Did Rachel Bloom Move Across the Country For Love Like Her Character in 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend'?
By Lorna Soonhee Umphrey| October 9, 2015 |
Rachel Bloom chats about the inspiration behind her new show Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, how she feels about not having a backup plan, and why she's staying true to herself.
Love will make you do the darnedest things. That’s pretty much the premise for comedian Rachel Bloom’s new CW show, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, premiering on Monday, October 12. As a musical comedy, the show centers around Bloom’s character, Rebecca, who finds herself pining over an old high school boyfriend, Josh, who dumped her 10 years ago. Fast-forward to present day and Rebecca, who's still single, runs into Josh on the streets of New York where he tells her he’s moving to West Covina, a drab town near Los Angeles “just two hours from the beach, four hours in traffic." Still infatuated with Josh, Rebecca devises a plan to move to West Covina in an effort to win over his heart and get a fresh start on life.
Breaking into song on a show is nothing new for Bloom—the viral star was discovered via her online music videos by well-known screenwriter, Aline Brosh McKenna (The Devil Wears Prada). McKenna and Bloom worked together to create the basis of the show, which centers around the "degrading things [we] have done for love, in the ways that we have debased ourselves, in the ways we have lied to ourselves—all of the crazy things,” Bloom explains.
Having grown up near West Covina, it only seemed natural that Bloom would choose this town for the setting of her show. “I’d been really into a guy from Glendora, which is a town over and when he’d call, it would say his number was Covina,” she says. So, did she move to his town to be closer to him like the character in her show? “The show is not based on a personal experience where I moved across the country for an ex. [Luckily], I have a little bit more [self]-awareness,” she says.
Being true to herself is something Bloom attributes to what helped her land her dream show when she was discovered by McKenna after watching her videos. “I was obviously hoping people would see them, but ultimately, I was doing things I wanted to make, things that felt like me,” she says. “I always did what I thought was funny and hoped that at some point, someone would see it—and that’s what happened.”
As co-creator and executive producer of the show who is living in the "now," Plan B is a bit nonexistent in Bloom's future. “When this ends, I don’t know if I’ll have a dream anymore, so that’s horrifying.” In the meantime, she’s hoping for a successful run of the show—or for as long “as America lets me into their living rooms, or their iPhones, or iPads, or microchips inside their brains.”