Rachel Bloom’s upcoming romcom breaks stereotypes
At some point in life, we’ve all been given not-so-likeable ‘labels’ by our folks, friends, and even strangers, with tags ranging from ‘weird’ and ‘dominating’ to ‘introverted’. So when Lawyer Rebecca Bunch, played by Rachel Bloom, is labelled ‘crazy’, she chooses to set the record straight. This forms the crux of upcoming musical comedy, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. On the show, as the title indicates, Bunch moves from New York to California in pursuit of her ex-boyfriend, Joshua Felix Chan. She gives up her cushy job in the process, and goes on to join Darryl Whitefeather’s law firm in West Covina. But the show delves into far more serious issues than just Bunch’s ‘crazy move’. It aims to deconstruct stereotypes. Here, the protagonist suffers from depression, and anxiety, and that’s one of the reasons she is called ‘crazy’. Bloom tells us about the romcom, which she has co-created along with Aline Brosh McKenna, “We wanted to take a title that is overtly stereotypical, and explore what that means from the eyes of a person who is labelled crazy. The show explores what this ‘crazy’ means, what has made Bunch crazy, and if she actually is crazy. She is also trying to fit into the label of being sexy, of being a good person, and importantly she is trying to show the world that she is happy, and the hero of her story.”
Bloom, who has lifted the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress for this show, continues, “We have also tried breaking the stereotypes of other characters. For instance, Bunch’s boss is a bumbling sort of character, but we will find out that he is much more than that. There is a boy who is thought to be a jerk, but he is actually a sweet person.”
The series has also earned a YouTube following for its risque music videos. “Every song has a premise, and is organic to the characters involved,” Bloom points out.
When asked why viewers should tune in to the show, she says, “It is about infatuation, and there is no emotion more universal than this.”
Premieres on April 25. 10 pm on Star World and Star World HD
— Barkha Kumari