A new comedy sitcom on FOX debuted last week featuring a newcomer actress, Meera Rohit Kumbhani, as the free-spirited bisexual named Zara.
Weird Loners follows four strangers in Queens who end up becoming fast friends when they live in the same building. The other characters include Ugly Betty alum Becki Newton, Happy Endings star Zachary Knighton as the annoyingly douchey Stosh, and Nate Torrence of Super Fun Night is the lovable big nerd Eric.
In the pilot, Zara is breaking her boyfriend’s heart, trying to leave him without a real goodbye (saying she’s going to get breakfast) but is caught with her things on her way out the door.
“Zara is a very free-spirited, lives-in-the-moment, painter girl who is very sort of zen and in touch with the universe, and universal energy of the world—except when she goes psychotic at certain moments,” Meera said to AfterEllen.com from the set of Weird Loners. “She’s a lot of fun. She can be a loose cannon and she does what she wants, when she wants. And it’s kind of the most fun character I could possibly play.”
Meera is not only bisexual, but a bisexual woman of color. One of the writers of the show is lesbian Rebecca Drysdale, and there’s a scene where hetero girl Caryn is hit on by a woman at a lesbian bar and she’s asking Zara for sex advice.
Mike Szymanski has written about bisexual issues since 1989 and has one of the longest-running regular bisexual columns as the National Bisexuality Examiner. He came out as bisexual in a cover story of Genre magazine, which resulted in more than 50 television appearances, including Ricki Lake, Phil Donahue Show and 20/20. Szymanski won the Lambda Literary Award in 2007 for co-authoring an informative humor book “The Bisexual’s Guide to the Universe: Quips, Tips and Lists for Those Who Go Both Ways.” Write him at [email protected]