REBECCA BLUMHAGEN THE GIRL’S GUIDE TO DEPRAVITY (Exclusive Interview) – The Girl’s Guide to Depravity stars Rebecca Blumhagen as Sam, who is best friends with Lizzie (Sally Golan) and someone who has developed stalking unavailable men into a new art form. As the first season of Girl’s Guide comes to an end, Rebecca took time out of her schedule to talk to Screenslam exclusively about the show, love scenes, meeting fans and her hopes for next season.
SC: With season finale next week, what do you think your character’s main journey has been this season? What have they learned?
RB: So far, I’d say Sam’s journey for the most part has been about her friendship with Lizzie. Through all of the adventures, failures, and laughter (also, did I mention failures) it’s really been about her ongoing friendship with Lizzie, and her sense of humor about the whole thing. For Sam personally, it’s also been about not giving up hope. In the last few episodes you’ve gotten to see how the rules are starting to take a toll on Sam, and she begins to question the whole thing. So now, as she begins to step back a little from Lizzie, she starts to figure out what it means to trust herself.
SC: For you, which is the best “rule” from GGTD? Do you follow any of the rules personally? Do you have your own?
RB: To be honest, the rules are a total spin on an idea, an exaggeration on a theme. I do believe women should not always play the victim as they are generally taught to do, but figuring out what you want is a lot more complex than following a few simple rules. I’m still figuring out my rules but let me say that like Sam, I haven’t really found any that work yet, .
SC: What is the most difficult part of making an episode? Keeping your energy up, the love scenes…
RB: We shot the series out of order and in very long days – so building a character arc throughout an episode and throughout the season was extremely difficult. I set up a whole map on the wall of my hotel room where we filmed. Alex Merkin, our director, was a great help. If we needed to take time and look back over what had just happened, he was always right there.
SC: We always hear actors talk about love scenes being the most awkward scenes to shoot. Is it true for you?
RB: Of course, they’re totally awkward! You have to really think about – ok, where am I coming from, how drunk am I, what is my goal here… to really make it about the story, and Sam’s journey. Making it about her journey was an integral part of why I decided to do this in the first place. I didn’t want to be afraid to tell a character’s story without, you know, just blinking when everybody blinks. Sam’s heartache, despair, frustration, her determination to find love – the love scenes are part of that journey.
SC: What sort of feelings did you have shooting the pilot of the series? Where you nervous about your first nude scene?
RB: We actually shot the pilot mixed in with the rest of the series. The first few days shooting were both incredibly fun and terrifying. My first love scene was actually from episode 8, with Brad (Bram Hoover). It was Bram’s first love scene on camera too, and he’s a really sweet and respectful guy, so that was great, it was like we were in it together. Alex Merkin (dir) was awesome, he knew I was nervous and let me help to choreograph it – we thought of a creative way of making it funny (knocking over statues, a naked getaway flip over the couch), so in the end I really felt proud of what we did.
SC: Have you run into fans of the show in public? What do they ask you?
RB: Just a few times! I met a couple at Cafe Gratitude in LA and it was funny, actually, I leaned over to them when my waitress walked away because I was trying to figure who she was, and I asked, “Do you think our waitress is famous?” And they said, “We were just trying to figure out if YOU were famous!” Then we ended up sharing dessert and they bought me dinner. It was sweet!
SC: What sort of experience do you hope the audience gets out of watching the show?
RB: I hope that they laugh, they see themselves and their own struggles in Sam’s struggle, and that ultimately they find hope and feel not as alone. And are able to laugh at and accept their own failures and successes!
SC: Finally, what are your hopes for next season?
RB: More kick-ass writing, more of Sam and Lizzie’s life outside of dating, and some dresses we got to wear during fashion week in NYC, PLEASE.
Watch the preview for the season finale below: