minx it may be set in the 1970s, but something certainly felt new about the show when it aired on HBO Max in March 2022. In part, yes, it was the sheer number of penises flying across the screen right in Episode 1, but cheeky protagonist Joyce Prigger (Ophelia Lovibond) resonated with our current moment more deeply than viewers might care to admit, even though that she made mistakes along the way. minx creator and showrunner Ellen Rapoport and host Lovibond spoke with KristenBellTattoos.com’ Reshma Gopaldas about the ’70s feminism portrayed in the series, what it was like to work with Jake Johnson (neither of them watched new girl, if you can believe it) how they handled sex-positive, pleasure-oriented moments like Joyce’s revealing masturbation scene, and why Joyce and Doug would never date. Watch the full interview above for their honest answers about all this and more, including what they have to say about Season 2.
AT minx In the first season, Joyce dreams of starting a serious feminist magazine called Matriarchy awakens, but the only publisher whose interest it attracts is pornographer Doug Renetti (Jake Johnson). Doug has the money and interest to help bring Joyce’s idea to fruition, but with a significant twist: They’ll also make it the first female porn magazine with male nudes on centerfolds.
Creator and showrunner Ellen Rapoport didn’t just take the idea out of thin air: it actually happened.
“I read an article that was oral history [of] playgirl or viva,she says to Gopaldas. “I learned that these kinds of erotic magazines in the 70s, these erotic magazines for women, not only existed, but existed as creations of both feminists and pornographers.”
“Frankly, it was like a very rich workplace comedy,” she adds.
With Ophelia Lovibond’s Joyce and Jake Johnson’s Doug, and a very attractive supporting cast in Oscar Montoya’s Ritchie, Idara Victor’s Tina, Jessica Lowe’s Bambi and Lennon Parham’s Shelley, friction that Rapoport foreseen in the way these magazines were to work came to fruition. Joyce’s raw instincts are challenged at every turn by the warm, wise, and sexually aware people she meets in the porn industry, but she draws a line on anyone who oversteps her vision for her magazine. She may have renamed it. minx and included an element of male pornography in its pages, but she firmly insists that this magazine should be good for women, serve them, not sell them, and she fights hard for this.
No matter how there any scene in minx You might think that there is evidence that the fights we saw between Doug and Joyce probably took place behind the scenes.
“A lot of the ideas in them reflected things that we still talk about in terms of feminist issues… abortion, rape, sexual harassment, emotional labor, marriage,” Rapoport describes “vintage porn,” which she checked out as research. . “You would have these serious articles – then you would turn the page, and there would be just a naked, very hairy man on a horse. And then another line, and it was diet pills, in a feminist magazine as an advertiser.
Joyce Lovibonda, tasked with simultaneously teaching her colleagues in the porn industry about patriarchy and unlearning her own inner misogyny, was an exciting challenge for the English actress – even and especially that masturbation scene.
“When I read this, I thought, brilliant, we will never see this,” Lovibond says of this scene, “and Rapoport had only one doubt about how they would pull it off.
“The vibrator looked like a real vintage vibrator, and I thought:“ If it explodes … ”,” Rapoport admits.
Find out which minx the characters that both women think they most resemble, what surprised them in the public reaction, and more in the full interview above.