Who knew Brit soap Brookside would be such a trendsetter. Since that first pre-watershed lesbian kiss back in 1994 (which had 6million viewers glued to their couches), every drama, in need of a ratings boost, has dabbled in some girl-on-girl romance.
On the big screen, this month’s most talked about film Jennifer’s Body features a kiss between Megan Fox and Amanda Seyfried. Now 90210 had revealed a planned lesbian storyline – Rumer Willis’ character Rebecca Sinclair will get a girlfriend, in the form of previously straight Adrianna. But apparently it’s not a publicity stunt.
‘This isn’t a fling,’ said the shows producer Rebecca Sinclair, ‘We’re coming at this [relationship] from a genuine place and not going, ‘Let’s do a titillating story that will grab some promotion.’ This is a real aspect of teenager life that’s interesting.’
In the OC, the affair between Mischa Barton’s character Marissa and bartender Alex caused scandal in the US (conveniently at a time the show was haemorrhaging viewers, down almost 2million on the last series). By the way, who can tell me what Olivia Wilde, the actress who played Alex did next? Well, she now plays a bisexual doctor in House (and they don’t scrimp on the sex scenes either...at least she’s had a lot of practice!)
This comes in the same week chat show host Rosie O’Donnell claimed Angelina Jolie hit on her, at a party, back when she was married to Jonny Lee Miller. ‘There was a tentative plan to have dinner that never came through,’ Rosie said, ‘I was a little afraid of her. She’s scary in a sexual kind of way.’
What with Lindsay Lohan’s rollercoaster love life and Katy Perry inspiring a generation of faux-bians are we even shocked by storylines like these anymore?
- Amy Molloy