Do you worry at all about your show -- or other shows -- showing police violence on TV? Does that perpetuate the issue?
I didn't worry about it and I don't think it perpetuates it
by any means. It's an unfortunate reality, which is occurring in America at
this time. UnREAL is commenting on
the insanity of it all. I don't think the writers presented the story line in a
way they claimed that one side was right or wrong. I feel like if we were going
to tackle the massive subject matter of issues that people of color face in
America on a daily basis, it would have been a shame to skim over that story line.
The timing of it all was quite curious. That episode [207, "Ambush"]
was written probably eight months ago, and we filmed it three months ago. It's
just the timing of the airing of the show. Lining up with the unfortunate
occurrences of several instances of police brutality was a direct reflection of
what was happening in the world at that moment. It's not an easy thing to talk about;
it's not an easy thing to look at or to digest. But the reality is, if we don't
explore these issues in a truthful way, these unfortunate things are going to continue
to happen again and again. I feel like, if anything, us putting the story
forward probably is going to help change the narrative a little bit, help
people change their perspective and the cycle of insanity.