Afterellen: What is the journey with Max since we do see them together in the first episode?
Hannah New: I think what’s really interesting if you look at any kind of eighteenth century literature, one of a very strong line of female writing was to deal with the romantic letter writing and it was very often between two women. I think that idea that two women could really, really identify it and support each other and that it’s a friendship that does involve love and it does involve affection and it does involve a sexual attraction. I think that’s a really important thing to be known and if you read any of those things, it’s pretty explicit. It’s explicit in a non-titillating…they’re writing to each other. This isn’t for a male audience. Do you know what I mean?
I think that was really an important thing that Jessica and I wanted to get across is that these two women support each other and they have a mutual responsibility towards each other. Their relationship goes really deep and I think that Jessica plays it so beautifully. She’s one of the most generous actresses I’ve ever worked with. I actually have got goose bumps talking about her. I think bringing to light that story is really important and the fact that it doesn’t always work out, I think, is also a very realistic way of portraying this relationship because they are women in men’s world, in a very masculine society. I think they don’t give a shit whether anyone judges them for it. I mean, that’s not the society they live in.