There is a piece of exciting news for the fans of “sex/life” .The sexy series debuts June 25 and revolves around a woman named Billie Connelly (Sarah Shahi), who finds herself torn between her husband, Cooper, and ex-lover, Brad. The tagline of the series is “time to choose.” Will Billie choose by the season’s end? Creator Stacy Rukeyser teased what to expect in our EXCLUSIVE interview.
“She will have chosen and, hopefully, we will have a lot of other seasons to explore if that choice sticks or if there are further problems that ensue,” Stacy told HollywoodLife. “Remember the first season of The Killing and then they didn’t tell you who had done it or something? I was just as frustrated with that as everyone else. Look, this is good escapist TV, and I think it’s going to be satisfying.”
Stacy revealed the inspiration behind Sex/Life. She was looking to develop something that would “wholly my own” after UnREAL and wanted to create a series that’s a “glamorous, super fun, escapist, sparkly fever dream version of the past.” But she also wanted to do a “deeper exploration” of what happens to women as they get older.
“It happens to anyone, but I think particularly to women as we grow up and are supposed to become allegedly responsible grown-ups, we’re often expected to give up along the way,” Stacy said. “I related to that personally, too, as a wife and mom as well. I felt this inner conflict in a very personal way, and I thought that it was an interesting one to give voice to and one that we don’t let women talk about too much. Ultimately, we’re asking that question: can you have it all? I think one of the mantras in women’s thinking right now is you can have it all, just not all at the same time. That has always made me bristle a little bit because I think it’s just another way of saying, well, you can’t have it all, and you do have to choose. It’s so fun and new to make a series about a woman who wants sex, who demands sex, who wants better sex and to say out loud that we’ve had sex and we want more of it. Even as a wife and mom, there is this whole other side of yourself that still needs tending to and deserves to be acknowledged and appreciated.”
Throughout the season, Billie begins to miss feeling desired and the freedoms that she once had. Her less-than-stellar sex life and a lack of romance lead Billie to begin fantasizing about her ex. Stacy stressed that while Brad does come back into the picture, don’t rule out Cooper. That’s why casting Mike Vogel as Cooper was so crucial.
“I think that very easily Cooper could be played with a lesser actor, as kind of a vanilla husband, who’s just not giving her good sex and sort of square and disappointing in that way,” Stacy told HollywoodLife. “But then it would just be a really easy choice. What was so important was that it’s a fair fight and that we want the audience to be debating about being Team Cooper or Team Brad and switching and saying, ‘I was Team Cooper, but now I’m kind of feeling like I’m Team Brad or vice versa, you know.’ He has such intelligence and depth and soulfulness in this role.”