Genevieve Angelson said she watched Love Story and Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice as research for her starring role in Amazon’s new Good Girls Revolt, concluding that maybe people “always talked about sex.. and cursed” and did drugs and “stuff.”
Premiering on October 28, the 1969 newsroom-set Good Girls Revolt was inspired by the sexual discrimination cases chronicled in Lynn Povich’s book The Good Girls Revolt: How the Women Of Newsweek Sued Their Bosses and Changed the Workplace. Povich was one of the female staffers at Newsweek who, in 1970, accused it of discriminating in hiring and promotion.
In figuring out her role, Angelson said, “you can’t be a feminist before feminism,” which relieved her of the “burden” of her character being “a poster girl for this issue.”
Not surprisingly, the current sexual harassment investigation at Fox News, focusing on departed Fox News chief Roger Ailes, came up. Maybe women in journalism haven’t come so far since the ’60s/’70s era of the Amazon series, one TV critic supposed.
“One of the biggest progressions is there is now a language for it,” countered actress Erin Darke. “Now a woman can stand up and say, ‘I was sexually harassed by my boss.'” In the Good Girls era, “there wasn’t even a language for it. People didn’t know how to talk about it,” she insisted. “What was really fun for me about this first season is, it’s about this lawsuit, but it’s also about these women learning to become feminists.”
Addressing actors Chris Diamantopoulos and Hunter Parrish, one critic noted, “You guys kind of play dicks” before asking how they “adjusted” to playing that.
“They didn’t know they were sexist,” Diamantopoulos insisted. His character, Finn Woodhouse, “was behaving in a way society condoned,” he said. “By today’s standards it is highly offensive, but for this character, it was Tuesday.”
In addition to Angelson, Darke, Diamantopoulos, and Parrish, Good Girls Revolt stars Anna Camp, Jim Belushi, Joy Bryant, and Grace Gummer.