“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.
When we first went onto the Lip Service set, we cannot tell a lie, it was Ruta Gedmintas that first caught our eye. We can thank series creator, Harriet Braun for suggesting the frankly delicious haircut, but we must give her parents and genetics a massive high five for the rest.
Our interview with Ruta took place during filming back in December. In person, she was intense, thoughtful and extremely articulate. She talked passionately about the show and had obviously spent a lot of time studying and coming to grips with the role of Frankie.
Since the first episode aired, two things have been made clear to us; Frankie is undoubtedly the most divisive character on the show and many of you would like to have your wicked way with her. We talked to Ruta about how she got the role, the Shane comparisons, and whom in the cast she admitted to having a crush on.
AfterEllen.com: From what we have seen, Frankie is a character that will be a bit of a love/hate figure — isn’t that a great character to play?
She is someone who is very strong minded, independent and loyal to her friends but she takes a lot of risks and is a bit messed up – which, all in all, makes her a fun character to play.
AE: What was the casting process like and how did you find out you had the role?
It’s not often — especially with the current lack of funding going into the arts — that you read a new script that catches your interest, but as soon as I read Lip Service, I thought it was really good. And when I read the breakdown for Frankie, I was like, “I can do that.”
I think I went straight to the plane to the auditions, blood encrusted, and I was feeling really ill. I went to the audition and really loved everyone in the room. I had a four-hour recall where I read for lots of other people. I think, in the end, I found out about getting the part through a friend of mine texting me to say, “Well done,” and I was so happy because it’s such an amazing part.
AE: Did you have any qualms about Frankie being a bisexual character?
AE: I have seen the pictures of you before Lip Service and the way you look now is pretty different. Tell me a bit about the makeover.
AE: Do you like it?
AE: The whole styling of Frankie is really spot-on and you must realise that she has the potential to become a massive lesbian favourite — do you feel prepared for that?
AE: Frankie is already being compared to the character of Shane in The L Word. Do you see the similarities and what would you say are the biggest differences are between the characters?
I think the big difference between The L Word and Lip Service is that The L Word kind of tackles major lesbian issues, whereas this show is about three lesbians living in Glasgow and just their general lives. And obviously, it’s not quite as glitzy as LA – they don’t have the money.