comettail: Thirty years
from now, what do you think people will remember about the L word and its
mia_kirshner: Commettail, that's an amazing
question. Thanks so much for asking something that thoughtful. I hope that
thirty years people will remember this show as the first of its kind, but
more importantly, I hope that television, film and music will reflect the
fact that being gay, lesbian, bisexual, transsexual is a non-issue. And that
people are judged by their achievements in life.
sunata: What has been your favorite scene to
film out of the episodes that have aired?
mia_kirshner: Sunata, I would say the scene
with most of the girls--the girls meaning Leisha, Erin, and Kate and
Jennifer and Laurel-- the party scenes were the most fun to film, because we
were always playing pranks on each other and being very silly. Lots of
gossip and dancing together.
lisa4peace: How would you describe your
character -- Confused? or Wanting it all??
mia_kirshner: I guess I would describe her as
somebody at this point who is completely morally conflicted. She is
completely in love with two people at the same time. She is caught
off-guard, and she genuinely wants to be a good person and do the right
supergrovey: What was your first reaction when
you found out that the show was the fastest renewal of any show in the
history of Showtime
mia_kirshner: I was so excited and so grateful
that the people who log on and go onto the message boards, I mean it's
because of them the show was picked up. I'm so grateful because it's because
of them that the show exists. The first person I talked to was Jennifer, and
then I spoke with Leisha, and I spoke to Kate the next day, and we're all so
kymberleigh: Looking at the multifaceted nature
of your character ... other than the obvious, what do you see as your
character's most significant challenge?
mia_kirshner: Kymberleigh, that's a really
great question. I think her most significant challenge is being true to her
heart, and really deciding to follow her heart rather than trying to do the
right thing. I think at this point she's so completely lost and hopelessly
in love that she's faltering completely. I think she realizes that being
true to herself is going to be extremely painful. I think before we met
Jenny in the show she had a very dark life and had gone through a lot of
pain. I think she's just hoping to have a life that's a little easier.
mack: You said you played pranks on each other,
what kind of pranks do you guys do?
mia_kirshner: We would crank-call each other
constantly. We would do really do stupid things on set, Kate and I
especially, like tie people's shoes together and this is Kate, she would
tie tails to people while they were walking, completely utter stupid things.
One of the makeup artists once dyed my dog blue with vegetable blue. We were
dying to play a prank on Ilene Chaiken, the executive producer. We would
desperate to move all the furniture out of her office, because she's so
organized that would have given her a complete heart attack.
liverwurst: Mia, saw you on Jay Leno earlier
this week and you were great! Do you still play any musical instruments?
mia_kirshner: Liverwurst, that's so nice of
you, but I was such a spaz. I was so nervous and desperately shy that I just
wanted to sink into the chair. My hands were shaking. And, thankfully, I
don't play any musical instruments now. I'm not going to inflict that on
dddpiston1: Which character would you like to
have more interaction with?
mia_kirshner: It's hard to say because all of
the girls are my friends in my own life. But because Leisha Hailey and I
live together, I would say I would love to work more with Leisha.
darkangel579: will we know more about ur
mia_kirshner: Darkangel, yes definitely. As the
season goes on, you'll find out why she's so desperate for a peaceful life,
that things have been so tough for her because we meet her. She's trying to
keep it together because otherwise she'll fall apart completely.
diana: I was actually wondering if you had any
specific questions YOU might want to ask fans of the show/your work? Since
you have a group of us here live right now.
mia_kirshner: That's a great question, Diana. I
think a lot of people are really upset with Jenny right now, and I wanted to
know why, aside from the obvious reasons why. (People should go into the
message board to answer that question for Mia.) What would you guys like to
see more of on the show next year?
times9: What's it like playing a character with
so much sexual duality?
mia_kirshner: Times9, it's complicated. A lot
of it is sometimes based on my own experiences, or my friends' experiences,
so the most challenging thing is to be as truthful as possible, even though
sometimes it doesn't make Jenny look that good or that nice.
christi: Being a heterosexual woman, I'd
probably have a bit of a rough time in a role like yours...is it a
mia_kirshner: No, not at all. The way I
approach the character isn't about being gay or being straight. It's just
about who you love and who inspires you. For me, gender has very little to
do with it.
fanfromny: Do you have any questions that you
haven't been asked but want to answer yourself?
mia_kirshner: Fanfrommy, yeah. I think that
what I've realized with Jenny is that she's just struggling so much to find
a purpose in life and to be inspired through love. I think when we meet her,
she doesn't realize how much pain that's causing other people. The issue of
being gay or being straight was never an issue for Jenny. I think that she
related to people and had people in her life because of their achievements
and their desires, not because of their gender or their sexual identity.
Only now does she realize that being gay or being straight does have
something to do with it.
shakeitsheila: How are you handling all the
sudden media attention and infatuation with the show?
mia_kirshner: Shakeitsheila, I like your name!
That's a great question. It's really wild. It's actually brought the cast
even closer together. We call each other almost every single day, and it's
made our group so unbelievably close. That's been one of the best things
about the show. We'll call each other to say, 'Did you see that billboard on
Sunset?' or 'Did you read that magazine article?' Those friendships have
been the most rewarding thing. The other rewarding thing is being a part of
something that has so much meaning for other people, and that helps tell
stories of their identity that the viewers seem to relate to. I'm just so
honored to be a part of that, and I feel in great service to that.
irene: Mia I love your character. Do you feel
that you are similar to her in any way?
mia_kirshner: No. I think there are parts of me
that are similar to Jenny, but I'm not as quiet as Jenny is. And I hope that
I'm not as socially awkward as Jenny is! And I think that I try to have more
moral responsibility than Jenny has.
duncecap11: Hey Mia, you seem a bit shy in
interviews...do you find it difficult doing all the p.r. stuff for the show?
mia_kirshner: Duncecap, yes, completely! I am
an extremely private person. And I always feel that I come across as a
caricature of myself whenever I do interviews. But I hope it's something
that I never become used to, because I'm determined never to let my personal
life be defined by my professional life. But I have to say, that I'm not
that shy in my personal life--only when I do interviews! I think it's just
like a defence mechanism or something.
mplsgirls: How would you like to see your
mia_kirshner: mplsgirls, I think that I would like to have her think before
she acts from time to time. I would like to see her being sillier, because
she's really silly and she has a great sense of humor, and that's why I like
Episode 10 so much actually, 10 and 7, because you get to see Jenny's really
silly side. This is Mia speaking and not Jenny. I would like to see her have
very meaningful relationships with women.
hrowstanley: How has the L Word impacted your
mia_kirshner: Hrowstanley, it's the first
project that holds this much meaning for me. The fact that these stories
reflect people's stories about coming out, or their relationships with
women, or just trying to find themselves, it fucking rocks my world to be a
part of that.
kristirutledge: Does filming in Toronto affect
the "L.A." show?
mia_kirshner: Kristi, that's a very sly
question. Are you trying to figure out what Jenny would do or is trying to
do? Leisha says that if she had a friend that was in Jenny's position, she
would say 'You're gay, get over it.' I think I would just tell my friend
that if she's genuinely in love with someone, she should go for it. Cause
life's way too short. But be careful, because sometimes love can be a little
wer2girlsnlove: If it were up to you, would you
choose for Jenny to end up with Marina or Tim?
mia_kirshner: I would say that she should go
for the person she loves most, who inspires her the most. I think Marina
really inspires her work and makes the world seem like there are infinite
possibilities. But Tim makes her feel safe and grounded. And at this point
in Jenny's life, she's been unsafe for so long, I think she's just scared of
losing that. Even though I think it's being unfaithful to what she'll
themdoubleose: What does the L word mean to
mia_kirshner: Longing. Love. Lost. Libido.
Luscious. What does it mean to you, doubleose?
sexygirl: Mia, You mentioned on Jay Leno that
the L word was the best job you have ever gotten, How come??
mia_kirshner: As I said before, I've never
worked on something that has so much personal meaning for me. Or worked with
a cast of all women before. Or worked on something that we genuinely think
impacts people's lives. Even though sometimes the portrayals of characters
aren't necessarily flattering.
doujuvix: do you spend tons of time with the
writer of the script? is she on set everyday?
mia_kirshner: Doujuvix, there are actually
several writers. There's Gwen Turner, Rose Troche, and Ilene Chaiken. And
yes we do spend a lot of time together, especially Ilene and I.
justy: Why does the L word have so much
personal meaning for you?
mia_kirshner: Because I think one's sexuality
can be the center of life, and coming out and discovering your sexuality is
something that really can define your existence. To be part of that means so
much to me. Because I've certainly grappled with those things. I just want
to thank you very very much for asking amazing questions. Please keep on
writing. These message boards are amazing. We're listening to you, and we
want to hear what you guys think, because you guys are so smart. It's
because of you the show was picked up, and because of you the show is
successful, and we can't do this without you.
sho_moderator: Thank you for chatting with Mia