Tucky Williams is a woman who wears many hats.
A former indie movie horror queen and meteorologist, she is now the head writer, producer, and lead actress of one of the most popular lesbian web series today, Girl/Girl Scene. (Oh, and did I mention she’s a yoga instructor, too?) Now in its second season, Girl/Girl Scene follows the lives and loves of a group of young lesbians in Lexington, Kentucky. Williams plays the charismatic, confident, and promiscuous Evan – the central figure around which the show’s complicated network of hookups and relationships revolves.
Williams claims to have little in common with her wild character, but has revealed her own alluring charm and sense of humor during her time in the spotlight. Though the first episode was produced with literally no budget, it soon went viral, catching the attention of AfterEllen.com, Curve, and other big names in the lesbian blogosphere – not to mention financial backers. I asked Williams what she thought might be the secret to the show’s straight shot to the top.
“It’s because people love lesbians,” she says matter-of-factly in our email interview. “If everyone put lesbians in their shows, they would all be successful.”
Indeed. It is this quest for more lesbians that inspired Williams to create Girl/Girl Scene in the first place. Tired of the same old storylines that lesbians were assigned in television, if they were present at all, Williams wanted to show something different. As she told After Ellen, “I swear to god, if I see one more plotline about a lesbian couple trying to acquire sperm or get pregnant, I’m gonna puke.” Williams’ irreverence toward the traditional Hollywood lesbian narrative is what drives Girl/Girl Scene, a series determined to show young lesbians having fun, going out, and – let’s not forget – actually having sex.
And there’s a lot of sex. Like, a lot. Hardly an episode goes by without a pair (or more) of lovely ladies getting down to business, and the scenes are detailed enough to leave this blogger blushing at her laptop. Add that to some clubbing, drugs, relationship drama, and the occasional shootout with murderous Neo-Nazi rapists, and you’ve got a perfect recipe for the essence of Girl/Girl Scene. In its effort to eschew the vanilla portrayals of seemingly asexual lesbians in committed relationships – or, more commonly, brief girl-on-girl teases for male viewing pleasure - Ms. Williams’ creation may have swung the pendulum all the way to another polarizing tonal opposite. With a tendency towards more shock value than substance, Girl/Girl Scene operates in a heightened reality that may seem alien to just as many viewers as its Asian-baby-adopting, cheek-kisses-only Modern Family counterpart.
“It’s the most accurate depiction of my life as a lesbian that I’ve ever seen,” insists Williams. “Granted, the show is different in many ways from my own life. I rarely drink and I’ve never done drugs. I’m a recluse and haven’t had sex in four months. Other than that, the show is frighteningly close to my reality.”
Those seem like pretty big differences, but a show about sober recluses would hardly draw the legions of fans that flock to Girl/Girl Scene each episode. Williams deserves credit for taking lesbian drama to a new plane: a joyful one. Her characters are not only unapologetically lesbian; they revel in their sexuality. They reject heteronormative standards and have a great time doing it. It’s a breath of fresh air in a media climate over-saturated by angst-ridden or de-sexualized LGBT characters, and for that, we can only be grateful.
Check out the first episode of Season 2 below, and be sure to watch the newest episodes of Girl/Girl Scene right here on the show’s official website. Season 2 is shaping up to be another wild ride, and Williams has confirmed a Christmas special to follow. Mistletoe, I’m sure, will only be an added complication in the lives of our favorite lesbians.