Rachel Bloom Q&A: ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’
“When we pitched the show, we pitched it in four sections,” reveals Rachel Bloom as we chat via webcam (watch the exclusive video above) about the second season of her show “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.” “The fact that there are four different kinds of angles on Rebecca’s story… It gave us an in. It wasn’t like we were spinning our wheels being like, ‘how are we going to do more of this show?,’ because the plot had escalated.”
Bloom co-created this CW series with Aline Brosh McKenna and stars as Rebecca Bunch, a lawyer who gives up a successful job in New York to pursue the love of her life, Josh Chan (Vincent Rodriguez III), in West Covina, CA, to decidedly mixed results. In addition to her acting, producing, and writing duties, the multi-talented Bloom also composes two songs per episode for the series.
This season saw new changes for Rebecca Bunch, for better or worse. “There were certain things she knew she wanted in season one, but she was afraid to pursue them because she didn’t want to seem crazy,” Bloom explains. “So she lost a little bit of her fear, which was good in some circumstances, but in others, she kind of took the governor off, so she kind of spun out.” As well, she learned to, “appreciate female friendships,” which, “she’d never done in her life before. So even if for her it was a little forced, and pushed, and not organic, it’s something that she never really thought about in her life, and made an effort in her life for before that.”
Bloom won the Golden Globe as Best TV Musical/Comedy Actress for the shows first season in 2016, and competed again this year. She was nominated at the Emmys for writing the main title theme with Adam Schlesinger and for penning the original song “Settle For Me” with Schlesinger and Jack Dolgen. Her previous Emmy bid was as one of the producers of the short form animated series “Robot Chicken” (2015). Can she break into the highly competitive Best Comedy Actress race at the Emmys for season two?