Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2020-07-08
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
About WCMG Publications News  Entertainment Features Donate Bars & Clubs Calendar Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

Jennifer Beals cracks the 'Code'
Nunn on One TELEVISION
by Jerry Nunn
2011-02-02

facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


Jennifer Beals has appeared in more than 50 films over the years. She is beginning a new television-related endeavor on Fox, where she returns to her roots in The Chicago Code.

Windy City Times: Hello, Jennifer. I didn't realize you grew up on the South Side of Chicago.

Jennifer Beals: I did. I also lived on the North Side—everywhere but the West Side.

WCT: You don't currently live in Illinois now, do you?

Jennifer Beals: No I split my time between L.A. and Vancouver. My new show is a mid-season replacement so we will see if it is picked up for another 22 episodes and I will be in Chicago more.

WCT: It was great watching the new show The Chicago Code and seeing all the sights.

Jennifer Beals: Well, Chicago is really a character in the show, hence the title change.

WCT: What was it originally called?

Jennifer Beals: Ride-Along, the ride with the cops on their beat kind of thing.

WCT: I like the name Chicago Code much better.

Jennifer Beals: I do, too. I think it is more evocative of what the show is about. You are dealing with the power within the city and the code for the different levels and areas of the city.

WCT: You play the first female police chief named Teresa.

Jennifer Beals: She is a superintendent, as its called in Chicago.

WCT: Are you similar in ways to this character?

Jennifer Beals: Oh gosh, no. I am not nearly as driven or organized. I have to talk out loud a lot in order to get myself out the door, to remember where things are and get them together. I would aspire in many ways to be more like her but no I am very different. For example, I don't know how to use a gun. [Both laugh.] Nor can I be seen backhanding people in the street for various reasons.

WCT: Did you have a little training for this show then?

Jennifer Beals: There was some because it was so foreign to me. There were ride-alongs with Detective Folino, who was our technical advisor. He was terrific. We had meetings with various administrators. We realized there was a physicality that I needed so I started boxing a bit and doing more aggressive sports such as swimming and running.

WCT: That must be how you stay looking so young!

Jennifer Beals: I don't understand that. I don't feel like I look young. That is not how I experience myself; if someone experiences me like that then God bless them!

WCT: You have the hottest sidekick, Antonio, on the first episode.

Jennifer Beals: Isn't he so cute? He is a lovely actor. His name is Manny Montana and he was really wonderful to work with. There was no end to the amount of teasing that went on around the set. We just had a really great time with each other. I have the old-lady taste and he tried to help me be a little more hip with my music taste.

WCT: I just watched you in the [Denzel Washington movie] Book of Eli the other day.

Jennifer Beals: Oh, that was a really great experience.

WCT: Was that filmed out in the desert somewhere?

Jennifer Beals: New Mexico. I love the Hughes brothers. I would do anything for them. They are so smart and very creative, incredibly supportive of the people around them. I loved the character.

WCT: It was an interesting part to play.

Jennifer Beals: Working with Gary Oldman was so much fun. He made me laugh every day. He is dedicated to what he does. He gets in there and doesn't give up until he gets it. Frankly, Jason Clarke, from the Code, is very similar in that way. He's like a dog with a bone, you know?

WCT: I can imagine.

Jennifer Beals: He doesn't drop it until he's got it.

WCT: I interviewed and met your L Word sister, Pam Grier, last year.

Jennifer Beals: Oh you did? It was so exciting that she did that book. I am really proud of her.

WCT: It was hard for her to bring some of that up.

Jennifer Beals: It must have been. She has had such an amazing life. We had dinner one night years ago with my brother. He is a writer and told her that she had to do a book. We encouraged her to get on it.

WCT: Speaking of books, Judy Shepard told me you donated proceeds from your book to her foundation.

Jennifer Beals: Yes, I did. I really love the Mathew Shepard Foundation and the work that they do. I think she is such an extraordinary woman, leader and mother. I had their banner put on my float for the Thanksgiving Day parade in Chicago.

WCT: I saw you speak at the Human Rights event years ago. Your dedication to LGBT rights has been amazing over the years. Why do you feel so connected to us?

Jennifer Beals: I think after playing Bette Porter on The L Word for six years I felt like an honorary member of the community. They are not just gay issues. They affect everybody because they affect the fabric of our community. I am in a position to be helpful.

WCT: Well, it means a lot to us on our side.

Jennifer Beals: It just seems like a no-brainer. I don't understand ["Don't Ask, Don't Tell"]. I do understand that people are indoctrinated and they have their point of view but hopefully slowly but surely we can help change the paradigm. That's what I hope for and it's happening little by little. It's not easy.

WCT: What is the difference between The L Word set and the Chicago Code set?

Jennifer Beals: On The L Word set we were very aware of what was going on in the news and various issues. There was a time when I was on the Chicago Code set and in the van with teamsters and other cast members. There was an amazing milestone that happened for gay marriage over the summer and I was cheering in the car. I announced to everyone and they looked at me like I was crazy, like what do I care kind of thing? I was trying to explain how it affects everyone and then thought, "I am in another world now." I have a whole other battle here. We are not in Kansas anymore!

WCT: Definitely not in Dorothy's world anymore. [Both laugh.]

Jennifer Beals: No we are not. That was funny.

WCT: Did you ever think the movie Flashdance would have such a fan base so many years later?

Jennifer Beals: I don't think of my career in that way. I try to do one project at a time. I try to focus on the thing before me and not make it into a grand plan.

WCT: My friend wanted me to mention that he loved the short-lived television series 2000 Malibu Road [with Drew Barrymore].

Jennifer Beals: That's hilarious, thank you. You know what is fascinating? The guy that filmed the credits for 2000 Malibu Road was the director for the third episode of Chicago Code: Guy Ferland. It is a fantastic episode and actually my favorite. It is the payoff so see it.

WCT: I will. So you have different directors throughout the season?

Jennifer Beals: Yes and they each bring their own style. Guy has a very strong visual sense and a great script. It's a really interesting show because you are dealing with power and corruption, not just in the street, but in the halls of politics. You are making the connection between the two. That is something that's compelling. It's not just for the people Chicago, but I think Chicago does it best.

The Chicago Code rides into your televisions on Fox Monday, Feb. 7. Check local listings at http://www.fox.com/chicagocode.


facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email




Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

GLAAD hosting virtual awards ceremony July 30 2020-07-09
Bisexual actress cast as new lead in 'Batwoman' 2020-07-08
INTERNET Juan Pablo Di Pace: Life's all about the small things in 'Minutiae' 2020-07-07
PODCASTS 'A Queer Serial' delves into LGBTQ history 2020-06-24
TELEVISION Dashaun Wesley spills the tea on HBO Max's 'Legendary' 2020-06-24
NUNN ON ONE TELEVISION Brian Tanen talks about 'Love, Simon' spinoff 'Love, Victor' 2020-06-24
TELEVISION Marvel's first openly trans actor on Pride, BLM and Hollywood 2020-06-24
Reunion, OTV and Slo 'Mo hosting virtual Pride festival June 26-28 2020-06-22
TV: Sam Feder, Laverne Cox discuss trans documentary 'Disclosure' 2020-06-20
Madison Young: Making queer, kinky representation possible 2020-06-18
Queer creator Quentin Lee honored, announces three new TV series 2020-06-17
Smollett loses latest bid to have case dropped 2020-06-13
NUNN ON ONE TELEVISION Ariane Labed plays numbers game in 'Trigonometry' 2020-06-10
NUNN ON ONE DRAG Miz Cracker on being an 'All Star' and using karate 2020-06-09
Ruby Rose leaving lead role in 'Batwoman' 2020-05-19
SHOWBIZ 'Idol' alum, PBS series, LGBT film, concert series, Bad Bunny 2020-05-18
'Matrix' co-creator cites Chicago LGBTQ organization in tweet 2020-05-18
Gerber/Hart Library hosts virtual panel on The 10% Show 2020-05-16
Ravinia's production of Bernstein's 'Mass' on PBS on May 15 2020-05-13
NUNN ON ONE DRAG Eureka O' Hara,'Here' and now 2020-05-12
SHOWBIZ Lady Gaga, Quibi shows, Alexandra Billings, 'Queer Eye,' podcasts 2020-05-12
NEIU adds footage to Japanese-American Redress Collection 2020-05-05
SHOWBIZ 'Homecoming' series, virtual concerts, Janet Jackson, Jeffree Star 2020-05-04
Shout! releasing all 11 seasons of 'The Carol Burnett Show' 2020-05-03
NUNN ON ONE TELEVISION Trans actress' dreams come true on 'Supergirl' 2020-04-28
TELEVISION Laura Dreyfuss, Rahne Jones on season two of 'The Politician' 2020-04-28
SHOWBIZ Elton John, TV actor comes out, Adam Lambert, 'Queer as Folk' 2020-04-28
NUNN ON ONE TELEVISION Tim Gunn on his new show that's a 'Cut' above 2020-04-24
Judge tosses Smollett prosecution lawsuit 2020-04-23
SHOWBIZ Global concert, TV doctors, Sean Hayes, GLAAD event, 'Circus' 2020-04-20
REPORT Evening TV news gave less than 20 minutes to anti-trans violence in 2019 2020-04-10
SHOWBIZ Sam Smith, Showtime, pro-trans song, Colton Underwood, Shea Coulee 2020-04-06
Open TV virtual screenings April 7 2020-03-31
SHOWBIZ Troye Sivan, Digital Drag Fest,'Killing Eve,' rapper comes out, 'Star Trek' 2020-03-31
SHOWBIZ Martha Stewart, Angelica Ross, gay wrestler, Rosie, COVID-19 items 2020-03-24
SHOWBIZ Janelle Monae, Harry Hains' death, Sam Smith, COVID-19 cancellations 2020-03-17
Amrit Kapai keeps up with the Family Karma 2020-03-15
SHOWBIZ Halsey, GLAAD, Jonathan Van Ness, Carol Burnett, 'Stranger Hearts' 2020-03-10
MOMBIAN Needing more than a moment: LGBTQ representation in children's media 2020-03-04
NUNN ON ONE TELEVISION Actress brings Da'Vine performances to various roles 2020-02-19
 



Copyright © 2020 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS

Sponsor
Sponsor


 



About WCMG Publications News  Entertainment Features Donate Bars & Clubs Calendar Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Submit an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.