Casting Call: Who Would Barbara Winkes Want To See In The Leading Roles For Secrets?

Who would Barbara Winkes want to see take on the main character roles from Secrets if it was made into a TV series or movie?

by Barbara Winkes

SecretsMarsha Taylor (Secrets) is a woman who has gone through some changes recently. She broke up with her girlfriend and left a career with the police behind to become a private detective. She wants some time to evaluate her choices. Marsha’s trip isn’t as relaxing as she hoped, when she meets a hitchhiker. They don’t know it yet, but they’re on the radar of a serial killer.

My choice to play Marsha would be Kelli Giddish. She is now Detective Amanda Rollins on Law &Order: SVU, but I saw her first on the (unfortunately) short-lived TV show Chase, where she played US Marshal Annie Frost. One of her roles in between was the love interest for Kalinda Sharma (PI Sophia Russo) on The Good Wife. I think those would be great credits for Marsha!

For Marsha’s love interest, Jessie, I’d love to see Leighton Meester. Of course, she’s famous for Gossip Girl, but I’ve seen her in a few movies since, and also Secrets of a Small Town, which has a darker feel. I have yet to see Life Partners, in which she plays a lesbian.

SecretsPromopic2They have both portrayed strong female characters and contributed to the visibility of lesbian/bisexual characters in TV/movie, which makes me think they’d be perfect in these roles.

To be clear, for the mere thought experiment, it’s not necessary that the actresses have played lesbian, but it’s still good to know they would be okay with it in general.


Barbara Winkes writes suspense and romance with lesbian characters at the center. She has always loved stories in which women persevere and lift each other up. Expect high drama and happy endings.

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Check out Barbara’s interview about Secrets

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