Four years back in 2017, Freeform’s aspirational dramedy genre series The Bold Type began with a bang and finally after five seasons on Wednesday night, it also ended with similar type of scream that was also in line with echoes of the show’s fans as they watched and absorbed the finale episode of the series and in a recent digital zoom interview with leading global entertainment magazine, The Bold Type stars spill about their series finale’s big twists.
Speaking more in detail about the twists and bizarre revelations about to unfold in final episode, The Bold Type stars spill about their series finale’s big twists.
Opening up on how their show’s ending is totally in line with the central theme of three bestfriends becoming colleagues and eventually a family in this adventurous ride full of surprises at Scarlet, The Bold Type stars spill about their series finale’s big twists.
Opening up on show being termed as a family more precious then blood at Scarlet, Aisha Dee says, “I think the show is referring to a fully functional family. But it is a very complicated subject matter to really look at how that kind of phrasing has manipulated people in the workplace, especially in corporate structures, for a long time. In the context of The Bold Type, I think it’s meant in the most earnest way”.
Also adding about how everyone’s family doesn’t have same type of functionalism like Scarlet in The Bold Type series throughout has, Aisha added, “If we are thinking in terms of a family, you have to have uncomfortable conversations, and at the end of the day find ways to still support each other and uplift each other”.
Speaking about the major twist of Kat but not Jane being the Editor In Chief of Scarlet Magazine in The Bold Type season 5 finale episode, Aisha said, “I do feel like it’s been obvious from the beginning that Kat was always a very good [manager] and somebody who was a natural born leader”.
Meghann Fahy who plays Sutton Brady and Katie Stevens who essays Jane Sloan were also onboard with this idea of Aisha Dee (Kat Edison) being Editor In Chief of the magazine and speaking about this, Katie says, “Aisha and I talked a lot about it, because I was like, I don’t want it to seem like, Jane doesn’t want this, so here Kat have it. I wanted it to be that it was always supposed to be Kat that she was born to do this”.
Joking about the dramatic plot twist that changes the course of the three bestfriends lives entirely, Katie added, “Kat quits her job, gets her own vertical, and becomes editor in chief in the span of like three days. It’s amazing”, and on this Aisha quips, “And wasn’t she just fired from there last season?”.
Speaking about the show’s most loved couples Sutton and Richard who got married in last season to talking about their impending divorce finally finding their way back to one another towards end, Meghann Fahy shared, “They were not supposed to end up together. That was the plan, was that Sutton is going to go off and be on her own. And then the night before we shot it, they rewrote it. So we had quite the little thrill with that”.
Talking about Jane and Ryan’s closure scene with each other just before the series ends, Katie confessed, “Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston see each other on the street and they’re both in good places and they have a moment of reminiscing and then they walk away from each other”.
Finally speaking about fan favorite couple Kat and Adena who have faced many obstacles from last five seasons to getting their happy ending now in the finale episode, Aisha laughed and shares, “I had already decided if they weren’t going to let Kat and Adena be together I was going to throw hands. So it’s really lucky for them that they made the right choice. I’m happy for them, even though I know they’re not real people. Unfortunately, it’s really rare to see two female-identifying people of color in love on a mainstream television show, and it’s even more rare to get to see them have a happy ending. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen it”.
Opening up on how they always tried to break the clichéd stereotypical mould with The Bold Type which could also be applicable in real life, Aisha says, “The conversations we’re having are about things that are systemic. They literally live in the framework of the industry that we work for. The difficulty in getting into the union just to work on a set, it’s cliquey. Certain people have more access than other people, and then [it’s about] who are you related to? Who do you know? So if we’re talking about breaking down these systems, you don’t break them down with an Instagram post and a conference call. It doesn’t work that way. Having said that, I was honestly really terrified to post it, and I was like maybe I’ll lose my job, maybe people will call me a b*tch. All of the anxieties that a lot of women and people feel speaking up in the workplace, not just in the film industry, but across all industries. So I was really scared, but I think something that was encouraging to me was that everyone was willing to begin the conversation. I’m hopeful that by starting that conversation, it encourages more people to speak. Because I didn’t realize how much I was holding in”.
Agreeing with Aisha, Meghann said, “Part of the privilege that Katie and I have is that you’re not confronted with these kinds of things often. A lot of this stuff Aisha has dealt with her whole life. I’m really grateful that we were able to support her. And I’m glad you feel supported by us because that matters a whole lot. I do think it will change how Katie and I move forward from here on different projects”.
Reaffirming and agreeing with Aisha’s words on how black people, POC and queer peeps also need to be in writers room when narrative and casting decisions are made, Katie added, “She’s telling the story of not only a woman of color but a queer woman of color, which I know she feels a great responsibility in telling. She tells it with so much care, and I think that it’s a lot of pressure. There needs to be more people that are in the room that have that experience, so that it doesn’t all fall on Aisha to be telling those stories. For her to feel the weight of being the person who has to tell that story authentically… there are so many experiences within that and we’re just telling one. Moving forward, I hope all of the people who are in a position to be creating these stories also take that responsibility with as much care and grace as Aisha has”.