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Amy Seimetz – Starz “The Girlfriend Experience” TV Show Panel at TCA Summer Press Tour in LA 07/28/2017

By Valerie Milano

Beverly Hills, CA (The Hollywood Times) 11/1/17 – Starz’ THE GIRLFRIEND EXPERIENCE will premiere again on Sunday, November 5th at 9 p.m.  Executive produced by Steven Soderbergh, TGE will feature two parallel storylines written, directed, and executive produced by Lodge Kerrigan and Amy Seimetz.  Kerrigan and Seimetz served as writers, directors, and executive producers on Season 1 of the limited series.

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During its second season THE GIRLFRIEND EXPERIENCE will focus on entirely new characters, relationships, plotlines, and locations while still exploring the price of intimacy and its emotional consequences.  One storyline for the 14-episode scripted anthology series will be set in Washington, D.C., and the other in New Mexico.

Carmen Ejogo

Lodge Kerrigan and Amy Seimetz spoke on a TCA Press Tour panel along with series stars Louisa Krouse and Carmen Ejogo that was introduced by Carmi Zlotnik on Friday, July 28th, 2017 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

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Lodge Kerrigan and Amy Seimetz both hope to push the boundaries of television at least a little bit with the show’s new format, where the writers’ half-hour segments will mirror each other thematically.  The world of escorting itself pushes boundaries in the US, where many protective legal restrictions against prostitution, trafficking, and other forms of sex work are in place.

“Faking it” on these jobs may be the world’s most common form of acting!  “This is an extreme version of what so many women go through, in my storyline,” said Carmen Ejogo.  “I think our show also speaks to an exploration of emotional truth.”

Louisa Krause, Amy Seimetz and Carmen Ejogo

Lodge Kerrigan confirmed that the Washington set scripts had all been written before the 2016 Presidential election and tweaked later, saying, “I was just really open to the idea that reality is now becoming stranger than fiction” under the Trump presidency.

The self-serving nature of the political world seemed to be “very very apt” at this time in the context of a show that presents a luxurious fantasy life like TGE.  Amy Seimetz insisted, however, that no attempt had been made to glamorize or beautify escort work or to present a “Disneyland view” of prostitution as in the hugely popular 1990 film PRETTY WOMAN.

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“In THE SOPRANOS we have a male character who’s murdering people, and for some reason everyone’s fine with that.  But when a woman decides to sell her body, we’re suddenly in territory where everyone is up in arms and saying is this feminist or not,” Seimetz astutely pointed out.  “If it’s motivated by character and narrative, then we should be able to go everywhere.  It’s a freedom of speech sort of situation!”

By now Lodge Kerrigan has directed quite a few sex scenes, trying to retain at least some semblance of an emotional and psychological subtext so they are not there just to titillate even when intense issues like dominance and submission emerge.  “Love is so complex!”  Louisa Krause concluded.  Watch THE GIRLFRIEND EXPERIENCE if you still need to be convinced!

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Valerie Milano is the well-connected Senior Editor and Entertainment Critic at TheHollywoodTimes.today, a website that aggregates showbiz news curated for, and written by, insiders of the entertainment industry. (@HwoodTimes @TheHollywood.Times) Milano, whose extraordinary talents for networking in the famously tight-clad enclave of Hollywood have placed her at the center of the industry’s top red carpets and events since 1984, heads daily operations of a uniquely accessible, yet carefully targeted publication. For years, Milano sat on the board and tour coordinator of the Television Critics Association’s press tours. She has written for Communications Daily, Discover Hollywood, Hollywood Today, Television International, and Video Age International, and contributed to countless other magazines and digests. Valerie works closely with the Human Rights Campaign as a distinguished Fed Club Council Member. She also works with GLSEN, GLAAD, Outfest, NCLR, LAMBDA Legal, and DAP Health, in addition to donating both time and finances to high-profile nonprofits. She has been a member of the Los Angeles Press Club for a couple of years and looks forward to the possibility of contributing to the future success of its endeavors. Milano’s passion for meeting people extends from Los Feliz to her favorite getaway, Palm Springs. There, she is a member of the Palm Springs Museum of Art and a prominent Old Las Palmas-area patron.