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Diva MagazineAugust 2007


Where has Bette gone with Angelica? How will Helena manage on $200 a week? Will Kit and Angus be parents? And will Jenny ever be normal?
While we wait impatiently for these burning questions to be answered in Season Four of The L Word, Jennifer Beals steps up to answer your queries about herself and the life of Bette Porter

Jennifer Beals made her name playing steelworker-slash-exotic dancer Alex in Flashdance in 1983, and now the smash hit TV series The L Word has catapulted her back into the limelight. But how come the confirmed heterosexual is so good at playing a lesbian? And doesnít she ever get sick of it? We asked you to ask the questions, and hereís what she had to say.

So, what are you working on at the moment? ~ Kendra, Hull
Nothing much. Iím just enjoying time off before shooting the seriesí fifth season Ė thatíll take me up to November. And Iím about to start preparing for a reading of The Vagina Monologues.

The relationship between Bette and Tina is so realistic, I honestly thought you must be gay until I did my research. How do you manage to play such a convincing lesbian? ~ Louise, 21, Ormskirk
Because I play the love, and when Bette has sex I play the emotion, not the gender. To begin with, I was so focussed on Betteís career when I started playing the part. I was thinking what it meant to be a museum director, and the following week it was like, ĎOh my God, Iím playing a lesbian; what am I supposed to be doing?í In the pilot before the first show, I realised the love scenes are about love between two people who are at odds with each other and whoíve been like that for so long. After that, I realised that doing a love scene is like any scene; you have to put as much into it as you do any other. Those scenes can be so varied, anyway. I have to think what kind of love it is. Thereís a scene where Bette picks someone up in a bar and thatís just about sex, not love, so I play it from that emotion.

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