Grant Aleksander on Phillip's Reaction to Otalia
By Luke Kerr on August 26, 2009
On Phillip's reaction to the same-sex relationship between Olivia and Natalia:
Phillip comes into this now, at this stage in his life, in a way that is different than he might have at any other time. He's been through a lot of changes, and he's examined his life. He knows that, if you find the person you love, you need to value what time you have with them, no matter who they are. He sees the relationship that Olivia and Natalia share as something special...something that provides a safe and loving environment for his child. It's good and healthy for Emma, so he supports it. Phillip is a character who has always thrived on and caused conflict. And conflict builds story. If the show had a future, there would have to be some kind of conflict between Phillip and Olivia/Natalia in order for a story to exist between them. I could easily see something upsetting Phillip, and him seeking custody of Emma...but it would be something Olivia did or some other issue he perceived as a problem. I don't think it would be the same-sex nature of her relationship - this just isn't an issue for him. On the other hand, I could also see a totally different type of conflict having nothing to do with Emma - like maybe Phillip and Natalia forging a friendship and Olivia not being very comfortable with that, or misunderstasnding it.
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