When a friend recommended makeup artist Romi Klinger for a shoot I was working on, I instantly recognized the name — not as a production contact, but as a two-season cast member of The Real L Word. Granted, the only episode I watched was from Season 1, when she had on-camera sex with Whitney Mixter, so my impression of Romi was based mostly on that one crazy scene.
By the time the shoot was over, I had gotten to know the Real Romi, and not Reality Romi. (For the record, Real Romi is very professional and great to work with!) And so, I kept asking myself, “How and why did this nice, down-to-earth girl end up on a reality show?” I decided the best way to find out was to simply ask her, so I did. We ended up talking about that, and a whole lot more.
AfterEllen.com: What made you decide to be on The Real L Word?
AE: The cast received criticism and judgment, as most reality show people do. How do you respond to that?
AE: Last year, I saw the Season 1 episode where you had pretty graphic sex on camera with Whitney. Afterward, I Googled you to see if you had made a public statement, which you had. I really loved your positive response. Care to reiterate it here?
Straight people have sex all the time on cable and in the movies, and no one says anything. [But] I have sex with someone I love, who happens to be another woman, and I get all these opinions? Thank God my mother and father raised me to be a strong woman and who owns who I am.