Interview: Lauren Bedford Russell Reflects on Real L Word Love + Life

I have had the privilege of interviewing many “celebians” over the course my writing for CherryGRRL, but I must say, Lauren Bedford Russell is by far the coolest and most down to earth so far. Our interview felt like old friends grabbing a happy hour drink in a way-too-cool-for-me Brooklyn pub.  She was open, and friendly…not to mention she laughed at all my jokes.  Got to love a girl for that.

So here Miss Russell sits down with us and talks jewelry, fans, and her relationship with both The Real L Word and its resident rocker, Kiyomi.

CherryGRRL (CG): What made you decide to do the show?

Lauren Bedford Russell (LBR): My friend was auditioning for the show and she was like “please do it.” She’s rad so I thought about it and realized there isn’t a lot of representation from feminine looking, successful women and maybe I can make a difference. So I went for it, not knowing for sure if I wanted to do it. After months of the process it was like, OK, well I’ve gone through all this trouble – there is no way I can’t do it. Then I decided to make the best of it and do it and I’m so glad I did. I am extremely happy that I did it.

CG: What do you think the difference is between the Los Angeles and New York lesbian scenes?

LBR: Um, I think that New York is a little more spread out – there are a lot of different scenes. I think people are sort of picking what kind of lifestyle they want to live, you know, whether they want to go out and party and go to the lesbian hosted events or sort of just chill and hang out with their friends. That tends to be more of a scene. I don’t think right now there is a huge party scene in New York. But I think in LA it feels smaller with the lesbian scene here. There are also two different areas; there is like the West Hollywood lesbians, that tend to go out more, and then the Silver Lake lesbians, who are like lesbians who are more chill and tend to not do as many lesbian parties. I think in general it’s always evolving depending on if there are good parties or if there isn’t really anything going on. I think it depends. Also, the time of year. Summer I think all the lesbians come out,but I think New Yorkers in general tend to have a little more career/work life. In LA there is this whole “no one works” thing, but it just depends…I don’t know if I really believe all that, you know?

CG: Let’s talk about the whole Kiyomi/Amanda dynamic that we saw unfold on the show…

LBR: I think at first [me and Kiyomi dating] was an adjustment for Amanda. I mean, I wasn’t expecting it. I was very set on being single and that was like my thing – I really didn’t want to get into a relationship. I really wanted to work on me from the beginning. So I think she was just as surprised as I was. Then I think she saw how we were together and she just sort of got used to it. I think it was just like anything else – your life throws curve balls. They have had some ups and downs, but in general I think we are all good now.

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