Starz’s new steamy thinker The Girlfriend Experience is a reimagining of executive producer Steven Soderbergh’s 2009 film of the same name. The half-hour series stars the daring and beautiful Riley Keough (a.k.a. Elvis’ 26-year-old granddaughter) as Christine Reade, a second-year law student who is drawn into the world of a GFE (a girlfriend experience) or, more simply, a girl for hire who serves the needs of whatever her high-paying clients desire (sex or no sex).
Keough describes her character as being somewhat void of emotion.
“She’s not into intellectualizing her emotions, as she doesn’t really care about a lot of things women care about,” Keough says. “She’s very self-righteous and unapologetic about her behavior and her opinions on things and her morals. She’s about to provide sexual and emotional things to these men. A lot of them have problems with their wives or don’t have wives or don’t have a family or anybody to talk to. They just want to spend time with somebody. …You’re basically trying to be their perfect girlfriend.”
And being that perfect girlfriend could be for two hours (that would be $2,000) or a weekend (that’s going to cost $15,000). Keough actually researched her role by tapping the insights of a retired escort.
“I asked her everything. I really didn’t hold back, but what I found to be the most interesting was she was telling me instances where she’d fallen in love or had feelings for her clients,” Keough says. “It was a never-going-to-work kind of thing, so it was kind of heartbreaking. She said she never felt threatened or uncomfortable. … She really enjoyed herself. A lot of the girls that I’ve talked to have said that it was a pretty good gig for them. That was interesting to me, as well, because I wasn’t sure how they felt about it.”
The Girlfriend Experience airs on Starz Sundays beginning tonight (April 10 at 8pm ET/PT), plus, the entire 13-episode season will be available on Starz On Demand to binge-watch
The Starz free preview weekend is available to DirecTV subscribers on Channel 525