Writing

Male characters described through the male gaze

Rachel Bloom, who created and stars in comedy Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, has turned the tables

It’s been a revealing time for female casting descriptions recently – just look at film producer Ross Putman’s Twitter account @femscriptintros, which features genuine requirements like “Jane is beaten, bruised yet resilient and beautiful.” Now Rachel Bloom, who created and stars in comedy Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, has turned the tables and come up with a breakdown for the men in her show, written from the male gaze. Our favourite bit? “Think anyone from Dawson’s Creek, Mr. Darcy or an Instagram worthy avocado toast. Singing a plus.”

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