PaleyFest: Masters Of Sex Cast Reflect On Their First Season

Last night the cast of Masters Of Sex, Michael Sheen, Lizzy Caplan, Caitlin FitzGerald, Teddy Sears and Annaleigh Ashford, along with executive producer Michelle Ashford, arrived in a classy style for the annual PaleyFest TV festival at the Dolby Theater.

If you haven’t seen the show the drama series follows the pioneers of the science of human sexuality whose research touched off the sexual revolution.

The panel at the fest gave some insight into the upcoming second season of the series as the cast reflected on their first season on the air since premiering last September.

The highlights from the panel have been transcribed for all you Masters Of Sex fans out there, just below.

One of the main highlights of the evening was when Lizzy Caplan better known as her Masters of Sex charcter Virginia Johnson talked about the direction of the series premiere and the audience’s reaction when it debuted saying she did not anticipate the reaction to be so “in line with what we were going for, That’s never happened to me before in my career. When we first aired, we were seen as a show that didn’t degrade women in the least. It was a feminist story that we were trying to tell. It was so refreshing and really proves how smart the audience is and that it deserves more.

Lizzy Caplan then continued on to discuss her character and what made her want to do the series saying she was filming the comedy Hot Tub Time Machine at the time she got the call from Showtime to play the Masters Of Sex character Virginia Johnson, and that that main reason she decided to join the series was to prove to herself that she “could do more than one thing.

Although very little, the cast did shed some light on the shows second season talking about the casting of Breaking Bad’s Betsy Brandt into the role of Barbara, new secretary to Michael Sheen’s character Dr. William Masters. However they have not yet revealed any details on the direction or storyline for the next season.

The final highlight of the night, was when Michael Sheen went on to talk about the thing that fascinates him about the show saying we “have this word love and it means whatever it means for everybody and we all put a pretty little bow on it, but nobody knows what that is One of the things I find fascinating about the show is that it’s a show about sex but you can’t separate the sex and the sexuality from the emotions and the psychology that go along with it, all those things go together. Time makes you intimate, that’s just what happens.


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