‘American Idol’ alum starts fourth season of Freeform drama
Q: As Season 4 of “The Bold Type” begins, what do you think about the personal and professional status of your character, magazine writer Jane Sloan?
A: She definitely goes through a lot of transitions. I think my favorite part of her whole journey is that she was kind of new to everything, and now, she’s gotten to a place where she is confident and knows she is a good writer. She has a unique voice, and she’s no longer seeking permission.
She’s taking control of her life, and you’re going to see that carry through not only with work, but in her relationships – and in her taking control of her health decisions. It’s really wonderful to showcase someone in her 20s not being a victim of her circumstances.
Q: Jane’s concern with the BRCA gene has been a story line throughout most of “The Bold Type,” and you’ve said that you had your own health scare recently with a breast lump that turned out to be benign. How did you deal with having that situation yourself?
A: I’m very lucky. My husband’s mother passed away from breast cancer, so it’s always something that I’m conscious of. I make sure that I have an awareness of my body, getting regular breast exams but also doing them at home. I know what it’s supposed to feel like normally, so if there ever is an abnormality, I’m able to catch that. And I was able to catch mine.
That was a scary day. I had to work, so I had this knowledge that I found this thing at 7:00 in the morning, then I was at work for six hours before I finally told our producers, and they sent me immediately to a specialist. I was able to get information really quickly, but I know that’s not always the case for people.
Jay Bobbin has decades of experience covering the television and movie businesses, winning Tribune Media Services’ Crown Jewel Award in 2008 for his performance in the company. Over those many years of interviewing and writing, he has spoken with everyone from Robert De Niro and John Travolta to Paul McCartney and Tony Bennett … from Meryl Streep and Julie Andrews to Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood.