In the last few months, there have been a number of revelations about the show, from the fact that it’s being adapted for a third season to the fact its cast is gay.
But there’s one character whose story has remained under wraps for years that’s been a constant source of debate and speculation.
In the episode “Crazy” (Season 5, Episode 2), the series stars Erika Christensen as a therapist named Rebecca, played by Emily Browning.
She’s a psychiatrist who has a fascination with the way Rebecca’s own daughter, who is a lesbian, is behaving.
She also comes to terms with her own gay identity, and it comes with a huge, heartbreaking twist.
“We always knew that the show was coming, but there was always a little bit of surprise,” Browning told Entertainment Weekly.
“When I was in school, we used to go to a movie with my sister-in-law.
We would just sit in the corner and watch.
And then when I got to college, I saw this episode and I said, ‘You know what?
This is great!
I just got to watch the show.’
And it’s been just such a huge part of my life for the last five years.”
She added, “There’s definitely something about it that I’ve never been able to shake.”
In the past few years, a number are coming to light about the series, including a story about the way the producers wrote the final episode.
In that episode, Rebecca and her daughter are in the same room, and Rebecca starts talking about her mother.
“Oh, I’m gay,” she says.
“I’ve always known that,” says Rebecca, then reveals that she’s also bisexual.
“It’s like a revelation for me,” Brownings said.
“That’s the thing that really stuck with me.
Because when you’ve always been gay, and you’ve just sort of had to deal with it and you have this incredible, intense family and then suddenly you have to go into therapy, and your mom comes out as bisexual and it’s like, ‘OK, well, what do I do?’
And then it was really heartbreaking.”
“Cluseless” was also the first episode to feature an LGBT character, but that doesn’t mean it was easy to cast.
“They’re very talented actors,” BrownING said.
Browning also said that it was challenging to find an actress who had never been cast in a role of Rebecca’s stature, and that they had to “look for someone who’s not going to say yes or no, or it’s just too difficult to say no.”
“There were a few things that came up with casting her, but I had so much faith in her that I just wanted to make sure she was great and that I could get her,” she said.
When asked about the “Clyde” character, Browning was quick to say, “He’s not bisexual.
He’s a really good guy.
He likes to eat.”
But as Browning noted, “You don’t just want to put that character into your show.”
That’s not to say that there wasn’t an opportunity to cast an LGBT female character on the show.
“A lot of them [on the show] are very well-known and they were just actors that had done movies or had done TV shows,” BrownINGS said.
But when asked whether the producers ever considered casting someone like “Climeless” actress Gaby Hoffmann, who starred in “American Horror Story: Asylum,” Browninging was a little more reserved.
“Gaby is great, but she’s a different character, and she was cast in ‘Climseless,'” she said, adding that she was “not sure” if she was involved with “Cleeless.”
“I think there were some producers who were like, Oh, we need a woman and that’s great,” she told EW.
“But I think that we would have been better off casting a lesbian or bisexual character.”
Browning said that she felt the “crazy” and “devastating” finale was the best way to end “Crieless.”
But that doesn\’t mean the actress isn’t interested in returning to “Clingeless.”
BrownING mentioned that “Crying” actress Rachel Bilson was in discussions to come back, but Browning would have preferred “Clieless” end with more LGBT characters on the big screen.
“So if they would want to bring that back, I would absolutely be interested in it,” Browninger said.