Emily Hampshire claims that the ‘Schitt’s Creek’ Wine Label Scene aided her in coming to terms with her pansexuality.
The actress from ’12 Monkeys’ and ‘Chapelwaite’ also discussed how her eating problem, for which she sought therapy for a month before to shooting for ‘Schitt’s Creek,’ influenced the kind of jobs she was offering and her own sense of self.
Schitt’s Creek was praising for its on-screen LGBTQ inclusion and messages of acceptance, but it benefitted more than just fans.
Emily Hampshire, who plays Dan Levy’s role, claims that the show’s iconic wine sequence, in which her and Dan Levy’s characters explain their sexuality via their wine preferences, helped her find out her own identity.
Hampshire revealed to Demi Lovato on the current edition of her 4D with Demi Lovato podcast that she had never heard the term “pansexual” before shooting the scene with Schitt’s Creek co-star and co-creator [Dan] Levy. “[David Rose] claims to be pansexual and that he prefers the wine to the label.
She said, “I had never heard the term pansexual before.” “I’ve always thought of myself as being very informed about LGBTQ+ issues since everyone in my life, including my friends, is mainly LGBTQ+, yet I had no idea.”
Hampshire’s own personal connection at the time, along with the writing, caused her to reassess her own identity. However, she said that the change was not instantaneous.
“Now fast forward approximately five years. I was seeing someone when I saw others asking on message boards, “Is Stevie a lesbian?” ‘Is Emily a lesbian?’ “Who is Emily?” she asked. “I was like, ‘This is so strange,’ I told Dan. ‘Who am I?’ Because I really fell in love with a person and it didn’t matter to me where they sat on the gender spectrum.
it hasn’t really mattered to me. I have to get along with the individual. I’m very drawn to a person’s energy.”‘You’re pansexual,’ he said. ‘Don’t you watch our show?’ she said, before revealing that Lovato assisted her in broadening her perspective on sexuality and gender identity, including labelling.
“I am firm believer in invisibility. “I understand how critical it is,” she said. “On the other side, in my ideal society, you don’t have to identify yourself as anything,” says the author. I don’t have to declare myself as pansexual, bisexual, or anything else. I see why we must now. My ideal society would be like, ‘We’re simply human,’ but with pronouns as well.’
Hampshire also discussed attending a treatment facility one month before shooting for Schitt’s Creek owing to an eating problem involving diet pills that she had acquired earlier in her career during the discussion, which was released on Wednesday.
“In Canada, I got my first TV programme, and I did the first season. I was a regular person.
When I returned for the second season, I had dropped a considerable amount of weight and everyone complimented me on how good I looked. “Oh, we can have these clothes on you, and these clothes,” Wardrobe said.
“By the conclusion of the season, though, they weren’t so sure I looked so well.
I was at a loss for words. I have no recollection of anything. I was always weeping, and I became sad as a result of my brain’s lack of nourishment.”
Hampshire got sad after that, and she gained weight as a consequence. That was writing in for her role on the programme she was working on, which humiliated her. “My character’s name was Siobhan, and they [wrote], ‘We can’t keep Siobhan away from the craft [services] table,’ and there were all these things of me cramming my face, doing all this stuff beneath the craft services table. I felt really humiliated.”
The experience was tough for the Schitt’s Creek actress, but she claimed it helped her “learn humour in a very hard learning manner.” Because the only parts available were the “funny” ones, it also opened possibilities to roles other than the girlfriend character. “I was giving more character roles.
I wasn’t the girlfriend anymore – yet I was always the girlfriend, the beautiful girl. In hindsight, I can understand how I may have purposefully damaged my appearance because I didn’t enjoy being the centre of attention all the time.”
however, Hampshire believes that going to therapy benefited her, even if she isn’t convincing it “fixed” her eating problem. “I can’t claim it healed my eating problem, but it helped me rediscover my ‘self,’ or even recognise that I had one,” she said. “I discovered who I was by attending auditions and asking the other person, ‘What do you want me to be?’ And that’s exactly what I’d do in a relationship with a man.