Amazon’s new series Good Girls Revolt is about a historical issue, but one that will still provoke conversation today. In her book of the same title, Lynn Povich documented a lawsuit filed by Newsweek’s female employees to allow them to be bylined writers for the magazine. Can you believe women were only allowed to work as uncredited researchers? Anna Camp, Genevieve Angelson and Erin Darke play fictional characters working for the News of the Week magazine. The show portrays the drama of women new to the workforce fighting for equal rights.
Genevieve Angelson is a standout in Good Girls Revolt. She plays Patti Robinson, the most progressive and free spirited of the trio of News of the Week’s female staff. We spoke with Angelson after Amazon’s Television Critics Association panel on Good Girls Revolt. Good Girls Revolt is now streaming on Amazon.
This show really captures the thrill and excitement of getting a story. Was that infectious? Could you feel it from just playing a journalist?
Genevieve Angelson: Oh, absolutely. I think that that’s the thing. This show is about boys and girls and sex and stuff. It really is. It’s a soap and at the same time, we would have conversations where I would say, “The driving thing in this plot has got to be the almost addict’s rush of getting a story.” Who besides a journalist or an actor is willing to be at work at two o’clock in the morning because they love it so much? It’s like a high. That was exciting to embody that.
What did you love about the ‘60s and what did you not love about it?
Genevieve Angelson: I don’t like wearing pantyhose. I do like wearing everything else. I never wear a bra, not for one second of any shot of the whole show. Nor am I wearing one at the moment. I loved everything about getting to play the hippie wild child flower child free love counterculture representative. I think Erin and Anna did an unbelievably beautiful job in their roles and I am so glad I didn’t have to wear a wig. I got to be the one that was smoking weed and sleeping with people, and that was fun and easy and not something I do in 2016, but birth control, man. That was a new thing. I had a really good time embodying that.
You’re giving me the vibe of very self-assured in real life. Were you always naturally this way?
Genevieve Angelson: Let me say thank you. That’s a huge compliment. That really means more to me than being told that I’m pretty. That’s a wonderful compliment to tell a woman that she’s self-assured. Thank you. I think that that’s also come with experience. Something about getting this part was a huge vote of confidence. Yes, Genevieve, you deserve to be at the artistic party. This is a party that wants you to be a voice at it. Since then I’ve kind of relaxed and just known that yeah, I’m good. I deserve to be here. I think there’s that kind of thing with all actors of I’m a con artist and everyone else really deserves to be on the show but me. I don’t feel that anymore. I’m excited for you guys to see my little firework.
Are you prepared for the success that will come with this show?
Am I prepared to be a breakout star? Yes. Follow me @GenevieveAngel. [Laughs] I think the reason that I feel so honored and excited by that is because of the show that I’m on. I think if I were on a different show, I might feel more trapped. I might feel like uh-oh, I’m about to get a lot of attention for something I don’t feel that confident about. Frankly, to be a breakout star at this moment would really just for me be an act of service for this project. That sounds so Girl Scouty but I’m not kidding. When I had the first audition for this show, I walked in and I said, “Give me the part or don’t, but please take this pilot to series. It means so much. I don’t care if I’m on it, just please make it.” I continue to feel that way. I hope they don’t cut me.
Do you have any idea what the second season would entail?
It’s funny, I saw a show bible when we first started making it and even the first season — I think I have a sense of where season two is going. They seem to have realized that for all of the richness in the show, 10 episodes is not very much time. There’s stuff that we thought we were going to get to in season one that we haven’t even gotten to yet. There was really enough there to go for a couple of seasons. There are so many good looking boys for me to kiss, I hope I get to kiss all of them. That’s a feminist issue. Do I get to kiss all the people I want to? Sure.