The Bold Type is only five episodes into its first season, and it’s already explored some of the biggest issues facing young women today, from how to ask for more money at work to exploring sexuality and even how to handle Twitter trolls. But when its sixth episode airs, it’s taking things a step further to talk about the BRCA gene.
For her most recent story at Scarlet Magazine, Jane meets with a doctor about how the gene affects women in their 20s and ends up getting tested. The test uses DNA analysis to determine if you inherited the BRCA mutation and — if you have — helps figure out your cancer risk. (BRCA became a big topic of discussion in 2013 when Angelina Jolie opted for a preventative double mastectomy after discovering she had the BRCA1 gene.)
But for Jane, the test isn’t just about writing her next story. “We set up in the pilot that Jane lost her mom at a very young age which has been a huge part of the fold of the show — that Jacqueline, in a way, fills this mother figure [role] for her,” showrunner Sarah Watson tells EW. “So in episode six, we will find out what happened to her mom and then we’re going to tackle the BRCA gene issue which I’m really proud of.”
Watson continues, “I know it’s something that’s been done on television with older women but we’ve never seen women in their 20s tackle it and so I’m very excited about that.”
The Bold Type airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET on Freeform.