among rachel blooms many gifts is the ability to write a song about virtually anything. The co-creator of the CW’S Golden Globe– winning sitcom Crazy Ex-girlfriend (returning October 13) even wrote a little ditty about pedophilia, “I Love My Daughter (But Not in a Creepy Way)”—not a surprise, perhaps, to fans of her career-making 2010 music video “Fuck Me, Ray Bradbury.” Ex-girlfriend—an hour of musical television that is at once raunchy and hilarious, dark and sparkly—stars Bloom as the perversely optimistic Rebecca Bunch, a New York lawyer who, in Season 1, dropped everything to return to California in pursuit of her high school boyfriend. Things didn’t go well, then they did, then they didn’t again. The new season will continue to explore obsessive love and female friendship, as well as introduce a third theme song, directed by Joseph Kahn. “He just directed Taylor Swift’s ‘Look What You Made Me Do,’ as well as all of Episode 4. The musical numbers in that are stellar!” says Bloom, who spoke to Newsweek about another of her show’s themes.
Rebecca suffers from depression and possibly a personality disorder. Does Trump and the so-called altright’s desire to overturn Affordable Care Act figure into the new season?
Not specifically—current events move too quickly for us to address. But what’s happening politically has made us swing more towards what we’ve always done. The show is about relationships; we’re interested in exploring the humanity in everyone, in finding common ground. It started last season with Nathaniel [Rebecca’s boss at the law firm]. We haven’t really dug into him yet, but he’s probably a classic, old-school Republican—definitely way more fiscally conservative than someone like Rebecca. But part of what I love about that character is taking an alpha male and going, “OK, what’s made him that way? What’s his soft underbelly?”
We have a song in Season 1, “I’m a Villain in My Own Story”—that’s when you get into trouble, when you see people as villains, or as binary good and evil. That’s not what people are, and I can express that in a song better than I can in a tweet. I feel very helpless using social media to try and change people’s minds; everyone is just shouting at each other.
Given the lengths Rebecca goes to for an ex, what’s the most embarrassing thing you’ve ever done for an ex-boyfriend?
Made a TV show called Crazy
Ex-girlfriend. He knows who he is.
“That’s when you get into trouble, when you see people as villains, or as binary good and evil.”