The L Word: Generation Q, a sequel to the original Showtime series The L Word that ran from 2004 to 2009, is back with its third season, chronicling the lives of a number of lesbian and queer characters in Los Angeles. Season three picks up after a tumultuous and eventful season two with new directions ahead for all of its characters.
Awards Radar had the chance to speak with Sepideh Moafi, whose character, Gigi, has gone through a number of relationships on the show since first appearing as the ex-wife of Nat (Stephanie Allynne). Moafi had nothing but praise for her many costars and previewed interesting things to come for Gigi in season three. She relayed her experience of getting into the original series:
“I was a big fan. Actually, I was in undergrad, I believe, when the show aired. I was at San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and I remember one of my classmates, who was also a vocal performance major, turned me on to the show. At that time in my life, I don’t think I had ever, maybe besides Friends, watched an entire series through, so I had seen episodes here and there and we’d watch together. It wasn’t until after I graduated that I binged the whole series. And then when I was being considered for the part of Gigi, I rewatched the whole series. So I’ve technically seen the whole series through a couple times and a few extra episodes here and there.”
She also emphasized the significance of having two queer Iranian-American characters on the series:
“Seeing an Iranian or really any person from the S.W.A.N.A. region, the Southwest Asia-North African region, who is openly queer, is still stigmatized. As we’ve seen over the past eight weeks, there’s been this massive uprising where people have stormed the streets and they’re not getting off the streets. They’re demanding their freedom. And a part of that is, just yesterday, I saw a picture of a woman holding up a rainbow flag that said Woman My Freedom on it. That might seem like that’s something we see every day here. I have a rainbow flag in my house. We see them all over Brooklyn and LA and just all over the place. But in Iran there are two LGBTQIA+ activists on death row at the moment. This is an executable thing for them, that, not only if you’re openly gay, but if you’re gay and they find out, you will be tried…and that is an executable offense. Seeing that kind of bravery makes it even more important to echo their bravery and keep this representation alive.”
Watch the full conversation below:
New episodes of The L Word: Generation Q premiere Fridays on demand and Sundays at 8pm on Showtime.