I have a love/hate relationship with the slush pile of the internet we call Reddit, but every once in awhile I find something pretty darn cool a midst the memes, cat videos, and AMAs. Enter “The Confessions of A Witch Bitch“, a hilarious, up-and-coming web series that is part Mean Girls, part Bewitched, and part office politics.
According to their Kickstarter page, ‘”The Confessions of a Witch Bitch” tells the story of a scorned witch named Alexandria who is banished from her wealthy coven for her constant revenge gimmicks. She is sent to work in the “real world” with other women and has to quickly learn the art of office politics and how to solve her problems without casting spells on her colleagues. However, things do not go as planned. The never do, right?
But here is the heart and soul of the project: the show will explore various aspects of office bullying and women’s relationships in both a comical and dramatic way.
Ever since Sabrina the Teenage Witch ended I have yearned for another show to take its place (apology to those out there who like Wizards of Waverly Place, it was just too Disney for me). In other words, I was compelled to donate to the cause immediately. I mean c’mon, this web-series passes the Bechdel test with the description alone! After making a donation to Kickstarter I was contacted and thanked by DeAara Lewis personally. I was touched by the gesture and appreciated her dedication to creating a community around her show and keeping herself involved at the grassroots level. Now that I had her personal attention, I decided to ask her a few questions about her project.
Which classic witch character is your favorite?
You list bullying as the major theme of the show. Will the main character have an arch nemesis?
Yes, she will. The main character, Alexandria, is an anti-hero and even with that, her arch nemesis is her step mother. I’m keeping it in the family.
What ultimately got you interested in going into film as a career?
I am an actress and writer first. Some years ago, I read an article in People Magazine called, “Hollywood Blackout” that talked about the dismal reality of actors of color in Hollywood. That was when I decided I wanted to learn how to create the films to play the characters I wanted to play and help others along the way.
Who is your role model and why?
I have several. In terms of my career, one is my good friend Phil Darius Wallace because he makes his full time living as an actor and has forged his own way, he will be opening his one man show on off-Broadway in a couple of months. In the celebrity stratosphere – Oprah Winfrey, Maya Angelou and Angela Bassett have been incredibly inspiring and motivating.
If you could tell someone only one thing about the main character, what would it be?
Don’t piss her off. Alexandria’s main struggle is she has felt victimized and powerless most of her life, so she focused on what she was good at, which was magic. However, it is difficult to gain an advantage in a coven full of witches who can do what she can do, so in this new place, she can use her powers in ways she never could before.