Sunday, 08 February 2009 By Christina Radish
Ever since The L Word entered homes across the country six years ago, the Showtime drama series has affected the lives of legions of fans. The groundbreaking series has become a pop culture phenomenon, as it brought the lesbian community into the mainstream consciousness, and elicited controversy, pride, empowerment and conversation.
Now in its final season, the direction and goal of the series has always been very clearly defined to provide the lesbian community a voice and sense of place in society at large. Revolving around the lives of a tight-knit group of women living in Los Angeles, who are all trying to navigate and learn from where life and love takes them, the showÃ¢â¬â¢s last eight episodes also center around the ultimate demise of Jenny Schecter (Mia Kirshner) and her tangled web that could leave anyone responsible.
Actor/singer Leisha Hailey has spent the last six seasons playing Alice Pieszecki, a journalist and the showÃ¢â¬â¢s only self-proclaimed bisexual. The 37-year-old Hailey, who has filmed a spin-off pilot that will hopefully be picked up after The L Word is finished, recently spoke to MediaBlvd Magazine about how the tension in AliceÃ¢â¬â¢s relationship with Tasha (Rose Rollins) and frustration with Jenny could make her the killer.
MediaBlvd Magazine> What do you love about Alice?
Leisha Hailey> Oh gosh, so many things. I think sheâs so outspoken and honest and, although she puts her foot in her mouth many times, itâs that thing that I wish I had where Iâm just off the cuff constantly, and just witty and gregarious. I just love her. Sheâs just a big light, and I hope that I learned some things from her that I can take into my own life.
MediaBlvd> As you reflect back on the six seasons of The L Word, what stands out the most?
Leisha> What was unique about this cast is that we really did connect, and we really did have a strong bond. Over the whole run, we just really became these characters and this group of friends. For me, itâs just a big picture, like one big arc of development. Iâm so happy with how it all came together, in the end.
MediaBlvd> Do you think Alice would want to kill Jenny?
Leisha> No, as far as Iâm concerned she didnât. Alice is falsely accused, in my book.
MediaBlvd> Is the new idea for the spin-off different enough that youâre comfortable going another six years, playing this character?
Leisha> Yes. I wouldnât have taken it on if it felt like a continuation of the same thing. The fact that Alice is in a brand new scenario in prison, and the characters around her are so strong, scary and intimidating, and there are all these brand new ideas, it feels fresh. I think about what it would be like to be me going to prison, and it would be so insane and hard to deal with that thatâs going to be a big, exciting acting challenge.
MediaBlvd> Will some of the other characters come in to visit?
Leisha> I would hope so. If my friends ignored me and didnât come visit, that would be awful. But, weâll see.
MediaBlvd> Will she have a group of allies in prison?
Leisha> Sure. A big thing that happens in womenâs prisons is that they form families, so I think itâll be about finding the people that she can trust. Maybe not trust, but survive with.
MediaBlvd> Will Alice hook up everyoneâs romantic chart?
Leisha> Alice is still Alice, so Iâm sure. As far as Iâm concerned, sheâll be running the prison, in about a year.
MediaBlvd> With a show that has made such an impact on both the gay and straight communities, do you have any emotional stories about fans who reached out to you?
Leisha> Gosh, whenever someone says that weâve touched them or helped them, you just canât believe it because youâre playing a character. But, youâre representing a community and we all take that responsibility so seriously that Iâm glad that the effect has been something positive.