Rachel Bloom, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
Rachel Bloom is a writer, comedian, actor and co-creator of this Fall’s hottest new stalker comedy “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.” Please take a minute before reading the rest of this interview and go set your DVR. Menu > Search > Keyword > Crazy Ex-Girlfriend > Series Recording > All Episodes.
“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” is original, irreverent, and at times, just plain genius. To be able to create characters who believably break into song twice an episode is next-level writing, and to have those songs stay firmly in your head — I can assure you I’ve never thought this much about West Covina — for days after watching is truly a feat. And those songs? All original, all hilarious, all perfectly executed.
Let’s get back to Rachel. Born in 1987 and hailing from Manhattan Beach, California, Rachel attended NYU, and Tisch School of the Arts in New York City for theater. While at NYU, Rachel was head writer and director of the school’s premier sketch comedy group, Hammerkatz. After graduating from NYU in 2009 with a B.F.A. in drama, Rachel continued to study improv and sketch at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in NY.
In 2010, Rachel released her first Internet music video, “F*ck Me, Ray Bradbury,” which went viral and was nominated for a Hugo Award for “Best Dramatic Presentation: Short Form.” In 2012, Rachel performed in the Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal in the “New Faces: Characters” Showcase. She also continues to release comedy music videos on Youtube under the name “Racheldoesstuff.” Her writing credits include Adult Swim’s “Robot Chicken,” Fox’s “Allen Gregory,” and Lucasfilm’s upcoming “Star Wars Detours.”
Who are you?
I’m Rachel Bloom, I’m an actor, singer, writer and comedian.
What did you want to be when you were a kid?
I wanted to be on Broadway.
What do you do?
Right now, I’m executive producing and starring in a tv show called “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.”
What do you love?
I love my job because, right now, it’s everything I’ve ever dreamed. I love my husband because he’s also everything I ever dreamed.
Where do you find inspiration?
Pain and joy and the space between the two.
What’s something you had to learn the hard way?
Trying my best and still failing doesn’t mean I’m a bad person.
What’s your creative process?
It depends on the project and whether I’m acting or writing, but, generally, I like to write in either a busy coffee shop or in the bath.
What’s one thing most people would be surprised to learn about you?
I try to meditate every day.
What advice do you have for aspiring writers?
Write stuff that you would want to read.
What do you collect?
Greeting cards from friends and family.
How do you define success?
We live in a pretty complicated time. How do you think we can make the world a better place?
Awareness, social consciousness, encouraging scientists and interest in science.
On Crazy-Ex Girlfriend, what or who inspired your character Rebecca?
It was a combination of me and my co-creator and people we’ve known.
The show is very unique and original. Do you think that made the pitching process easier or more difficult? Also, when did you decide to just fucking go for it?
It made it difficult some ways and easier in others. It depends on who you’re pitching to i.e. cable, network…The musical aspect was the hardest pitch.
And I decided to just go for it straight when I came out of the vagina.