Meghann Fahy began her career not on-screen but on Broadway. Her love for singing and performing arts drove her to try for a career performing in musicals. When she was graduating high school, her mother heard about an open call for a Broadway show in New York City, and Fahy decided to audition. She recalls, “It was for the Spider-Man musical. I was so shy and afraid of performing in front of people, but I ended up having such an amazing experience.” While Fahy was not cast in that musical, the casting director that day called her into an audition for a new musical called Next To Normal. Fahy got the role, and the rest is history. Starting as an understudy on Broadway, Fahy has worked her way up in the entertainment industry, where she now stars on the hit Freeform series The Bold Type.
How would you describe The Bold Type?
The Bold Type is empowering and fun. We often get compared to Girls and Sex & The City, which we always think is such a compliment, but what we love most about it is that it does feel like a mix between fun, escapism, dream-world stuff and current and important social and political issues.
For our show, what is more important is not to choose sides of an argument but to start conversations.
The Bold Type certainly doesn’t shy away from discussing real-world issues, ranging from sexual assault and workplace harassment to gun issues. How do you all make sure to handle these issues correctly? Or what are some ways in which you prepare for those episodes?
It can be a scary thing because when an issue is important, it is always going to be hard to talk about it in a way that pleases every person. For our show, what is more important is not to choose sides of an argument but to start conversations. We all have varying feelings about the way the show chooses to portray all these different scenarios, but at the end of the day what we really want to do is just inspire people to talk about it. With the gun episode, which was a big episode for my character, there were a lot of conflicting views about how that should have been handled. What we really wanted to say is that it is not such a black and white conversation, and what I loved is that we got so much feedback from people saying they had been in similar situations and were not able to deal with them until they watched the episode. It can be a great tool to start these conversations.
Why do you think that young audiences are drawn to the show? What do you think makes The Bold Type special?
It is so cool to be on a show that talks about those kinds of things, especially to the demographic that Freeform reaches: millennials and young people. For us to be a voice to that generation is so great. People get really passionate about the world, their part in it, and how they want to change it. For every thing that is crazy and scary in the world, the good part is that people are becoming so impassioned. Now, more than ever, there is such a desire to grow and learn. Our show tries to reflect that in as honest a way as possible.
People get really passionate about the world, their part in it, and how they want to change it. For every thing that is crazy and scary in the world, the good part is that people are becoming so impassioned.
What do you like to do to relax?
Hot yoga, and I recently have recommitted to reading. That sounds really lame, but I have no less than half of a bookshelf filled with books where I have only read half of it and then abandoned it. I am also trying to make sure that I am reading books that I like, so if you get halfways through a book and don’t like it, then don’t finish it! You don’t have to be a hero, just find another book. I used to put so much pressure on myself to finish things, and now I don’t.
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