This is the part where I come up in conversation:
Lorna’s rape story was so powerful. How was going through that experience as an actress?
ALICIA: It was very draining, and also
controversial. Alina Adams, an Entertainment Weekly Contributor, a
wonderful writer, wrote a compelling article on Rape in Soaps. She
highlights the message that soaps, intentionally or otherwise send, that
women being raped instantly makes them better people; the notion that
rape tames and subdues “difficult” women to make them likeable and
softer. All of this I completely disagreed with. In her piece, she
writes of Lorna’s rape. I wrote to Alina and said (I am paraphrasing,
of course…) “First of all, Lorna was always a bitch. She was raw, and
she was damaged. She didn’t all of sudden become Mary, mother of
Christ, because she was raped. That’s nonsense. She was a force to be
reckoned with. She was a badass, before the rape and after the rape.
So you can’t say rape tamed her, because that is what you are
implying.” Alina, as an amazing journalist, was so open to this
dialogue and we did an interview addressing this. Speaking from
experience, I can promise you rape tames no woman, no one…quite the
opposite in fact. This was a very important storyline to me.
To read the entirety of what Alicia had to say on the subject, go to this Entertainment Weekly Community post.