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'The Real L Word' Star Whitney Mixter Is a Big Tease- INTERVIEW

'The Real L Word' Star Whitney Mixter Is a Big Tease- INTERVIEW

The Real L Word Season 2 box set is now out on DVD. We caught up with fan fave, Whitney Mixter, to chat about sex, growing up onscreen, groupies, and how she’s making us wait.

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If, like me, you’re one of the chicks too poor to afford Showtime but you can’t get enough of their lesbian programming, there’s good news: The Real L Word Season 2 box set is now out on DVD. Find out what you missed — or relive your favorite drama mama moments — before season 3 starts in June.

We caught up with fan fave, Whitney Mixter, to chat about sex, growing up onscreen, groupies, and how she’s making us wait.

What was the biggest difference between this season and last season for you?

Last season I had no idea what I was getting into so going into it this time around I was obviously more prepared as to what to expect in terms of process. Within filming, I would say the biggest difference was the way my emotions played out. Season 1 I think I was a little more carefree with my relationships with the women in my life and season 2 I definitely started dealing with what I really want in my life. I guess it’s called growing up — I just never really expected to do it on camera.

What was your most embarrassing moment that was caught on camera this year?

[Laughs] Hmm, I’m not sure if I get embarrassed, actually. I think everyone can look like a tool at some point in their lives so if it happens it happens. I will say, however, sometimes seeing yourself back in certain “situations” can make you want to cover your own eyes a bit.

What has surprised you most about doing The Real L Word?

Honestly, I think it’s how much I’ve learned about myself. Having your life shown under a microscope can really make you examine what you like and don’t like about yourself and what types of people you want surrounding you.

Are you now used to having cameras follow you around everywhere? How long did it take to adjust to that?

The production team we work with is really good. Initially it was a little odd having people follow you around because you feel compelled to entertain them but after about a week I realized I’d go crazy if I thought about it like that so I just acted as if they weren’t there and went about my business. They really do achieve this fly on the wall essence, and as weird as it may seem, you do get used to it. After we finish filming it’s almost like something’s missing, like my Siamese twin was removed. [Laughs] I feel like I should call my producer sometimes just to check in or see if I need clearance to go to a restaurant.

You’re the regular cast member to be on both seasons of the show. What makes you special?

I don’t know if special is the right word, but I think when I signed on to be part of this project I made a pledge to myself that I was going to approach it completely uncensored; whether it’s the kitchen, the bathroom, or the bedroom, my world would be open. Although its sometimes hard to watch myself I think it allowed my story to click with people because they saw everything from the laughs to the down and dirty and they could relate — or it was like a car wreck that you couldn't look away from. Either way, it worked, it was a growing experience for me and I was asked to return.

You’ve got tons of lesbian fans. Are there Whitney groupies that follow you around now too?

We’re all part of the same community so I really appreciate all of the love and support I’ve received. I travel around hosting events often and get to meet tons of people out. And yes, there have definitely been some incredibly excited fans that I see pretty often. It’s flattering.

How accurate do you think the show is in portraying your life?

I think it’s accurate in portraying certain parts of my life. It’s a show, and like on any program they choose to focus on the most pertinent portion to make it a more cohesive story for the viewer — for mine it was obviously my love life. Is it accurate? Yes. Is there more to me than that? Absolutely.

What’s next for you?

Well Season 3 was just announced so it looks like that’s on the agenda. I’m working on a business right now so that’s a focus for me, however there’s definitely some big changes coming up both in my personal and professional life, but you might need to wait until June to see exactly what I mean.

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Diane Anderson-Minshall

Diane Anderson-Minshall is CEO and editorial director of Pride Media, the parent company of PRIDE, Out, The Advocate, Plus, and Out Traveler.

Diane Anderson-Minshall is CEO and editorial director of Pride Media, the parent company of PRIDE, Out, The Advocate, Plus, and Out Traveler.