“It’s like fan fiction about your own life and I am immensely grateful and constantly overwhelmed,” admits Rachel Bloom about her comedy musical series “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” which recently wrapped after four successful seasons on the CW. Watch our exclusive video interview with Bloom above.
“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” was co-created by Bloom and “The Devil Wears Prada” screenwriter Aline Brosh McKenna, in which she also stars as Rebecca Bunch, who flees a successful career in New York to pursue her first love Josh Chan (Vincent Rodriguez III) in West Covina, California. To celebrate the series finale, the show culminated in a big splashy live variety special at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, in which many of the show’s musical numbers were played in front of fans.
“When I saw my name on the Radio City marquee, I thought, this is a parody of the career I dreamed of having,” Bloom says. “If you had told me that I’d be going to Radio City, for a musical television series that I created and starred in, that both used musical sketch comedy to explore stereotypes and all of the nuances of mental health, that’s like something you write in your journal,” she laughs.
Over four seasons, the show explored the fine line between love and infatuation and was acclaimed for the irreverent way it deconstructed stereotypes. In its latter seasons, it became more introspective and profound, by shining a light on mental illness after Rebecca attempts suicide and is eventually diagnosed with borderline personality disorder (BPD) in season 3.
“Everything really changed in the middle of season 3, when we diagnosed the character. The mental health component, the destigmatizing of getting into therapy,” she explains. “I’m really proud of what we did and hearing we had a direct impact on people’s lives.”
“At the end of the day when you’re talking about mental health you’re talking about happiness and wellness, and that’s one of the central things the show was always about. Who are you, what do you want, what’s going to make you happy, as opposed to the things that you think should make you happy and the story you tell yourself about what box you fit into.”
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