You have to give “Faking It” credit for taking some major risks when it comes to their storytelling. Creating a show in the first place about two friends who decide to fake a lesbian relationship for publicity at a progressive high school is a challenge, and adding one of the first intersex storylines on a major scripted TV show is another gamble. You don’t know how the network will perceive it, or if fans will embrace an idea that hasn’t really been done.
Luckily, this show has some of the most forward-thinking fans out there, and the news about the Lauren character having Androgen Insensitive Syndrome (a condition where she was born with both male and female chromosomes) has been extremely well-received. It’s a brave choice that makes the character more interesting, and it also pays off some of the clues that were dropped about the first season.
We wrote earlier this weekend about what executive producer Carter Covington said about implementing the story, and now, we’re getting a chance to hear what the actress behind the role feels about it. Speaking to Entertainment Weekly at the show’s PaleyFest event, Bailey De Young explained that knowing this gives her so many more angles to play her character:
“When [executive producer Carter Covington] told me, it just clicked into place why she is more closed off, why she refuses to be vulnerable. She’s just got this secret that she unfortunately finds shameful … I was really excited and honored to play someone with that type of condition because it’s not super common on TV.”
We know that the secret will be out in some form during the early going of season 2, and Lauren will have to find a way to better cope with it. Maybe this, coupled with learning the truth about her new stepsister Amy actually being in love with Karma, will bring these two closer together.
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