Soul Sisters was thrilled to welcome Golden Globe winner and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend creator Rachel Bloom into the Chord Club for a brief respite from awards campaigning (“If you want an Emmy, you campaign. So we’re doing that. Give us an Emmy,” she deadpanned) to chat about this phenomenal first year she’s had as musical showrunner and slyly feminist firebrand.
“The title’s a generalization,” she explains of the CW series in which she plays a successful New York lawyer who has an existential crisis and decides to give up life in the fast lane to chase an ex-boyfriend all the way to West Covina, California. “It’s like, ‘Dumb bitch!’ or like, ‘Chocoholic!'” she explains of the “Crazy Ex” title. “It’s so trite in a way, that there was no alternative. It was always like, ‘Let’s look under this label.'”
A self-proclaimed over-sharer with boundary issues (“In that I have very few boundaries,” she adds), Bloom tells us how she went from misunderstood theater nerd (“I was tortured in middle school for liking musical theater. My first concert was Bette Midler at Staples Center”) to writing and starring in what she calls a “f—ed-up romantic comedy” that features made-to-go-viral musical numbers that are as astonishing in their production value as they are in their social awareness.
“One of the show’s thesis statements is that people are people,” she says when discussing songs she’s written this season about, for example, a man’s acceptance of his own bisexuality, or the plight of women with, as the chorus tells it, those “heavy boobs.”
She also tells us about her own battles with self-acceptance, through periods of anxiety and depression and the uncertainty of how exactly to make her mark as a performer. As Crazy Ex-Girlfriend wraps up its first season on Monday (April 18), we had to ask: Will her show’s alter-ego finally find love in season 2?
“Let’s just say when Rebecca’s fully happy, the show’s over.”
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