Samantha Rollins
Samantha Rollins is Bustle's TV Editor. She takes special joy in analyzing the complex dynamics of The Bachelor, discovering random foreign reality TV shows, and breaking down the finer points of why Hannibal was the most underrated show on TV (RIP). Previously, she worked for Vulture, The Week, and The New York Times. In her free time, she enjoys playing the violin, checking out museums, and of course, sinking into the couch and watching loads of TV.
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Every Question You Have About How Bachelor Nation Contestants Pack For The Show — Answered

Here's the exact predicament faced by Bachelor and Bachelorette contestants as they pack for the show: You're going away on a trip. It will start in L.A., but you may be whisked to any location around the globe after the first two weeks. You'll be go…
By Samantha Rollins

Sandra Oh's New Spy Show Is About Female Rivals, But It Actually Subverts The Sexist Tropes

There’s a moment in the first episode of BBC America’s new spy thriller Killing Eve, which debuts Sunday, April 8, that will make any woman feel a pang of recognition: A woman, in this case Sandra Oh's character Eve Polastri, stands in front of a bat…
By Samantha Rollins

Why Hollywood Needs More Complex Roles For Teenage Girls, According To 'The Americans' Star Holly Taylor

When celebrities hang out with Bustle editors, we want to give them the chance to leave their mark. Literally. So we hand them a pen, a piece of paper, a few questions, and ask them to get creative. The rest is up to them. This time, The Americans st…
By Samantha Rollins

Becca's 'Bachelorette' Season Has Already Started

It's been a wild ride for Becca Kufrin on The Bachelor. She went from being the recipient of the first date on Arie's season of The Bachelor, to being engaged to him, to being broken up with on national television, to becoming the next Bachelorette, …
By Samantha Rollins

The Secret To Diverse Casting Is Actually Really Simple — Just Look At 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend'

Imagine you’re staging a musical number for TV. It’s a peppy ABBA parody fronted by a female singer who’s flanked by female backup dancers. Who do you picture in these roles? Chances are, given Hollywood and society’s proclivity for young, white, ski…
By Samantha Rollins

Carrie Brownstein On Why Even The Obama Era Should Have Enraged You

An icy January morning soon after Hollywood's show of solidarity for the #MeToo movement at the Golden Globes and almost exactly one year into the Trump Administration feels like a momentous time to be sitting across from Carrie Brownstein. The Sleat…
By Samantha Rollins

This Video Of A Silent Crowd During Justin Timberlake's Super Bowl Performance Is Awkward AF

Newly minted Man of the Woods Justin Timberlake had plenty to celebrate when he took the stage for his Super Bowl halftime performance Sunday night, but apparently not everyone in attendance was cheering him on. Yes, according to some accounts from f…
By Samantha Rollins

This Netflix Series With A Near-Perfect Rotten Tomatoes Score Should Be Your Next TV Marathon

Adolescence has a way of warping our perspective, making even the smallest crisis feel like the actual end of the world. But it's especially hard for the teenagers on Netflix's The End of the F***ing World (writer: Charlie Covell) to put their challe…
By Samantha Rollins

That Netflix Show You Made Fun Of Is Actually The Loveliest Rom-Com On TV

Antonia Thomas always forgets that the show she stars in is about chlamydia. But now that it's been a full season since Netflix christened the unfortunately named Scrotal Recall with the more apt title, Lovesick — Season 3 is out now — it's hard to b…
By Samantha Rollins

Why 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend' Gets Mental Illness More Than Any Other Show On TV

Somewhere between a doo-wop number about her complicated relationship with her mother and a bossa-nova-soundtracked detour at a swim-up bar in the third season of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Rebecca Bunch (Rachel Bloom) makes a devastating decision that lef…
By Samantha Rollins

This Creepy New Netflix Show Isn’t Actually The German ‘Stranger Things,’ But It's Great

A missing boy. A small town. Lights that flicker ominously for inexplicable reasons. A shady nuclear plant. A group of kids who stay out too late at night and venture to forbidden places. Their parents, who have secrets of their own. A streaming deal…
By Samantha Rollins

Alia Shawkat On What Even Well-Meaning Men Misunderstand About Sexual Harassment

Picture a modern-day renaissance woman: She’s an actor who embodied a bold character for years on a beloved cult TV show, a child star who somehow managed to grow up untainted by Hollywood’s circus culture, a gifted artist who’s been sketching derang…
By Samantha Rollins