Whoever is at the top kind of determines how things go in a room and on set. Those characters — I think every actor will say this, but certainly after playing something for so long — they’re just in you.
I’m not sure who wrote the episode that you’re talking about, but our current show runners are the same way. There are definitely things she’s done that have rubbed off on me. I remember when I started the show, I was like, Over the years, that’s definitely become more a part of my personality.
No, we had no idea that the show was even going to get a full season.
I did know that Angela’s sexuality was such a big part of that character. The opening shot of the series is her flashing her boobs, but in a way that she knows that it’s ridiculous.
Last season, she dealt with something else rarely seen on TV: being the partner of someone suddenly disabled, coping with her spouse’s anger and grief while managing to keep herself buoyed. As the show wraps up, we spoke with Conlin — who is also one of the few Asian-American women on prime-time TV — about Angela’s evolution.
That first season, did you have any idea where Angela could and would go?
I felt like the audience watching at home could be like, Angela’s one of the best bisexual characters in TV history because she’s treated like every other woman on the show. I feel really lucky to have gotten to do a lot of the things that Angela did. I haven’t thought of it in the context of playing someone that was bisexual.
The way that she was introduced in the beginning was very strong. But I certainly didn’t know that she was going to have all of these relationships. Now she’s the partner to someone with a sudden disability.Hart Hanson — who created the show and was running the show at that time that that [the Roxie] storyline came about — really treated it as any other relationship on the show. They didn’t comment on the fact that who she loved was not a man. Even in the trans woman pastor episode, everybody thinks that it’s leading up to, he killed his girlfriend because he found out she was identified male at birth.But, instead, he’s like, “No, I completely knew about her history and I loved her.Where did you pull inspiration from for last season?I spoke to two women that I know, that are sort of friends of my family, peripheral family friends, who are in a similar situation. Thyne, who plays Hodgins] and I wanted was to make sure that the story line was not resolved quickly.