Part­ing Shot

Rachel Bloom

Newsweek International - - CONTENT - —Anna Menta

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.”

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