"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.
This is sadly the last of our Lip Servant interviews, even though Fiona Button was actually the first Lip Servant that we interviewed – before we had seen any of the show, or ever seen her act in a scene on set.
On the day we met, she was ready for the botox scene with Ed, and she and James were hanging out in the green room, having a laugh and behaving very much like we’ve seen Ed and Tess behave for the last five weeks. We did the interview, drank James’ coffee and left thinking that they were lovely, genuine people and wrote up the interview.
Then we saw the first episode and realised immediately that we were going to absolutely adore Tess and her daft, comical and endearing ways. We knocked out all six episodes of Lip Service one lovely night (courtesy of the BBC) and a common conversation recurred over and over:
Lee: I love Tess.
We could have written another 10 recaps entitled “The Curious Faces of Fiona Button.” But we didn’t, instead we thought our original interview would not suffice so we phoned her and did it again. We spoke to Fiona about working with Dame Judi Dench, her thoughts on all things Tess and her hopes for a second series.
AfterEllen.com: What had you been up to before Lip Service?
AE: Dame Judi Dench, oh my goodness that’s mighty impressive.
AE: What was the Lip Service casting process like for you?
AE: Were you always reading for Tess and why did you want to play her?
AE: How did working in television compare with theatre?
Great LezBritain: Interview with Fiona Button of “Lip Service”