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Jennifer Beals Captures 'The L Word' Cast In Photos: Exclusive, Part 2

Jennifer Beals Captures 'The L Word' Cast In Photos: Exclusive, Part 2

In Part 2 of SheWired's exclusive interview with Jennifer Beals discussing her book of photographs she took of her cast mates throughout The L Word's six-season run, the actress shares how she misses Bette Porter, what she thought of the way The L Word ended with Jenny Schecter's death, if she’ll reunite with series creator Ilene Chaiken on her upcoming reality series The Real L Word: Los Angeles this summer. Plus, photos of Kate Moennig, Leisha Hailey, Erin Daniels and more...

In Part 2 of SheWired's exclusive interview with Jennifer Beals discussing her book of photographs she shot of her The L Word costars, the actress shares how she misses Bette Porter, what she thought of the way The L Word ended and if she’ll reunite with series creator Ilene Chaiken on her upcoming reality series The Real L Word: Los Angeles this summer.

Read part one of our exclusive with Jennifer here.

SheWired: Do you miss The L Word?

Jennifer Beals: Sometimes I do, but I've been working on so many great projects. And also, quite frankly, I've been living with the book since we stopped shooting. It's not like I don't get to see everybody because I see them endlessly on my computer, going through layouts or different images, and I hear them on the tape recorder, and I talk to almost everybody quite frequently. So it's not as if I'm not in touch with the cast. I certainly miss Bette's righteousness sometimes and her ability to be so articulate in the heat of the moment, for the most part. But I have to say I mostly miss Bette more than anything, because I get to see everybody else. She was a good friend to have.

Would you reprise Bette in a spin-off that wasn't The Farm

It depends on what it was. And I'd have to talk to Ilene. There's so many details of what would happen. I would never say "no" categorically. I'd have to see what the details were.

 

A lot of fans are still clamoring for an L Word movie. Is that something you'd be open to?

Yeah, sure, I would be interested in doing it. But Ilene is so busy (https://shewired.com/Article.cfm?ID=23763), she's got so many projects going on. And I'm hoping to work with Ilene again because it'd be fun. It was a really good partnership, and she was really easy to talk to and very fair and creative and a good listener.

Speaking of Ilene, she has The L Word-inspired reality show The Real L Word: Los Angeles coming up this summer.

 I know!

Any chance you'll pop in on that?

Hell no! (Laughing) Hell no! Because that drama will be too deep! I can't go there! I can't! You know what I'm saying!

 

Of course, the lesbian drama stereotype - it's a stereotype because in this case it'll true!

 

(Laughing) Yeah! Oh my gosh, but it will be really funny to watch it. It will probably be the only reality show that I will watch.

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What did you think about the way The L Word ended?

Oh, I thought it was really unfortunate. And we talk about that in the book. If you have this picture of Mia's last day, it brings up all kinds of things for various cast members, so you get into the six seasons because I think all of the cast was disappointed by the way the show ended. And that's not to take away from how much we loved doing the show and the respect we have for Ilene and Showtime, but I think everybody was very, very disappointed by it. And we talk about it at length - for better or for worse. (Laughs.)

A lot of people are going to be really excited to read what the cast thought about the end.

I'm really excited to have it in the book. And again, it's interesting because even when people show their displeasure for something that happened, they're still really clear about how much they loved doing the show and how much they loved their character. And I think their displeasure, their intense reaction to the sixth season, especially the way the show ended is just a testament to how much they loved their characters and how much loved the show and what they were trying to do.

 

With everything else on TV right now, what would you opt to have a role on if you could pick?

The fact is that I don't watch enough TV to answer that question. I don't watch it, I don't have time right now. I mean it's been fun being on Lie To Me (https://shewired.com/Article.cfm?ID=23208), it's been a really interesting ride, but I don't know. I'd have to start watching TV.

 

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What do you have in the pipeline?

It's a film called A Night for Dying Tigers, an independent film that's very dark.

 

Who do you play?

I play a woman named Melanie. It's a wonder she's still alive given the family that she's married into.

 

There's a lot of '80s-themed remakes going on - they're working on Footloose right now. Would you ever revisit Flashdance?

Again, I'd have to look at the script and see what it was they wanted me to do. The old auntie in the conservatory, I don't know. (Laughs.)

 

What if they wanted you to wear your old off-the-shoulder sweatshirt you sported in original?

 (Laughing) Oh Lord have mercy! That would be a sizable check, I'd imagine.

 

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