Freeform’s breakout series, The Bold Type, about three best friends navigating career, life, and relationships while working at a Cosmopolitan-esque fashion magazine, returns for its third season on Tuesday.
The Advocate caught up with Aisha Dee, who plays social media guru Kat Edison, in The Bold Type's infamous fashion closet. In the video below, Dee, whose character came out as bisexual as she realized she was falling for Adena (Nikohl Boosheri, playing TV’s first lesbian Muslim) in season one, chats about what it means to portray a bisexual character.
“It’s a lot of responsibility. That’s not lost on me. It’s something that I see and it’s something that I really care deeply about,” Dee says. “I feel so blessed even though there are moments where I feel like I’m absolutely not worthy and they should get someone who’s more articulate or has their shit together more than I do.”
“I think it’s interesting to see a grown woman discovering their sexuality a little later,” she adds about Kat’s journey.
In The Bold Type’s second season finale, Kat and Adena went through an abrupt, heartrending breakup that sent fans on social media reeling. But that was not the end, according to Dee.
“Last season kind of felt like the end and it couldn’t be because it wasn’t quite explained. There were still questions I had in my mind and I think that people are going to be really happy because it allows Kat to go off and grow on her own, which she really does need to do some growing up," she says. "I think it will be really interesting when we get to see that stuff come back up again because it will.”
Dee also speaks candidly about the show's portrayal of female friendships and of breaking the mean girls' stereotype. She notes that her friendships with her costars, Katie Stevens (Jane) and Meghann Fahy (Sutton), mirror those of the relationships on the show. Watch Dee below.
The Bold Type airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. Eastern on Freeform.