AfterEllen: The last time we chatted, Paige had finally come out to herself and to Emily out loud, but she’s been through a lot since then. Can you talk me through Paige’s evolution a little bit, from her fear of coming out of to her family to the terror of not being able to find that coconut cupcake to the joy of finally getting the girl?
Lindsey Shaw: I think the overall theme of Paige is how nothing has been easy for her. She’s struggled with coming to terms with her sexuality, with her feelings for Emily, and with where she can fit into Emily’s life. And that’s kind of where we left her for a while. But when Season 3 picks back up, there’s finally this ease about Paige. For the first time, she actually takes hold of the idea that she can have a relationship with Emily.
There’s a softness and a sweetness to Paige that we haven’t seen before, and in some ways, it’s like she and Emily are seeing each other for the first time. Paige feels like a complete person now that she’s come out, and she wants to start this new chapter of her life with Emily. Emily is so caring, and we get to see her really fall for Paige, and, honestly, Paige has always been in love with her. So the love is finally just ramped up!
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