AE: What can you tell us about any romantic or sexual scenes you two have?
AK: I came in on the first day with the writers and said “Okay, when do we hook up?” And they literally were like “We haven’t gotten there yet.” I was like, “Yeah right!” But as I was reading the scripts, because I’m thinking mainstream media, what’s going to happen? Right now it’s just been like, to me, it speaks to the kinds of relationships I see on television that have lasted a long time where there’s love and kisses but nothing romantic or sexual. So far, right now they’re in a lab scenario, they’re around family all the time—you haven’t seen us in our life privately on the show.
GD: I’m not a huge fan of sex scenes on television shows, period. Only because a lot of times they feel forced, for me as an audience member—and I’m talking hetero or homosexual. But if it doesn’t feel forced, and it’s that thing that’s organic, as is everything else in our relationship—obviously as actresses we’re down to do that if it’ll help for the audience to really feel like okay, it’s true and or it’s organic. Maybe it’s because I’m very modest and conservative. I don’t like stuff to be too racy. I like the relationship stuff and the dynamics of all of that, and I like humor. So for me, it’s nothing I need in the show, but if it happens, I hope it happens in an organic way.
AK: Or in a way that strengthens the relationship and what the show’s conveying and it’s not gratuitous.
GD: And it doesn’t feel like it takes away from what we already build up to that point, like “Oh, they just did that for a little T&A action” or ratings hikes. Because I never want it to be that we’re using the lesbian aspect of the characters or their storyline to do something other than telling a story.
AK: It’s nice to not feel lost or marketed in those roles. Right now, it doesn’t feel that at all. I was like “Get ready, Anna!” So my defense mechanism was make jokes about it, but literally the writers were like “What are you talking about? We’re beyond that.”
GD: It’s a nod to the writers that they’re doing that. They’re not like “Let’s sexualize these women! Come on, I can’t wait! When does that scene happen?” There’s none of that.
AE: Can you share a moment on set that was a lot of fun to shoot?
GD: Totally, our karaoke moment: “Lady Marmalade.” For me! They’re supposed to introduce some background to Pippy’s character where in the pilot there’s a nod to where Lorraine’s character, in the pilot says about a victim, “She’s supposed to be at Julliard, like someone else I know.” So there’s kind of a brush of a hint that Pippy’s path and career was supposed to be way different. There was a turn and a twist in her life that ended up being in the family business her following after her brother and also protecting her brother while being there. But having that conversation with Todd, where he said “Would you be comfortable introducing singing into the show?” I was like, “Yeah! How about we just met at karaoke?” And so that’s going to be our thing. SO that’s a karaoke moment on the show that was super fun.
AK: That was really fun. And then we also worked on the same episode with Tim Busfield was so lovely, directing, and was really encouraging improv, which is really nice on a drama, and he let us go for two minutes after the script had ended. We had a lot of fun.
AE: The show is a drama but it’s really quite funny.
GD: You forget you’re filming a drama. When I’m at a table read—I forget how funny the show is. There’s a lot of laughing at the table read. Obviously it’s not knee-slapping on set, that kind of humor. But it’s all grounded in truth, and that’s what makes comedy. And I think what’s great is we’re in real life situations because the show is centered around death, and we still have to live life around what we do for a living; solving things and answering questions about the deceased, and why Rosewood really values life the way he does. There’s a good levity and balance between serious subject matter, which the show is about—crime and death—but being valuing the life you have now, enjoying the life that you have now and just living in real moments and sometimes life is freaking funny.
AE: Gabrielle, I love that your mother and brother are both so supportive of you and your relationship in the show. So often we see stories on shows where people of color face scrutiny and homophobia within their own families.
GD: I hope it foreshadows where the outlook is going in that community, of it not being that deep. I feel like it’s very old-school kind of dynamic, and it’s definitely very grounded in the church, where that comes from. But I did not grow up in that environment, as far as like with that dynamic of human err–I’m very open and exciting and have it in my family. I’m surrounded in it in my life so for me, I never could understand that dynamic. I can’t think of another show where—we just breezed right through it. There’s never a, “Wait, mom, are you going to accept this?” If anything, she loves TMI more than me some days! I think it’s such a beautiful thing because it shows growth. It shows opportunities for growth in a community that looks at it, typically, narrow-minded. I feel like anything goes mainstream, people start to open their minds to. These characters aren’t trying to be the stereotype of everything you’ve ever seen lesbians be from their situations to the way they dress to the way they talk to what their interests are in life. They are so man jokes about lesbian women, things we could be wearing, things we could be saying or doing.
Rosewood premieres tonight at 8/7c on Fox.