7 THINGS WE LEARNED ABOUT CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND AT PALEYFEST
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- •There’s a little crazy ex-girlfriend in all of us. Just ask Rachel Bloom or Donna Lynne Champlin.Bloom says her character “is very much an emotional autobiography.” She admits to being boy-crazy since she was 8 years old, driving an hour to run into her high-school crush, and having a secret relationship in college. “I would debase myself to chase that rush of infatuation, to chase that high.” Bloom says she went as far as lying to herself in her journals. “Why am I going to the bookstore at 8 a.m.? Because that’s the time to read books! That’s what I wrote!"
- •The pilot includes two big Broadway-style musical productions, and all of the music is original.Each episode will contain two or three original numbers and will cover the musical spectrum — from hip-hop to pop to rap to R&B. There will even be a French tune in the first season. Bloom co-writes all the music with Emmy- and Grammy-winning songwriter Adam Schlesinger and music producer Jack Dolgen, who worked with her on all her videos.
- •What’s the big deal with a little ass blood?During one of the musical numbers in the pilot, there’s a moment — we'll preserve the surprise — that involves ass blood. Originally made for Showtime, the scene played out a little differently. The visuals of the ass blood were followed by a musical refrain “Ass Blood!” Now airing on broadcast television, the producers had to make a tough choice: “You can show the ass blood but you can’t label it as such,” Bloom explained. “Or you can say it but not see the said ass blood.”
- •True love is not what you think.Rebecca may have chased her high-school crush across the country, but her big love affair will be with Paula (Champlin), who shares in her cray-cray and will become like a surrogate mother to her. “Rebecca needs a nurturing maternal figure who will give her unending love because she’s someone who hasn’t had a lot of unconditional love in her life. I really love doing a story about female friendship. That’s been very important to us. We thought a lot about what it is to be a woman.
- •Why on earth is the show set in West Covina?“We wanted to do a fish-out-of-water story that felt different,” Bloom said. “Growing up in Southern California, I know how interesting and diverse it is. We like to say, ‘It’s people of all cultures going to the same Applebee’s.’ But nothing is built pre-1975 so there’s this newness, this freshness, and unending optimism. Growing up here, no one knew how to articulate when they’re depressed. You’re almost not allowed to be depressed here. It’s so sunny."
- •Does it really take two hours to drive to the beach from West Covina?“Sure!” Bloom agreed. “With no traffic, maybe it’s an hour. But when do you want to go to the beach? On the weekend! And I’m sorry, weekend traffic on the 10 from West Covina to the beach, there’s no way that’s not two hours.”
- •Who is that guy Hansen Frozen anyway?Even though they weren't simply casting actors who can sing, the casting director recommended an actor who sang and played the piano. ‘You have to see this guy—Hansen Frozen,’ McKenna recalled hearing. When the tape arrived, it was marked with the name 'Santino Fontana,' leading McKenna to think she had the wrong one. It turns out Fontana, who plays a potential love interest for Rebecca, was the right actor — the casting director had just been trying to inform her that he played Hans in Frozen.