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Jennifer Beals is one name The L Word fans couldn’t be more familiar with. With over 80 acting credits to her name, the Flashdance star is a famed personality on both small and big screens.
Recently, this veteran actress attended The Ellen DeGeneres Show where she showcased her unique musical talent as well as talked about her new show The L Word: Generation Q. The entire episode was pretty fun, so without further ado, let’s grab all the details.
What is Jennifer Beals’ Strange Musical Talent?
Ellen DeGeneres begins the interview by claiming she would have invited Jennifer Beals sooner if her show was on air while the actress did Flashdance (1983). Meanwhile, Beals believes they could have danced together.
Check out the complete transcript of their conversation below.
Ellen: Well, my show wasn’t on when you did Flashdance or I would have had you on.
Jennifer: We could have danced together.
Ellen: Yes, we could have danced together. That’s exactly how I dance as you danced in Flashdance. I usually have someone pouring water on me and I have my knees really high. But this is the first time you’ve ever been on the show.
Jennifer: I know! Thank you for having me.
Ellen: Now, have you watched that? Do you ever go back and watch that?
Jennifer: No. The last time I watched it was for an event with the American Cinematheque. And I was shocked by how sexual it was. I was blushing.
Ellen: You didn’t remember it being sexual?
Jennifer: Not really. It’s so funny. It’s a weird thing.
Ellen: Yeah. Well, it was sexual.
Jennifer: Yeah, really sexual.
Ellen: That’s why it did so well.
Jennifer: The lobster alone.
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Ellen: Yeah. But you look great. You look fantastic. Thank you. Do you dance really still?
Jennifer: No, I really love open water swimming. And there was a summer where I was fanatically having to swim across every lake that I could find. My husband and I were on a cross-Canada trip and I was compulsive about swimming across lakes. I feel really sorry for him right now. Just even saying that sounds so awful for him. But it was really great for me.
Ellen: Why, do you make him swim with you?
Jennifer: No, no, no, no. Usually, if it was a really long-distance swim, like over two miles, he would be in a kayak and trail a kayak for me.
Ellen: Sure. Somebody has to be next to you. Somebody told me that this is something you play. Is that an instrument? I don’t know what that is, but they sat that there.
Jennifer: Well, it’s my walk of musical shame, basically. I come from a family of musicians, and I can’t play an instrument. So somebody gave me– this is a nose flute. Do you want to try it?
Ellen: No, no.
Jennifer: Yes, you do. I have one in my pocket.
Ellen: No, I really don’t.
Jennifer: Do you want me to play it for you?
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Jennifer: So this is my favorite song. [NOSE FLUTE PLAYING] [APPLAUSE]
Jennifer: I know. It’s really sad. It’s really sad. That’s the extent of my musical career pretty much.
Ellen: Yeah. You could stop it. You don’t have to do that. (LAUGHING)
Jennifer: I know. After this foray, I think I might.
Ellen: It’s OK. Not everybody has to play anything. You don’t need to go, but I can do this.
Jennifer: No. Exactly. I can be in the audience and just go, go!
The conversation between Ellen Degeneres and Jennifer Beals was definitely fun, to say the least.
Jennifer Beals reveals the reason they decided to bring back The L Word
Jennifer Beals as Bette Porter in The L Word: Generation Q (2019-20).
Source: The Mary Sue
The L Word was on air for five years from 2004 to 2009, bringing in a whole host of devoted fans. The show was pretty successful would be a bit of an understatement.
Since 2009, however, the Showtime drama went off the air for a decade leaving fans disappointed. Now the executive producer and the leading actress Jennifer Beals reveals the reason they decided to bring it back with the sequel The L Word: Generation Q.
Shedding light on who came up with the idea of The L Word: Generation Q, Beals said:
Well, Kate Moennig and Leisha Hailey and I all expected something to replace the show right away. It was very successful. But nothing really replaced it. Pose and those shows came considerably after The L Word. Orange Is the New Black occupied some of that space. But there was no lesbian-centric show.
Jennifer added, they became aware of this void on social media. There were still all these conversations about The L Word even after the show went off the air. Beals and her co-stars realized how the conversation about gender identity and sexual orientation was completely changing.
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The actress concluded, “You know, when you’re having to rethink pronouns, that there’s a huge shift in the culture and the consciousness. And we thought, wouldn’t it be fantastic to bring the show on now and have those conversations?”
The L Word: Generation Q premiered on Showtime on 8th December 2019.