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I think that whoever can do it the
best should play the part. Whether
or not someone is really a lesbian
is irrelevant! Hilary Swank did an
amazing job in that movie. Charlize
Theron was amazing in Monster. Talent
is talent. If there are lesbians who are
critical of non-lesbians playing them,
then they should quit their complaining
and make a movie that stars only
lesbians! It’s fun and not that hard to
do! Well, it’s hard, but it doesn’t take a
genius, just a lot of work.
Did you ever think you’d be writing
for a show like The L Word and have
it a smashing success?
No – I’m still amazed every once in a
while that it’s actually on the air and
that people, many of them not lesbians,
are watching it and liking it! I could
have hoped that the time would come
for a show like this, but I wouldn’t have
believed so soon.
How much input did the actors bring
to their characters?
Well, they always tell the writers where
they’d like to see their character going,
and sometimes it makes it in and
sometimes it doesn’t. A big influence
for me is just watching the first season
and seeing how they are, what they
are good at, how they can be better
used. Knowing who can make a line
funny, who needs to be more likable, all
that. So they influence it just by being
themselves—and it’s fun now to write
for them now that I know them.
What’s next for you?
Next for me is seeing how having an
action movie written by me in theaters
affects my writing career, developing a
TV show, trying to get a feature
I wrote off the ground for me to direct,
going out on auditions...all that jazz. I
have two movies coming out this year
that I wrote: The Ballad of Bettie Page
and BloodRayne, based on a video
game. Now I am thinking about coming
up with a TV show idea of my own...
You ultimate career goal?
No, no ultimate goal – just that I get to
keep working, that I still make stuff that
matters... I really want to play a lawyer
in a courtroom drama, I will eventually
direct a feature, and I hope to write
many, many more movies. OK, I want a
hit show on TV where I am the boss of
everyone and everything!
In Preaching to the Perverted (1997), set in London’s S&M
scene, Guin Turner plays merciless mistress Tanya Cheex.
Tanya’s relationship with her slave: They are lovers; she
lets the slave adore her. It works out wonderfully for both
of them. I had a great time working with Julie Graham,
the actress who plays her, and we remain close friends
today. Playing a master and slave will do that to you I
On being infatuated with a male BSDM virgin: I was a
bit daunted at first, mostly because of the scene where
I give him a blow job, which just repulsed me, but you
know, acting is acting – I’ve certainly done sex scenes
with women I would not have sex with in real life... you
know, it’s just work. And on top of that, she was a really
fun character to play, and by no means weak.
How you became involved in the film: [Director] Stuart Urban contacted my
manager. I made a tape of myself auditioning and wrote him a letter expressing
sincere regret that I couldn’t be there in person to spank someone for him. I think
it was the letter that sold him on casting me. Also I had written a film about BDSM
icon Bettie Page, and was very familiar with the world. (That film just premiered in
the Toronto Film Festival and will be released in March).
We have 5 DVDs of Preaching to the Perverted to give away. Call (02) 9332 2725
on October 14 at 2pm to win.
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