What type of roles would you like to see other actresses play?
Georgie Henley gets it.
want this moment burned on my eyelids
So many girls saw this. Bless.
All hail the queen.
Let this sink in. She declared herself a feminist in front of a bunch of white women who decided they werent feminists like katy perry and then her husband and child, the things feminists evidently don’t have, wete cheering on and gave her an award
So I meant to write a review on Angela and Rayanne, but the power of My So-Called Life for girls is so far beyond those two characters. I wish so badly that I could have seen the show whilst actually teenaged, because it speaks so primally to the chronically misunderstood condition of teenage girlhood. Legitimately portraying the experiences of teenage girls as real and valuable as opposed to vapid or meaningless is something I had never seen before on tv, and barely since. I can remember so vividly the experience of being so hyper aware of the significance of each and every moment, but simultaneously completely oblivious. And having your life so driven by emotions, and having your emotions so intrinsically tied to what are seemingly insignificant moments in time. My heart pretty much breaks whenever I think about how powerful Rayanne and Angela’s BFFship is in keeping them okay.
And it’s extremely significant that a show which is seemingly about a middle class white girl with loving parents succeeds in exploring very serious issues without veering into Very Special Episode territory. Each encounter with each character quietly divulges their complexity so that over time we see that the show’s not really about Angela, it’s about Ricky and homophobia and abuse, and Rayanne and drug/alcohol abuse and sexuality, and a host of other issues pertaining to literally every other character in the show. And how everyone’s stories are constantly intertwining subtlety reminds all the baby girls who feel like everything is against them that other people know what they’re going through and have been through it too.
So my point is that My So-Called Life holds an incredibly precious place in my heart. I love how a show that is so dramatic and dated is so apologetically committed to the mystery of teenage girldom and speaks so truthfully to being emotional and confused and figuring things out, which is basically the entirety of being a teenaged girl. It is charming and magical whilst being intrinsically feminist and Winnie Holzman is a genius.
Also, can everyone just stop for a moment and bask in the glory that is Angela, Rayanne and Ricky’s wardrobes? Because seriously, those three are teenage god(desse)s.
Don’t play dumb, even if they want you to.
Props to her for pointing out problematic behavior without putting down the women in general.
That last comment tho.
(sorry for use of “dumb” & “stupid” throughout)
"In a lot of ways Piper was my Trojan Horse. You’re not going to go into a network and sell a show on really fascinating tales of black women, and Latina women, and old women and criminals. But if you take this white girl, this sort of fish out of water, and you follow her in, you can then expand your world and tell all of those other stories. But it’s a hard sell to just go in and try to sell those stories initially. The girl next door, the cool blonde, is a very easy access point, and it’s relatable for a lot of audiences and a lot of networks looking for a certain demographic. It’s useful."
Jenji Kohan, Orange is the New Black show creator
even the show writers know that piper isnt as interesting
Jenji Kohan plays the game well.