Creator and star of ‘Bi: The Webseries’
We can all thank David J. Cork’s mom for his hit romantic dramedy, Bi: The Webseries. For it was a venting session about the actor’s love life that sparked the sensation thousands of viewers now tune in for every month.
“I was in a situation where I was dating a man and a woman at the same time,” Cork explains. “It kind of blew up in my face. I was expressing my frustrations to my mom one day and she goes, ‘Baby, your life is a TV show.'”
It was at that moment the light bulb went off. And the rest, as they say, is history. Now in its second season, Cork has set out to prove the show is more than a one-dimensional fling. It’s gotten darker, more complex, and gratifyingly sharper in its approach to the oft-neglected conversation of bisexuality.
“The series has definitely matured a bit,” he says. “I listened to what fans and colleagues felt was missing and applied that this second time around.”
With three episodes already aired viewers are well aware of the thematic shifts, seeing Cork’s character, Alex, deal with serious subject matter such as depression and a descent into drug use. Cork hopes the new somber tones will create awareness and discussion around topics he believes are detrimental to the LGBT community.
“In the LGBT community depression is something a lot of us face,” he says. “Sometimes we don’t know who we can turn to; I’ve especially experienced that as black, male bisexual. So consequently, we feel this isolation. I wanted to play on that idea for Alex…facing this isolation and some of the side effects that follow. I’ve also brought in this element of drugs. It’s something that our community wrestles with but not a lot of people talk about. I wanted to shine a little light on that as well.”
What hasn’t changed about the series is its honest and witty portrayal of the bisexual experience, an element that will always remain central to its storylines according to Cork.
“There is no representation of bisexuality in the forefront,” he says. “It was important to me to tell my story. People think we’re confused and that we don’t know what we want. That’s untrue. Female bisexuality has more of an understanding, but for a man to have a sexuality that’s fluid, it’s assumed you’re just gay. I have desires to be with women. I have desires to be with men. They’re both very strong. It’s not so much about the gender, but more about the person. That’s who I’m attracted to.”
SEASON 2 CATCH-UP
Not a ‘Bi: The Webseries’ fan yet? You could be after watching the latest episodes. Start here:
1.) Lemonade, Beyoncé
“I’ll go on record and say I’m not the biggest Beyoncé fan, but this album has really got me thinking.”
2.) Tangerine, Magnolia Pictures
“I’ve been working like a crazy man. I’m glad I got a chance to sit and watch this—very dope.”
3.) Scandal, ABC
“Scandal, Scandal, Scandal… Did I say Scandal?”
4.) O’Hanlon Mills Harkness Hooded Sweater, Urban Outfitters
“Every time I wear it people always give me compliments about it. It hugs my body nicely.”
“I’m obsessed. I can’t get enough of it right now. Anytime I’m cooking, you can bet quinoa is part of the meal.”
6.) Glenn Quentin
“He’s directing and helping produce this second season of Bi. He also plays Kai on the show. I’m thankful to have him on my team.”
7.) Coconut Oil
“Without it my hair feels like a desert.”
8.) Swiffer Sweeper
“I have hardwood floors in my house and a dog who has accidents from time to time, so it works wonders for picking up dust, pee residue, etc.”
9.) Rob Decina’s Audition Class
“It was a powerful moment for me and really gave me a lot of confidence. It absolutely changed my life.”
10.) Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Netflix
“Netflix just released it not too long ago—such a gift.”
*Bonus: Brotherly Love, Flavor Unit Entertainment
“Can I have more than ten favorite things?”