Jennifer Beals - Michigan Avenue Magazine

by Michigan Avenue Magazine

Actress and Chicago native Jennifer Beals graces the high-impact cover of Michigan Avenue magazine’s 2009 Love Issue. has an exclusive preview of the issue hitting shelves in February.

In the headline feature, 44-year-old Beals opens up about playing a lesbian on The L Word, and how her views of the GLBT community have changed since taking the role and forever being associated with Flashdance.

Here’s an inside look from the must-read interview:

MA: You could have never predicted the impact you’d have on the gay community, playing a lesbian on The L Word. Were you nervous about taking on the role?

JB: I just thought it was a great part, and I didn’t even think about the love scenes. I was so committed to preparing for the whole work story, because so much of Bette’s life is work. What does it mean to run an art gallery? That was the focus—and then I realized, In two days I’m shooting a love scene and I don’t have a friggin’ clue what I’m doing. I’m going to be outed as such a hetero chump! And then I thought, I just have to relax.

MA: Lesbianism seems to be more culturally accepted these days. Do you think The L Word is partially responsible?

JB: I think in some ways it has shifted, but with Proposition 8 passing it clearly hasn’t shifted enough. I was really disappointed but I also realized it’s a matter of education and exposure. For me it was a lesson in campaign organization—or disorganization, if you will. The opposition was fired up and organized. You can’t wait until you realize your opponent has $15 million in the bank; you have to frame your argument right away. All the numbers show the younger generation supports same-sex marriage, so it is inevitable. Someday people will look back and say, “I can’t believe there was a time all people couldn’t get married.”

MA: You’re quite revered in the gay community. There are websites, blogs, and a Wikipedia entry dedicated to your character. How does your husband feel about being married to a gay icon?

JB: We don’t talk about it—it’s just part of my work. I don’t say, “Hey honey, the gay icon is home!”

The full interview and amazing fashion photography will be available in the Love Issue of Michigan Avenue magazine available in February.

Beals will be in Chicago on February 9th to host the new Michigan Avenue magazine February issue event at The Peninsula Hotel. Entertainment Editor Michael Roberts will attend the red carpet event and provide full coverage on


Review: 'The L Word' who is 'Least Likely' to be happy?

By Jennifer Thomas

Spoilers ahead if you haven't seen the second episode of this season's "The L Word.") If Season 6 of "The L Word" was part of the Chinese New Year, it might be the year of the psycho. Since Jenny (Mia Kirshner) will die this season, various characters are being set up as potential suspects. (And it's not being done in a very subtle way -- get used to hearing the phrase "I hate Jenny" or "I could kill Jenny" a lot this season.) In "Least Likely," the No. 1 suspect is definitely Niki (Kate French), although that seems a little obvious.

It's interesting how everything is coming back to the first season in the series' last season, with Jenny now playing the Marina role -- she's the older, wiser, woman taking advantage of a younger, unstable girl. Did anyone else find it hard not to laugh when Niki threw her "I hate Jenny" tantrum on the balcony? All she needed was to be twirling a mustache next to a woman tied to some railroad tracks for her to be the perfect silent movie villain. [read more]

season 6, episode 3: "LMFAO"

The negative of "Lez Girls" goes missing; Shane's guilt from her intimate moment with Niki leads to her incessant apologizing to Jenny; Alice's feelings are hurt when Jenny denounces her desire to write a screenplay; Phyllis lets Bette in on a suppressed secret; and it's opening night at Kit and Helena's new club, HIT!

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Promo 1 - Stolen Negative

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promo 2 - The Future is Now

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"I am an Actor and I'm a Vegetarian" - featuring Daniela Sea

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After learning what happens to animals raised and killed for food, The L Word's Daniela Sea made the decision to stop eating animals because they are not ours to torture and dominate.

: L Word Set Dec and Production Equipment Auction

After 6 seasons of shooting this hugely popular t.v. series, the production of The L Word has been stopped and all contents of this over 30,000 square foot facility will be sold with no minimum price.

Auction Details
Designer clothing, designer shoes, furniture, home and restaurant decor items, several Genie Boom lifts, forklifts, lrg. qty. of warehouse racking, office furniture, restaurant equipment, production tents, hundreds of folding tables and chairs, and much much more. Full equipment and set dec inventories along with hundreds of pictures will be posted over the next few weeks.

Bette & Tina’s House

Bedroom – Bette & Tina’s King size Bed, High boy Chest(6 Drawer), Low Boy Chest (6 Drawer)

Dining Room – Le Corbusier Style Glass Dining Table

Bathroom – x2 Stainless Steel Vessel Sinks including Marble counter, Roll Top acrylic Tub with Cedar Japanese inspired stand, Towel Ladder, Stainless Steel and glass Bathroom Shelf

Patio – Mid-century Iron Table with matching Chairs, Pretzel style 50’s Bar

Shane & Jenny’s House

Living Rm – Leather 70’s style sling sofa

Dining Rm – Mid-century Teak Dining Table with Draw Leaves and 4 chairs,

Large 70’s wall unit with lots of storage, 50’s black veneer sideboard

Jenny’s Room – Upholstered Queen sized bed, night tables, lamps, LeCourbousier 2 seater white leather sofa

Kitchen – mid-century pedestal table and 4 Lucite and metal Director’s Chairs

Alice’s Apt

Bedroom – Queen sized Teak headboard and night tables, 6 drawer low boy, drop front teak desk

Kitchen – vintage 50’s pink & black arborite table with 4 chairs, 20’s built-in bookshelf with leaded glass doors

Planet – Kit Porters, one of our main characters, retuarant, bar, club

50 mid century bar chairs that have been stripped, automotive paint applied and reupholstered, faux burl finished kidney shaped restaurant table tops x 15, 2 faux burl oval tables, mid century teak ultrasuede upholstered sectional, 22 armless upholstered chairs, small burled tables, bar stools, x 6 marble tables from patio, 30 exterior planet chairs, dishware, barware, coolers, artwork, carpets

The Shebar – Florida inspired night club/cafĂ©

Shimmer screen Ball & Chain Curtain for club, 29 running feet, 8 ft high, 3 hanging bubble chairs, x 8 white Italian barstools, lighting

The Hit Club – Main characters Moroccan inspired night club

Hanging Moroccan lights ( 72 hanging glass & brass Lights, 2 @ 42” High, solid Brass, 3 @ 27” high, 9 @ 22’ high, 27 @ 17” tall 11 @ 19” tall, 20 @ 10” high, 40 low upholstered stools, various low Moroccan tables, screens, daybeds x 3, sumptuous cushions, 20 High Bar stools wood base with woven wicker top, 80 panels of Various Fabrics @ 10’ drop, 3 30” high tables, various shelves, Indian Window Frames Vintage, Moroccan Mirrors, Planters

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Sneek preview of TLW Season 6

TLW Season 6 Premiere Preshow talk

season 6, episode 2: "Least Likely"

Bette and Tina talk about expanding their family and beginning a new life but the plan could be ruined when Bette bumps into an old friend with dangerous potential; Alice and Tasha ponder their compatibility as they seek counseling; an old flame appears sending Helena reeling; and Max is faced with an extraordinary situation.

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Promo 1 - Tune Up

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Promo 2 - Eveyone Get Out

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Jennifer Beals: "The Bonnie Hunt Show"

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preview - jennifer beals on The Bonnie Hunt Show

Some people find coming down the fire pole scary, Jennifer found it fun. Jennifer Beals will be on "The Bonnie Hunt Show" Friday, January 16, 2009.


season 6, episode 1: "Long Night's Journey Into Day"

Last season's spontaneous steamy moment between Shane and Nikki leads Jenny to confess the identity of her true love and complicates the group's future dynamics. On the sixth and final season of THE L WORD®, careers evolve, relationships are tested and friendships end in murder. It begins with Jenny found dead! As a result, everyone's lives are turned upside down leaving all the friends despondent but also suspects — who did it and how did it happen? Flashbacks of the months leading up to the murder will be the only way to put the pieces together to learn why.

promo 1 - Jenny is Dead

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Pam Grier Ready to "Drop More Seeds of Tolerance"

As The L Word's sixth and final season draws closer -- it begins January 18 on Showtime -- Pam Grier is reflective about her time with the show.

"England, the Netherlands, Australia, and New Zealand, so many countries are starting to see The L Word," she tells the Chattanooga Times Free Press. "I'm happy to be a part of that historical significance."

Grier, along with costar Jennifer Beals, was one of the most recognizable faces on The L Word when it premiered in 2004. The former star of cult favorites Foxy Brown and Coffy, Grier stepped into unchartered territory with The L Word, a drama about glamorous lesbians in Los Angeles. Grier plays Kit Porter, the heterosexual sister of Beals's gay character. Grier says she's proud of the groundbreaking program, even though she endured "quite hostile" e-mails for being part of a gay-themed show.

"In the black community -- I can't really say 'black community' anymore because it's so fragmented -- there's some taboo on homosexuality," she tells the newspaper. "It might come from the church; I don't know. I would like to see more acceptance, of course. If people watch The L Word because of me, if I'm the impetus of that, then I'm glad. You never know what influence you have." She added that she hopes to "drop more seeds of tolerance, loving, caring, and understanding."


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Big Questions

What will happen on this season of The L Word?