More To Love About Lizzy: Bonus Interview With Cover Star Lizzy Caplan

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In our extended interview with Lizzy Caplan, we were happy to learn that the “Masters of Sex” star has been blessed with the gift of gab. Read on for an extended look at Caplan as she talks St. Louis and sexism.

Masters of Sex photo by Michael Desmond/SHOWTIME

Masters of Sex photo by Michael Desmond/SHOWTIME


ALIVE: Do you know if there are any plans to film “Masters of Sex” in St. Louis for Season 2?
Lizzy Caplan: Not in Season 2. I suppose in future seasons. I think that would be very fun if all of us got to go—maybe if it incorporates some kind of Cardinals story line—I would love to go there.

ALIVE: Much of your character’s (Virginia) struggle in “Masters of Sex” is centered on balancing work and family. Now, women are kind of expected to do it all. Do you think that makes it harder for women today?
LC: The discussion of whether women can have it all feels like it’s reaching a fever pitch now. But we’re living in an exciting time when what’s expected from the genders is shifting on a massive level. And I feel fortunate to be on the frontlines of that rather than on the frontlines in the 1950s. My mother was by far the strongest woman I’ve ever known and stayed home and raised three kids and then went back to work. She was highly educated and highly ambitious. And the fact that she chose to stay home and raise kids for any period of her life when other opportunities were readily available to her speaks to her strength as well. Women who choose to stay home with their kids have such an exhausting job and that job is not less or more hard than going out into the workforce.

ALIVE: There’s been some back and forth between celebrity moms about whether they have it tougher than non-celebrity moms when it comes to balancing work and family. What’s your take on that?
LC: I think there is an expectation for celebrities to make yourself seem as run-of-the-mill as possible when the truth of the matter is, if you do have much higher income, you do have the luxury of lots of help. Whether or not you’re an actress, if you can afford to have somebody come and watch your kids for two hours while you go out to lunch with your friends, what that does for your sanity speaks volumes. I am well aware that when I do have children, I am in an unbelievably fortunate position where I can take my kid to work with me and take time in between setups to be with my baby all day long. The percentage of working mothers who get to do that is very slim.

ALIVE: Do you have any examples of sexism you’ve experienced in your life?
LC: I can’t remember a time I wasn’t fighting to play football with the guys in the street. I was always surprised when that was met with any resistance because I was a tomboy growing up, and always wanted to do what the boys were doing. As I grew older and matured, I was lucky enough to learn that the true power comes from being a woman, not from being a man, at all.

ALIVE: Do you read the comments of videos or articles posted about you?
LC: Sometimes I do. I try not to—you tend to remember just the bad things. But it’s an interesting time that we’re living in. I just remind myself that this is not the first time that people have been vocal about their opinions about an actress. But it’s my decision to listen to what people are saying, and occasionally I do. With this show, it’s interesting because I believe in it and have been curious to see how the public responds to it and if they saw it in the way that we intended. And they have, which has been really wonderful. At its heart it’s a feminist show.

ALIVE: You’ve said that you’re interested in doing an action movie. What about an all-female film that fuses action with feminism?
LC: That would be amazing. By the way, it’s been a while. “Kill Bill” had so many great female action scenes. We should make that movie that Uma Thurman talks about in ‘Pulp Fiction,” “Fox Force Five.”

Pick up our August issue, on newsstands now, for our full interview with Lizzy Caplan. 

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