The stars of Sundance’s ‘Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys’
Sarah Rose and Joel Derfner(Sundance)
Sarah Rose and Joel Derfner have been best friends since they met in a Harvard dining hall 17 years ago. Both are Jewish, writers, and live in New York. (I probably only needed to say “writers” and you would’ve figured out the rest.) And now both of these authors — her book is For All the Tea in China and his is Swish: My Quest to Become the Gayest Person Ever and What Ended Up Happening Instead — are featured on a new Sundance Channel reality show, Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys, which is about gay men and the straight women devoted to one another (It’s way more platonic than what went down between David and Jonathan).
Though the show follows three other gay-hetero pairings, the couples aren’t forced to awkwardly interact, throw dinner parties and bitch slap each other so Sarah and Joel’s arc is devoid of typical reality show drama. Instead theirs is about love – one has found it, the other desperately seeks it. But there’s a twist. It’s the curly, red headed gay man who is getting married in Iowa and the attractive woman who is still looking. Actually, that’s doesn’t sound like a twist. That’s just life as a Jewish woman in New York.
Sarah and Joel kindly (and quite humorously) agreed to take us through their journey on the show.
How did you guys first become involved in Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys?
Sarah: Joel is a composer and a friend from the musical theatre world – Jack Lechner, the executive producer – suggested Joel audition because of his book Swish. I was the natural choice for the Girl who likes Joel (who likes boys).
Joel: They realized that nobody on The A-List (aka Bravo’s Real Gay Housewives of New York) was Jewish, so they had to rush to fill the vacuum.
How do you guys feel, as stereotypically neurotic Jewish New York writers about having your lives broadcast on television?