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ABC FAMILY GREENLIGHTS A SECOND SEASON OF THE HIT DRAMA SERIES “THE LYING GAME”

April 24, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Burbank, CA (April 24, 2012) – ABC Family announced today the pick-up of a second season of the original drama series “The Lying Game.” The new season will begin production this summer for a winter premiere.

The audience for the drama series grew considerably during its first season, surging by double-digit percent margins. The Winter run was up 28% in W18-34 over the first half of its season, with three consecutive weeks of series highs in the demo, and contributed to ABC Family’s biggest 1Q ever in Prime in Women 18-34, Women 18-49 and Females 12-34.

“The Lying Game” follows identical twins Emma Becker and Sutton Mercer who were separated at birth and led very different lives, each oblivious to the other’s existence until circumstances bring them back together. Yearning for the family she never had, kind-hearted foster kid Emma agrees to step into Sutton’s privileged shoes while she searches for their birth parents, setting in motion a web of secrecy and lies.

“The Lying Game” is produced by Alloy Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon Television and is executive produced by Charles Pratt, Jr., Leslie Morgenstein and Gina Girolamo. The series stars Alexandra Chando, Andy Buckley, Blair Redford, Alice Greczyn, Allie Gonino and Helen Slater with guest stars Adrian Pasdar and Charisma Carpenter.

Part of the Disney/ABC Television Group, ABC Family is distributed in over 97 million homes. ABC Family features programming reflecting today’s families, entertaining and connecting with adults through relatable programming about today’s relationships – told with a mix of diversity, passion, humor and heart. ABC Family’s programming is a combination of network defining original series and original movies, quality acquired series and blockbuster theatricals. Emmy® Award-winning ABCFamily.com provides a variety of interactive entertainment and community features, from rich, fan-centric programming – including blogs, viewing parties, webisodes, full episodes of the network’s hit programming, along with sneak peek exclusive previews and behind-the-scenes clips. ABC Family is also the destination for annual Holiday events with “13 Nights of Halloween” and “25 Days of Christmas.” ABC Family. A New Kind of Family.

You can also become a fan of the show on Facebook and Twitter at:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/thelyinggame / Twitter: www.twitter.com/abcfLyingGame
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Q&A with Adrian Pasdar of ABC Family’s “The Lying Game” (J!-ENT Interviews and Articles)

March 2, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

As part of J!-ENT’s coverage of “The Lying Game”, the latest Q&A is with actor Adrian Pasdar.

Best known for his role as Nathan Petrelli on “Heroes”, Pasdar is also known for his roles in series such as “Profit”, “Touched by an Angel”, “Judging Amy” and “Desperate Housewives”.

Pasdar has been busy with appearances on shows such as “Castle”, “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” and also supplying the voices for animated series featuring Marvel superheroes such as Tony Stark/Iron Man on “Iron Man”, Hawkeye in “The Super Hero Squad Show”, Captain America in “Black Panther” and now, Adrian is getting a lot of attention for his bad guy role as Alec Rybak in ABC Family’s “The Lying Game”.

In the series, Alec Rybak is a corrupted District Attorney.  He is also the father of Madeline and Thayer Rybak.

He is a close ally to Dr. Ted Mercer (played by Andy Buckley) and the adoptive father of Sutton, and biological father of Laurel.  He is now in a relationship with Annie “Rebecca” Sewell (played by Charisma Carpenter) but many mysterious surround Alec, especially of how he has certain knowledge of the mysteries that are happening in the series.

To help promote the second season, Adrian Pasdar recently took part in a media Q&A to discuss his role on “The Lying Game”. Here is the transcript from the media Q&A interview with the actor:

Moderator    The wedding proposal seemed to happen so quickly.  Is Alec suspicious of Rebecca’s motives, or has he completely fallen in love with her?

A. Pasdar      I think it’s an excellent question.  The way these things are written, we service an ongoing flat line.  But before all that happens, I had … with Chuck Pratt and the writers.  One of the things we can always be assured of is that whenever I think a fellow like Alec makes a move, it seems to be without motive.  Nothing altruistic about his intentions.  I think there is something behind his accepting it so quickly that we will come to find out in the follow-up to the finale.

 

Moderator    Alec may possibly be responsible for the death of Derek, the attack on Sutton and then Eduardo’s car accident.  Is Alec as evil as we have been led to believe, or could he be trying to cover up for someone?

A. Pasdar    I think it’s always a little more interesting when it’s not just good or bad; when there is liquidity to the morality.  I think Walt Disney said it best, when he said a show is only as good as the bad guy is bad.  This is a different show so it makes it work perfectly for us.  When it suits the show, he’s reprehensible in his behavior at times.  But I think ultimately we’re going to find out that it’s not all as bad as you think.  There is a great deal of protecting going on.  Although, for who, I can’t say.  I’m not at liberty.

 

Moderator   Could you tell us about some of your most interesting fan interactions?

A. Pasdar    I don’t know if I can say some of the most interesting ones, but some of the most print-worthy ones.  People, generally when I run into them, they know I’m not a bad guy.  They generally know I’m playing one on TV, but they always seem to keep a good distance between myself and them.  Even when we’re coming in for a picture.  They’re always looking over their left shoulder, if they’re hugging me, making sure I’m not going to strangle them or something.

I think there is a good deal of believability in the nastiness of Alec.  But there is also a vulnerability that we haven’t gotten into yet, but I can assure it’s there.  My relationship with the fans on this one, and other roles, has always been positive.  It’s great.  I haven’t had really weird altercations or anything.

 

Moderator    When you were in high school, what series were you a big fan of?

A. Pasdar    Rockford Files.   Gosh, when I was in high school, Rockford Files—that was probably the The Six Million Dollar Man, and then by extension, The Bionic Woman—Jamie Summers.  Those were the shows that were big.  There were only a couple channels back then, so it’s easy to recall.

 

Moderator         Alec seems to be at the center of almost all of the show’s juiciest moments and juicy stories.  Is it challenging playing a character that’s really involved at the center and core of the show like that?

A. Pasdar       No.  Challenging?  I mean, yes, it’s challenging in the extent that you have to be consistent with your intention, and with your work, and stay on top of your game.  For shows like this they pay you really to wait between setups.  The acting I do for free.  This stuff—the juicier the better.  I just happened to watch two shows.  I’ve never seen the show before because every time I’m working late Monday nights or I’m at the hotel and they don’t have the ABC Family Channel where we film.

I just saw the show for the first time last night, two of them in a row, the last two episodes.  I got to say, man, the cast I’m working with are remarkable.  To be at the center of anything that the writers write, I feel an immense comfort because the talent of these actors really supersedes a lot of the stuff that is on TV.  It’s really—I feel very fortunate to be amongst this caliber of people.

To be in the center of it, I know I’m going to be able to have a really good round robin with whoever I’m working with.  I’m charged about it.

 

Moderator   Speaking of the cast, Charisma Carpenter’s character, Rebecca, showed us a new side of Alec this season.  You two have really great onscreen chemistry.  What has it been like working with her, and how do you think that’s changed your character on the show?

A. Pasdar     It’s a tough question to come up against a character like Alec.  Charisma, she’s got a lot of moxie.  She got stones, as my father would say.  It’s fun to work with her because she can—I tend to be somewhat unpredictable and she can roll with it.  She makes me better, which I think probably is the best thing that I can say about anybody.  I feel confident that when we get done with our scene, it’s going to be better than it was before we started it.  We lifted off the page and she’s wonderful to work with.

 

Moderator     In your career you played a lot of villain-type characters from Nathan Petrelli in Heroes to now Alec Rybak in The Lying Game.  Do you feel like you’re being typecast into these roles now, or are you actively seeking them out to play?

A. Pasdar     Oh, no, sir.  I’m looking for them.  The real fun in theater, film, or television, I think is playing the bad guy.  There is just a lot of weight put on trying to be that super good looking heartthrob, leading man.  I just don’t find it very rewarding.  I think the reward for me—I’m not saying that those roles aren’t rewarding, but for me, the reward best comes when you can challenge somebody’s concept of what’s right and what’s wrong because it shifts for everybody, depending on what they need.  To be the guy that can service that part, that’s exciting for me.  I’m interested in that.  I have actively sought them out, to answer your question.

 

Moderator     Would you ever seek out a hero type role?

A. Pasdar       I think in the end of every show I’ve done, there has been an element of redemption.  Nathan Petrelli, I think was a perfect example of somebody who could be misconstrued as a bad guy.  Then in the end you reveal that he’s doing it to protect some people and ultimately the world.  He sacrifices himself.  At the very end of that show, that series, if you remember, that’s what happens.  Yes.  I like the idea of sending a good, positive message, especially to my children.  But the sole value of entertainment, it’s fun to be the bad guy.

 

Moderator    Alec has a great ability to avert questions on the show.  He’s able to get out of having to answer for any of his actions.  Would you consider him to be a chameleon?

A. Pasdar  Yes, good question.  Chameleon?  A guy like him stands out in an arena.  I don’t think he thinks of himself—or when I’m playing him, I don’t think of not so much blending in as so much—I guess more blending out is what he tries to do.  To remove himself from a situation that could be compromising by not placing himself in it to begin with, having other people do the work for him, is probably one of the things he does best.

 

Moderator  He seems to be the reason that a lot of lies are exposed, or a lot of lies are told.  How do you think that he gets himself involved in everyone else’s business, why do you think he does that?

A. Pasdar      Why, as opposed to how?  At the root of what we’re dealing with, a story that is much bigger in its enormity that’ll be revealed as to how Alec and everyone else fit into Mayberry, in their little world.  Without—obviously I can’t say too much, but I think it’ll be surprising to some.  Some may see it coming, although nobody has yet.  In all the questions and all the press I’ve done, and all the fan responses, and the blog time I’ve spent, nobody gets quite what they’re after yet, the writers.

I can’t finally comment on your question ultimately because it hasn’t been portrayed.  It hasn’t been played out.  But, he does find himself—I think there is a certain joy in the activity of being a part of other people’s lives to the extent which maybe they don’t want, but need.  I think he sees himself as a medicine man for his tribe.  Sometimes the medicine is a tough pill to swallow, but it does the job.

Moderator       You do the suave, sinister role so well.  Do you have inspiration, because you really don’t seem like that’s how you are in real life?  Do you have any particular actors that are inspirations that help you tap into that?

A. Pasdar      It’s funny, as you go on in this business, you end up slowly carving away at the totem poles that informed you earlier about how behavior is disseminated, and how it’s interpreted and digested.  There are a lot of great actors and more importantly, I think, a lot of great individuals at the center of a lot of political storms, whether it’s environmental, or ecological, or financial, that you can draw from to create a character like Alec Rybak.

Because you find these guys on Wall Street and on Main Street.  You find these guys in every town.  It’s just a degree—if you dress them up in overalls or you put them in a suit and tie.  Very often they can be the same guy.  It’s not to make a blank anonymous statement about who these character people are I draw from, but they’re out there.  They’re not hard to find.  They’re sitting in the restaurant, or on the bus, or in the bar, or on the boat with you.

Wherever you are, you’ll find somebody with that sensibility.  The other thing is, the great part is, I get to play it out in a scripted format.  I know what the result is going to be with my action before I do it, which gives me the power to play it as strongly as I do.  In real life, it’s a little more tricky.

Moderator     Do you have anything lined up for the hiatus?  Or are you just kicking back with the kids?

A. Pasdar   Yes, I’ve got my family lined up.  This has been a tough job on them because I’ve had to commute so much.  Then there were two movies that I did in the interim.  I did a pilot for HBO and a movie in New York as well that the folks from The Lying Game were very wonderful to accommodate.  It’s a feature film that shot in 3D called Run with William Moseley, the boy from Narnia.

It’s about Parkour, which is a whole, brand new concept to American audiences.  We saw a taste of it in the beginning of Casino Royale.  David Bell and those guys from France came across and did all this stuff for the beginning of that movie.  If you’ll remember what Daniel Craig was doing, all the jumping and stuff like that.  That is what Parkour is, the very beginning of it.

I’m going to take some time off because the three projects I’ve been juggling for the last four months—my family now looks at me going, Dad, we need you.  We want you home, buddy.  We love you.  I’m like, I’m exactly the same.  I’m going to take some time and just be at home until we go back in May.

 

Moderator    It seems so far Alec has really been able to orchestrate lots of shady dealings without consequence because of his position of power.  But it seems like things are starting to finally catch up with him.  Is he going to have to face the music soon?

A. Pasdar     I think the music that Alec listens to is the string section that nobody else can hear.  I really think he’s got so many dogs in the hunt right now that we don’t realize.  What’s really cool is that they’ve laid out a lot of clues.  One of the best clues that I’ve seen that nobody’s commented on—like I said earlier in one of the questions, I haven’t watched a lot of the shows because I haven’t been able to.  I’ve been working or otherwise engaged.  But, one of the best clues that nobody has said anything about was two episodes ago when—do you remember—the car broke down by the side of the road?

 

Moderator  Yes.

A. Pasdar     Okay.  Thayer asked Emma to hand him the lug wrench, and she says, I wouldn’t even know what that is.  It’s the thing right there.  The tire iron.  You remember that scene?  Anyways, it’s kind of interesting.  There are so many clues laid out in this show so beautifully that just go by quiet and unnoticed about who may be involved in what.  I’m just saying.  That picture of me swinging a tire iron, like I said.  What I love about the show is the way that they’ve laid out the clues.  To be a part of it, that’s about as fun as it gets.

 

Moderator    As far as his engagement to Rebecca goes, does he really love her?  Or is this another calculated move in his game?

A. Pasdar     I think for a guy in his position it may be a combination of both.  Somebody who’s relied so heavily on Machiavellian tendencies to remove him, or to extricate himself or his loved ones from situations, to actually be confronted with somebody who he admires, not only for their ability to make him feel loved, but to make him feel challenged by their own ability to be duplicitous.  I think they’re a really healthy combination.  I don’t think it’s one or the other.  I think it’s both.  I think he really admires/loves her/needs her.  Slash.

 

Moderator     Can you tell us a little bit about Alec’s first marriage, and maybe where Thayer and Mads’ mother is?

A. Pasdar   I can.  We haven’t really decided exactly, but I can tell you one of the avenues that we’ve considered.  Because you know these things are retooled, and retooled over and over again, until they’re finally unloaded.  I think one of the great things is that—her name was Christina, let’s say.  She may have been a dancer and wanted to pursue a life in the theater.

She may or may not have—how much can I tell you?  She may or may not have betrayed Alec’s trust in some fashion.  Yet, when confronted with her actions, he still realized that she was the only one that was ever going to have his heart.  He was prepared to forgive her.  She was not prepared to ask for that forgiveness.  Maybe she went away.  Perhaps, I’m just speculating—I’m spit balling here—but maybe she was the one that got away and Alec vowed that nobody would ever get close again.  Nobody would ever have his heart.

She actually left, and left him with his children, who he obviously loves.  That’s been part of the motivation for why he’s been so protective of Mads and Thayer from the beginning of the show.  He’s afraid she’s going to try and come back and reclaim—I wouldn’t say afraid.  He’s just protecting them from who he knows she really is.  That’s kind of the back-story.

 

Moderator    Will Alec and Rebecca in the finale actually go through with the wedding?  Or will someone try and stop it?

A. Pasdar    I can’t say. Gosh!

 

Moderator    Just thought I’d try.

A. Pasdar       All I can say is, yes, to everything.

 

Moderator      Okay.

A. Pasdar      I’m sure they’ll try and go through with it.  I’m sure somebody is going to try and stop it.  I’m sure that it’s not going to go off as planned. It’s not going to end like a normal wedding, let’s say.

 

Moderator   When you’re acting, especially with a role like this, are you drawing upon any personal experiences to try to get the feelings, or people you know, or you just go with the lines?  How do you go about it?

A. Pasdar    It’s not science.  It’s just you’re up there; you got the words in your head.  You’re looking at the people that are standing opposite.  You’re both wearing makeup and you’re dressed in other people’s clothes.  Once you get all those three things sorted out, the best you can do is reinterpret what you thought you understood in your head sometimes.  Acting is such a beautiful lying game in its own.  I love the title of the show for many reasons.

But acting with a—I’m wrapped up in right now, has never been more rewarding.  This is just great.  It’s not based on people in my personal life.  But, of course, it is at the same time.  How could I extricate anybody?  Ultimately, I’m just trying to create something like Nabokov might have for one of his novels.  I’m just trying to make something real and interesting and to have something that means something.  If it’s lost, it’d be a detriment to that character.

Something has to be at stake, especially in TV.  Less so in movies, but every scene in TV, something has to be at stake for an actor.  Otherwise, it’s boring.  I do believe at the end of the day, if you’re boring, you get punished.  I don’t know if that answers your question or not, but it’s how I feel about it.

 

Moderator  You’re married to one of the Dixie Chicks, Natalie Maines, correct?

A. Pasdar   Yes, sir.

 

Moderator     Is there any chance that they might be having a musical performance with the Dixie Chicks in future episodes?

A. Pasdar   I don’t think that’s likely.  But what is interesting is that when we first started the show, before it aired, Charles Pratt, the Executive Producer and developer of the show, asked me if Natalie would be interested in writing a theme song for the show.  I was on a highway out here in Los Angeles and we were headed to the airport or something and I said it to her.  She said, yes, well, yes I would.  When does it have to be in?  He said by the end of the day, or something like that.

We missed that opportunity.  Not her so much, she doesn’t need it.  But I think the show would have—I love what the theme song is, don’t get me wrong—her tongue is a gun and all that.  That’s great.  But Natalie, they did offer her the opportunity to come up with the theme song for the show, and I thought that would have been fun.  But, no, she’s highly musical so there is no real telling where she’s going to turn up.  But I don’t think that the Dixie Chicks are going to be doing a performance in the show.

 

Moderator  Who would you like to see as a guest performer, or a guest star?

A. Pasdar  Musically?

 

Moderator    Either a guest star or musically.

A. Pasdar     I’d like to see Tom Waits.  You go ahead and write that script.  Who would I like to see?  Gosh.  Man, the casting directors, they’ve done such a great job.  I’m just thrilled with whoever they bring down the pike because the actors I’ve had a chance to work with—Tyler, Chris, these guys are just unbelievable.  Every single one of them.  Whoever the casting people bring to us I’m happy with.

 

Moderator    Alec’s approach to parenting is different than Dr. Mercer.  Then there’s Dan, Ethan’s older brother, who’s pretty much a father figure as well.  They have different ways of approaching being a dad.  Who do you think is doing the best job?

A. Pasdar    That’s subjective, but I know who’s doing the hardest job.  I can’t tell you the answer to that.  But, I also know who’s doing the worst job and who’s just getting by.  But, I can’t tell you who those people are.  You have to infer from what I’m about to say.  I think that there is a good deal of paternal involvement in the lives of these young folks.

The path that the individual fathers have chosen early on, I think was decided by mistakes that they made, not successes, which is interesting in this show.  These men are dealing with results from actions that they made as boys.  I think it’ll come out probably by the middle to the end of the second season.  You’ll see who’s a champ and who’s a chump.

 

Moderator   That’s actually very interesting.  Do you actually ever draw on your experience as a father when you’re playing this role?

A. Pasdar   I want to give you an interesting answer.  I just don’t have one at the tip of my tongue.  It’s hard to—my personal and professional lives are so separate that I’m sure I do.  I just don’t have an example to give you.  I’m trying to give you some good stuff to type up and put in your thing, but it’s such a—working on a show like this with writers like this, there is a solid consistency to my day-to-day on The Lying Game.

But, in real life there is an even better, bigger, consistency that I deal with, which is the love of my family and my children, and the life I live with my friends.  I just utterly can’t cross-pollinate there.  I’m sure I do.  But when asked if I do, I’ll probably say no.

 

Moderator    Do you already know the secret history behind what was done to Rebecca by Alec and Ted?

A. Pasdar      Yes.

 

Moderator   Is there any way that you can give a clue?

A. Pasdar      That wouldn’t serve anybody, really, for me to say what I think that—yes, I can give you a clue.  I have to make it really good though.  One you’ll never get.  Then it’s not really a clue, is it?  Let’s see.  I would watch the show, as a viewer, with an eye toward the seemingly irreverent details that very often are thrown in an off-hand manner by actors, as they’re instructed to do and as it’s written.

The clues in The Lying Game are buried, but they’re not buried deep.  They’re buried at the end of scenes.  Very often somebody off-camera will say something, or an actor in a nonchalant way will deliver a line that seems inconsequential.  It seems meaningless.  It just seems like a wrap-up to a conversation.  But it’s there and the writers have very diligently put these clues in every single episode.

It’s amazing actually, because like I said to one of the earlier interviewers, I just watched a couple of the episodes last night for the first time and I was stunned at how much information was actually revealed that nobody probably picked up on because it’s so—the foliage around it is so green that you don’t see the bare stem of truth that’s growing behind it.  It’s kind of amazing. It’s Shakespearian in a way.

Actually, it’s beyond Shakespearian because Shakespeare always put that stuff out there blatantly, and then let you back-off and gasp at the fact that no way he could have told the truth in that moment.  This series has such a collective team of writers that they’ve really let it go.  The secret is already out there.  It’s been told three times.  I can’t tell you which episode, but the truth has come out three times in the last ten episodes about who is responsible for what.  That’s all I can say.

 

Moderator    What is it about Alec that you admire?

A. Pasdar    He’s loyal.  That’s it.  If you’ve got him as a friend, you have him as a friend.

 

Moderator    I think we’ve seen a lot of that with Ted.

A. Pasdar   Yes.  There is a lot more that you haven’t—a lot more that you actually have seen, but haven’t digested, I think.  I wish I could say more, I really do.  I’d love to be able to sit and talk with you about what’s happening.  But at the same time I’m trying—I’ve got these velvet handcuffs on.  Yes, there is a lot of loyalty going on.

 

Moderator      Do you have a background in comedy?

A. Pasdar   No.  I might have a foreground in it.

 

Moderator     You think you might do some comedy sometime in the future?

A. Pasdar   Oh, man.  I’d love to.  I tell you what, we crack up on this show like it’s nobody’s business.  The funniest thing on this show is the outtakes, because there are moments of me being super serious with all this, and then all of a sudden I’ll just do a spit take.  It’s not because I’m trying to do something funny, it’s just because the weight of the ridiculousness that we’re dealing with—basically a soap opera.  It’s funny, but we have really good actors, super high-end people.  The funniness that you’re talking about is something I’ve learned from just—oh should I say it—decades of doing what I do.

 

Moderator      There are many fans that see you as a villainous heartthrob from Heroes, and now in Alec in The Lying Game.  Who happens to be your celebrity crush at the moment?

A. Pasdar    My celebrity crush would be my wife, darling.

 

Moderator     What kind of acting role would you love to try that would be opposite of what you’re used to?

A. Pasdar   I just did it for a pilot for HBO.  Doug Ellin, the creator of Entourage, he had a new pilot that was working for HBO that was called 40.  It was myself, and Michael Imperioli, and Michael Rapaport.  A great show—way out of what I would think most people would think is my kind of role.  It was a lot of fun.  We had a good time. 

I learned that you got to trust your comfort zone.  At a certain point you got to go with the trust that you know, and the things that you know are funny, that are serious and dramatic.  I’m a grown man.  I’m a big boy.  At this point in my life, I know what works for me.  What puts the beef on the table, as it were.  Playing something outside of your comfort zone is fun.  I’m not saying play it safe.  Comfort zones can be interesting.  Most people never go outside of them.

I guess that’s why it’s interesting to actors.  I think some of the best performances that actors have given are perceived as steps outside of a comfort zone, but really it’s as close to that person as you can get.  That’s when they win an Academy Award, or something like that.  Comfort zone—it’s an interesting topic, but I don’t have a clear vision of what it is.

 

Moderator   Has Season 2 been officially picked up?

A. Pasdar     Officially, no, they haven’t said anything to us.  But it would be—they haven’t said anything to us at all.  But I can’t imagine it not coming back.  Can you?  It’s a good show.

 

Moderator     Has there been any mention of when you would return to start filming again?

A. Pasdar      We’ve talked about the end of May, beginning of June.  Right when it starts to hit its hottest months in Texas, we’ll go back.  We were there last year—this is brutal.  I think we had 79 or 89 days over a hundred degrees in a row. We were all saying as we wrapped the last episode, we were all saying, why don’t we just keep working until it gets hot and then take those three months off?  But the infinite wisdom of the powers that be, they know far better than us about why.  I don’t know.  To answer you, we have not been officially picked up.

 

Moderator     Can you describe the finale in just three words?

A. Pasdar    Buckle up.

 

Season 2 of the Lying Game airs on ABC Family, Mondays 9/8c

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Q&A with Randy Wayne of ABC Family’s “The Lying Game” (J!-ENT Interviews and Articles)

February 12, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

As part of J!-ENT’s coverage of “The Lying Game”, the latest Q&A is with actor Randy Wayne.

Randy has appeared in films such as “Frat Party” and “Grizzly Park”, but his breakthrough role was in the 2009 film “To Save a Life”.  Having starred on the ABC Family TV series “The Secret Life of the American Teenager”, Wayne now stars in a new ABC Family drama series, “The Lying Game” as Justin Miller.

Justin is the new student at Arroyo High School and now he is dating the coolest girl in school, Laurel Mercer and won the Homecoming King crown.  And he may be the popular student in school, but he appears to have a mysterious past.

To help promote the second season, Randy Wayne recently took part in a media Q&A to discuss his role on “The Lying Game”. Here is the transcript from the media Q&A interview with actor Randy Wayne:

 

Moderator  When you first learned that you had landed the role in The Lying Game, did you have that moment of intimidation because of the success of Pretty Little Liars, which was also inspired by the books of Sara Shepard?

R. Wayne    I was not too intimidated by the success of Pretty Little Liars.  I thought it would only be helpful.  And I knew that I wasn’t the lead of the show, so that pressure was not on my back, on my shoulders.  But I had worked with Alexandra in the past and I knew that she was a very talented actress, so I knew that she could handle the pressure and I would just go along with it.

 

Moderator   Now that everything is out in the open about Justin’s real motive for tracking down Ted, does that open a door for Justin and Laurel to pick up their romance again?

R. Wayne     Yes, it definitely does.  I think that Laurel gets a sense that Justin is actually 100% being honest with her.  And not only does she get a sense, but she really wanted to believe him and she wants to trust him, so it’s a big moment for their relationship.  I guess the big question now is, I don’t think Ted’s going to accept them being together now after what his motives are.  You don’t want a kid around that wanted to come and get revenge on you, dating your daughter, even though it’s out in the open now.  So I think that’s the big controversy now is how is he going to deal with the kid dating his daughter that wanted to get revenge on him.

 

Moderator      What’s next for Justin?  Is he going to continue to dig into Ted’s past, or is Justin ready to let the past stay in the past?

R. Wayne     Love conquers all, and in this situation I think he just wants to forget about it and just focus all of his attention on Laurel.  As far as I know, Justin just wants to focus on her to make it work.

 

Moderator     Originally you guest starred in an episode of Hot in Cleveland, you played a blind character.  How did you prepare for that role and what was it like working with Jennifer Love-Hewitt and Joe Jonas?

R. Wayne     You know what’s funny, I actually had to leave the set of The Lying Game and fly straight to LA and get to the set, I left the airport and went straight to the set of Hot in Cleveland, and I missed a day and a half of rehearsal because of The Lying Game, so I was a little bit behind and I was scrambling and there wasn’t too much time to prepare.  And it was cool because when it comes to playing a blind guy they just said look off, don’t look too much at her face, and when you’re doing a scene just focus on where to go.  They said he’s used to being blind so play it normal, just don’t look at her.  And working with Joe Jonas and Jennifer Love-Hewitt was cool, because Jennifer Love-Hewitt actually is extremely funny and a naturally gifted comedic actress, and Joe Jonas, for all the fame he’s had, he’s a really down-to-earth guy.

 

Moderator   Betty White’s also in that show.  Is she as funny off-screen as she is on-screen?

R. Wayne     Oh my God, she is one of the sweetest people I’ve ever met in my life.  If you have a joke she pays attention and she’ll laugh at it and then she’ll always come back with her own jokes.  She’s definitely up there in age, but you would never know it by just talking to her.  She’s brilliant.

 

Moderator    Now that Justin and Laurel are kind of back together, Allie actually revealed in a different interview that things are going to be rocky between the two of them for a while.  Where do you see their relationship headed for the rest of the season?

R. Wayne    Well, there are several ways to go, things with their relationship now.  Ted obviously is not going to want them to date and they want to date, so they have to start hiding their relationship.  And that’s going to be a whole new thing, where Justin doesn’t want to do that anymore.  He wants to be honest, but now he has to still hide a relationship and still, in a way, lie about it.  And that means that Laurel’s being brought into the lies, which she hasn’t really been involved in yet.  And also she’s in the band, and so being in the band causes a big distraction from Justin and I’m sure Justin will start getting a little jealous of the attention that the band’s getting over him.

 

Moderator   Trust is a big issue for every character on this show.  Who do you feel has the most to lose for the rest of the season?

R. Wayne      I guess it’s really a toss-up between Justin and Emma, because if Justin doesn’t have Laurel he doesn’t have anything.  He moved to Arizona for a certain reason and then that reason’s over, and now he’s only there for one more and that’s Laurel, so if he doesn’t have her I don’t see what his reasoning would be to be there anymore.  Then obviously Emma, because without Ethan or without a family she has nothing to go back to, just like Justin, so they’d both be on their own.

 

Moderator     It seems like almost anything could happen on this show, so if it were up to you what would you like to see happen to Justin in the next few months?

R. Wayne      That’s a good question.  And I hate to answer it this way, but if you want me to be honest I will, I think that Justin’s always played the nice guy, whether his intentions were not, so he’s always come off as a nice guy except for maybe a couple of scenes.  And actually the scenes where he was a bad guy I enjoyed doing so I don’t know, I wouldn’t mind playing a bad guy on the show, I wouldn’t mind Justin, if they did break up, Laurel and Justin, then he’s in this town and he’s going to cause some controversy, and I think I’d like to see that happen.

 

Moderator      What is it like being surrounded by so many beautiful and talented women at work every day?

R. Wayne     Well, it’s amazing.  It’s not tough.  The thing about the girls on the show is that yes, they’re all really beautiful, but they’re also really cool, so there’s no egos on set.  And it just makes it so easy.  You know that they’re beautiful, but it’s not intimidating at all and it’s just fun.  It’s like living the high life.

 

Moderator  How do the fans react to you when they see you?  When they run into you on the street do they come up and start talking to you and treat you like you’re Justin, or are they finding it easy to separate Randy from Justin?

R. Wayne    That’s a really good question.  It’s so funny, because on Twitter people would be like, “I love Justin, or IamRandyWayne,” (@IamRandyWayne is Randy’s Twitter handle) yada yada, they’d go on about that, but then when the episodes came up where he was being rude to Laurel and making her cry, people turned and they were like, “I hate IAmRandyWayne.  I want to slap you …, why are you so mean,” just not separating the character from the actor.  People I don’t think would come up to you in general because of your character , but in person it’s nice and respectful and there’s separation, there’s a curiosity about what’s going to happen next, but online and in the Twitter world there definitely is not much separation sometimes.

 

Moderator    Yes, is it a little concerning to you?  When you go out in public are you a little, oh, I wonder if I should really go out incognito?

R. Wayne    No, I’m not worried about that.  I actually appreciate when people get frustrated with the character because that’s the point.  If they’re not frustrated then I’m not doing my job.  The beauty of acting is making people like you and then dislike you and then like you again, because you can write something a certain way, but if you don’t bring that to the character then it’s not going to work.  To see people change their mind about you and your character, it’s entertaining and I love to hear it.  I actually like when people approach me in public.  I’m not so famous where it’s annoying.  So it’s actually kind of fun.

 

Moderator     I watched Alexandra Chando in As the World Turns and I really enjoyed watching her.  I was just wondering what she was like to work with and how is she off set?

R. Wayne     She’s brilliant to work with because she takes her work very seriously.  She’s not the kind that actually comes to set and goofs around when she does a scene.  She has no problem piping up and asking the writer and director and the producer and saying how can we make this work.  She’s very, very professional and very talented, of course.  Then off set once she’s separated from the two she’s just a fun young girl and just loves life.  She’s always high on life.  It’s great.

 

Moderator  If you could have anybody on the show as a guest star who would you pick?

R. Wayne   In the fantasy world, let’s see, we could have Paul Giamatti play my dad; that would be interesting.  But in the realistic world, I don’t know, I think it would be fun to have someone like, I forget her name, the girl from Glee, the pretty blonde girl.

 

Moderator    Have you read any of The Lying Game books?  And if so, who do you think is behind the Lying Game?

R. Wayne      I haven’t read the books.  But I was also told it wasn’t really that important to read the books because it’s so different from the show.

 

Moderator   I know that you’re a big Tebow fan, but who is your Super Bowl prediction?

R. Wayne   Yes, I’m a big fan.  I know that Brady’s hot right now, but I’m going to have to say the Giants 28-23.  I think they look unstoppable right now.

 

Moderator    You’re originally from Oklahoma, correct?

R. Wayne    That’s right.  I’m actually here right now.

 

Moderator      Is your accent something you have to be conscious about all the time to get the Southern accent out of your character?

R. Wayne     You know I’ve actually played a lot of Southern roles and it makes it really easy for me.  But when I moved to LA I realized that I had an accent, I didn’t know that before, and yes, I had to focus on basically just enunciating and articulating instead of mumbling so much.  But I’ve been home for about three weeks now, so the accent is definitely creeping back up on me.  When I go back to LA in a week … I’m going to have to work on it again.

 

Moderator    You recently had a brief encounter with Helen Slater’s character and she was telling you to leave the party, so I’m feeling like she has the most to lose because she seems the most clueless out of everyone on the show.  Would you like to work more with her

R. Wayne    I would love to work with Helen a lot more.  She’s a very, very talented actress and she comes from such a genuine heartfelt place when she acts that it would be interesting to see, let’s say it didn’t work out between Justin and Laurel, there’s already friction between Ted and Kristin, so if Justin went back to his original plan, Kristin’s the first place to start.  I would love it.  I would love to work with her.  I’d love to make her character question her relationship a lot more, and to be the instigator would be fantastic.

 

Moderator   It’s only January and you already have this great guest appearance on Hot in Cleveland.  What other projects have you been working on?  Where else are we going to see you in 2012?

R. Wayne   Actually, it’s surreal a little bit, so Monday was The Lying Game, Wednesday was Hot in Cleveland, and I also did a movie that was on SyFy last night, and then I did movie called To Save a Life, it’s a teen drama, and it premieres Sunday on the GMC channel. Also coming up I have a movie called Honey 2 by Universal.  It’s the dance sequel to the original Honey with Jessica Alba.  That comes out on DVD February 26th, I think, 28th, or something like that.  So Honey 2 and then I also have a film that’s coming out called HARDflip.  It’s a skateboarding family drama.

 

Moderator       You recently had some type of knee surgery.  Can you tell us about that and how you’re doing after the surgery?

R. Wayne     I was in Thailand over Christmas, and actually on Christmas I rented a motor bike with my girlfriend and it was my first time to drive one and I thought I could handle it, and about 45 minutes into my drive I bumped the curb and it threw me off.  She was fine, but I broke my leg and tore my ACL and my meniscus, and so I had surgery two days ago and now I’m on the rehab train.  It’s not fun.

 

Season 2 of the Lying Game airs on ABC Family, Mondays 9/8c

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Q&A with Alice Greczyn of ABC Family’s “The Lying Game” (J!-ENT Interviews and Articles)

February 9, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

As part of J!-ENT’s coverage of “The Lying Game”, the latest Q&A is with actress Alice Greczyn.

Alice has starred on several TV shows such as “Quintuplets”, “Windfall”, “Privileged”, “Lincoln Heights” and also starred in a three-episode arc on the ABC Family TV series “Make It or Break It”.  Alice also stars in the hit ABC Family drama series “The Lying Game” as Madeline “Mads” Rybak.

Alice plays “Mads”, a cool and very intelligent high school student and one of the best friends of Sutton Mercer.

In “The Lying Game”, two twins (Sutton Mercer and Emma Becker, both played by actress Alexandra Chando) were separated at birth.  Emma Becker grew up in foster care, while Sutton Mercer grew up with a loving, wealthy family.

The two have come face-to-face and realize that both are sisters.  Emma agrees to impersonate her sister while Sutton goes to Los Angeles to find her real biological parents.  But for some reason, when Sutton is supposed to return back home, Emma feels that something may have happened.

Mads does not know that her best friend Sutton is actually now Emma.

So far in the series, Mads had to deal with her brother Thayer  (played by Christian Alexander) moving to Los Angeles with their mom, leaving Mads behind with her father (who may or may not be abusive towards her).  Recently, she started to notice a few things about her father and that he may be tied into something mysterious.

To help promote the second season, Alice Greczyn recently took part in a media Q&A to discuss her role on “The Lying Game”.  Here is the transcript from the media Q&A interview with actress Alice Greczyn:

Moderator    You have a Twitter called @alicefood, and on there you tweet a lot about food.

Alice    I certainly do.

 

Moderator    What is the most exotic dish that you have ever sampled?

Alice  The most exotic dish I’ve ever sampled, probably—it happened when I was a toddler, and I can’t really remember—but according to my parents we were in South Korea, and they fed me dog.  That would be the most exotic.  The most exotic food I’ve ever eaten of my own accord was probably barbecued alligator in Louisiana, which was actually really good.

 

Moderator   Do you ever see in the future of you doing a complete TV show about food?

Alice  You know, people have asked me that.  People have asked me if I would even do my own web series about food.  I’m not very comfortable being myself in front of camera, but I love to write about food.  I used to do restaurant reviews as a side hobby in L.A., and I love writing about it.  I love food journalism, especially travel and food together.  I am working on a cookbook, so I think my passion for food will manifest itself more in writing than in front of the camera.  But who’s to say, you know?  I am open to the possibility.

 

Moderator     How do you think things are going to change for Mads and other characters now that she knows the big secret?

Alice   The biggest thing that changes for Mads is that being let in on the secret opens up a door for her to find out a lot more about her dad and his possible involvement in all the mysteries on the show.  For the rest of the season, Mads is pretty much just uncovering more and more about him, and it brings a lot of tension between Mads and Thayer, and Emma’s sort of in the middle of it.

Mads kind of acts as an ally to Emma because she’s really upset with Sutton, and now that she knows Emma’s not actually Sutton, she and Emma can be friends.  But at the same time, Emma’s also the one telling Mads thing she doesn’t want to hear about her dad, so there’s still some tension there, and that plays out through the rest of the season…

 

Moderator   Is ballet a part of your life too?

Alice   No, but I am so flattered that they even asked.  That means I’m doing something right if it’s not extremely obvious.  No, I’m not a dancer.  I was a competitive figure skater when I was a kid.  I think I did, maybe, six months of ballet at some point in there in my childhood, but when I moved to Austin for the show, that was one of the first things I did.  The first two, three weeks were filled with intensive days with a choreographer that the show hired to help work with me, since they weren’t going to use a dance double, and it was pretty brutal.

I’m naturally thin, and people tell me I have a ballerina’s build, but I’m not naturally—my muscles were not trained to hold themselves in the way that they must for ballet.  To even just hold your arm right is very difficult and painful.  I have so much respect for dancers now after, kind of, putting myself in their shoes for a little bit.

 

Moderator    What are the similarities between you and your character on the show?

Alice   There aren’t many.  I’m from a big family; I have four younger siblings.  My parents are still happily married together.  I grew up moving around a lot, and my family was certainly not affluent.  So on face value, there’s not much I have in common with my character, like the whole—I was going to say we could get into the whole nature versus nurture argument, but that’s a different conversation.

Basically, your environment brings you up when you’re a child, kind of shapes who you are.  I think Mads and I had very different upbringings, and so we don’t really have a lot in common.  Even if we were the same age and I met Mads, I don’t even know if we’d necessarily be friends.  I think we tend to socialize in the circles that we’re raised in to an extent, and I don’t have that much in common with her.  But that’s what makes her so fun to play.

I’ve enjoyed putting myself in the shoes of this rich girl who has a father that is the villain of the show.  And for the first time (I think) in my career, I’m playing a character that has a sibling, which is really cool.  I really enjoy having scenes with Christian, who plays Thayer.  It’s a fun dynamic to play with.

I think the only thing, maybe, me and Mads have in common is that we both are very loyal and very keen observers, I guess.  Mads, from day one, has always been suspicious of Sutton’s new behavior, and now she knows that it’s Emma.  So all the dots are starting to connect, and everything’s starting to make sense.

 

Moderator   What do you admire most about Mads?

Alice   I admire her sense of confidence and discipline.  I think anyone who dances ballet has to be a very self-disciplined person, very motivated, and very hardworking.  She’s also a good student, and I think she prides herself on being a good friend.  She’s very there for her friends.

Char is not really in the show so much anymore, but I think with Char you really got to see what a loyal friend Mads was to her, and very caring.  I think there’s very few people Mads lets in, but the ones that she does let in, she cares very deeply about.  So that’s why it’s very wounding to her when, all of a sudden, Sutton is—she’s gotten used to Emma’s version of Sutton, who’s been really sweet and really kind, and I think that’s really meant a lot to Mads—and all of a sudden, real Sutton comes back, and before she knows it’s real Sutton, she’s so thrown because they’re two completely different people, and being inconsistent she’s obviously aggravated her.  But now that she knows that there’s two of them, she and Emma can work on their own relationship, and Mads will have to deal with Sutton totally separately.

 

Moderator     When you first read the role of Mads, what was it about this character that made you want to play her?

Alice    When I first read it, the role was a lot different than it is now.  When I first read it, she was sort of the edgy, punky one in the group, and she wanted to be a writer.  She had a possibly abusive relationship with her dad.  Her brother was gone and she seemed much more like a loner and much more of the darker one of the three girls—of Mads, Char, and Sutton.

Obviously, that storyline has changed a lot.  Once a pilot gets picked up, the network gives their notes on what they want to see happen, and so I guess, to be honest, a lot of things that initially drew me to her are no longer very apparent to a viewer.  I know they’re there, but the storyline, dialog, and writing doesn’t shed so much light on it.  But I’ve also found other things that keep me still drawn to her.  I love that she was a dancer.  I love playing someone that had a passion and a talent outside of just being an average high-school kid.  I like that about her.  And like I said before, I like that she had a brother that she really cared about.  I loved playing with that sibling dynamic.

I like working on a show that always keeps me in suspense.  It’s really fun for me to see what the next episodes are as I get the scripts coming in.  So that’s fun, you know?  It’s a drama/suspense show, and I think as far as TV goes, that’s probably the main genre I’m interested in.

 

Moderator    Do have a favorite memory or moment from either on the show or behind the scenes that you could share with our fans?

Alice  Well let’s see, last summer when we shot the first 10 episodes, that was a really special time because we were all new to Austin.  We were exploring all over the place and getting to know each other.  On Fourth of July, we rented a boat on Lake Travis and went tubing, and that was a blast.  We all really do have a lot of fun together.

Let’s see, I think we might be going off-roading this weekend as sort of a little last hurrah for ourselves.  Texas has a lot to do and a lot to explore, and so we all have fun doing that.  And of course, I’ve made everybody explore every possible restaurant that they can.  If anyone’s going to go eat with me, there’s lots of eating to be done.  They’re all used to me taking pictures of their food before I allow them to eat it so I can either tweet about it or just have it for my own personal collection to inspire me in my cooking.

As far as the show goes, I really had fun shooting—I remember I had a lot of shooting the homecoming episode.  That was really fun.  I think that was episode 105 or 106.  But really just—I mean, it’s hard because I feel like I know each of the cast members so well individually, but I work with very few of them.  I have very little scenes with Allie, and Allie and I are very good friends off-screen, but we hardly ever get to work together.  If we’re in a scene together, we never have dialog.

I have a lot of dialog with Christian and Alex.  And Alex, (poor thing) she’s the one who works more than any of us, so I rarely see her outside of work.  I see Christian quite a bit outside of work and Tyler, who plays Dan, he and I hang out.  I mean, a lot of the guest stars that come through—like Randy—I’ve known Randy for a while, Misha—who’s playing Ryan right now—he and I hang out.  And then one of my best friends from L.A., Andy Fischer-Price—he plays one of the guys in Laurel’s band and has no on-screen dialog—but when he’s around, he and I hang out too.

So I don’t know.  I wish the fans could—or I should say I wish the writers—could give a little a lot more scenes where all of us are together.  I’d love to be able to have more dialogue with Allie.  Blair and I were laughing the other day; I think we said two lines to each other in the entire season, and we hang out a lot outside of work too, so it’s like—how do you know that if you’re just watching the show?  But it is fun.  We are all very close.

 

Moderator You recently did a guest-starring appearance on Make It or Break It, where you performed as an anorexic character. Can you tell us about that experience and how it may have affected you personally?

Alice   I certainly did not realize what I was walking into when I did that role. Obviously, eating disorders are a very hot topic, and that’s one of the things that fans asked me the most about on Twitter or Facebook. It seems everyone wants to know if I have an eating disorder, and playing an anorexic character on Make It or Break It probably didn’t help much.

To set the record straight, I certainly do not have an eating disorder. I think as anyone can gather, I love food, and it is not just a front to cover up the fact that I don’t eat any. I do like that. I think that arc on Make It or Break It—I was in there for three episodes—it was interesting to play that character because she did have an eating disorder and was in total denial about it and had been in and out of rehab for anorexics and bulimics and knew how to work the system and play along so that she could get out, and then she’d go right back to being anorexic again.

I’ve never played a character like that before, so that was really interesting for me personally and the aftermath of that was what affected me personally. I had girls tweeting me saying that they—one girl, she taped a picture of me on her water bottle when she went jogging to inspire her to stay thin, and that made me feel really sad.

On one hand, I think it’s great that people are talking about it. I always try to encourage everyone to be happy and healthy and fully accepting of who they are, but it’s a very sensitive subject to talk about because it’s very easy for someone like me who’s naturally thin to be like, “Oh, well just eat in moderation, blah, blah, blah.” But a lot of people don’t look like me naturally, and so they must assume that there’s something very wrong with me mentally and physically, and that’s been difficult for me to deal with personally.

There are times that I feel very angered by a lot of the responses and questions, and I think a lot of people project a lot of hateful jealousy in their comments. I’ve definitely gotten some nasty ones, and I’ve gotten some very troublesome ones (some disturbing ones) of girls who were trying, like, “Oh, I need to make sure my ribs show like hers do, then I’ll know I’m skinny enough.” It’s not about ribs showing or not. If they show, and you’re a naturally healthy person, you just have really prominent bone structure or you’re just naturally healthy. Just be healthy.

That has been a very troubling topic to me. I could go on at length about it. It’s a very big deal, and I recognize that. I don’t take it lightly. I don’t take viewers’ comments lightly. It definitely does affect me, and there’s not much I can really say except to just encourage loving of yourself, and there are bigger things to worry about than whether or not your ribs are showing.

 

Moderator How did you get into acting?

Alice   I never anticipated being an actor. When I was a kid, I competed in figure skating, and I thought I might go that route, and then by the time I was high-school aged—I got my GED when I was 16, and I was in college for nursing school—and I really wanted to be a nurse and travel the world and do that. But then I fell into acting through modeling—because I’ve done quite a bit of modeling as well—and a talent manager from L.A. was like, “Oh, you should be an actress. Come to L.A. for pilot season.” So I did. I did not plan to stay. I did not plan for anything really to happen, but I started booking work. So long story short, I just thought, “I guess I’ll just see where this goes and see what else I book,” and it’s been a very fruitful career.

I’ve been very fortunate not to have to have a second job since I started, which was nine years ago. I’ve made my living from acting, and a little bit of modeling too every now and then for fun. Yeah, I think I’m pretty committed to it now. The longer I’m in it, the harder it would be to imagine doing something else as my primary career, even though I have a lot of other different interests.

 

Moderator When you found out you booked the role of Mads, how did you research to play her? What preparation went into that, and is it different from the ways you’ve researched your other roles?

Alice   It is different. One thing I always do for all of my characters is I—I’m not sure if you’re familiar with the Myers-Briggs temperament test, but I’m kind of obsessed with psychology, and I love taking personality quizzes. The Myers-Briggs test, I take as each one of my characters, and it kind of tells me, in a nutshell, what type of personality they are, [what] they’re like in life and family and work and love, and I kind of start from there.

So when we were filming the pilot, I kind of felt like, “Oh, I think Mads is an ISTP artisan. I know that’s a very clinical-sounding word, but basically I thought she was more of an introvert and a lot more observant. She’s a dancer, and so she’s very technical and very artistic and very disciplined. That kind of filled me in a little bit about her.

In the beginning of the season, I had a crush on Eduardo (my dance teacher) who I probably grew up having a crush on, and as we all know that ended disastrously. So I think Mads is at a very fragile time in life right now where she’s still learning about herself, as many teenagers are, and I think these events are happening to her right now in this season—losing Eduardo, having suspicions about her dad, not being able to trust her best friend—I think all of these are very much going to shape the woman she is going to become. I think Mads is an internal processor and thinks about things very deeply, and things affect her very deeply even if she doesn’t necessarily let it show.

 

Moderator Yes, it does. It tells us you put a lot of thought into it.

Alice   I do. I do. And of course, it changes too, because sometimes I think like, “Oh Mads wouldn’t handle a situation like this,” then I read the next script and it’s like, “What? Now she’s emotional?” I’m like, “Oh, wait a minute, now she’s strong?” It’s a little confusing sometimes because the writers—we have a lot of different writers—and I think episode to episode, Mads evolves, which people do.

But sometimes it’s a little bit frustrating and I find inconsistencies with character, but fortunately we have a great team of writers who are very collaborative, and we can talk it out and work on it, and find a happy medium where the network is pleased or the director is pleased, the producers, and me as the actor. And I really value that about this particular TV show. It’s very rare to have that in TV.

 

Moderator   How is it that food became your passion?  You can seem very passionate about it from a lot of different aspects.

Alice   I am.  I was raised in a family where food was very central to our lives.  I have a mother who’s a great cook, and she was always trying new recipes from all different worldly cuisines.  We’d have Moroccan food one night, and then the next night she’d try a Vietnamese soup, and then the next night it would be a casserole.

My mother’s half-Asian, and she grew up with a lot of Asian food, and so therefore I grew up with a lot of Asian food, mainly Korean dishes.  We love bulgogi, and there’s a Korean potsticker, and that was a family favorite.  So I think from a very young age, even though I grew up mainly in the Midwest, I was exposed to a lot of different types of ethnic cuisine, and that sort of set the bar for my palate as an adult.  And then now as an adult, I try to take it even further.

I love traveling.  I think travel is probably how I found my own individual love for food separate from my family because when—you don’t know what you’re missing until you find it, you know?  You don’t know what you don’t know about.  I didn’t know that I didn’t know about schnitzel or … until I was in Austria, or blood pudding in Ireland, and I think food symbolizes culture to me because food is the centerpiece of any social gathering.  It would be very weird to have a social gathering where there’s not food, and so I think food is just a symbol.

Yes, I love food in and of itself.  I love flavor.  I love texture.  I love fragrance.  I love playing with all of those.  I think it’s a beautiful science.  It’s a perfect example of art and science merging in one, and it’s something that you can share.  So I think what it symbolizes to me is the facilitation of social gathering, and then in that, I find it to be—I love observing people.  I love learning new things, and I think food is a great way to do that.  It shares someone’s history.  If you ask anyone what’s on their family’s Thanksgiving menu, you learn a lot about their culture and where their family comes from, whether they’re Swedish or Turkish or anything.  So I think that that’s why I love it.  I love what it symbolizes, and I also just love it for its own sake.

 

Moderator    Do you have a favorite dish that you like to cook for yourself or friends, or anybody?

Alice    For friends, I love cooking—I guess my go-to recipe if I know I’m going to host people over for dinner, and it’s sort of like a last-minute thing, and I don’t have time to browse over new recipes, I love making a butternut squash ravioli with a sage and brown-butter sauce.  I use the recipe from Todd English—that’s a chef and owner of Olives restaurant, which has the dish.  My favorite Olives restaurant is in Vegas at the Bellagio.  That dish, when I eat it, it was—stars were in my eyes. He was a generous chef enough to share the recipe online.  Anyone can find it.

It sounds really overwhelming, but it’s actually fairly simple to make, and it’s always a hit with vegetarians and carnivores alike.  That’s a pretty easy recipe.  Then I love baking.  Baking is my favorite thing to do.  I love making pies, cobblers, cookies, cakes, anything.  I’ll try anything.  I subscribe to a lot of food magazines, and so those always give me new inspirations and—so yeah.  It’s fun.

I love hosting.  I rarely cook just for myself.  I always have to have a group to cook for to really motivate me.  If I’m just by myself, and I’m home at night, I usually order takeout Thai or Indian food or I’ll just have cereal or Ramen Noodles.  I’m shameless about it.  I love Ramen, loaded with chemicals, but I love that parmesan chicken Ramen.  I love it.

 

Moderator   Perhaps maybe you should think about opening your own restaurant later.

Alice      Oh, I have plans one day.  One of my big dreams is to have my own bakery/tea house.  I’m equally obsessed with tea as much as I am with food.  There’s not enough tea houses, and the ones that there are, they’re usually, like, stuffy and English-themed and just not that great, or they’re too Zen Buddha-themed.  I’d like to have an international variety of tea and a beautiful setting, and I’d also like to have baked goods.  So that’s one of the things on my list of things to do.  I figure, maybe, when I’m in my 50s.  I got to save something for me to do later on in life, can’t do it all now.

 

Moderator    You were talking about Mads’ suspicion of her father.  Do you think she will ever figure out that Alec had anything to do with Eduardo’s accident, and how will she react?

Alice    I’m not sure.  I think, maybe, she probably already has, but you would not see that on the show.  I think the way the disaster with Eduardo ended, she did find out that her dad did pay Eduardo to leave town.  Emma, as Sutton, confirmed that.  I’m not sure.  I imagine it must have been a story line issue where they couldn’t devote that much time to Mads’ story line because there were so many other things going on with the other characters on the show as well.

I think we just have to assume that Mads does know her dad paid Eduardo to leave town.  I don’t think she thinks he deliberately ran him over with a car, but I think Mad chose to move on, deal with it.  Eduardo’s gone.  I think she has a  very steely resolve, and I think family’s important to Mads, and she just wanted—there was a scene with Thayer at the end of the first 10 episodes where she was like, “Look, you know, let’s just be a family.  Let’s just get along.  That’s all Dad wants.  That’s all I want.  Let’s just stop thinking these bad things about Dad.”

I think Mads, she’s very aware her dad’s not a very savory character, but I think she has just sort of accepted it and would rather focus on more positive things and just not deal.  I think it’s very difficult as a teenager, especially one who’s so close to leaving the house—I know for myself, you just kind of go into just dealing mode, and if you try to challenge and it doesn’t get you anywhere good, you just stop, and you just deal with it internally.  So I imagine that’s probably, to an extent, what Mads is doing with the suspicions about her father and his character.

 

Season 2 of the Lying Game airs on ABC Family, Mondays 9/8c

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Q&A with Allie Gonino of ABC Family’s “The Lying Game” (J!-ENT Interviews and Articles)

January 17, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Actress Allie Gonino is no stranger to ABC Family.   Having starred in the ABC Family TV series “10 Things I Hate About You” (2009-2010), Allie was also a member of the girl group “The Stunners” created by recording artist Vitamin C and the group was the opening act for Justin Bieber’s “My World Tour”.

While Allie is now in a new band known as “The Good Mad”, she’s on a different ABC Family’s hit TV series titled “The Lying Game” playing the role of Laurel Mercer, Sutton’s adoptive sister and the biological daughter of the Mercer family.

“The Lying Game” is a one-hour drama series starring Alexandra Chando, the actress plays two characters. Emma Becker grew up in foster care, while Sutton Mercer grew up with a loving, wealthy family. And the two have come face-to-face and realize that both are sisters. Emma agrees to impersonate her sister while Sutton goes to Los Angeles to find her real biological parents. But for some reason, when Sutton is supposed to return back home, Emma feels that something may have happened. Now Emma may have to come clean and risk her own safety in the hope of uncovering her twin sister’s whereabouts.

To help promote the second season, Allie Gonino recently took part in a media Q&A to discuss her role on “The Lying Game”.

Here is the transcript from the media Q&A interview with actress Allie Gonino:

 

Moderator     What do you continue to enjoy the most about playing the character of Laurel?

A. Gonino    I think the thing I enjoy the most about playing Laurel is that with every episode, as her storyline develops, she’s learning new things about life [and] I’m learning new things about life with her and new things about myself too.  I feel like I have a chance to grow myself by playing Laurel.

 

Moderator   What do you feel it is about a show like The Lying Game that resonates well with viewers?

A. Gonino    I think there are so many elements.  I think the romantic love triangle between Sutton and Ethan, you know, is probably stirring up some excitement.  And obviously, the fact that like we have no idea whether Alec is a creep or if he’s a good guy.  And we have really cute clothes which I’m going to say is probably a big reason why young girls watch it or even, you know, women.

There’s so many elements, though, and just like the mystery aspect.  I think there’s so much going on in every episode and I think that’s what keeps the viewers coming back for more.

 

Moderator    Now that Sutton is back in town how will that sort of change things in the Mercer house?

A. Gonino    Well, I know in the next episode they’re still wanting to keep the twins anonymity.  Like, they don’t want anyone to know that the twins are twins and out and about because there’s a killer on the loose and they don’t know if that’s provoking the killer to go out and find them.  So the next episode is basically just both of them taking turns playing Sutton.

 

Moderator   What has been the most challenging episode that you had to do so far?

A. Gonino  That’s a good question.  I guess probably the episode that was just aired.  That’s the first time that I’ve ever had to really break down in a scene and cry.  So, I’d have to say that one.  It was just a very emotional episode for Laurel.

She never really shows that side of herself.  She’s usually very strong and happy and zealous.  So I’d have to say that one.  I just plugged in my iPod and put on a sad song and thought about something really awful and then the tears came.

 

Moderator     Is there going to be a repair in the relationship between Laurel and Justin?

A. Gonino   Yes.  There’s definitely some trust issues that will be coming up in the next couple of episodes you’ll be able to see.

 

Moderator     What makes your character so appealing to the fans?  And how do you identify with your character; similarities and differences?

A. Gonino       I think what’s most appealing about Laurel is that she is such a real character.  I think young girls can identify a lot with her.  She’s just a regular girl trying to get through life and still remain true to herself, while also trying to be a good sister to a nightmare of a sister.  I think there’s a vulnerability to Laurel that I felt when I was 16.

So I think she’s just really relatable.  I guess our sense of humor is sort of similar.  So I would say it’s a similarity.  But the difference between us is, I guess, probably just our lifestyle.  Laurel goes to high school and I’ve been doing music and acting for my whole life.  That’s probably the biggest difference.

 

Moderator    Do you think maybe in the future Laurel will affect Sutton as realizing she’s kind of snotty?  Or do you think that maybe with all the stuff going on with Justin, Laurel might do some of the lying games herself?

A. Gonino    I know that the real Sutton and Laurel have a conversation.  And Laurel says something to the effect of like, you’ve been different lately.  And I think Sutton is taken aback by it because she’s just now figuring out what a cool person Emma is and, of course, that only like sparks more jealousy.

I’m not really sure if Laurel is going to be in on the lying game.  I’m sure she probably will at some point.  Everyone on the show is playing the lying game. [laughs] So I don’t know about that one though.

 

Moderator   Do they spend a lot of time with you guys in the fitting rooms with your wardrobe?

A. Gonino    Yes.  We do have a great stylist, Mimi Kaupe.  She, basically, just pulls in a big rack of really cute things.  We get to try them on, play dress up for like an hour and say what we like best.  And then, it just all kind of comes together.  We don’t have like a huge budget for our clothes.  So I think it’s really, really amazing that we’ve been able to stylize the show so well.

 

Moderator    In which direction would you like to see your character go in?  What would you like to see your character do more of?

A. Gonino     Well, I think she’s been very enthralled with the boyfriend sort of situation lately.  And in the next episode you’ll see she gets to perform on stage for the first time.  And so, I’m really glad that she’s kind of getting back into being Laurel, you know, not Laurel plus boyfriends.  And she’s getting a little bit of her sass back and getting to express herself through music.  So, I’m hoping in the future that they’ll show that it’s possible to balance both having a boyfriend and pursuing your own thing.  I think that would be really cool for the viewers.

 

Moderator  Is there anything else you can tell us about future episodes?  Any tidbits you can spill about?

A. Gonino   Yes, without giving too much away.  Laurel finds out in the next episode on Monday (1/16) what the big secret between Justin and Ted is.  So it has to do with the bracelet and it’s going to rock her world.  So definitely look out for that.  It’s a pretty jarring episode.

 

Moderator   So, Laurel is going to find out what Justin’s hiding.  Can you tell us a little bit more about that?  Does that mean they’re going to repair their relationship after she knows the truth?

A. Gonino    I can’t exactly say.  I have to be very careful.  But it’s definitely going to put a huge a dent in the relationship.  You know, they just broke up.  So now the truth is coming out and Laurel is going to have to decide whether to trust him again and try to repair the relationship or dump him.

 

Moderator   You also mentioned that you’re performing on next week’s episode.  Are there any plans in the work to come back and perform again with your band?

A. Gonino    Yes.  We are performing in episode, I think, it’s 116.  So, like three episodes after this Monday we’ll be performing again.

 

Moderator   Are you ever surprised when you get your next script, who else is holding a secret and who else is involved in this whole game?

A. Gonino   Definitely.  I’m just as surprised as the viewers are with each new episode.  We don’t really ever know what’s going to happen until we get the script.  We’ll hear like rumors about what’s going to happen and then they’ll change their minds and write something totally different.  So yes, it is the mystery sort of surprise element to the show is what makes it so successful.

 

Moderator      Do you think that these characters are a pretty accurate depiction of 15, 16, 17 year olds today?

A. Gonino  I hope not.  You know, television we exaggerate everything.  But that’s why we do it is to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life.  And entertainment is there for us to just let go and forget about everything else and get involved in lots of drama without actually doing it in real life, you know.  I think that’s the good thing about it.

 

Moderator     I have one more question in regards to the wardrobe.  You guys wear some pretty high heels.  Is that tough on you guys on your long shoot days?

A. Gonino      Well, I’ve been wearing high heels for awhile.  I’m a dancer.  So it’s not too bad unless the shoes themselves are really uncomfortable and then it’s a pain.  But, you know, I like wearing heels.  They make me feel sexy.

 

Moderator   When you first heard about the role of Laurel, what was it that made you want to play her?

A. Gonino   I think it was just that I saw so much of myself in her.  And I probably just felt some deep desire to live that stage in my life again and probably relearn some lessons that I didn’t necessarily remember.  And learn new things about myself.  And I just love her wit.

She’s so funny and energetic.  That’s just like the type of character I want to play.  And it is my first, like, big role.  So I wanted to pick something that would really allow me to learn acting and being in front of the camera and all that kind of stuff.

 

Moderator   Do you have a behind the scene moment or memory or something that you could share with fans that they wouldn’t know about from filming or just some little tidbit?

A. Gonino  Well, I guess, we rarely get to do scenes where it’s all of the cast in one scene.  But the scene where we had the dinner party when the parents went out of town.  We were joking and it’s just a fun set.  Like, we really do get along and all the actors are really intelligent people and want to do good work and are here to tell a story.  I think the fans would like to know that all these characters that they’re seeing are not as evil as they appear to be on television.  They’re really–they’re really good people.

 

Moderator     You started off appearing on Disney Channel shows Cory In The House and The Suite Life On Deck. How did that help you get your role in this show?

A. Gonino   Well I think every role I’ve ever done, up until now, has helped me even since being on stage in ballets as a little girl.  I think with every new job that I get it’s really about just being more comfortable to be in front of the camera as opposed to get in front of the camera and feel tense or something.  Those roles, like The Suite Life On Deck role I guess that was my first big guest star.  And it just helped me to loosen up, make choices and stick to those choices as an actor and believe in my ability as an actor.

 

Moderator  What exactly would you like see happen with Laurel’s character in relationship to Justin?

A. Gonino    They don’t even know where they’re going with that storyline.  But I think if she does decide to stay with Justin it needs to be like full-fledged trust.  Relationships are difficult.  If you are going to choose to spend at your youth with someone, like, that’s such a big decision to spend your high school years with someone.

So, I think I just want her to remain true to who she is and true to her passions.  And I want her to be ambitious and go off and do her own Laurel thing.  And be able to have a boyfriend.  But I don’t want it to be all about him.

 

Moderator     According to Episode 16 that’s going to change.  You’re going to be playing a Dixie Chicks song I think.  Are you excited about that?  Can you tell us which one?

A. Gonino    Yes.  I’m going to be playing “Top of the World” which was written by Patty Griffin, but sung by the Dixie Chicks.  They’re the reason I got into music in the very first place when I was like four years old.  So to be able to play one of their songs on a TV show is, like, really weird but really awesome.  And I feel really honored to be able to do that.  It’s like, it’s my own little homage to them.  So I’m excited.

 

Moderator    What was your first love; acting or performing as a musician?

A. Gonino     I would say music.  I think it has always been something that I’ve just been in love with.  I think it’s universal for everyone.  You know, it’s been around since forever.  But I was, like, probably three years old when I watched The Wizard of Oz for the first time and that really, I think, inspired me to be an actress.  And I would come home from day care every single day and dress up like Dorothy, watch the movie and act it out.  So I was, like, definitely an actress from a very young age.  But I don’t think I knew it until I actually started booking.  But I would have to say music is where my heart will always be.

 

Moderator     Besides the violin what other instruments do you play?

A. Gonino     I play a little bit of Mandolin.  And I can play a little piano but not very well.  Just a little by ear.

 

Moderator    Have the fans recognized you more since The Lying Game and is there any fan experience that stands out in your mind?

A. Gonino    I definitely have been recognized a bit more since the show came on.  The one I was most surprised to find out about that she even watches the show.  My band and I when we were in L.A. we play music for this private children’s hospital,   and I walked in to this one girl, Angela, who we actually wrote a song about.

So we walked into her room and she was just chilling and watching ABC Family and our guide was like, “Angela, this is Allie.”  And she was like, “Were you on The Lying Game?” I was like, “Yes, you watch that show?” She was like, “Yes.”  And she was like really star struck but not like freaking out.  But just like happy that we were there to play music for her.  So that was like a really special moment for me that people I wouldn’t have even imagine who’d get to watch the show gets to watch it.  So that made me really happy.

 

Moderator   What about your own, have you ever fanned girled out on anyone yourself?

A. Gonino   Yes.  I didn’t let them know it.  But I saw David Schwimmer, Ross Geller, from Friends at a restaurant one time and I was freaking out.  He was sitting like in the table right next to us.  It was actually when I was in The Stunners and everyone else just looked at me like I had lobsters, like, crawling out of my head or something.  But that was a pretty big moment for me.  It’s Ross, you know?

 

Moderator  Could you tell us if you had a favorite episode from either what we’ve seen or the shows that you’ve shot that we haven’t seen yet?  If there’s one episode that stands out to you?

A. Gonino  Honestly, the episode you’re going to see this week is my favorite because I get to play the Dixie Chicks song and I get to perform with my real life band.  It’s like a dream come true and I’m excited for myself.  But I’m also excited for the fans to see it because I think the music element is interesting and I don’t think any other show is really doing it.  So to have all this drama with like a backdrop of music is fun.  I’m excited for this one.

 

Moderator   Being on The Lying Game and having your band, you’re very busy, very full of life, how do you balance it all?

A. Gonino   I don’t know.  I really just try to take it as it comes and not try to stress out too much which is, honestly, the hardest thing in the world to do is not let it overwhelm me.  But we’ve been in the studio and in film.  So you just got to take it as it comes and then treat yourself every once in awhile with, a dessert or a drink or something which I don’t suggest to people under the age of 21.

 

Moderator    So we know now that in The Lying Game signature was the white and black bow surprise and we’ve already seen one.  Will there be anymore of those coming up?

A. Gonino     We haven’t seen anymore as of yet.  But we’re about to do a table read of the next episode so maybe on that one.  But that’s all we’ve seen of the black and white bow.

 

Moderator      In terms of the mystery of the  lying game, is there a  person  you think you could expand to also target? Like Ethan or will they exclusively stick to just going after Emma?

A. Gonino       I know Ethan gets in trouble for something but it doesn’t really have to do with the twins.  The episode we just shot is going to, like, shock people.  But that’s all I can say right now.

 

Season 2 of the Lying Game airs on ABC Family, Mondays 9/8c

 

Media Q&A Interview with Charisma Carpenter of ABC Family’s “The Lying Game” (J!-ENT Interviews and Articles)

December 21, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Actress Charisma Carpenter is best known for her role as Cordelia Chase in the popular Joss Whedon series “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Angel”.

She has has appeared on TV series such as “Veronica Mars”, “Greek”, “Big Shots” and “Supernatural”.  She also appeared in the films “Expendables” and “Psychosis”.  And now the actress will star on ABC Family’s “The Lying Game” as Ann Rebecca Sewell.

“The Lying Game” is a one-hour drama series starring Alexandra Chando, the actress plays two characters.  Emma Becker grew up in foster care, while Sutton Mercer grew up with a loving, wealthy family.  And the two have come face-to-face and realize that both are sisters.  Emma agrees to impersonate her sister while Sutton goes to Los Angeles to find her real biological parents.  But for some reason, when Sutton is supposed to return back home, Emma feels that something may have happened.  Now Emma may have to come clean and risk her own safety in the hope of uncovering her twin sister’s whereabouts.

Charisma Carpenter’s character Ann is the sister of Phyllis (played by Sydney Barrosse), mother of Charlotte “Char” Chamberlin (played by Kirsten Prout).  Ann returns back home, but there is a cloud of mystery that surrounds her character which will be unveiled more this coming season of “The Lying Game”.

To help promote the new season, Charisma Carpenter took part in a media Q&A to discuss her role on “The Lying Game” but also reflect on the past including her work on “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Angel” and more.

Here is the transcript from the media Q&A interview with actress Charisma Carpenter.

Moderator      Can you give us some insight into why Annie has been gone so long and her relationship with Phyllis?

C. Carpenter    Her relationship with Phyllis is sister.  She’s been gone so long because I think when she was there, she was in high school, and things did not go well for her.  She was very—well, treated poorly, not well received.  I think some very bad things happened to her and what they are exactly has not at this point been revealed to me.  It’s just touched on a little bit here and there.

But when she does come back, she is a completely different looking person in appearance and obviously, she’s monetarily better off.  I guess she was in Los Angeles running a music company with her husband, who she is no longer with.  She thought she would go back home and start fresh, to everyone else’s chagrin.

 

Moderator How do you approach a character like Annie who knows so many secrets about people like Ted and Alec?

C. Carpenter    I think it’s not about them, I think it’s about her is the way I would approach it.  It being sort of like just focusing each interaction one at a time and knowing what my overall purpose is to be there and it’s a fresh start.  So, it’s positive and it’s up and it’s a good thing.  To play it any other way would really not—it would just be a different show.

I mean, part of The Lying Game is appearances aren’t always what they seem.  I think if you go into it being difficult or giving too much attitude or whatever, there are not a lot of places to go with that.  She’s optimistic.  She wants a change.  She’s open to befriending those people that weren’t nice to her when she was younger and starting new.  I think she comes from a place of confidence and success and she has nothing to apologize for and she’s interested in opening those doors again.

 

Moderator  What is it about the role that really drew you to wanting to be a part of it?  Are you looking to enter into another television show as a regular or is there something about this role that you couldn’t pass up as a guest star?

C. Carpenter   I am definitely interested in finding a home, for sure.  And it was not introduced to me that way.  It was a recurring opportunity to be on a show and if more comes of it, it would be a welcome surprise but not my intention.

I was drawn to the complexity of a character that is not all that she seems which I’m a little bit familiar with; but not too much because Cordelia, really, from Buffy and Angel, if I were to compare the two characters, was way more up front.  She was like a soothsayer.  She just said what was on her mind.  You always knew where you stood with things.  She’ll give you advice when you don’t even want to hear it.

I think this character, Annie Rebecca Sewell, is not so forthcoming with what she’s really thinking, but you know that there are wheels spinning behind her eyes.  I’m thinking this but I’m really not going to say it.  And I think that also happens with age.  You filter a little better.

Rebecca definitely has her filters and her radar highly tuned.  She’s smarter, wiser, sophisticated.  Apparently, she’s a little moneyed up.  She’s lived and survived a lot, especially socially.  The way she was treated when she was younger affected her in a way that either you sink or swim, and apparently she swam.

And now she’s back to these choppy waters to sort of navigate them and see what she can make out of it.  I mean, I feel like her intentions are to set things right for herself mainly, but not in a vindictive, revenge way because then that gets into a whole other show altogether.  I think what her intention is really is like one of her lines recently to Kristin was, “Between you and me, it is really fun to be back and turning heads.”  She never turned heads in the past and she was really mistreated by her peers.  So, it’s nice to come back on top.  It feels good and I don’t think she’s really going to be willing to let that go anytime soon.

 

Moderator    We know that you’re a part of the network with Twitter and I’m wondering how the interaction with fans comes into play with your projects.  Is it a great way for you to not only interact with fans, but also promote the projects or get that instant feedback from fans about your projects?

C. Carpenter     You know, it’s a double-edged sword, the social media, because I’ve gotten in trouble for either announcing too soon something that the network or the studio wanted to do and it takes away from.  So it is something like it’s okay to tease but I’m sort of like well, oh goodness, I said too much and I’m so sorry and I’ve had to apologize and like say, “Oops, I didn’t mean to do that.”  Or what is that expression where you just, you steal some of the thunder, so to speak.  You don’t mean to do that.

But, it’s hard because it’s like these are my fans and I want to give my fans what they want to hear and that is I’m on television and I’m going to be back on the show and I really want you to watch and you’re going to have fun doing it and you’re going to see more a grownup, sophisticated version of Cordelia, who you are familiar with.  I think you’ll see a lot of similarities between the two, but they’re not, by any means, the same character.

 

Moderator     How familiar were you with the whole Lying Game phenomenon when you were first invited to join the cast?

C. Carpenter    Not at all; not at all.  In fact, I had no idea what The Lying Game meant and I’m still missing the last five episodes of the first ten.  So, obviously, I’ve got the first five and then I’ve got episodes ten through sixteen down, but I’m missing five there.  I was given the link but I can’t get the link to work on my Mac, so I’m a little bit challenged in that regard.

I’m not that familiar with it; what it means.  I’ve been exposed to it a little bit, but I don’t know in what sense it’s a game.  Like why is it a game?  I don’t know.  I understand Sutton introduced it.

 

Moderator   Was there anybody that took you under their wing and helped you get assimilated and get into the entire universe of the show?

C. Carpenter     I would probably say it started at the top with Chuck.  Chuck really—I read the script and I called him and I just said that I just have some questions about her and how she fits in and who is this Annie, and now my name is Annie and I don’t what that means.  How will that be explained to the audience and will that be more confusing or less confusing?  Who am I?  What did I do?

So he walked me through it and he was pretty generous, was willing to tell me whatever it is that I needed to understand, but there did come a point where I’m like, “Okay, don’t tell me anymore.  I don’t want to know any more than just what you said because I don’t want it to inform my performance in a way that would reveal too much.”  It doesn’t assist you to know more than you should, because then you’re not playing it right.

Or you can be informed and you can have the information, but then you have to play against that information.  And then it becomes more confusing and more complicated than maybe it need be.  I just like to keep it simple, keep it simple, play it very earnestly and straightforward with the information I have at hand, unless I’m told otherwise.

 

Moderator    How is the chemistry on the set of The Lying Game and how are you enjoying that?

C. Carpenter   It’s one of the best sets I’ve been on.  It’s probably on par with my experience on Veronica Mars.  A lot of young kids with a great deal of pressure and responsibility just killing it every day.   They get it.  They’re appreciative.  There is no diva.  There is no attitude.  There are no hang ups.  Everybody, everybody, I mean everybody, has a fantastic outlook.

I think too, it helps like in this economy, everybody is really appreciative to be working. It’s not lost on them.  It’s really a wonderful thing to see such young people taking on such huge responsibilities and jobs and hours and just do it with such grace.  I really have been impressed a great deal.  And Alexandra Chando without exception.  She’s mid-20s and she’s not one character, two characters.

It’s a fantastic environment.  The chemistry is great.  The crew is great.  I love working with Adrian.  He’s crackly.  He’s incensed; like he’s on fire.  He’s like going to ignite at any moment.  One little bit of accelerant and he’s just going to blow up.  He’s so alive and his energy is just—it’s impossible to ignore.

Every time he’ll give you a line and you might have in your mind a way that the scene would be going or the way he would say something, but no.  And then you’ll do the same thing again and it won’t be the same way either.  And that, for me, just brings my level of acting up.  I think for sure when you see the season, you will see it.  You will see what I’m talking about.  It’s an amazing work experience for me.

 

Moderator   In addition to Lying Game, are there any other upcoming projects in the works for you that you can give us any clues about?

C. Carpenter   Yes, there is something, but I’m not allowed to say and I won’t get in trouble.  I can’t get in trouble.  It will be announced very soon.  Let’s just say that.

 

Moderator   Okay, we will definitely keep our eyes open.

C. Carpenter  And not T.V.

 

Moderator   Can you describe a little more about the history of your character with Ted and Alec?

C. Carpenter    With Ted and Alec?  With Ted and Alec, my understanding of their relationship is high school acquaintances.  They were cruel and mean to me and what that means, I don’t know.  I honestly don’t know.  They played games on me.  Maybe The Lying Game started way before Sutton, I don’t know.

But apparently, I was not treated well.  I was not a confident person.  I was not a charming person.  I was not attractive in any way.  I guess they must have done something terrible to me and honestly, I don’t know what it is.  It hasn’t been revealed to me and I don’t even know if the writers know yet what it is that they did.

 

Moderator      That gives us something to look forward to.

C. Carpenter    Yes, for sure.  More will be revealed I guess.

 

Moderator   Are there any pranksters on the set?

C. Carpenter     No, nobody really pranks.  Everyone is really respectful.  Everybody loves each other and hangs out with each other and spends time with each other; goes on hikes, goes to dinners.  It’s very familial, and no, there’s no like George Clooney on the set that I can think of.  I haven’t been around that long, but I don’t feel that yet.

 

Moderator    Who does your character have the most chemistry with and who will she cause the most trouble for?

C. Carpenter   I feel like she has the most chemistry with Alec Rybak, but I think that’s kind of on purpose.  Some of my scenes are with him.  I feel, though, there is very interesting tension between Ted Mercer and Annie Sewell, or Annie Rebecca Sewell.  I feel like whenever he’s around, he’s kind of a cold fish and she kind of revels in that.  “Oh, I make you uncomfortable,” visibly.  I think she likes that.  So that has its own element to it, but it’s not like it’s mutual.  With Alec, it’s like mutual interest.  With Ted, it’s like I can tell that I can ruffle his feathers and I love it.  “Hi, Ted.  Hmm, nice to see you.”

It is very interesting to see where that may or may not go.  I think the most trouble I will be causing—well, right now I feel like the most trouble is probably Kristin Mercer because she feels threatened in some way and she can’t put her finger on why.  Why I’m back, why I look different.  Some of the stuff she says to Kristen, like it’s really fun to be back and turning heads, I don’t think that that’s conducive to something you say to a woman who you want to befriend, who’s married and you’re single.  I don’t think that’s very comfortable for her.

I don’t think Thayer Rybak likes me very much.  We don’t know why he’s so resistant because his sister, Mads, is very happy to see me and thinks I’m cool.  Like, “Wow, you’re so lucky to have such a cool aunt, Char.”  I think the trouble is with the Mercers mainly.

 

Moderator    You said that Cordelia shares some similarities with your character in The Lying Game.  Could you expand on that a little bit?  What characteristics do they share?

C. Carpenter      I think they’re very spoiled in a way.  I don’t think she was always spoiled, Rebecca, I think she has sort of come into money and money changes you.  It’s sort of like a—you can feel when people, I don’t know, there’s like an arrogance that comes with it, almost.  And I think that that sort of is similar to Cordelia.  There’s this sense of entitlement.  I’ve found myself.  I’ve made myself successful and get out of my way.  And I think everything that she approaches is with intention.

I think Cordelia was very specific and very intentioned in her behavior and protective of those people in her vicinity that she grew to love and trust, but she’s a hard nut to crack, Rebecca.  We don’t really know who she has an affinity for, if anyone.  I think she will tell you the truth.  She’ll say enough to make a person uncomfortable which is very Cordelia, but she’s not as blatant as Cordelia.  I think she just says enough.

She’s like a garnish on a plate.  Cordelia with just a little bit of Cordelia in it, but she’s not Cordelia.  She’s grown and she’s sophisticated and she uses respects and she uses her resources in a way that maybe Cordelia didn’t always know to use yet.

 

Moderator    Have you had any really interesting or strange fan encounters?

C. Carpenter   Yes, I have.  I have had some fan encounters that were interesting, but most encounters are actually quite pleasant and endearing.  But it was a little unsettling when a very sweet young girl actually did pee her pants.  That was a little odd.  You hear about that happening with people like the Beatles or Michael Jackson or something like that, so it’s a little unsettling to know that that level of excitement or emotional intensity is being caused by you.

 

It’s a little unsettling; I mean, it’s flattering but unsettling at the same time.  I don’t know how to put it.  It’s like, “It’s just me.  It’s just me.  I’m just a person.”  It’s a little odd.  I don’t know how Justin Bieber deals.

 

Moderator    Can you tell us what it was like to work with James Marsters again on Supernatural?

C. Carpenter   Oh, it was a lot of fun.  What was so great about it is we didn’t spend time together at all unless he really—I never really had scenes with him, not that much and we’ve sort of been orbiting the same areas and various conventions, but when we’re acting, we don’t get to socialize.  So when we’re on set, I really feel like I got back story and I know what’s going on in his life.

I know he has a kid.  I know they love music.  I know they play together.  I know he’s involved.  I really feel like I got to connect with him and kind of talk about the old days and what was your experience and oh, this was my schedule, what was your experience and kind of share and reconnect in a trusted way.  It was really special to me.

 

Moderator      If you could go back and have this Twitter technology for just one year, or one T.V. season, from Buffy or Angel, what year or show season would you have picked?

C. Carpenter      Probably the third season of Buffy; my last season on Buffy.  Graduation day, I think that probably would have been a good year to be on Twitter, because we were getting ready to exit.  There would have been a lot of news to share, if I was allowed to share it is another story.  But there would have been a lot going on.  The rebar scene, some of the kooky stuff we wore, it was exciting for me.  A lot of stuff happened to me.  I knew I was jumping ship, so a lot of my character was getting some resolution with relationships in that season.

I finally got to vanquish a vampire after being a damsel in distress for three years.  So that would have been fun to tweet.  Pictures on the set with all the demons running around would have been fun.  We were on a very specific lot which we called Weeden World.  So it wasn’t on Fox or Paramount or any of that.  We had our own sort of world going on.  So that would have been interesting.

We were around on set, like we had outdoor sets, the graveyards and stuff.  I think there just would have been a lot of fun stuff to tweet from that.  On Angel we had a lot of indoor sets and things.  Angel would have been fun too, especially when Andy Hallett was around it was always fun.  It was a lot of fun too, but I just think if I had to pick one year, that would have been it.

 

Moderator   You and Alexandra Chando, you resemble each other quite a bit.  I’m wondering have you guys talked about this or noticed it at all?

C. Carpenter  Yes, we’ve noticed it.  We notice it.  I mean, I’ve actually and this is not even with her around—they take continuity pictures of your makeup so they know what you look for a particular outfit and day, like it’s labeled like day 1 or night 2 and this is what you were wearing, this is your makeup and this is your costume.  So the costume department has one, the makeup department has one, the hair department has a continuity photo.

So, I was literally going through, running through the wardrobe and they have these pictures cut out and I literally thought it was me.  I had to remember, okay, that’s a 20-year-old version of me; but it was like me.  I really did think that it was me.  Dang, I look good.  Oh wait a minute, that’s Alex.

 

Moderator  You’re both so beautiful and you look so similar.

C. Carpenter  Well, I think she’s so beautiful, so I will take that as an absolute compliment and she’s so bright, so bright, and strong.  She’s just a strong girl.  You can just—I just love people from the Midwest.  They’re just awesome.  I just love them. Grounded and bright and down to earth and get the job done and there’s no whimpering or whining.  It’s just handled.  She’s very capable and I admire her very much.  She has a lot of responsibility at a very young age.  So I will definitely be grateful for any comparisons to that young lady.

 

Moderator    It seems like your character kind of stirs the drink a little bit when she arrives.  Am I on track there with her?

C. Carpenter   I would say you’re on track.

 

Moderator    Is it just because of the way she was and the way she is now, the difference, and people kind of being taken back by her a little bit, do you think?

C. Carpenter  Yes, I think her presence makes a lot of people uncomfortable.  Who is she?  Why is she back?  Why isn’t she going by Annie?  Why does she look different?  Obviously, she has money.  What’s going on?

 

Moderator  Have you been given any ideas of her arc at all?

C. Carpenter   Ideas, yes.  And I have my own suspicions but I don’t know what I can say without losing that job.  They don’t like it when you give—it’s such a difficult position because I want to give you stuff and I want to make you happy and I want to give you the interview that you want, but at the same time I don’t want to lose my job.  Also, then, just mess up or get it wrong.  Because, to be honest, I know things, but I don’t think I really know all of it.  Because I’ve actually asked to not know past a certain point because I don’t want it to color or affect my performance in a subliminal way, subconscious way.

 

Moderator     Is one of the projects you can’t talk about, is that Haunted High that’s coming up?

C. Carpenter    No, no, I can talk about that.  I’ll be in Haunted High with Danny Trejo.

 

Moderator  Can you kind of give us an idea of who you play and all that?

C. Carpenter    Well, I did find out that Machete does tweet.  So now I follow him.  I don’t even think he goes by Danny Trejo anymore.  I think he’s straight up Machete and I’m really okay with that.  He is an amazing man.  He’s so amazing and he looks so fit. And then he’s on my other favorite show, Sons of Anarchy.  It’s just ridiculous.  The man is so accomplished.  He just is everywhere.  I love him.  He’s a doll.  He’s bad to the bone.

 

Moderator    Yes, he is.  Well thank you so much.

C. Carpenter    I want to be him sometimes.  Like I imagine like, what would Danny do?  What would—because like if I could embody him, it would be really nice sometimes.  Can you shoot me out?  I’m tired.  Who’s going to say no to Machete?

 

Moderator    In talking about the resemblance between you and Alexandra Chando and we definitely have a theory that you are the twins’ real mother.  Can you kind of comment on that?

C. Carpenter     Well, I mean, obviously I’m wondering too.  It would seem that I am, but I don’t know if I’m a red herring in that really we haven’t met her yet at all.  I don’t know.  I kind of hope I am.  It would be nice to be around awhile.  But I don’t know for sure.  They haven’t told me.  We only suspect.

And also, who is the father?  If I am the mom, then who—which one is it because apparently I’ve had relations.  I was a bit of a get around girl.  All I can tell you is that my feeling is the adults are really going to have some time.  They’re going to have their time and they’re going to be competing hard for that storyline for the younger kids.

The younger kids are very compelling and it’s the demographic and all that, but if you are a grown up and you are watching this show, you will have your own storyline and you will be into it.  I have every intention of making it super interesting for you.

 

Moderator   Would you ever consider going on Bones and if so, who would you like to play?

C. Carpenter   I hear such wonderful things about that set.  I have friends that have worked on the set.  I’m friends with David Striver.  His name is Hershey.  He drove us on Angel.  We have breakfast at least once a month together and I am in touch with David and we have tweeted about doing episodes, Julie and I doing episodes of Bones.  I just don’t know if it’ll—I think it’s been brought up to the executive producers and ultimately, if you are Bones fans and you want to see some crossovers, I’m totally absolutely game.  I’m in love with David, I mean not in love—that could be totally misconstrued.

I adore him.  He’s like my brother.  I know him really, really well.  I love him so much.  Julie and I, she’s one of my closest friends.  For us to all kind of get together again and play, whether independently or all together, would just be so much fun.  And I really want to work with Emily because I hear wonderful things about her.  Like she’s one of the nicest people around and she and David have such wonderful chemistry.  I want to meet this woman.  I want to meet this person that has been so wonderful to my friend.

 

Moderator   Do you have a preference to between working in TV or film?

C. Carpenter    Yes, of course, I would love to do more film and I will be doing more film.  I can’t tell you any more than that but I do really—my heart is into television just because it’s been so good to me.  I’ve had the joy of working on critically acclaimed shows and that kind of thing.  Unfortunately, those shows aren’t always in the Golden Globe or Emmy nominated categories, which kind of bums me out because they are really good quality shows.

But, yes, television is my home to me and I like—it’s a special breed of person that can do that kind of nine months on and three months off; 22 episodes of one-hour shows, it’s very hard work.  It’s a grind.  It can be a grind.  It’s not a grind for me.  I relish in that.  But there are very few of us that can handle that; that are movie people.

Movie people going over into television, it’s a little bit of a shocking world. It’s much faster paced.  Everything is really last minute.  You won’t know your schedule for the next episode until the last minute.  You don’t know if you’re going to be off for Christmas, or what the date is.  But for me, it’s familiar and it’s good to me and I like having a steady job and all that goes along with that.

 

Moderator      I know you can’t talk about it but we’ve got on here, The Human Factor.  Are you going to start filming in that soon?  Or have you already started?

C. Carpenter   I have no idea what is going on with that film.  I don’t even know if they have the financing.  I had been cast for it and then it kind of all fell apart.  I don’t know what’s going on with that film.  It would be nice to work on it if the people involved are still involved.  I would love to work with Michael Madsen and Sean Patrick Flanery and Eric Roberts.  It’s a great cast.

 

Moderator  There were rumors this past year about a Buffy remake, what do you feel about that?

C. Carpenter    Right, I get asked that a lot.  I talk about it on Twitter a lot because it inevitably makes it on my line, my timeline.  My feeling is of course, they’re doing it.  It was successful, but to do it without Joss (Whedon), it’s just going to be really disappointing.  I feel like it could do more harm to the franchise than good in a way, just because—or not, maybe it’ll make people appreciate the original more.  I don’t know.  But it doesn’t make much sense to do that without any of the key players involved.  Why call it Buffy?  They should just call it something else because it’s not going to be the same thing.

 

Moderator    What are your favorite Christmas and holiday traditions?

C. Carpenter       Well, one of my favorite traditions, which is just to my family alone, we have what’s called “ Faux Christmas” the week before Christmas with my dad and my stepmom.  Because when you have a large family like I do and we’re all married and all around the country, it’s impossible because you’re married and it’s my spouse’s family’s house this weekend or it’s this holiday or Thanksgiving. What we try to do is we, no matter what, do faux Christmas which is the week before so we can all get together either at my house or my brother’s house or my dad’s house and his wife’s house.

And then on the actual holiday, then we can go to the appropriate house for that winter.  Because we all love each other so much and we want to be together but we know that we have to split our time, so to keep together every single year we celebrate Christmas one week before.  And then we go to Australia to visit a family there.  And then my brother’s wife’s family is in Tucson, so she’ll get to stay with her mom and nobody’s left out.

 

Moderator      You were in Deadly Sibling Rivalry with Kyle Richards and I was wondering if you watched Real Housewives of Beverly Hills or any reality T.V. shows?

C. Carpenter   I did not watch that show.  I was not happy about that casting at all because it was going to be a difficult shoot.  It was to be shot in, I don’t know, 16, 18 days.  I really wanted to make sure whoever was on the set was like going to be a trained actor and good at their job and take it seriously and that there wasn’t going to be any kind of shenanigans.  Reality T.V. shenanigans are round the job at hand.  I was a little peeved, I’ve got to say.

She showed up and she won me over in the first five seconds.  She’s smart.  She’s professional.  Whatever expectation I had in my head, Beverly Hills housewives, I didn’t know.  I didn’t know and I could not—When she performed, I believed her.  I was really happy with her choice.  In fact, I thought she did a really good job, but at first I was really reluctant with that cast.

I mean, I don’t have a say in those things; who’s cast, who’s not cast.  But I understand the need to make something more mainstream or more marketable and get the distribution that they need to make it successful financially for the investors.  I get all that and how that works, but that really bummed me out that they went the reality T.V. route because I’m a little bitter about that whole reality T.V. thing.  A little bit.

 

Moderator   Do you have any New Year’s resolutions?

C. Carpenter    I do.  Some more personal than others, but I really want to practice not cussing; cursing at all.  Definitely with this job, if we get picked up and I have to stay working in Austin, to try to make a bigger effort to be more consistent with my training, working out. I have a lot of New Year’s resolutions.  More saving, make better choices in that regard.  Travel, but making  more time for the family.  More timeouts, just re-appropriate my spending.  Whatever I do, maybe whatever was important to me in my 20s, like I want to have three Fendi bags, or I want a Chloe bag, or whatever the in thing was.  Okay, let’s not buy three Fendi bags at $2200 a pop.  Let’s instead like sock that away, save it, and then oh, we have a little extra money.  Why don’t we go up to Whistler and have a family ski trip?

I want to go to Montana.  I want to spend time in Montana.  I got plans.  I want to brand out; brand out like sell out.  Who says that?  So bad.  But I want to sell out.  I want my own perfume line.  I have some ideas about beauty regimen and care and that sort of thing.  Those are the things that I think a book should be written about.  I have some stuff to say.  I got some stuff on my mind.  I would like to get started on those things.

Season 2 of the Lying Game premieres on Jan. 2nd on ABC Family, Mondays 9/8c

 

Q&A with Kirsten Prout of ABC Family’s “The Lying Game” (J!-ENT Interviews and Articles)

August 28, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Many ABC Family viewers are familiar with Kirsten Prout as Amanda Bloom on “Kyle XY” and most recently in the film “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” as Lucy, but now Kirsten is back on ABC Family for the drama series, “The Lying Game”.

In the new one-hour scripted drama, Emma Becker (played by Alexandra Chando) grew up in foster care, while Sutton Mercer (also played by Chando) grew up with a loving, wealthy family. And the two have come face-to-face and realize that both are sisters. Emma agrees to impersonate her sister while Sutton goes to Los Angeles to find her real biological parents. But for some reason, when Sutton is supposed to return back home, Emma feels that something may have happened.

Now Emma may have to come clean and risk her own safety in the hope of uncovering her twin sister’s whereabouts.  In the series, Kirsten Prout plays the role of Charlote “Char” Chamberlin, one of Sutton’s best friends.

Also, starring in “The Lying Game” are Andy Buckley (“The Office”) as Ted, Helen Salter (“Supergirl”) as Kristin, Blair Redford (“90210”) as Garrett, Sharon Pierre-Louis (“Lincoln Heights) as Nisha, Alice Greczyn (“Lincoln Heights”) as Mads and Allie Gonino (“10 Things I Hate About You”) as Laurel.

We recently featured actress Alexandra Chando and actor Blair Redford from the series and for the third media Q&A, we feature Kirsten.

Here is a transcript from the media Q&A with Kirsten Prout:

Moderator   On the show Char and her friends practice ballet.  So, do you have a history of ballet or is that something you trained for during the show?

K. Prout   Well, if you count running around in a little tutu on stage when you’re seven a history in ballet, an extensive one, yes.  But, I was not classically trained.  I met with a ballet instructor, a coach, who helped me out and helped me through bar work and just the basics and some stretching.  It was fantastic.  We all had to learn from scratch.  But, ironically, the one person who does dance ballet – or actually the two people, Sharon and Allie in real life aren’t written as the ballet dancers.  So, us novices have to take over.

 

Moderator   How do you relate to Char in real life?  Do you think you are similar to her in anyway?

K. Prout     Well, I know that we are different in certain ways, but we’re both a little bit neurotic.  Char’s neurotic about social things.  I’m neurotic about when I was in university, academically.  We are essentially opposites but we do have a few things in common.  Char is – she has a meltdown if there’s a social snafu or if there’s anything in the political system of the high school wrong.  Where, with me, I was always focused on my literature mark and how high it was.  And now it’s me fretting over my garden, what’s going to make it, what’s going to die.  So, we both have our panicky side.  But I think Char is a little more wrapped up in the social side of things.

 

Moderator   Which character on the show do you think you relate to the most?

K. Prout   Wow. I mean, I love Char so much that I think I do relate to her.  I really do understand her.  And that there has been times in my life where I’ve kept a lot to myself and I haven’t asked for advice and I haven’t really talked things that have been bothering me through.  And I think that’s something the audience can really learn by watching the show.  It’s a reminder to me every day when I play Char.

But I think it’ll be like an audience reminder as well that if there’s something bothering you or if there’s an issue you feel like you can’t share, always try to find someone to talk it through with.  And always try to deal with it by getting the advice of other people because if you bottle it up it’ll just get worse.  So I think that’s something that a lot of people can learn from the show and I’m reminded of every day.

 

Moderator  With ABC Family, how did that come about?  Did you have to audition or did they just come to you based on your past work in Kyle XY or?

K. Prout    Well, I did audition but it was a relief from the audition process because there were a lot of familiar faces.  ABC Family is a fantastic network to work for just because it really is a bit of a family feel. I know it’s cliché, a new kind of family and all that, but it was really nice. I walked into the audition room and I was able to see Wendy O’Brien, the casting director, and people I’ve known for ages and it was great. Network executives are always really friendly.

Working at ABC Family again is so exciting because Kyle XY was the network’s first real flagship drama.  Now it’s turned into such a different kind of network but still maintaining its original roots.  So it’s great to see the evolution of ABC Family and really move into the age of more social messaging and really touching on key issues that resonate with teens and young people. I love seeing where the network has gone and I love being a part of that. So it’s great.

 

Moderator    Had you read the books before or since getting the role?

K. Prout     Not before getting the role, no. I believe they were just in the process of coming out, initially. But I was really excited to just know that we were affiliated with Sara Shepard because she’s got a lot of merit behind her books and the Pretty Little Liars series is quite a wonderful show to be affiliated with.  I was just really interested in reading the books. One thing the viewer should know is we do take departures from the book.  But I think we’re really true to the main message and I think fans of the books will definitely get excited about the show even if the storylines aren’t exactly the same.

Moderator   What have fans been saying to you about the new role or I assume you’ve heard lots of things from them?

K. Prout     You know, I love the feedback of my fans.  When I did My Super Psycho which we’re going to be doing the third one probably on the hiatus, but we talk a lot and I really do care what my fans have to say.  The reaction to Char has been overwhelmingly positive.  And I’ve really appreciated all the encouragement and all the positive words that have been sent to me.  I’m really happy my fans love Char even if they do miss Amanda dearly.

 

Moderator    A lot of us know you from Kyle XY – how is performing the role of Char different from the character of Amanda?

K. Prout     Well, you know, Amanda is your good girl next door and I think Char would have terrified Amanda. I think they’re two different characters.  Char is the popular girl.  Amanda is the girl that is on the sidelines. So essentially, Char is out there. She’s bubbly.  She’s outspoken.  She’s a queen bee.  Where Amanda, as fans will remember, was quiet, introspective, shy; it’s two completely different roles.

And we obviously aren’t touching on any soul mate issues or playing piano. So, we’re two different breeds for sure.  But both are equally as fun to play.

 

Moderator   And, now a follow up along the lines of developing your character. I understand your mom is a child psychologist and your dad is a neurologist?

K. Prout  Yes.

 

Moderator   How has that influenced your development of Char?  I’m thinking, in particular, her relationship with her mom which it can be really intense to watch.

K. Prout    Yes. Well, I think, you know getting to the root of that is my family really did help me as a child and when I was first developing my style; in general, when I was first becoming an actor.  And how my mom would work with me was if I was doing a scene with her and she was running lines with me she would never say, “Oh, I feel like you should do blank,” use film terms or anything. She would just say to me, either, “That felt real,” or “That didn’t feel real.”  And that’s the approach that I take with all my characters.  I want to feel real with it.

And Char is a really funny character. She has larger-than-life moment that are super ditsy. But I just want the audience to ask themselves, “Is that real?”  And I love having those moments where Char is so over-the-top and always trying to cover her real feelings. But in that moment where her mother’s really disappointed in her or where she’s afraid a friendship could be in danger or she feels a little insecure. I think that showing the vulnerability is my key approach to Char because she does have so many over-the-top aspects that I feel like bringing it down every once in a while is really key.

 

Moderator    How have you liked living and filming in Austin?

K. Prout     Oh my goodness.  It is because, as you guys know, I am Canadian. So I’m slowly exploring America and Austin is definitely one of my favorite cities so far.  It’s great.  The live music and the heat is a little much but you can escape it at Barton Springs.  So, I’m not complaining for sure. It’s really fun.

 

Moderator   That’s great. How has your characters fashion sense really come into play? I know every character has their own style so, have you really liked your style or is it completely different than your normal self?

K. Prout   Yes.  Oh, come on.  I get to put on these four inch heels on camera just like I’m going to nightclub every day of the week when I’m going to school.  It’s super fun.  It’s over-the-top, for sure.  Fashion is such a big part of the show. I think that larger-than-life aspect, the fact that we’re always dressed to the nines, is super fun.

Our costume designer, Mimi, is brilliant. And the accessories, the outfits, I mean every episode just gets more and more interesting.  And I love the way she dresses Char.  She’s got that cute – we really bring in a lot of 50s pinup kind of style.  Things that are a little more retro.  We’re kind of definitely finding the groove with Char and we’ve been finding that by bringing little 30s or 50s accents to outfits that are super modern.  So I’m loving it.  I’ve really enjoyed seeing what Mimi’s come up with.

 

Moderator   Have you had a favorite outfit out of the first two episodes?

K. Prout    Out of the first two?  Oh, gosh.  I did love my father/daughter dance dress.  That dress fit like a glove.

 

Moderator Will we be seeing any of Char getting a love interest at all?  I know the hot guys in the show are a big commodity for you.

K. Prout   I know.  Well, she’s definitely always trying.  She’s chasing.  But in episode three we’re going to see Char have a little bit of a little spark but it may not be the best spark for her. So, you guys are going to have to tune in.  But it gets a little shifty.

 

Moderator   So far, Char seems very sweet.  But will we be seeing a mischievous side to you?  Will there be any lying games played by Char?

K. Prout   Well, that, I can’t answer.  But I think you do see many different sides of Char during the show. I think she definitely has a managerial and show runner little streak that you’ll see her bossiness come out.

 

Moderator  This is sort of a fun question. You started acting when you were so young.  And I wanted to ask, if you could go back in time, let’s say in 1998, when you are like seven or eight years old and meet your younger self what advice would you give her?

K. Prout    Oh gosh. I would say, I think my eight-year-old self was pretty tough. So I’d say, probably relax a little, because I was such an intense kid.  And I think part of the reason why I worked so hard was I had this streak.  My mom was always trying to get me to relax and calm down and just take it one day at a time.  And I was always having this mentality like I had to go, go, go.

I think I would’ve, if I met my younger self, just said, “You just need to take it one day at a time and everything will turn out,” because at the time I was so intense.  I’ve gotten to the point now where, in my life, I realize that I can’t sweat the small stuff. So, yes, I’d probably tell myself that.

 

Moderator  That’s a great answer.   And finally, somehow you managed to find the time to study for a degree from a really good college.  So, my question is if you weren’t acting, what career would you have pursued?

K. Prout    Oh, gosh.  See that question always gets me because acting is something that, for me, I’m never bored with.  And when I was studying English Literature in McGill and going to all my special anthropology courses and sitting in the front row and being a total nerd, like I am, I would be so excited to go to these classes and so engaged.  But I always ask myself, “Where can I feel this excited and learned this much every day?”  And I really couldn’t give you another career because as an actor I feel like I learn things every single day.

I walk on sets and I’ve been doing this for 10 years now, or almost 11. But it never ceases to amaze me.  I will learn something new or have a revelation, or a new way to understand our crew or understand other cast members.  You know it’s always changing.  How to build a character, something new. There’s always learning and that’s what I love the most. I love learning. I love being kind of a student of life and that’s why being an actor really suits me so well.

I don’t know if I could have another answer. I mean, I don’t know.  I’d have to do something really simple like raise chickens or have a farm because I don’t know what I’d really be happy doing anywhere else.

 

Moderator     Do you have a favorite moment or scene that you shot and could you tell us why?

K. Prout     Well, I can’t tell you spoilers.  I think out of the first two you’ve seen, I think I loved doing the scene with my mom.  Sydney is a tremendous actress and that was a lot of fun to do.

Preparing for the ballet aspect was also a lot of fun because what little girl doesn’t dream of running around in little pink shoes in a flowy skirt. So that was a little dream come true for me there.  But later on in the show, all I can say is, I’ve had such an excellent time playing Char and being involved with the whole Sutton storyline.  And what I can tell you is you guys are going to love tuning in.

 

Moderator      A lot of fans have commented that they love your hair and they were wondering if your hair is like that in real life?

K. Prout        Well, considering I have bed head right now not at every moment in real life.  But, yes, for sure I will wear my hair curly and I do have blonde hair. But I do not have a professional stylist with me at all times.  So I will get my occasional flyaway where Char would be caught dead before she had a flyaway.  So, I’m not always perfect.  But I do have similar hair.

 

Moderator    Is there anything you’d like to tease the fans or like a certain character or story that they should look forward to without giving anything away?

K. Prout     Well, I do think you should keep your eye on Emma and Ethan because that’s one of my favorite aspects of the show. I think you guys are going to love their storyline and where the show is going with it and that whole romance.  I think fans should definitely keep an eye on that.

Also, the mystery, really pay close attention to the little hints that are dropped.  The show drops clues everywhere and sometimes it’s hard to pick up on them or they seem like completely unrelated little snippets.  But pay attention because they’ll always come out in a few episodes ahead.  And you’ll figure out, oh, man, that little clues could really help you start figuring out something in Emma’s past.  So, I’d keep an eye on that too.

 

“The Lying Game” airs on ABC Family Mondays 9/8c

Q&A with Blair Redford of ABC Family’s “The Lying Game” (J!-ENT Interviews and Articles)

August 19, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Blair Redford (“The Day the Earth Stood Still”, “Burlesque”) stars in the new ABC Family series “The Lying Game”.

In the new one-hour scripted drama, actress Alexandra Chando plays Emma Becker and Sutton Mercer, twins who did not grow up with each other.

Emma Becker grew up in foster care, while Sutton Mercer grew up with a loving, wealthy family. And the two have come face-to-face and realize that both are sisters. Emma agrees to impersonate her sister while Sutton goes to Los Angeles to find her real biological parents. But for some reason, when Sutton is supposed to return back home, Emma feels that something may have happened.

Now Emma may have to come clean and risk her own safety in the hope of uncovering her twin sister’s whereabouts.

In the series, Blair Redford plays the role of Ethan Whitehorse, Sutton’s secret boyfriend who figures out that Emma as Sutton is not the real Sutton.

Also, starring in”The Lying Game” are Alexandra Chando (“As the World Turns”) as Emma/Sutton,  Andy Buckley (“The Office”) as Ted, Helen Salter (“Supergirl”) as Kristin,  Sharon Pierre-Louis (“Lincoln Heights) as Nisha, Kirsten Prout (“Kyle XY”) as Char, Alice Greczyn (“Lincoln Heights”) as Mads and Allie Gonino (“10 Things I Hate About You”) as Laurel.

With the premiere of ABC Family’s “The Lying Game” set for 9pm on August 15th, Alexandra Chando recently took part in a media Q&A to promote the series.

Here is a transcript from the media Q&A:

Moderator  What do you think it is about The Lying Game that is going to attract viewers to it?

B. Redford  In my opinion, I think it’s going to be the cliffhangers they leave every week. I think if a person can just be sold on watching one episode then they are going to get hooked from there. Every week when they turn in new scripts to us to look over, I’m just really pleased and blown away at how strong the cliffhangers are, and it makes you want to see the next script immediately.

 

Moderator  The audience is only one episode into The Lying Game so far, but after the twins it’s sort of been all about Ethan’s story, and without giving too much away, what can we expect from your character as the story unfolds?

B. Redford    I think the main thing that you’ll get to experience with Ethan, the most interesting part of his story is that he’s obviously in this relationship with Sutton, which is more of a secret relationship, and then when Emma comes along it’s a very peculiar situation. It’s like when a guy gets a duplicate of his current girlfriend and she’s everything she is and maybe a little more, so it’s sort of this fantastic idea. We’ve all got problems with our girlfriends, and what if there was a twin out there of her, a clone, that was slightly better? And so you’ll see him struggle with that, because he has an allegiance to Sutton, in a way, but then he starts building feelings for Emma, too. I think it was a fun thing to act, and I think it will be a fun thing to watch.

 

Moderator  You were cast on The Young and the Restless pretty early in your career, and other actors have told me that daytime soaps can be like TV boot camp, because the work schedule is such. Has that been your experience, and how is that compared to working on The Lying Game?

B. Redford   Yes, I did The Young and the Restless pretty much right away when I moved to Los Angeles. And that’s a good word for it. It’s definitely like a TV boot camp. The pace is really fast, you have to cover a lot of pages a day, shooting, so it definitely preps you for other television work. And did you say what’s the difference shooting that and The Lying Game?

 

Moderator   Right.

B. Redford   Yes, it’s obviously—you have a little more time. It’s mainly just general differences between daytime and prime time. In prime time you are spending almost a week and a half on an episode, and you’re on locations a lot. With soaps you’re pretty much in the studio the entire time doing interiors, so yes, those are the main differences.

 

Moderator     Now what is it about Ethan that allows Emma to continue to her charade as Sutton?

B. Reford    Well, I think he definitely feels so close to Sutton, first of all, and so I think the main reason he goes into this is he wants to help Sutton out, which is kind of like his girlfriend, even though it’s his secret girlfriend. I think he cares deeply for her right now, and with her twin sister Emma telling him the plan, I think he’s on board to help them reach their goal of solving this mystery of their birth and the separation and their mother. But then I also think immediately he feels a strong connection to Emma, and so whether he wants to admit it to himself or not, I think he’s glad to be along for the ride because he’s enjoying this time he gets with Emma.

 

Moderator   Now considering you were a member of Black Knights Stunts, how much action will we see from your character?

B. Redford    That’s funny that you ask. I remember having lunch with our executive producer, Chuck Pratt, when we got the pick-up for the series, and I told him right away if there’s any room for stunts or action we’ve got to write it in. And he sat back in his chair and looked at me and he’s like, “Dude, you’re going to get in a fight like in every other episode in this show.” I was glad to hear that. It’s nothing major, no boxing matches, but they’ve made it a choice that Ethan is definitely a bit of a hothead. He has some anger issues, when he gets revved up it’s hard to calm him down.   In protecting the twins and things like that, there are definitely some fists thrown here and there.

 

Moderator   Sounds like fun.

B. Redford   It is.

 

Moderator     You mentioned the cliffhangers, but when you’re reading the scripts are you surprised by Ethan’s actions and responses as well, or are you already pretty in sync with him and generally know what to expect?

B. Redford    I definitely feel I’m pretty in sync with Ethan now, but still the writers are so good at what they’re doing and crafting these surprises and theses twists and turns that are vital to a story like this. So, the fun part about it is they may surprise me with a plot point, or a particular storyline, and then immediately my mind is racing on, “Oh, this is great because Ethan would do it like this, or he would experience it like this,” so it’s kind of a collaboration between me as the actor and the writers doing their thing. If that answers your question, that’s kind of what takes place.

 

Moderator   Obviously you and Alexandra film a lot of scenes together. How does it compare for you when you move from a one-on-one scene with her to something that involves a bit more of the cast?

B. Redford    I would say that 90% of my work is with her so far. Well, because we’re shooting a lot we’ve become really close, and we’ve got all our inside jokes down on set and all of that, so it’s like working with a best friend. And then everybody else comes into the mix and it’s fun too, then it’s like a party. We have more people to play off of. And honestly, I guess it kind of welcomed sometimes. I’ve always joked with her, I’ll be like, finally, I’m doing a scene with another actor besides Alex. I’ll make sure she overhears it in the makeup room or whatever. But, it’s good all around.

 

Moderator  I noticed that it looks like your Twitter account is fairly new.

B. Redford     Yes, I just started that up.

 

Moderator     Do you hope to interact more with fans, not just keeping tabs, but kind of dropping a line?

B. Redford     Yes, I think that’s a nice point of it. I mainly did it because the fake ones kept popping up, and there’s no way for people to know whether or not it was me, so I had to stop other people from putting words in my mouth.

 

Moderator    Do you think that now with your Twitter account and your Facebook account, do you think that would try to attribute to more success of the show with you interacting with more fans?  You know, keeping them more abreast of things?

B. Redford     Yeah, I hope so. I think it’s kind of a tool that shows and actors are using these days, and you almost can’t deny it anymore, so I wanted to hop on board. If it helps the fans get into a series, if it helps them feel more connected to the actors, then that’s great, I think we should be there for them. I mean, we wouldn’t be doing what we’re doing without the fans. But, I will say you mentioned the Facebook page, and if you’ve been looking at one of those, I don’t have one of those yet.

 

Moderator     That’s not you on there.

B. Redford    No, no. None of those are me.

 

Moderator   Oh, alright. That’s pretty interesting to know because—

B. Redford    That might be my next step, to clear that up—

 

Moderator    and get an official page on there.

B. Redford   Yes, yes.

 

Moderator    After helping to launch—this is your second hit show in one summer, which is kind of cool, what would you say is next for Blair Redford? Where do you want to go from here?

B. Redford   Well, we’re so early on in the launch of The Lying Game, I think it’s hard to say, strategically, what I’m going to try to do next, because I don’t know what my schedule is. I’m really hoping we do well with this show, and if that’s the case, I’ll be busy through the majority of the year and other seasons with this. That’s what I’m hoping for, for now. I really like this character and I like this show, I like the writing, I like where they’re going with it. So, beyond that, I’d love to find a nice film to do during my hiatus, whether it’s between this and our pick-up or a backorder or if it’s between first and second season. I’d love to find a nice film to do in that spare time.

 

Moderator    A good action movie, right?

B. Redford    It could be action. I’m kind of game for a couple different genres. Whatever seems to fit right.

 

Moderator  If you could go back to 2004 and talk to your younger self, sort of when you were first starting out, right? What advice would you give?

B. Redford   That’s funny. I guess there’s a lot I’d want to say. I think when you’re an actor moving out to LA, one of your main concerns is that you don’t know how it’s all going to start. But, I think that’s part of the fun too, kind of that nervous energy, and it make you hustle, and everything’s a surprise that should be enjoyed each step of the way. Well, part of me would want to go back and just like throw a hand on my younger shoulder and say, “Hey dude, it’s all going to be good. It’s going to be ups and downs and you’re going to have fun the whole way,” because it has been.

 

Moderator      Now, since Ethan is a hothead, can you talk about his relationship with his father?

B. Redford     Yes, sure. The short answer is it hasn’t been established yet. He lives with his brother who is played by Tyler Christopher, and I’m not quite sure if they’ve made any concrete decisions on the parents of both Ethan and Tyler who plays my brother on the show. His name is Dan, Dan Whitehorse. So, I think that will come up in the future. I’m not sure when they’re going to want to bring that info in. But, right now, I don’t know anything about the parents.

 

Moderator  I thought I read somewhere that your dad was supposed to be a cop or something.

B. Redford  That may be printed somewhere, because they originally wanted me living me with my father. Then, when they hired Tyler Christopher, when we were shooting the pilot they brought him in, they looked at us side-by-side, and he’s a pretty young looking guy so they said there’s no way he can play your dad. And they decided to make us brothers. Which I call it one of those happy accidents that just worked out beautifully, because there’s a lot of parents on this show, and I really like the dynamic that me and Tyler have as brothers. I think it adds a nice color to it that wouldn’t have been brought to the table if he was playing my father, or if they had found someone older to play my father.

 

Moderator   Okay, cool. I’ll guess I’ll have to wait and see what happens.

B. Redford     Yes, you’ll see in this coming episode.

 

Moderator    Was this the first time that you have ever met or worked with Alexandra?

B. Redford   Yes, I don’t think we crossed paths before in work or just around town. So yes, this was the first time.

 

Moderator      So, did that make it easier when you met each other, was it easier to get to know her and get to have a working relationship with her?

B. Redford    Yes, I think we got along really well from the very beginning. We knew right away we were going to be able to work together really easily, and we had a good chemistry together onset. So, everything went really smooth there, and it’s continued to go really well. I love to work with Alex. She’s got great instincts and what’s she’s doing is no easy feat, pulling off two characters on the same series. It’s pretty fun to watch her do what she does.

 

Moderator     My second question for you was, are you more like the character you play in real life, or is he different from you?

B. Redford      Yes, there are some similarities that I guess are already there, that were written I suppose. It’s kind of a difficult question to always answer because I kind of try to merge myself and put myself in the character’s shoes as much as I can, so we’re already going to have some similarities. I’d say just off the page Ethan has a really strong sense to protect his friends, protect those that he’s close to and his loved ones. I think I do that as well in life. I’m really quick to stand up for people that are in my circle. I think that’s a big part of Ethan’s makeup.

 

Moderator    I was wondering if you have a favorite scene or a memorable moment or something that’s been filmed so far that you could tell us a little bit about?

B. Redford    Oh, man. Gosh, there’s been a lot. Well, there’s a lot. I’m just going tell you one off the top of my head. They’ve had me training on some motorcycles lately, like dirt bikes and motorcycles, because Ethan rides several bikes in addition to his Jeep. So, they had a scene just the other night where I was coming out to have a rather serious conversation with Emma, and I’m just kind of like cruising through the desert on my dirt bike at night. I pull up to her, it’s just one of those scenes, you kill the engine, you hop off your bike, and pull your helmet off and the wind is blowing. It was pretty fun. It felt pretty epic.

 

Moderator      Only one episode’s aired so far, so I’m not sure how often this will occur, but when you have scenes with Alexandra, do you have issues at all, like keeping track of whether you’re talking with Emma, or whether you’re talking with Sutton?

B. Redford     So far that hasn’t been a problem at all, because most of my stuff with Sutton is through Skype conversations. So, I know that if I’m talking to Alexandra in the flesh, it’s going to be Emma. I’ll say so far. That may change.

 

Moderator   Do you try and watch your finished works, or do you prefer not to?

B. Redford     No, I actually prefer to watch what I’ve done. It takes a lot of work to put all of this stuff together. I mean, I know I put a lot of my time into each role that I do, so I’m very interested to see the finished product, and I think you can also learn from it. I think I like to see a scene and say, “Well, I did that well,” or see something and pinpoint something I could work on. So, I think, for me, it’s important to watch my work. Yes.

 

Moderator   You already went back in time and gave yourself advice, but if you could give Ethan one piece of advice, what would it be?

B. Redford   If I could give Ethan one piece of advice, I guess I’d say don’t get so excited by the hot, mean girl, because when you’re young they can seem more attractive than they are, and then they end up hurting you. That’s what I would say.

 

Moderator     We were just wondering over here, of all the characters on the show, why do you think it’s Ethan who questions Sutton’s identity, who is really Emma?

B. Redford     Well, I think part of it is attributed to the fact that she can take a guess at how she was supposed to respond to her parents and her friends, but a big thing is that Ethan, she had not idea she was supposed to be romantically involved with him. So, that was going to be a huge, red flag. I mean, even though him and Sutton had a secret relationship, it would be like you showed up to school one day to give your boyfriend a hug behind the bleachers, and he walked right by you and didn’t even look at you. So, it was just an immediate glitch in the switch that they did.

 

Moderator    If Sutton ever comes back, we definitely see some sort of triangle between Sutton, Emma, and Ethan.

B. Redford   Absolutely. Yes, Ethan and Sutton are still together, that’s his girl. He’s worked himself into an interesting situation with these two.

“The Lying Game” is on ABC Family, Mondays 9/8c

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