Rachel Bloom

Newsweek - - NEWS - —Anna Menta

AMONG RACHEL BLOOM’S 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 gure into the new sea­son

ot speci cally 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 e plor­ing the hu­man­ity in ev­ery­one, in nd­ing com­mon ground t started last sea­son with athaniel ebecca’s boss at the law rm e haven’t re­ally dug into him yet, but he’s prob­a­bly a clas­sic, old-school epub­li­can de nitely way more scally con­ser­va­tive than some­one like ebecca But part of what love about that char­ac­ter is tak­ing an al­pha male and go­ing, “ , what’s made him that way hat’s his soft un­der­belly ”

e have a song in Sea­son , “ ’m a il­lain in y wn 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 can e press that in a song bet­ter than can in a tweet 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 e , what’s the most em­bar­rass­ing thing you’ve ever done for an e -boyfriend

ade a T show called Crazy Ex-girl­friend e 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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