2. Drama on the set
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Profile: Guinevere Turner
This lesbian icon made her major screenwriting and acting debut in the 1994 lesbian cult film, "Go Fish". She began writing in 2004 for the hit drama The L Word and has also contributed to countless other screenplays, including "American Psycho" and "Bettie Page".
--You made your first film, "Go Fish", with Rose Troche - your girlfriend at the time. I heard that it took two years to shoot - and you had to stop in the middle when funds ran out. Is that true?
Well, it was crazy. We never had any money to start with (laughs). We really never had the money but then realized we had to find it. And, also, Rose and I broke up.
--You mean, during the shooting?!
Yeah. We broke up, and the apartment we lived in was part of the set. So she had to move out - but she couldn't take her stuff because it was all part of the movie. So it was very complicated! We broke up but were in my apartment shooting all the time. She was still in my space, just touching my things, and throwing things around! We HATED each other (laughs).
--I can imagine (laughs). Was that during the second half?
Yes. It was so...hard! We're really good friends now. During the shooting, I was always like this (looks down and makes a face), and then Rose would say "Action!" and I'd act joyous (laughs). She'd then say "Cut!", and there I was again with the bad face (laughs).
--(laughs). How awful for everyone!
She would say "Could you smile a little bit, Guin?!", and I'd respond "Roll the fucking camera and I will." (laughs) We'd only shoot on the weekends - for almost a year, so it took us a long time to make that movie.
--When you broke up, did you think of stopping the movie?
No! We were far too competitive and ambitious! It was like "I'm finishing the movie!" "I am too, I don't care!" "Good because I don't care either, I'm fine". And we were so mad at each other all the time (laughs). The only way I got through it, was every time she turned around, I was imagining stabbing her in the neck with a fork (laughs).
--The crew must have been very comfortable with that situation! (laughs)
(laughs) Oh, it was really terrible for them! I was like "Rose, what the fuck!?" and everyone would get quiet, really nervous (laughs). We laugh about that now because it was so much drama. She was literally changing the lines as well, she would say to the actor, "You know what? I think you should say this". And I would say, "No, Rose, that's not what I wrote." And she would say, "Well, I'm the director, so I'm changing it." "Then, what am I doing here?!" "I don't fucking know!" And it was like that all the time, it was so crazy (laughs).
--(laughs) Did she try to make your character less flattering? (laughs)
No, no! We just watched the movie together recently because we're trying to do another movie - a Go Fish 2. So we were watching it, and she always says, "Even though I hated you so much, I made you look so good." (laughs)
-- True! She's a professional. I didn't know about that at all, and I think it's an excellent story!
Yeah... and it was drama...And you know, everybody started sleeping with everybody, ah! Just drama, drama, drama! People breaking up, or hooking up. Those were really, really dramatic times. And of course we were all working together - and then we would all go out and drink together. It was just endless.
-- So what happened after you shot "Go Fish"? Did you not talk to each other for a while or something?
No, we did because we finished it and then it became a big success. So we were traveling together. We traveled all over the US, and all over Canada, Germany, England, France, Spain, Australia, and Italy. So, you know, we were forced together. Literally that just made us get over it, and - also - success can make you get along too. It was worth it. We were just like, "How did we get here?! We're on a balcony in Spain for free!!" We were in Newsweek magazine. It was pretty exciting.
-- You never wanted to get back together?
Oh, no! We can't believe we were ever together. Everyone who knows us is like, "Ooh, that's so weird!" (laughs)
--How long were you together?
About 2 years. "Go Fish" really changed our lives you know.[ 1 ][ 2 ] [ 3 ]