Rachel Bloom Q&A: ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’
“It was so overwhelming and wonderful,” recalls “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” star Rebecca Bloom as we chat via webcam (watch above) about her surprise Golden Globe win for Best TV Comedy Actress in January. And, she reveals, “I wanted to go up there and say I want to thank the Hollywood Foreign Press for giving us a second season.” Bloom, who co-created the show with “The Devil Wears Prada” screenwriter Aline Brosh McKenna, plays Rebecca Bunch who flees New York for suburban California to pursue her first love. She also serves as producer and writer and is responsible, along with Jack Dolgen and Adam Schlesinger, for the many musical numbers featured throughout the show. Dish “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” with Hollywood insiders in our notorious forums by clicking here.
Bloom, who also won the Critics’ Choice TV Award in January, readily admits, “It’s been a hell of a year. We’ve just passed the year mark from when we were ordered to series, and my life has done a 180. I mean, my life is completely different.” As she explains, “You’re on the set for 16 hours and it starts to feel like you’re in this little family, and then you go home and you watch it on your TV, which is surreal in its own way.”
This CW series has been acclaimed for the irreverent way it deconstructs stereotypes and spotlights people from all walks of life not usually seen on network television. “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” is at its best during the musical numbers that fit so seamlessly within each episode as a way to propel the plot forward. Asked about the challenges of making these work so well, Bloom says “the songs come to us really organically.”
She explains her creative process thus: “What are the emotionally heightened moments in each episode? What are Rebecca’s emotionally high and low moments of the episode? Let’s hone in on what ideas could be in that moment and what purpose do we need the song to serve.” As for her favorite song, Bloom can’t choose because they’re all “her babies,” but admits “it’s really cool that ‘Sexy Getting Ready Song’ continues to resonate with people. It’s cool that ‘Heavy Boobs’ resonates with people, it’s cool that ‘JAP Battle’ resonates with people.”