While Showtime's Queer As Folk
primarily features male-driven plotlines, the spicy gay sudser's lesbian couple are certainly not wallflowers. And if NYPD Blue
alum Michelle Clunie
who plays feisty Melanie opposite Thea Gill
's lovely Lindsay has anything to say about it, you'll be seeing even more of the show's only two female
"I think it's a tough dilemma because the men outnumber us on the show five to two," Clunie points out to TV Guide Online. "So if you divide it up, of course the men are going to have more airtime. But this season we keep getting more storylines, which is a wonderful thing. For next year, I'm really pushing to have some lesbian friends come on the show, so it's not just us in our pajamas with the men popping by to see us. So we'll see how those talks go and hopefully I'll win that battle."
None of this is to say Clunie resents her male castmates for the amount of face time they're getting onscreen. Unlike her oft malcontented Mel, she's so bubbly and friendly that it's not hard to resist rolling your eyes when she insists QAF's ensemble is closeknit. "I throw a lot of dinner parties every weekend with the entire cast," she says. "I think that we really bonded fast because we knew we were in for a wild ride." The actress especially adores Randy Harrison, who plays teen troublemaker Justin. "We've hung out so much that I've decided he's my love child," she giggles.
Clunie's even easygoing when some QAF fans groan about missing their fave boys during her sometimes protracted (and explicit) lesbian love scenes. "A lot of people have had very strong sexual reactions to it they think it's hot," she says. Then, she laughingly adds: "I think it's a matter of taste. I remember walking by a storefront with my friend Brian and he saw an undressed mannequin. He's like, 'Oooh, boobies! Eww!' So I don't expect gay men to want to watch two women getting it on. That's their prerogative. To each his own but I've met a lot of gay men who want to have my children, so I take that as a huge compliment!"