Hard to believe, isn’t it? An actress who publicly expressed her dislike towards social networking sites on many occasions, Jennifer Beals sparked a massive conversational tsunami today on Twitter.
Introduced initially through the account of a certain Jenna Menking, who guaranteed the real person behind @jenniferbeals is the actress herself, Ms. Beals joined, at long last, Twitterverse. The excitement of the news went viral among her fans. However, in the meantime, Ms. Menking's so convincing tweets disappeared. The confusion was growing.
Although not a trending topic, people from every corner of the world, particularly her lesbian fan base, (oh, Bette Porter, you are and will always be missed and never forgotten!) have been tweeting their hearts out spreading the word. The woman of their dreams has finally put her shyness aside and immersed into the uncharted waters of social media.
Add to that the fact that today is Friday, a day when thousands of people use the famous hashtag #FF (Follow Friday, for non-tweeters) to suggest other people who to follow – mainly celebrities and various other interesting users - and the madness had simply erupted.
Her official fan site posted the news this morning on its home page and was positive about the information.
Her close friend, Elizabeth Berkley denied though early this afternoon that Beals was on Twitter.
Marlee Matlin, another close friend, was doubtful:
@jenniferbeals If this is the real you (and the REAL JB said she'd never do this)..send a sign! (You know what sign would convince me):)— Marlee Matlin (@MarleeMatlin) June 22, 2012Pam Grier, on the other hand, was already among Beals' 2,600+ followers.
The actress’s Twitter avatar, likely to be a shot from her personal collection, shows her sitting on a beach with a large smile on her face, eyes hidden behind shades. She looks relaxed and better than ever. Let’s be honest, the woman looks great in anything, anytime. 48 years young and counting!
Some followers thought the couple of tweets she sent out sounded a bit egotistical, not at all like the all-together Beals we know from her interviews. She also mentioned having a car accident last week and contemplating doing a half iron man. Non-believers were still waiting for proof from a more authoritative voice.
When Laurel Holloman (Beals' L Word co-star) joined Twitter nearly three years ago, despite adding a never-before-seen lovely black and white portrait of her and her youngest daughter as her avatar to convince the non-believers, the confirmation came from Angela Robinson, who worked with Holloman on The L Word, where she directed a few episodes.
Now, if only the king of Twitter, Nathan Fillion, would have said something. A few months ago, when Beals guest starred in a two-part episode of Castle, as the CIA agent Sophia Turner, he didn't manage to convince her to join Twitter. The actress discussed in a Huffington post interview her lack of interest in social media.
Meanwhile, Berkley tweeted:
Please give a warm twitter welcome to my best girl @jenniferbeals!!! Yes, this is really her for those of u asking me;-) xoxo— Elizabeth Berkley (@ElizBerkley) June 22, 2012
The mystery was solved. Questions have been answered. No more suspense, speculations and confusion. While her account gets verified to make it all official, a warm welcome on Twitter to the one and only Jennifer Beals!
UPDATE (June 23, 2012): Beals' publicist confirmed Jennifer Beals joined Twitter to promote several online projects she's working on. In the meantime, her account was verified in less than 24 hours.
One of Beals' online projects is WIGS, a Youtube Digital Channel launched by award-winning filmmakers Jon Avnet (Black Swan, Risky Business) and Rodrigo Garcia (In Treatment, Mother and Child) on May 2, 2012, which features world-class talent in original series, short films, documentaries and other content exploring female characters.
Beals will star in a 3-episode series called Lauren which premieres on WIGS on August 13. She plays a commanding officer in Afghanistan.