Watch the trailer for MTV’s Faking It, a new comedy that aims to break new ground and make life better for LGBTQ youth.
Faking It, is about two teen girls, Amy (Rita Volk) and Karma (Katie Stevens), two unpopular best friends who are mistakenly identified as a lesbian couple by golden gay of their high-school boy Shane (Michael Willett). They are not gay, but quickly come to embrace the label when it transforms them into their school’s most popular girls.
The shows creator Carter Covington says that it might sound like a wild premise, but it’s actually based on many calls he fielded when he worked as a crisis counselor for the Trevor Project, a suicide prevention hotline for LGTBQ youth.
“I was shocked that some of the calls I got from kids who were worried that their friends only liked them because they were gay. It’s not every high school, but attitudes are changing and tolerance is kind of viewed as an expected quality to have in many parts of the country.”
While older viewers might see this show as out there, Covington doesn’t think that today’s youth will be all that shocked by it.
“For the young people today, this show is not going to be controversial. I genuinely think it’s going to feel like, an exaggerated version, of course, but very much based in the world they live in now. Kids these days don’t see the world through the eyes that I did when I was kid, but the core things stay the same: Who am I? Who do I want to be? How do I want the world to see me? Those things are only accentuated with social media.”
Covington also says that they chose to do the story with two girls because there’s something special about the closeness of female friendships. But he’d like to think this story could also work with two male characters.
“I hope [it would work with guys]. I do think that there’s still a level of bravado and machismo in society that is there. I would like to think that it’s unattractive for teen males to be bullies. I think there’s a real movement in this country to make that energy not appropriate and I think that’s a good thing. I think it’s going to be really unique on television, I hope.”
“Faking It” premieres Tuesday, April 22 at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT on MTV.