An interview with Tucky Williams

If you watched the debut episode of Girl/Girl Scene, then you’re likely to be dying to know when you can watch another. Or maybe you just want to know more about who is behind the refreshingly candid series about being a gay woman in middle America.

Actress Tucky Williams (Dead Moon Rising, Shadows Light) not only plays the butch-esque hearthrob Evan, she pens Girl/Girl Scene and found the cast and crew, who all perform for free. But the quality of the series would have you thinking it took more than just sure will to make it come together, and that’s definitely true — it’s also the passion of Tucky and her cohorts, who aim to create 45-minute episodes about the human nature of lesbians in love and other relationships, while worrying more about their day-to-day lives than high profile events or a bourgeois lifestyle.

Tucky recently took the time to answer some of our questions about creating Girl/Girl Scene, what we can expect from the first season and how much of it is based on her real life experiences. How did you begin to develop Girl/Girl Scene?
Tucky Williams:
It was one of those moments of inspiration. I was feeling dissatisfied with the roles I was being offered — either the main character’s girlfriend, or a heroine who was very, very dull. I started thinking about the kinds of roles I’d like to play: characters who were multi-dimensional, morally ambiguous, and frankly, lesbian.

I wrote the pilot episode in my free time, late at night, thinking nothing would ever come of it. I sent it to my agent, Nic Brown, and he said, “Let’s do it!” We asked Eric Butts, the best filmmaker we knew, if he would make it, and he was very enthusiastic about the project. It all came together perfectly.

AE: How much of what you write is based on your real life or people you know?
I had never seen a show that depicted what life was like for me and my friends. We’re queer and we love it. We don’t wish we were straight – the opposite, in fact. We dress like boys, listen to indie bands, and canoodle with cute girls.

I think all good writing has to be autobiographical to some extent. A lot of the stuff on the show really has happened to me or someone I know. Like the first scene of episode one, where Evan and Maxine are kissing for a scene in a movie. That really did happen with me and another actress. This director kept having us do take after take, just like on the show. It was awkward, having a hardcore make-out session with a total stranger and all these people watching. It seems so absurd when you see it on G/GS, but it really did happen.