"Great LezBritian" is a fortnightly stroll through the very best of British lesbo-centric entertainment and culture. Plus there will be some jolly good interviews with the top ladies who are waving the flag for gay UK.
Laura Fraser is perhaps the Lip Servant that you will be most familiar with, she has appeared in such films as A Knight’s Tale and Vanilla Sky, plus she’s the only cast member that you may have seen previously locking lips with a lady onscreen. Her previous gay-for-pay outings were in the wonderful ITV drama The Investigator alongside Helen Baxendale, Nina’s Heavenly Delights — you’ve got to love a film about lesbians and curry — and a short film that she couldn’t remember the name of when we met.
In Lip Service, her character Cat is really the central figure of the show. Although it is an ensemble cast, everything pretty much revolves around Cat; the love-triangle with Frankie and Sam, Tess is her flatmate, Ed is her brother and Jay is her work colleague.
The neurotic, uptight side of Cat has the potential to grate — in girlfriend terms, Cat would definitely be filed under high-maintenance — but Fraser brings the audience back by playing the role with a lovely comedic and vulnerable edge. Plus, she is of course, extremely beautiful and if you are going to be high-maintenance then it definitely helps to also be as fine looking as she.
We met her in a Glasgow bar to get the low-down on Cat, why she thinks casting directors see her as a good lesbian and who she would choose between Frankie and Sam.
AfterEllen.com: Tell me a bit about the character of Cat.
AE: Do you identify with her at all?
AE: This is the fourth time you have played gay so obviously casting directors think you make a convincing lesbian, why do you think this is?
Nina’s Heavenly Delights
AE: Tell me a bit about the casting process?
Then they called me and said, “We want to cut your hair” and I was a bit reticent until they told me Ruta was cutting hers because hers was sooo long. But I just thought, is it a bit cheesy to cut all my hair off, to imagine all lesbians have short hair? But in the end I decided to let them cut it fairly short just for a change rather than stereotypically because Cat is a lesbian.