In a new podcast PANTS, The L Word's Leisha Hailey and Kate Moennig share the origin story behind their 18-year-old friendship and their early days working on the benchmark series.
Also in the podcast, edited by their friend and former castmate Rachel Shelley (Helena Peabody), Hailey and Moennig explain the story behind PANTS, a nickname Mia Kirshner, who played Jenny on The L Word, bestowed upon them because they became inseparable not long after meeting.
“Here comes pants. There’s not one leg without the other,” Moennig and Hailey say was Kirshner’s joke.
During the witty and engaging 30-minute podcast, the women who played Alice and Shane, and who are executive producers on the reboot The L Word: Generation Q, recall the audition process and the moment they first became aware of each other in the room. Although Moennig had seen Hailey in the 1997 queer-themed film All Over Me.
During the podcast, the conversation turns to their first week in Vancouver prior to shooting the pilot, which Moennig likens to the week before summer camp when the counselors all get to know each other while learning the ropes. Bringing the conversation back to Kirshner, they concur on her artistry.
“Mia, I found intimidating initially. She’s very enigmatic when you don’t know her. I remember watching her in those group scenes,” I remember thinking, I really love what she’s doing,” Moennig says.
“She’s the warmest person and the greatest actress. To watch her is pretty fascinating,” Hailey responds. “The show would not have been the same without her.”
“Mia’s one of the best actors I’ve ever worked with,” Moennig adds.
In terms of the frequency of PANTS moving forward, Moennig and Hailey are very laid-back.
“This is such a weird time, and there are no rules. So let’s not put any rules on ourselves. Let’s play it by ear and see how it goes,” Moennig says. “Anybody who’s listening, hopefully, they enjoy it. If they don’t, we’ll scrap it and say, 'fuck it.' But if they like it we’ll keep going.”
Tune in to PANTS to hear about how their friendship began. Also, find out which L Word cast member wasn't too intimidated by Jennifer Beals's star power to volunteer to ask her to drinks for their first group outing.