Attention Beyonce: Rachel Bloom is ready to be your "funny friend."
The star and co-creator of The CW's Crazy Ex-Girlfriend said the musician — whose Lemonade inspired the show's "Love Kernels" song — is certainly a dream guest. Though mostly a dream friend.
"There are a lot of dream guests but I'm also so happy with our cast that it's already a dream," Bloom said on the phone. "[But] my offer is out in the world: If Beyonce needs the funny friend i’m completely willing to be her court jester."
The musical comedy, which debuted on The CW in October 2015, follows a Manhattan lawyer named Rebecca Bunch (Bloom) who impulsively moves across the country to where her old camp boyfriend Josh Chan (Vincent Rodriguez III) lives after they have a chance encounter.
The second season soundtrack — which has 39 songs (including demos and cut songs) — debuted Friday on Apple Music and iTunes. It is expected to launch later on Spotify, Amazon and Google Play.
— Rachel Bloom (@Racheldoesstuff) March 3, 2017
Mashable caught up with Bloom on Thursday to talk about her favorite numbers from Season 2 and what to expect from Season 3 (no spoilers!).
OK, let's start off with a tough question. Do you have a favorite song of the season? Or one that was the most fun to bring to life?
Bloom: From a personal writing and performance level was "The Math of Love Triangles." I"m really happy about that song and proud of it. I think the show for so long has been centered on this love triangle [between Rebecca, Josh and Greg] so to get underneath that was really really cool and fun for us.
Another song I love is "Tell Me I'm Okay." I had a hand in writing that but the premise was [show co-creator] Aline [Brosh McKenna]. I just think it's a really great ballad and sounds invertedly Sondheim-y.
This season there were some pretty raunchy songs like "We Tapped That Ass" and "It Was a S—t Show." Does CW ever say no to certain songs?
Bloom: Those songs are also up there with two of my favorites. They are really really raunchy — talk about a writing highpoint.
I had the idea for "We Tapped That Ass" for a long time. I knew we should do a number with Josh and Greg sort of saying 'we f—d you here" and throwing it in Rebecca's face all the places they f—d her. Then when brainstorming we were coming up with funny puns and Jack Dolgen [songwriter] was like ‘we tapped that ass’
We said, 'Jack, you brilliant asshole how did we not think of that already?' It was such a moment of triumph finding that nugget of this is what that song is about.
Jack is our resident punster, and that was a moment of pun triumph.
Can you talk about the decision to have former Jersey Boy actor Eric Michael Roy embody the Santa Ana Winds as a narrator/singer.
Bloom: We had been wanting to do maybe a Frankie Valli Four Seasons number.
I happen to be in the writers room for the brainstorming of this episode — more than I normally am for episodes that are mid-season — and we were thinking about what could be a song for the wind.
I just started singing around the room that the winds song like "wheeee." That was the genesis of it.
I was born and raised in California and then lived in New York for quite some time so my references are either SoCal or New York. When it comes [to] the song all you can do is be specific about the joke of Santa Ana Winds and hope other people will like it.
This season Brittany Snow also guest starred as Josh's new girlfriend, a song that inspired "Research Me Obsessively" which is sort of a cyberstalking serenade.
Bloom: We wanted a musical number that Brittany Snow would sing that would take place in Rebecca and Valencia's mind. It's about obsession with the girl whose dating the guy you love.
Valencia's song from Season 1 "Good at Yoga" is kind of a seduction song but it's more of a put down song so we thought, 'Why don't we do a straight up seduction song where Brittany Snow's character is luring them into her trap?!'
It was such a fun song. I draw on my own life and shameful things I do in my life. I definitely looked one time for a crush’s parents house on Google just out of curiosity.
With the internet you can immerse yourself in someone. That was inherent in even our initial pitch of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, like now with the internet you never have to forget your obsession. You can immerse yourself in your obsession 24/7, it doesn’t get you any closer to them emotionally but gives you [the] sense of being close.
Will there be more Spice Girls-esque songs from the "Friendtopia" given Rebecca’s newfound goal of revenge?
Bloom: Yes - Aline and I are right now writing the third season, and these are all questions we are asking ourselves. We know the shape of the season, and rest of the series, but there are many different ways to play it out. Next season we will continue this idea of how Rebecca has created this girl squad for herself but has not been entirely honest with them.
When you are writing a two-hour musical, there's a main song for characters. For us, every season is kind of like a restart. We are writing with a slightly different lens but still we have given characters their main songs and their philosophy song. There is always the challenge of how do we keep doing new shit.
Is there a formula for a perfect song for the show?
Bloom: Once we find the hook, which is basically the title for the song. It’s like writing the essay: what’s the thesis statement of your essay? Once we find that hook, things tend to snowball.
Soundtrack coming soon to Amazon, Google Play and Spotify, and yes, we hope to do album commentary again!
— Rachel Bloom (@Racheldoesstuff) March 3, 2017