A new ex­pe­ri­ence:

The TV Guide - - CONTENTS - Above: Anna (Louisa Krause) and Erica (Anna Friel)

Pol­i­tics are at play in drama se­ries with two very dif­fer­ent sto­ry­lines.

Amer­ica’s Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump has a part to play in Neon’s forth­com­ing sec­ond sea­son of The Girl­friend Ex­pe­ri­ence.

The an­thol­ogy se­ries, set in the world of high-class es­corts, fea­tures un­con­nected sto­ry­lines by two dif­fer­ent writ­ers – Lodge Ker­ri­gan and Amy Seimetz.

Ker­ri­gan’s episodes take place in Wash­ing­ton DC in the build-up to the 2018 mid-term elec­tions and fol­lows what hap­pens when top Repub­li­can po­lit­i­cal of­fi­cial Erica Myles (Anna Friel) en­lists es­cort provider Anna (Louisa Krause) to help her black­mail a ‘dark money’ fundraiser to get at his donor list.

“Erica and Anna then cross a pro­fes­sional line and start a per­sonal re­la­tion­ship, a sex­ual re­la­tion­ship,” Ker­ri­gan says, adding Trump’s elec­tion led him to re­write the script to re­flect a world where reality was stranger than fic­tion.

Krause says play­ing a con­fi­dent, savvy es­cort and es­cort provider who falls in love with an­other woman was ex­hil­a­rat­ing.

“I’m all about sur­ren­der­ing to ma­te­rial and I was thrilled to be a part of such a fear­less, provoca­tive raw show­ing of truth,” she says.

Seimetz’s sto­ry­line is set in New Mex­ico, which is a world away from the po­lit­i­cal machi­na­tions of Wash­ing­ton DC.

“My sto­ry­line fol­lows a woman named Bria, played by Car­men Ejogo, who is forced to go into wit­ness pro­tec­tion and soon af­ter that she starts dab­bling in the world of GFE (Girl­friend Ex­pe­ri­ence),” she says.

Bria is a for­mer es­cort who met her abu­sive ex-hus­band through her job. Although she went into hid­ing to es­cape him, her slide back into es­cort­ing threat­ens not only her own safety, but that of her re­sent­ful step­daugh­ter, who is in hid­ing with her.

“I think it speaks to an emo­tional truth,” says Ejogo of her sto­ry­line, “in deal­ing not only with the brav­ery of th­ese women, but also the du­plic­ity of them, the ma­nip­u­la­tion of them.”

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