanted to get to know each other. Whereas some other people, having done this for a long time, maybe wouldn’t have made that effort. I don’t know if it comes from being jaded or feeling like it doesn’t matter, but we really wanted to get to know each other and hopefully get along because we knew we were going to play best friends. And once we started hanging out, it was easy.

We both come from positive backgrounds and I didn’t have to know Katie that long to know she was raised right.  She was raised with good values and she’s a very down-to-earth, nice person.  (laughs) I’m talking about her like she’s not here. But I think because we were so appreciative of the fact that we were even given this opportunity, because we are just starting out. Once we got to set, we just wanted to do a good job and we also bonded over that, that this is all new and exciting. And it seems like that translated onto the screen. I’m just glad that people think we have good chemistry, because we do. We really do, and I’m really glad that it shows. And I realize that it would make such a big difference—I mean, obviously it’s important for characters to have chemistry, but I don’t think I ever really understood what that meant until I was put in that situation and I had to have chemistry with someone.

KS: Like she said. You know, this industry is really small and you get to meet a lot of people who are on different shows and you hear these nightmare stories about how these girls on these shows hate each other and there’s such rivalry. And being in this situation where I work with Rita and have her play my best friend, I realize I am so fortunate that she is not a bitch.  (both laugh)

RV: Thanks, Katie.

KS: No, but she’s just a genuinely good person. And I’m very lucky to be in a show where this is my first big thing and her first experience too so we’re going through this together. We’re not jaded by the industry and we have conversations with each other where we’re like “don’t let me lose sight of why I do this and why I love this.” And for us to be that reminder for each other is great.

AE: I wanted to ask Katie, you in specific, about that threesome scene because I’ve been writing about it and reading about it a lot and I think it’s going to be one of those scenes that people pick apart for years. And I mean that as a compliment. It’s a great scene, so well shot and edited and beautifully acted from both of you, but I wanted to ask what direction were you given for that scene in terms of playing the ambiguity of the moment? How much  of that was your choice and how much of that was a writer choice? 

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The cast of MTV's "Faking It"Photo by Clinton Gaughran for AfterEllen.com

KS: That’s the amazing thing about our writers is we get to give our ideas on things and we get to hear their point of view on why they wrote it the way that they did.  And in that scene we talked about it, because obviously there was that “whoa” moment.  We spoke about how we needed to have that moment make people see that question in Karma.  It was important that it not make Karma be like, “Oh I’m immediately into Amy” because the whole season she’s been going after Liam and that doesn’t make any sense. But it was important to show that—no matter what, Karma is a straight girl, but there’s always that questioning in people when they’re young. You kiss a girl and you might feel a little something and you’re like, “What does that mean?”

And I think that’s what Karma was going through. Whether that makes her a lesbian, I don’t know. I think it’s one of those things that is the subject of the entire show, is coming of age and growing up. And that’s the most important thing; that we needed to have that moment stand out and have people be like, “WHOA, KARMA FELT SOMETHING” but still leave it open.

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