So I’m grateful to the writers for giving me such a new color to paint with, you know? I was very happy about it. The plan was to explore that on a deeper level, but they didn’t think they could do that type of story justice with such a small amount of time this season. Yeah, it was. She’s had a lot of crazy and iconic outfits. They were planning on showing Sutton in a dark place with her drinking and figuring out what her relationship to drinking was; and the trauma she’s endured in her life from a family standpoint. And she would go off on her own and figure out what she wanted to do. That never happened on our show before. They’re brave with each other and tell each other what they’re really going through, and they’re still accepted for whatever gross, scary, or painful truths come up. We still got to do a little bit of that with Sutton’s therapy, and I liked that. When there is conflict between the three girls, it’s handled in a way that’s mature and forthcoming and communicative, as opposed to the cliches we’ve seen play out on other television shows. I’ve been thinking a lot during this final season about something we discussed a few years ago, which was that you, Aisha, and Katie were disappointed that The Bold Type was getting overlooked by viewers for the Riverdales of the world. [Laughs.] It’s really fun to have the excuse of being “the fashionista” in the show so she can wear these crazy outfits. Also, the trend of female friends not being plagued with incessant amounts of drama and in-fighting.Absolutely. We get to see that play out for her. Read on for what that original ending would have looked like, along with Fahy’s thoughts about Sutton going to a “dark place” this season. It was exciting and different, especially since she was represented in a different way for so long. That was trickier to do than what I was expecting. “Maybe I could adopt a baby,” he tells her, “but without you, I couldn’t be happy.”
As Fahy told Vulture in a recent interview, however, the opposite had been planned for the show’s central couple. Have you noticed that trend as well?It’s funny, because I still think about that conversation. [Laughs.] You know what’s funny and a little scary, though? What’s amazing, and what you said, is that the landscape of the social environment that we all engage with every day is rapidly changing. I’m grateful for that story, though. [Laughs.] When the finale storyline was originally pitched to Sam [Page] and I, it was really split in the writers room. They’re a couple that we’ve seen support each other through and through, and respect each other through and through. How would you define the girls’ friendship?The first thing that comes to mind is “honest.” That’s really important, because I’ve certainly experienced moments and friendships in my own life where I felt like I couldn’t share my truths for fear of being judged or unaccepted. I mean, I was a fan of Riverdale and enjoyed watching it while we were filming our show. We never saw that happen between Kat, Jane, and Sutton. You have to get so many people on-board for that type of change. It was thrilling for them, but also, probably, incredibly stressful. Allow us to collectively say, awwwww. This is a cheeky question, but do you think Sutton has a good sense of style? What ended up happening was, the night before we were supposed to shoot the scene where they say goodbye to each other, our showrunner called and said they rewrote it and changed it. We’ve had a different costume designer every season and they’ve all been great to work with. Half of the people thought that we should get back together and half thought we shouldn’t. It’s the thing that I loved about the show when I first read the script and I think it continued to be what viewers really felt safe with. I do think that’s the right ending for Sutton and Richard. I really hope that the audience will be in support of that ending. I have no idea. Up until the night before the scene was filmed, Sutton and Richard were indeed going to go their separate ways, until the writers’ room had a “thrilling” change of heart, Fahy recalled, and rewrote a happier ending for the lovebirds. You can rationalize that there’s a cushy mat in front of you, but everything in your body is saying don’t do this and you want to wave your hands in front of your face. I really like that change. But for me personally, I feel it was the right ending for them. To watch a show and know that there’s not always going to be drama and conflict. But yes, I’m excited that our kind of show is becoming even more exciting to people. It was a really special moment. A simple, nice life. I mean, you’re never going to please everybody, of course. Sutton is confident in what she’s wearing. Truly a full face-plant. It was ultimately decided that they wouldn’t, and the series was going to end with Sutton releasing and supporting Richard on his journey to becoming a father. The writers had a really difficult job of ending a series based on the very specific place that they had left us in last year. It’s so nice to trust a show in that way. I think that was such an interesting component to finishing the show out. I want to see that trend continuing. Sure, she’s still employed at Scarlet in a stylist position, but not before her husband, Richard (Sam Page), has an epiphany that they should reconcile and call off their divorce, even if it means giving up his life-long dream of having children. I had to fall with my arms by my side, so it’s a weird feeling. They’re so compatible for so many reasons. Or a fear of letting somebody down — that’s a big one for me. Related
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Tags: I’m just like, I don’t know. I feel like Sutton has been in a drama this season when everyone else around her got a comedy.Yeah, it did seem like that. I feel that popular opinion has since flipped in that regard. The changes that are making more space for more shows like The Bold Type. It’s a feel-good show. I got to play drunk however I wanted to. I love that the tone stayed true to itself in that way, because that’s how it started in the pilot. I’m proud of the show for finishing in the same spirit. There’s always room for both types of shows and both are necessary and important. I don’t think I’ve ever seen that before!That was all me and no stunt doubles. What do you see her doing?I would love to see Sutton leave Scarlet and expand her horizons. Of course.I can actually share this with you now. We do want them to figure it out. That defines their connection. She also has a house upstate with Richard and they go there on the weekends. That’s something I wasn’t planning on developing much, but it naturally happened. My friends and I always seem to debate this.You know what’s crazy? I remember getting that phone call and was like, What?! Sam and I love these characters so much and we’ve been building a very specific story for the first four seasons. There’s something really soothing about that to me. But they managed to do it in a way that was graceful. Was Sutton and Richard’s happy ending what you envisioned for her? I could have as much fun as I wanted. We set that up in season four in a great way and it got worse for her. Was there anything notable in those two episodes that had to be scrubbed for Sutton?One of the things that the writers were going to expand on was Sutton’s drinking. Maybe she starts her own fashion business. That kind of entertainment is so important. You want to know something interesting? It’s a very collaborative experience, though. When the show began, something that became a signature trait for Sutton was her sense of humor. It’s interesting, because when we got shut down last season because of COVID, we had two episodes left to shoot and we didn’t end up getting to shoot those. I’m not a fashion person at all, and I think that’s why when I show up to fittings I’ll let them do whatever they want to me. We were never the type of show that had a radical cliffhanger. All of the costume designers want to know how we feel and if our outfits are comfortable. Photo: Nino Munoz/Freeform via Getty Images
The Bold Type’s dot-com bubble finally popped tonight, with the Freeform dramedy series ending its five-season run as Jane (Katie Stevens), Kat (Aisha Dee), and Sutton (Meghann Fahy) embrace one another in the fashion closet, unsure of when they’ll next be together in the same room. I want to say … yes. When they told me in season four, You’re going to get married, pregnant, have a miscarriage, and get divorced in the span of five episodes, I thought that was crazy. But there was going to be more regarding her mother’s alcoholism that we just didn’t have time for, sadly. I don’t think there’s ever not going to be a place for a show like Riverdale. I’ve enjoyed going in and saying, You do your job, I trust you. They had to retool how they wanted it to play out. We had a lot of conversations about it. From an acting perspective, was it a fun challenge to either be drunk or tripping on mushrooms for roughly a quarter of the season?I love to play drunk. In what ways did the writers retool it?It was going to get messier for her. I was truly shocked. I always thought she could end up doing something like that. With Jane quitting to travel the world as a writer and Kat taking over as Scarlet’s fearless editor-in-chief, Sutton has arguably the steadiest conclusion of all, and that’s saying something given how many tears are shed. [Laughs.] One of my favorite scenes from the show is from season two when Sutton is trying to network with other fashion people; she comes home and tells the girls about her night and she’s sloppily eating a Hot Pocket. So I don’t know if Sutton has a good sense of style. Flash-forward ten years in Sutton’s life. Something that’s unique about Sutton is that she knows what she wants to do but she changes her mind a lot. You had a perfect moment of physical comedy in the premiere, where you trust-fall forwards from being so drunk. It engages a different audience. We showed up the next day and had our new scenes, which ended with what you saw — the two of them together. I loved that about her.