Question: What is the most difficult aspect of
working on lword?
Jennifer: Boygeorge, probably the most
difficult aspect of working on The L-Word, is that normally as Jennifer, I
would wear Tina's clothes so to have to be in suits and high heels for most
of the day is a little daunting.
Question: Did you have any reservations about
playing a lesbian?
Jennifer: Wooly, I had no reservations
whatsoever about playing a lesbian. The only reservation that I would ever
have for any character were if it were not very well-written, and this part
is very well-written.
Jennifer: And what is so incredibly interesting
is that I've played vampires, murderers, and morally bankrupt people and no
one has ever asked me if I had reservations for playing those characters.
Jennifer: Its funny
Question: Jennifer - did you have a favorite
scene from the pilot episode, and if so, which was it and why?
Jennifer: Komisch, I don't know that I have a
favorite. I remember laughing pretty hard around the table in The Planet,
when we were discussing the donor who insisted it was ze penis, ze pussy, ze
Question: Do you feel pressure b/c this is the
first show with predominantly lesbian characters?
Jennifer: Royce_05, I don't feel pressure, I
think probably the writers feel more of a responsibility in that way, but I
do feel a great amount of pride.
Question: Has this character been one of the
most challenging of your career?
Jennifer: Jon01, I feel like the characters
I've played have been equally challenging, and challenging in different
Jennifer: I think this role, however, has such
an impact in a historical way that its almost...stunning. I don't even know
how to express it.
Question: This is a great show! Have you
received mostly a positive or negative response from choosing to do the
Jennifer: Cms1435, I have received only a
positive response in choosing to do the show.
Question: How did you go about creating your
Jennifer: Michelle26, its such a complicated
process, one that involves mystery and intuition.
Jennifer: There were a few basic technical
things that I could learn about such as what it takes to become the director
of an art museum in Los Angeles, and for playing a lesbian, in the words of
Einstein. "Imagination is more important than knowledge"
Question: If you could play any other character
on the show who would it be and why?
Jennifer: Lola, I would love to play a
character that had yet to be introduced. Her/his name is Ivan. He's played
by Kelly Lynch.
Jennifer: I think it would be interesting to
straddle the feminine and the masculine just like the finest rock stars do.
Question: Were you trying not to laugh when you
were shooting the scene in the doctors office?
Jennifer: Dita, I don't remember trying not to
laugh. I do remember struggling with the evil paper that I had to put over
Question: Jennifer, how has this role
contributed to you personally?
Jennifer: Titimae, Bette is an incredibly
organized person and on a superficial note, its pointed out to me how
disorganized I am.
Jennifer: On a more important note, having
never really thought about gay issues before, its pointed out to me the
extraordinary inequities there are in the world. I learned that sexual
orientation is not even part of the federal hate crime law. That blows my
Jennifer: Having walked in this person's shoes,
I see the world different and I feel personally insulted when I hear slights
against a gay person.
Question: Jennifer, I didn't know you were an
avid photographer...as I am. Can you elaborate on what you enjoy shooting?
Jennifer: Brooklynsoul, I mostly enjoy shooting
people I don't know because it introduces me to worlds I know nothing about.
Jennifer: But lately I've been working quite a
bit, so I've been shooting on set, and recently I took a trip to Patagonia
and I was shooting a lot of landscapes there.
Question: I have been a fan of your director,
Rose Troche. What's it like working with her?
Jennifer: Elise, I LOVE working with Rose
Troche. She's incredibly honest and funny and passionate.
Question: What was it like working with the
legendary Pam Grier? Will we see more of her in future episodes?
Jennifer: Miamichele, it was unbelievable
having Pam Grier playing my half-sister. Her character continues throughout
the series and our relationship only deepens as time goes on.
Jennifer: She is so wise and funny and she
schools me every day. Later on in the show, the character of our father
appears, and he's played by Ossie Davis. Imagine that for a family.
Question: What was it like working with such a
large female ensemble cast?
Jennifer: Jonatham, what was interesting about
this cast and about this crew is that people actually listened to one
another. We spent time rehearsing on the weekends and when there were times
when I didn't know what to do in a scene (and the poor director didn't know
what to say to me), I would turn to my cast members for guidance.
Question: Speaking of "hate crime laws"...are
you keeping an eye on the caucus in Iowa?
Jennifer: Chiforce, a bit.
Jennifer: I'm generally very wary of
politicians but know that I have to be aware of the process.
Question: Does filming in Toronto affect the LA
Jennifer: Mubirshu, we actually film in
Vancouver and it doesn't seem to have affected the 'L.A"-ness of the show
because we've been allowed to shoot so many exteriors in L.A. itself.
Jennifer: And actually, what's nice about
shooting in Vancouver (as opposed to L.A.) is that there are so many fewer
distractions. As a cast, we're quite insulated in Vancouver, and as a
result, I think its allowed us to grow closer to one another.
Question: How many episodes have been taped? We
Jennifer: Lorigav1964, you're so kind! Its
really nice to hear that! We've shot 13 episodes, I believe, including the
pilot, though I'm not completely sure because it seems like some incredible
Question: Did you do the love scene with a
Jennifer: Mindy33, we did do the love scene
with a closed set. Its actually a lot less intimate than it appears because
it is so highly choreographed. EVERY SINGLE THING IN THE LOVE SCENE IS
CHOREOGRAPHED. At one point, Laurel Holloman said in exasperation, "I feel
like Fred Astaire"
Question: As an Ivy League graduate you are WAY
more intelligent and educated than the average actor (believe me I know).
When are you gonna put that brilliance to use behind the camera?
Jennifer: Andre, thank you for the compliment
but I have to say that in my experience, intelligence among actors has
nothing to do with their education. I may be well-educated, but sometimes I
feel like a moron. Having been married to a director for ten years, I have
no desire to direct. However, I would like to produce one day. The stories
that I would like to see.
Jennifer: I have to say, some of the most
intelligent people I know are self-educated and I don't believe that going
to a university is a necessity for everyone. There are many ways to learn
and to come at the truth and they are all valuable if they service that
person in their journey.
Question: I'm sure you've gotten this question
repeatedly, but I'm curious about the comfort level of doing same-sex
intimacy scenes...do you find it awkward or does it seem natural, or are you
able to detach yourself from the whole thing?
Jennifer: Naughty_boy, in the very beginning, I
wasn't sure how I would approach the scene, but then when I thought about
it, I realised its a scene like any other and I had to figure out what it
was that my character wanted or needed in that moment. And in that moment,
Bette needs to reconnect with her partner and bridge a chasm that's been
created. Realising that, it made this scene much easier because it became
Jennifer: Naughty_boy, love scenes are not
always about love, sex scenes are not always about sex. Sometimes they're
about exploitation or possession, and sometimes they are genuinely about
love. Doing a scene with Laurel Holloman was relatively easy because we
communicate well together. And frankly, in some ways, doing a love scene
with a woman is easier because they understand intuitively and explicitly
some of the body issues you may have as a woman. So, when you ask a woman to
put her hand in a certain area of your body that you're not so thrilled with
so that it'll be covered from the camera, or, when she asks you to put your
hand in a certain place to enhance a part of her body that she may be less
than thrilled with, the hands don't move. Whereas with a man, they don't
always get it because most men don't have the same kind of body issues that
women do. And most men couldn't even spell cellulite.
Question: Jennifer, what is Bette's worst
trait? How do you identify/understand her?
Jennifer: :Latinamimi, her worst trait is her
impatience and her anger, both of which I have in spades so its really not
so much of a problem. I just try and control it more than she does.
Question: What have you not been asked that you
would like us all to know?
Jennifer: 2luvnbluvd, I would like to be asked
how the other cast members influenced me. Every day when I went to work, it
seemed like the bar got higher and higher. I work with such talented people
who inspire me every day and who push me to try to find what is truthful.
Jennifer: Every single actress on the show has
such authentic gifts. I don't even know how to describe it. Its like we're
the Fantastic Four and we all have our special super powers and we all use
them to help one another.
Question: Jennifer, many productions use
consultants to ensure a high degree of realism when telling a story; does
the L-Word have a consultant or 2 on board? If so, to what extent do you and
the other cast members rely on them?
Jennifer: Ange65french, we don't really have a
consultant per se, but we do have Rose Troche and Gwen Turner and certainly
the ever-present and delightful Ilene Chaiken who answers all of our
questions with unfailing generosity.
Question: What have you been up to since you
wrapped up shooting the season of The L-Word? Any projects in the works?
Jennifer: Sallyh, my biggest project was
preparing for my 40th birthday in December. I decided to do what makes me
happiest, so my husband and I (with two of our friends) went on a
horse-packing trip in Patagonia where I spent the nights in a tent and the
days on horseback. My 40th birthday was blessedly spent galloping across the
pampas with a vaquianos and dancing to the cumbia by the fire at night.
Thankfully, I was not thinking about face-cream. I think its really
important to celebrate your existence.
Jennifer: Id like to say thank you so much for
having taken the time out to share your response to the show. It really
means so much to all of us in the cast and in the crew because, though we
enjoy our work so much and we do it because it pleases us, we also do it for
you. Especially in this instance.