Brandi Burkhardt talks Crickett’s coming out storyline and “lesbian loyalty” on “Hart of Dixie”


We know Brandi Burkhardt as the endearing, adorable, and newly out Crickett who brings much needed gayness to the town of Bluebell, Alabama. We’ve watched her come out to the community at her would-be vow renewal with Stanley and accept an invitation to her very first date with a girl–the equally adorable Jaysene.  Now that she’s become the out and proud southern belle next door, we’re dying to see Brandi’s character get some action in the romance department. 

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Brandi talks with us about how she came to be a regular Hart of Dixie cast member, the unexpected nature of Crickett being a lesbian, and possibly a bit of reassurance that her newly acquired lesbian following will not be left disappointed. What originally attracted you to the role of Crickett?

Brandi Burkhardt: Originally, it started as just a one episode character and so I got an audition and I went in. I was excited about it because it was a new show. It was one that, instinctively, I thought I could be a part of because it’s very small town and cute.  You could tell that the tone was really enjoyable–light, but still purposeful. I went in and I booked the job. The dynamic between Lemon and Annabeth and Crickett was such that they kept it going for the entirety of the show.


AE: You started out thinking it was going to be just one episode and then it turned into something more. When did you know that she would be coming out as gay?

BB: It’s very funny because, when Crickett was renewing her vows at the end of Season 3, all I knew was that I was going in and trying on wedding dresses. They kind of keep the story hush hush.


AE: That was really late for you then. You were thinking you were renewing your vows with Stanley?

BB: It came so far out of nowhere to me, especially because they teased with the fact that Stanley was probably gay.  So, I was going to the table read the next day and it was about midnight and I was like, “I better read the end of the script.” And flipping through it, I was like “What?!  What just happened?” It was really funny. And nobody saw it coming. At one point when we were filming the scene, one of the cast members had obviously not read that part of the script and you heard reactions when I said it in the first take. It was really funny and I was like, “That’s what I thought.”

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AE: So there were probably some genuine reactions from other actors on the show?

BB: Yeah, exactly.


AE: What did you think about it?  Did you think this is going to fit?  Or this is completely out of left field; I don’t think it’s going to work? Were you comfortable playing a lesbian?

BB: My biggest concern was “How do I do that?”  The wonderful thing about it is she doesn’t change. She doesn’t all of a sudden wear pink, sparkly combat boots or whatever we assume lesbians are. The good thing was it happened, but nothing changed–she’s just now dating women. It was kind of nice that we’ve gotten to that point.


AE: I appreciate that about her story.  I’ve always been a feminine girl and, when I came out, I thought I need to look like a lesbian. So, I went through a phase of doing the “combat boot thing” and it just never felt like me. Eventually, I came back to what I’ve always been which is just a feminine woman who happens to date women, so I admire that in Crickett–that she skipped that step that so many of us had to go through to really accept who we are. 

BB: It’s actually nice to hear you say that because, even as a straight woman, I was just trying to ask the questions that I would’ve asked. The fact that you went through the same kind of questions, even if we didn’t see Crickett going through them. That’s comforting. I didn’t know if I could represent this as well as someone who may have gone through it. So, that’s nice to hear.


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