THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY WANTS RACHEL DRATCH TO BE A LESBIAN
Spring Breakdown, a film Dratch co-created with Amy Poehler, tells the story of three women (Dratch, Poehler and Parker Posey) who decide to leave their stale 30-year-old lives behind and live it up one good time on spring break. The project stalled out several times in the distribution phase, and after three years, finally made it to DVD.
The Advocate asked Dratch about Amy Poehler’s comment that Spring Breakdown was “made for gays.” Dratch responded:
Well, [out director/screen-writer] Ryan [Shiraki] always has the gay audience in mind. We set out to make the kind of broad comedy you always see featuring guys, but with women in the leads. I guess it turned out a little campy, and gay men seem to dig it, which is good. It also stars Parker Posey and Jane Lynch, who have quite a following. Ryan does call the movie “a gay acid trip.”
Dratch had a lot more to offer in the way of lesbian insight.
In what substance would she prefer to wrestle girls?
On being typecast:
On how to create a funny lesbian character:
On lesbian hair:
On how to make a “gay joke” without being offensive:
Much has been made of the predatory gay scene in Dratch’s upcoming My Life in Ruins. It’s interesting to hear the actress, who obviously has quite a gay following, talk about toeing the line between good-natured gay humor and lazy queer-bashing. Honestly, I think it’s something Saturday Night Live is still trying to figure out (and failing at quite often), but something that former SNL superstar Tina Fey has nearly perfected on 30 Rock.
— by StuntDouble