Sex/Life is about to come into your lives! On Friday you will discover what this daring, transgressive and sexy show has to offer – which is a lot – and we had the pleasure of interviewing its leading lady Sarah Shahi. We talked about her character and the prejudices that still exist when we meet a woman who lives her desires and her sexuality freely. Ready?
Here we go!
As you can see, we wanted to ask Sarah Shahi about her personal opinion of Billie, her character, if at any point she identified with her and if she understood her decisions, we were also curious to know if she would change something about her character or the show. And we couldn’t love Sarah’s response more, it’s just what we were looking for: she wouldn’t change anything because Billie is a free woman and it’s not her job to judge her.
It’s just what we feel when we watch the show. Sometimes, in an interview, you ask a question with a preconceived idea of what you would answer, you’re looking for the artist to answer you in a way that’s similar to what you think. It’s what happened with Sarah. We can’t agree more with her and exactly everything she said. Every. Single. Word.
Also, we wanted to know her opinion about why a book, a story, that portrayed the life of a woman who lives her desires and her sexuality with freedom received so much negativity and criticism when that would not happen if the story were the other way around.
Nobody criticizes if a book tells us about the sexual life of a man, nobody questions anything about that, but things change when it’s a woman recounting her most intimate desires and fantasies in the first person, the story changes when a woman lives her sexuality freely.
Why? Why don’t we shake our heads when Christian Grey fulfills his fantasies in Fifty Shades of Grey but we do it when Billie recounts them in Sex/Life or the book on which the show is based? We think that Sarah gives a perfect answer to this complex question. Again, everything she said. Adding something would be unnecessary because Sarah’s reflection is the most accurate we have heard.
Sarah Shahi is absolutely wonderful and incredibly lovely. She spoke to us uninhibited about Billie, about what the character taught her, about the importance of telling her story. A little ray of sunshine so cute that we are looking forward to you watching her on the screen this Friday. It was a pleasant conversation, time flew by talking to her and I felt the special affection that Sarah feels for Billie, how she feels that Billie is part of her.
We love Sarah Shahi. Period.
And here ends our interview with Sarah Shahi. Stay tuned for our interviews with Margaret Odette and Stacy Rukeyser to be posted soon.