Interview: Bex Taylor-Klaus Talks Scream & LGBTQ Advocacy – Exclusive
Since her 2013 breakout role in The Killing, Bex Taylor-Klaus has become known for her hard-hitting portrayals of characters with big hearts and tough exteriors. Pop City Life was honored to chat with her about playing the mysterious and multi-layered Audrey Jensen in Scream, as well as her LGBTQ advocacy, her ominous initials, and what we can look forward to from the rest of Scream season 2. Read on for our interview with Bex Taylor-Klaus.
As part of the promotion for Scream season 2, your face was on a billboard in Times Square. What was that like for you?
Bex Taylor-Klaus: I never actually saw it in person, but it makes me happy to see how excited the people I care about got when they got to see it. Family members were sending selfies with the billboard. It was crazy.
So far this season, we’ve seen Audrey struggle to keep her link to Piper secret – especially from Noah, whose obsession with the case is in overdrive. At the end of the most recent episode, Noah swiped Audrey’s phone and saw that incriminating GIF linking her to Jake. How much longer can she keep her involvement quiet? How far is she willing to go to prevent the truth from coming out?
That’s a key question of the season – how far will Audrey go to keep her secret? So I can’t really answer this one – we’ll just all have to find out together.
About half of Scream season 2 has aired now – what can we expect from Audrey and the others in the remaining episodes?
Now everybody knows that there is another killer. The rest of the season will twist and turn and bring many surprises, and the Lakewood 5 will continue to struggle with figuring it all out.
In terms of Scream ships, there’s a big Emrey following, as well as a slightly smaller (but just as loyal) contingent of Braudrey shippers. There are also those who want Audrey to be with Noah, especially after their kiss at Kieran’s party. Who would you like to see Audrey deepen her relationship with – or would you prefer her to focus on herself for a while, given everything she’s been through and is still dealing with?
Audrey has had some bad luck with girls in the past, as we’ve seen. Unfortunately, life is not going to get any easier any time soon. She’s still got some stuff to figure out, so relationships are not what’s on her mind – survival and self-preservation are.
Regardless of gender, what kind of qualities do you think Audrey is attracted to, and what kind of qualities does she benefit from being around?
Audrey likes someone she can connect to, someone she can [have] conversations with, and that’s really good for her. She also needs someone who can challenge her, but without tension. Noah would be perfect for her if only she were attracted to him. The biggest piece of her puzzle right now is discovering where she lies sexually.
I love how you set people straight on Twitter (no pun intended – OK, kind of intended) when they call Audrey a lesbian or ask why she doesn’t identify as bisexual. Can you talk a little bit about why making the bi-curious distinction on Audrey’s behalf is so important to you?
I believe it’s important for kids to see that it’s okay not to have all the answers immediately, that it’s okay to be on the journey of self-discovery, not to beat themselves up for not having all the answers right away. Audrey is bi-curious because she really IS still questioning.
You’ve been on the LGBTQ community’s radar since your role as Bullet in The Killing, and over the past couple of years, you’ve really established yourself as a fierce LGBTQ ally. What drives your commitment to equality?
I am committed to equality because people should be. The fact that equality and feminism have negative connotations associated with them is baffling. I look forward to a time when the question is not about “why” fight for equality, but about how we can help, how we can maintain it.
— Bex Taylor-Klaus (@IBexWeBex) June 2, 2016
Audrey has a very specific fashion sense, and anyone who follows you on social media knows that you do too! It seems like your two styles somewhat overlap – have you ever asked to keep an outfit of Audrey’s, or worn something from your own wardrobe onscreen?
Actually, I’m wearing Audrey’s socks right now. We swap shirts sometimes. The majority of her rings are shared, as well. Audrey’s my BFF and we raid each other’s wardrobes. I have indeed requested some of Audrey’s clothing for my own personal use on multiple occasions.
And lastly, do you think you were pretty much destined to be in a horror show given that your initials are BTK?
Basically. My parents inadvertently named me after a serial killer, but they maintain it was unintentional. I’m not so sure.
Thanks to Bex Taylor-Klaus for taking the time to chat with us! Keep up with her on Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram, as well as on Snapchat as bextk. Remember, Scream recently moved from Mondays to Tuesdays, and you can catch the next episode Tuesday night at 10/9c on MTV.