Resistance and standing up for what you believe in is something that many can relate to in today’s political climate, and it’s also something Canadian actress Ali Liebert knows a thing or two about. Liebert is well known for her role as Betty McRae on the dearly departed Canadian drama series Bomb Girls, a show that was all about women in WWII working at the Victory Munitions factory. Betty was a tough-talking and take no-crap bombmaker who worked her way into the hearts of many viewers.
Luckily for fans of the British Columbia native, they’ll be able to soon get a chance to get up close and personal with Liebert thanks to ClexaCon. ClexaCon is the first media and entertainment convention for LGBTQ women and allies, and it’s going to be held March 3-5, 2017 in Las Vegas, NV. Liebert joins an impressive list of guests at the convention including Person of Interest’s Amy Acker and Sarah Shahi, Carmilla’s Elise Bauman and Natasha Negovanlis, Wynonna Earp’s Dominique Provost-Chalkley and Katherine Barrel and Lost Girl’s Zoie Palmer and Rachel Skarsten. The celebrities will join other panelists, speakers and vendors for networking events, panels, workshops and autograph sessions.
So for fans who still are missing Betty McRae, know you are not alone. Liebert says she and the cast felt the same way and that they “were so disappointed it got cancelled. We all had so much more Bomb Girls in us.” The actress, who has also had roles on Strange Empire, Harper’s Island and guest starred on Legends of Tomorrow, will also get a chance to reunite with some co-stars at ClexaCon. Liebert is still beloved by many fans for her recurring role as Crystal, a waitress who was involved with Palmer’s Dr. Lauren Lewis on Season 4 of Lost Girl. She recently spoke with The TV Junkies about her time on Bomb Girls, as well as why she’s so excited to be a part of ClexaCon and a possible reunion with Palmer and others.
The TV Junkies: What did you think when you first heard about ClexaCon and what made you want to be a part of it?
Ali Liebert: I was so excited and have never done any type of convention before. It feels like really great timing that this is my first one. It’s a really important space and I think it’s going to be an incredible weekend to learn, connect and celebrate. It’s going to be very empowering and positive and I was just thrilled to be a part of it, not only because I have a history of playing mostly queer characters, but also being queer myself. It was a very easy ‘Yes!’
TTVJ: ClexaCon has announced so many awesome guests. Are there any other guests you’re really looking forward to seeing or meeting?
AL: I saw they just announced Amy Acker and Sarah Shahi which is really cool. I’m excited to see some of my Lost Girl friends that I’ve not seen in a couple years and that will be really cool. It’ll be great to see Emily [Andras, former Lost Girl showrunner] again and all the success of Wynonna Earp has been so great to see.
What’s so great though is there’s so many fans, and even some other actors, where we all know each other through Twitter, and this will be a really safe space to have interesting conversations. I’m going to learn as much as everyone else.
TTVJ: Many people do love you from your arc on Lost Girl, and since Zoie Palmer is going to ClexaCon is there any chance for a Lauren and Crystal reunion?
AL: That storyline just got left hanging and I always wondered what happened to Crystal. People still message me all the time on Twitter asking if I know.
TTVJ: Well that was actually my next question…
AL: She’s doing fine! I had hoped that she’d maybe come back at some point, and that show had such a cult following. That’s what’s so cool, the queer fandom is so loyal and excited and it’s really unique. Every day I still get so much positivity from Bomb Girls.
TTVJ: Bomb Girls was great for so many reasons. It had several multi-dimensional and strong female characters, and while it was a historical time it tackled issues like traditional gender roles, abuse and sexuality. For you, what was it about that show that made you proud to be a part of it?
AL: Being Canadian and growing up and taking history in high school you realize that the women who served in WWII are just so brushed over. Telling that story meant so much to women and we got to meet a ton of real bomb girls in their 90s who told us, ‘Thank you for telling our story.’ There were elements of Bomb Girls that focused on love triangles, and when we met them I wondered if they were going to feel like the show represented them. One of the women grabbed me and said, ‘It was exactly like that honey!’ I had another woman tell me that she was like me and it was the sweetest thing.
In so much film, TV and media women, especially queer women, are so underrepresented that having a show that was about all these multidimensional women in this specific time period was really important. I felt so proud to be a part of it because it’s a show where everyone who was working on it treated this story with such respect.
TTVJ: You guest starred in Season 1 of Legends of Tomorrow and the door was certainly left open for a return. Do you think we’ll ever see Lindsey pop up again in Sara Lance’s story?
AL: I hope so! I haven’t been keeping up so I don’t know what Sara has been up to, but Lindsey is definitely hanging out in the 50s wondering if her ninja will come back for a visit.
TTVJ: What upcoming projects do you have or where should fans keep an eye out for you?
AL: I have a very cool part in a feature film called Wonder starring Julia Roberts and Jacob Tremblay. It’s based on a YA book and is an incredible story that’s coming out in April.
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ClexaCon will occur March 3-5, 2017 in Las Vegas. For more information please visit their website and find more of our coverage here.
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