‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ star Rachel Bloom on the show’s gay fans and when she kissed a girl – and liked it
At last night’s Writers Guild of America event that I moderated – it was called LGBT Characters On TV: What’s New? – Crazy Ex-Girlfriend star Rachel Bloom talked about kissing a girl for the first time in her life.
‘In the second episode, I make out with a girl – we were so psyched!’ she said. ‘I’d never made out with a girl before.’
The woman her character kisses happens to be the current girlfriend of her ex-boyfriend.
It’s just one queer twist in a show that has clicked with gay audiences from the beginning.
‘I connect with gay men on a level that even I don’t understand,’ Bloom told the audience of about 150 people. ‘It’s like a dog whistle coming around – like when I meet other Jews. I don’t get it but I really, really connect with gays and am glad anytime I can have an LGBT fan.’
Bloom’s character of Rebecca Bunch gives up her partnership at a prestigious law firm and her upscale apartment in Manhattan.
She does so in order to follow an old summer camp boyfriend to Southern California and ends up living in suburban West Covina.
She takes a job at a law firm there and tries to reconnect with the long ago ex.
As the first season unfolded, it was revealed that Rebecca’s often clueless boss Darryl, (played by Pete Gardner), discovers he is bisexual (see video below) and begins dating a fitness instructor named Josh.
‘Josh sparks a connection in Darryl and it is something that emerged organically,’ Bloom said. ‘He and Rebecca are on similar paths. They are both optimists with a deep sadness.’
Bloom gave kudos to Gardner who abstained from saying publicly what his sexuality is.
‘Pete Gardner is wonderful,’ she says. ‘He’s been married to his wife for 25 years but he’s said he’s not going to say.’
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend has been renewed for a second season.
Bloom won a Golden Globe Award and Critics Choice Award for best actress in a comedy series for her work in season one. She is the show’s co-creator and executive producer with Aline Brosh McKenna.