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MTV’s ‘Faking It’ is Tackling Intersex, and It Could Be Pretty Great

MTV's 'Faking It' is Tackling Intersex, and It Could Be Pretty Great

In an interview with showrunner Carter Covington, The Hollywood Reporter revealed the second season of MTV’s “Faking It” will bring an intersex character to the show. This is pretty unprecedented territory for the small screen, especially a teen show, but it doesn’t come as much of a shock from a show that proved itself to be surprisingly sophisticated in the matters of sexuality.

While at first glance, “Faking It” seemed like a shallow, candy-colored high school sex comedy, its first season dove head-first into very real issues about female friendship and discovering one’s own sexual orientation in a turned-on-its-head high school where it’s cool to be accepting of everyone. It came across as less satire and more so a hope that schools could actually be this type of environment for its teens inhabiting the halls.

And so, upon hearing this news, an intersex character seems like a natural (and important) next step for the series. What’s interesting, however, is the character who will turn out to be intersex: Lauren. Remember the bitchy step-sister to Rita Volk’s Amy? Yeah, her. As much as this feels completely out of left-field and as much as I would prefer a new character to be introduced who’s intersex, it will also give Lauren’s character an additional layer beyond being cartoonishly snobby and terrible.

In the THR interview, Covington says the decision to make Bailey De Young’s Lauren born with Androgen Insensitive Syndrome and regularly taking hormones was something he had planned from the start. “I pitched it last year when I was pitching the first eight episodes of season one,” he said, also noting, “We folded in a couple of hints throughout the first eight episodes about what’s coming.” 

I’m curious to go back and see exactly what those hints could’ve been…

“Faking It” returns for its second season Tuesday, Sept. 23.

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