WARNING: Contains some spoilers for season 5
Disclaimer: I began writing unofficial convention reports since
the first one I attended in London in November, 2005. I don’t
know why but I always felt compelled to share my experiences and
everything I heard and saw with those fans that didn’t have
the opportunity to travel to any TLW-related events. So here’s
once again my report from The L Word Convention in Los Angeles,
organized by Starfury and its founder, Sean Harry. This is, of course,
only the account of things that I experienced personally, so if
I wasn’t present during certain events, I’m pretty sure
there are others who can share their experiences about this Convention.
Friday at the Convention is usually the day of registration, opening
ceremony and the Meet&Greet, where the fans can mingle with
the cast members in more relaxed atmosphere. Convention in LA was
a little different, probably partially due to the fact that it was
Sean’s first American TLW convention and partially because
Leisha Hailey’s new band Uh-Huh Her was performing the same
night at the Knitting factory.
So after the registration and a few leisurely hours spent with
friends, we all went to the concert. The small place was quickly
filling with the fans. There were people from the convention but
mostly those who bought the ticket just to see Leisha in concert.
We got our seats on the balcony on the right side of the stage.
The concert was great and I took a few shots of Leisha in action.
After a few songs, we spotted Pam Grier in the crowd. She was cheering
and taking pictures as well. I turned my camera back on and went
down so I can mingle with the audience and find out if any other
cast members were inside. And of course, they were. I saw Kate Moennig
and Rose Rollins, who were standing at the back of the crowd.
I went to the bar and saw Rachel Shelley buying beer. We said Hi
to each other and she told me that they all just came from finishing
filming. The filming began at 4:30 am but they came here to support
Leisha. At that moment they are still filming season finale. I thanked
her and Rachel went into the crowd and joined Pam in front of the
I continued walking around and saw Mia Kirshner, who also moved
into the crowd in front of the stage and began cheering for Leisha,
dancing to the songs.
After making few more rounds I also saw Ilene Chaiken and Ken Dixon,
Jennifer Beals’ husband. They were standing behind the crowd
and I stopped by Ilene to say Hello. I’ve met her a few times
already and I wanted to share my gratitude about the show again
and ask about the new season.
Ilene said that they will finish filming season finale next week
and the whole cast is in LA right now for that. When I asked about
the possibility of season 6, since it seems like not one Showtime’s
show went beyond that. Ilene replied that it’s not a Showtime
policy to have only 5 seasons, and though she didn’t know
about season 6 yet, The L Word is still strong so the season 6 is
a definite possibility, and it also depends on the support of the
I couldn’t help myself but I told her that all she needs
to do is put Bette and Tina back together and the ratings will go
high up. Ilene laughed at that statement and said, “We will
see.” I also told her how wonderful it was to have this show
picked up by the Showtime, and that the show reaches so many people
and is known in all different countries. I thanked Ilene again and
left her to enjoy the concert.
I wanted to go back upstairs when I noticed one more person who
looked really familiar. After a few seconds I realized that it was
Cynthia Summers, the fashion designer on the show, who was at the
club with her girlfriend, Michelle. I introduced myself and also
asked her a few questions about the filming, her favorite characters
and any spoiler she can reveal.
Cynthia told me that they are still filming and her favorite characters
are Bette, Jenny and Alice and a new character, Clea. From the season
finale sides we know that Clea is fashion designer as well, and
she is a friend of Alice. Cynthia couldn’t remember the name
of the actress who is playing Clea, she only said that she was originally
from New Zealand…there was an article in the Advocate from
last year where I read that Lucy Lawless said that she auditioned
for The L Word before but didn’t get the role and she is from
New Zealand, so could it be her? Well, we can all dream.
Cynthia also answered my question about Patricia Velásquez,
who was rumored to be added to the cast in season 5 and already
signed up for season 6. Cynthia said that Patricia is indeed joining
The L Word and will play the role of Begonia, the actress who is
playing Karina/Marina in Jenny’s movie.
After the concert was over, all the cast members went to a room
behind the stage but Pam Grier stayed and mingled with the fans.
She was with her hairdresser and she was really friendly and nice,
though she would tell me any spoilers. All she said was that season
5 is “Hot, hot, hot and fun, fun, fun…” When I
asked to tell me at least if Angus was back, she looked where Ilene
was standing just a few feet away and said, laughing “You
can’t expect me to tell you things with my boss standing over
Pam is really one of the nicest people I’ve met. She was
really excited about the show and the upcoming season, even though
she is straight herself. She talked a lot about politics and encouraged
everyone to vote for Hilary Clinton because she is electable.
Pam also told me that for the season premiere next year all the
cast members are trying to go to different cities but they are told
where they will go, so they could all attend many places, but she
wouldn’t tell me where she or anyone else would go.
Finally, pretty much everyone left and day one of the Convention
was over. I know some people were disappointed because there was
no Meet&Greet that night but the concert was great and it was
better than Meet&Greet because of so many surprising appearances
by the cast members.