Anyone who reads this blog probably remembers that my head exploded from excitement after watching Supernatural’s 200th episode, Fan Fiction. I loved it that much. So it was a thrill to have a chance to chat with one of the smart and snarky fangirls from that episode, Joy Regullano, who played Maeve. I was wearing my #Supernatural tee shirt; it seemed appropriate for a fangirl interview.
Joy: I love your shirt!
Lynn: That’s my homage to Robbie Thompson, who’s always reminding me to hashtag my tweets.
(Thompson, you will recall, also wrote ‘Fan Fiction’.) Appropriate shirt is appropriate.
We pondered the restaurant menu for a while and made small talk. Joy turned out to be as smart as her alter ego. She went to Berkeley and double majored in theater and Southeast Asian studies.
Lynn: Wow! Though you seem to be doing pretty well with the acting. Are you going to stick to it?
Luckily the answer was yes. We spent a few minutes chatting about our respective careers and went on a significant tangent for a passionate discussion of the ups and downs of American higher education.
Joy: It’s cool that you get to do research on fans.
Lynn: It is pretty cool. I feel really lucky that they let me do research on the psychology of being a fan.
Joy: That’s pretty important work though.
Lynn: [laughing] I think so! And speaking of fans, I loved the way ‘Fan Fiction’ represented fangirls – not at all condescending. And then you and Katie and the other actresses just embodied these characters. They are smart, strong women, and true fangirls. And you were hysterically funny – you can say a lot with just one expression. Did you know it would be an important episode?
Joy: No, not really. Phil [Sgriccia], the director, sent us a few episodes to watch – like eight full episodes.
Lynn: Oh cool, which ones? Were they the meta episodes, about fandom?