In our brief follow-up interview with Nurse Jackie co-creator Linda Wallem, we learn that the second season of Showtime’s critically acclaimed series is going into a “new gear of gay” when it premieres in March, complete with a big gay love triangle and a musical contribution from out rocker Melissa Etheridge.
The cast of Nurse Jackie
AfterEllen.com: The Advocate reported this week that with the departure of Haaz Sleiman, who plays gay nurse “Mo Mo,” Nurse Jackie is going to be “less gay” in the second season. Care to respond?
This season, we’re going to have a really great gay love triangle … a three-part arc that is going to be great. I mean it when I say we are going into a new gear of gay this year. So that’s my official response.
AE: What about Haaz Sleiman’s departure from the show?
As far as Jackie’s friendships go, as far as gay characters go … if anything, we’ve taken it up a notch. I don’t want to give away any secrets, but with one of our main characters there’s going to be a romance happening with an old flame, and it’s definitely a gay romance. So there you go!
AE: So you don’t want to say specifically whether it’s a gay or lesbian romance?
Also, we’ll have Harvey Fierstein as a guest star, and I’m really proud of his story. It’s a very simple story of a man whose husband is dying. People are used to Harvey being so huge and flamboyant, but he’s very stripped down and lovely. It’s a beautiful performance of a man whose husband is dying (from old age) and what that feels like for him.
At one point, there’s a line where he says, “Can I just not be gay for a minute?” Because everyone is coming up to him and trying to relate, and he just wants to be the guy whose husband is dying. We love to take these stories and have the characters just be treated equally and normally.
AE: When will that episode air?
AE: Can you tell me more about what will happen with the character of Thor?
AE: Any other guest stars you can tell us about?
AE: Are we going to see Coop’s lesbian moms again in the next season?
AE: So there will definitely be other lesbian characters on the show in the new season?
AE: How is production going?
And we’re going to be using a Melissa Etheridge song, from her new album, for the finale. The new album is so f—-ing great, it’s unbelievable.
AE: Is it a solo or a duet?
AE: How are things going with your collaboration with Melissa on the musical you mentioned the last time we spoke?
We’re hoping to workshop something by this spring or summer. She’s touring, so we’re trying to figure this all out. She has such a busy rockstar life (laughs) but between the two of us … they say if you want to get something done, get a busy person to do it. So we’re going to do this!
It’s exciting because we’re both such musical theatre geeks, so it’s a dream come true!
AE: Thanks for the udpate, Linda!
Very interesting. I have my own suspicions about which of the characters may be involved in the lesbian (or gay) love triangle, but who do you think it will be?