Broad City just introduced a same-sex love interest for Abbi

Abbi Abrams just received her first female love interest on Broad City (other than Ilana, kinda).

In the latest episode of the critically-acclaimed comedy, Ilana celebrates her one year anniversary with Lincoln while Abbi runs into an old friend from college, who invites her to an “artsy fartsy” MoMA party.

Because it’s Abbi, she finds herself in a precarious situation. She ends up catering the party while posing as guest, and later meets her idol, face-plants the ground and is submitted to hospital.

There, she meets a charismatic doctor called Leslie Marnel (played by Veep star Clea DuVall) and the pair end up hitting it off, which leads to Abbi asking her out on a date. And yes, Ilana is heartbroken about the whole situation.

When asked in a recent interview about the same-sex romance, Abbi Jacobson said she wanted her character to explore her sexuality because she also identifies as bisexual.

“That’s in my book, and I wanted to put that in the show,” she said. “Abbi’s not the fumbling idiot we’re used to seeing, trying to ask someone out. It feels more real.”

Ilana Glazer added: “She knows how to ask somebody out, and she wants to. It’s fun to see that. For the whole show, we’ve been figuring out how much different we are than our characters.

“Now that it’s over, I feel so free and proud to be like, that is us. It’s not completely, exactly us, but it’s us.”

They both explained that Broad City has been “queer from the get-go” behind the scenes and in front of the cameras.

“Everyone who works with us has gotten queerer and queerer in the past six years,” said Glazer. “I swear to God.”

Last year, Jacobson opened up about her sexuality in an interview with Vanity Fair.

“I kind of go both ways; I date men and women,” she revealed. “They have to be funny, doing something they love. I don’t know—I’ve never really been interviewed about this before.”

The fifth and final season of Broad City airs on Comedy Central. You can watch it in the UK on NOW TV. Watch the trailer below.

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