So I’m watching episode 2 of The Fosters and one moment I’ve always really loved is when Lena, Stef, and Mike are arguing about Brandon’s lack of punishment and Brandon comes into the room. The fighting immediately stops and when Stef says that the three of them are having a discussion and asks Brandon to leave the room, Lena kind of snorts in disbelief and shakes her head.
Lena communicates so quietly but that reaction says so much. Stef says that the three of them are having a discussion but Lena does not feel like she’s being included in that discussion. She feels ambushed and excluded. She feels abandoned by the one person who is always supposed to have her back. And as someone who is normally reserved and non-confrontational, she can’t say that outright. But when she is so hurt and angry she can’t help but show exactly how she’s feeling, even if it’s in the subtlest of ways.
These are the moments that make me really love Lena and Sherri Saum. Teri Polo has been given these big moments to really showcase her talent. And it’s easy to root for the outgoing, emotional character played by the funny, quirky, larger-than-life actress. And I don’t love Teri Polo or appreciate her performance any less. I just really appreciate the subtleties that go into Sherri’s acting to create such a complex, interesting character and I want to see her be given chances to really dig and show us all of Lena.
30 Days of Stef and Lena
I am going to cheat again. This might be the last time, I swear. I choose Teri Polo and Sherri Saum.
I was going to pick Teri Polo because she’s really a force. She’s had the showier part and she’s really shined. However, I am in this for the ship and both actresses have to sell me the ship. So, I am going to use the actresses quotes:
Teri Polo: “I rise to the occasion because of her. I do the work that I do because of her.
When asked about easy scenes to act, Sherri replied, “Stef and Lena scenes are pretty easy- I just love her.”
I think they make a great team and they sell the couple.
Sherri Saum talks about playing a lesbian mom to adopted and fostered children as well as her partnership with RaiseAChild.US for National Adoption Month. (11/16/13)
She just told me I don’t know what it’s like to be a black woman. […] She’s right about one thing. And that’s why I wanted to have this party for Mariana, and why I don’t give a damn how much it costs. Because I understand what that’s like, not knowing where you belong, I felt like that my entire life!
1x05 - The Morning After