Lily Tomlin Dishes on Beygency, Her Netflix Series, and The Magic School Bus
By Shannon Liao
“But stop it right now! You’re gonna put words in my mouth! The whole Beyonce thing is gonna come after me,” Lily Tomlin laughingly tells Pride Source. “They’ll send Solange after me. I’ll be in the elevator and they’ll beat the hell out of me.” Even late into her career, Tomlin knows better than to cross the Beygency. But that didn’t stop the actress from discussing the sex-saturated culture the singer finds herself in.
The 74-year-old comedian, who voiced Ms. Frizzle on The Magic School Bus, dishes on assorted topics, from the Beygency to her upcoming Netflix series Grace and Frankie co-starring Jane Fonda.
“I like her! I don’t dislike her! But I don’t pay any attention to that because — I mean, she’s fantastically beautiful and dances, but, you know, it’s very suggestive. If I was a 10-year-old, I would try to emulate her like most 10-year-olds do. For me, young girls are too sexually available!”
On marrying her wife after 43 years:
“What changed most is, we got letters from relatives. Pretty much everybody [in our family] is Christian Fundamentalist, and I grew up in the Baptist church, so I’m acquainted with all that stuff, and we got a lot of letters from our relatives congratulating us. That was pretty surprising.”
On whether celebrities should come out:
“I just talked to somebody not even two or three days ago and they were saying, 'Don’t you think celebrities should come out? All of them!' I said, 'No, because I don’t know what their circumstances are.' They can’t be responsible to everybody. As far as making a big declaration about your own sexuality, I’m not gonna be the one to judge what other people do unless they’re doing something really horrible and destructive and ugly.”
On Ms. Frizzle:
“We were at Jane’s sister’s house a few years ago when her niece and nephew were little, and they’re sitting on the couch with me and Ms. Frizzle was on. They didn’t believe I’m Ms. Frizzle, so Ms. Frizzle would say something and then they’d turn real fast to me and say, 'You say it!' I had to audition for Ms. Frizzle.”
On Grace and Frankie:
“Jane and I are good friends. I email, talk to her, see her, but we don't work together formally until August. Right now the writers are all writing. They've chosen a director. They've chosen Tate (Taylor), who directed The Help. We don't know who the husbands are gonna be yet — we're still waiting. But everybody's throwing names in the hopper.”
And whether Dolly Parton will appear:
“I think that would be fabulous, glorious — the three of us! You know, we tried forever to get another 9 to 5 script together before we all got older, so yeah, I would love her to be on the show.”