You were talking about getting inside Lizzie’s head and finding it difficult to separate yourself. Do you find the extra transmedia elements on a project like this help you as an actor, in that particular way?
Honestly, in that way it’s weird, because I don’t write Lizzie’s tweets and they don’t usually tell me that she is going to tweet things. So I read tweets next to a picture of my face and I’m like “What? What are you talking about? Oh, okay, I guess that’s what I’m thinking right now?” So that is actually very strange.
It’s very cool how the transmedia is used, mostly it gets used for characters other than Lizzie because Lizzie is the most active on camera so she needs the least supplemental stuff. Mostly she tweets the episodes, so it’s not a big thing.
But it’s strange. Sometimes she is going through a thing, and I didn’t know she was going through that thing at the time, and I’m like, “Wait. I didn’t know that.” Which is fine, but it’s funny. Because I think, “I didnt experience that! Oh, wait. I’m not actually Lizzie, I don’t have to experience everything, that’s fine.”
She’s not real, it’s okay.
She’s real in here. [Points at head]
I saw that you were nominated for the Streamy Audience Choice Award, Personality of the Year. What does that mean?
I don’t know. It’s very nice, I’m very flattered to be on that list but I don’t know. Go vote for The Lizzie Bennet Diaries.
Yes, more importantly for Series of the Year. How did that feel?
That feels so great. We were already nominated for Best Comedy which was pretty exciting, so I guess now here’s an opportunity for the very powerful, very enthusiastic fandom of Lizzie Bennet to engage and use their powers, if they so choose to. I’m not sure when voting ends?
Soon, I think. [Authors note: voting has now closed]
Soon, because the awards are on Sunday. But it’s very flattering of course, very nice. I’m very excited for all the things we’re nominated for.
Best Ensemble Cast?
Best Ensemble Cast is actually the thing I’m most excited about, because I love our cast so much. If we only won one award and I got to pick which one, it would be that one. That would be what I want us to get, because the show wouldn’t be what it is without its whole ensemble. And the cast is so great, and I really just love them all so much and I love working with them, so I would ideally like to give them this award. We’re up for Best Comedy, Bernie’s up for Writing, Julia [Cho, plays Charlotte] and I are both up for Best Female Performance, Best Comedy, and Interactive is the sixth.
I wonder if the people deciding these awards have been watching the recent episodes? Comedy might be a slightly erroneous label.
People get very upset about genre, but the fact is we submitted for comedy, we chose which genre to submit for. And also we submitted for the awards in either October of November, it was a long time ago. It was pre-Darcy Day when we submitted for these awards.
And it really was a comedy in the earlier days, or more so than now.
I would say it still is.
I think genre is a tricky thing. I would hate for us not to deal with serious issues because we’re a comedy and we’re not allowed to talk about serious stuff. A lot of comedies have had episodes that have made me cry, and I love that. It was actually really, really exciting for us to do episode 42, “Friends Forever”, which is the Lizzie/Charlotte fight, because that was the first really serious episode.
It was 42 episodes in, of basically straight silliness up to that point. Well, not straight silliness, but very light-hearted stuff, and it was the first time that we had a serious, not funny episode, and we really felt like we’d earned it at that point. The fans were invested in these characters enough that they would sit through an unpleasant few minutes and not get to laugh, and maybe to cry.
I think ultimately I am much more invested in shows like that. I can think of a bunch of half-hour comedies that have made me cry, so if we’re doing any of that then I am very proud. It’s a strange few weeks right now. Because of the format of our show, there’s all this waiting, so I think it feels kind of torturous to be going through the sex-tape scandal right now, which will be over soon – sorry guys. It’s slow, when does it get better?