Finally, a right Raver
PREGNANT and feeling frumpy, the last thing Kim Raver felt like doing was jumping into a love scene. ‘‘I have to say that was really interesting. It was really tricky, but I was put at ease and the director assured me it (the bump) wasn’t going to be an issue,’’ 39-year-old Raver says of the scene in new series Lipstick Jungle.
Having spent two seasons starring alongside Kiefer Sutherland as Audrey Raines in Emmy Awardwinning series 24, Raver pleaded with her agent to find something a bit lighter, funnier and perhaps more feminine. Lipstick Jungle was her tonic.
Raver plays Nico Reilly, the hard-as-nails editor-in-chief of a fashion magazine who starts a steamy affair with a younger man.
The series, inspired by the novel from Sex And The City mastermind Candace Bushnell, follows the lives of three intelligent friends: Reilly, movie studio executive Wendy Healy (Brooke Shields) and fashion designer Victory Ford (Lindsay Price).
After three years in 24 ‘‘being tortured, stabbed and interrogated, I rang my agent and said, ‘I better find a comedy and quick’,’’ Raver (right) says with a chuckle.
‘‘That was the catalyst for getting Night At the Museum with Ben Stiller and made me look for something in that vein. What I love about Lipstick Jungle is that there are comedic comments, but you have that weight of drama. For me, that is an amazing combination.’’
Though the girls break out some envy-worthy outfits, it has to be said their outfits aren’t up to Sex and the City standard.
As the comparisons between the shows flow thick and fast, Raver tackles questions aligning the programs in her stride.
‘‘I find it a huge compliment (being compared to Sex And The City),’’ she says.
‘‘Candace Bushnell wrote both, so inevitably people are going to compare them. At the same time, it’s a different book. Candace says it so perfectly. She says that in Sex And The City they are looking for Mr Big and in Lipstick Jungle they are Mr Big. That is what she is saying about the times we are in now, women finding a financial independence.’’
In a fickle industry, where you can be thrown to the kerb as fast as you make your leap to the top, Raver knows the impact of poor ratings.
The evidence is there with Cashmere Mafia, which was billed as the next Sex And The City but failed to excite viewers.
‘‘If we can get half the amount of viewers from Sex And The City over to our show I will be thrilled,’’ Raver says.
‘‘You just can’t try to do Sex And The City, they did it so well. I don’t think we are trying to do that.’’
The shows, however, do share aspects: both trade heavily on the ups and downs of female friendships.
On screen Raver and Shields have a solid chemistry. It may have something to do with the fact they are mothers and enjoy each other’s company.
‘‘Brooke and I have known each other since high school. We didn’t really connect in high school, but several years ago our kids started playing together.
‘‘Our kids brought us together and both our husbands have loads of fun together. Then Lindsay came into the mix— it’s just really organic and happened really fast,’’ Raver says.