Rising star Alexandra Turshen has a big year ahead of her, and co-starring in Boy Meets Girl is a great way to kick things off! Boy Meets Girl is a sex-positive, coming-of-age romantic comedy that follows Ricky, a young transwoman looking for love in her small Kentucky hometown, and Alexandra plays Francesca, Ricky's charming Southern belle love interest. It takes no time at all to see why Ricky is interested in her even though she's never been with a woman romantically before, and what unfolds is a sweet and complicated love story with several twists and turns.
Written, produced, and directed by Eric Schaeffer, Boy Meets Girl is a refreshingly honest and open exploration of gender and sexuality, and its three young leads (Trans actress Michelle Hendley plays Ricky, and Michael Welch of Twilight fame plays Ricky's best friend) give it as much heart as we could hope for. Alexandra herself also recently opened up to The Advocate about her experience publically coming out as sexually fluid at a Q & A session for Boy Meets Girl. We were lucky enough to get to chat exclusively with Alexandra about the movie that's changing lives, which you can now - and should - pick watch on DVD or Video on Demand!
I watched Boy Meets Girl and fell in love with it. I feel like it's kind of a must-see romantic comedy, which is hard to achieve in such a massive genre. Congrats!
Wow - that's impressive. Thank you so much!
What stood out to you about Boy Meets Girl when you first heard about the project?
For me it was just such a human story, so complex and layered, and I guess it's sort of timely in a way. I just loved the story, honestly, and I wanted to be part of it in whatever capacity possible. Thank god there was a character that I was a little bit right for! It's just such a bold, beautiful story, it's completely fearless. I really fell in love with the characters, and I wanted to help it come to life.
Your character Francesca is so immediately charming and likable. What do you love most about her?
I loved Francesca immediately. She's a gal with many, many layers. I think there's even a line in the film where Michelle's character (Ricky) says something like, "She's much deeper than she appears at first blush," and I think that's sort of Francesca in a nutshell. She definitely has this really bright, really bubbly big Southern charm to her, but she's an idealist and she has a very big heart. She's very curious about people and she's very curious about the world. At times a bit naive, but in so many ways wise beyond her years. I mean, not many 20 year olds have an instinct that they're being too amenable with the outside forces directing their lives and recognize that and say, 'No, I'm going to live my truth right now, if only just for this moment, just to see where that goes.' I think that's really bold and brave of her, especially considering her background and her family.
Speaking of her family, I actually thought many people in the film were more open then I would have expected considering the conservative, southern setting.
From my end of things - and I'm not the one who wrote the story - but from my general experience with this movie is that people who can put a face and a name and a person to what they're learning about with someone being transgender tend to be far much more open-minded then if it's just something they're hearing about or reading about in passing. I think that's why the character of Ricky might have had the experience she had because she grew up there, she's a part of the community. They know her, and she's not anything scary or something to be feared. They understand her. And I think it's really at the heart of this film about a really beautiful person who happens to be transgender and has this very complicated coming-of-age story. And all coming of age stories are really rather complicated!