TWIST chatted with Awkward's Matthew Fahey! He spilled to us about the first season of Awkward, his brother and his new movies.
TWIST: Can you tell us about the first season of Awkward?
Matthew: The first season was definitely emotionally packed. At first everybody in the school thought that Jenna tried to commit suicide, so she was kind of awkward. Then she had this tug of war between two guys where she didn't know which one to pick. She had to deal with Matty wanting to be with her but not in public and letting everybody know that. She also had this letter telling her to be cooler and stop being so scared of life and at the end of the season she finds out that it may be [written by] her mom!
TWIST: Can you tell us about your character Ricky Schwartz?
Matthew: Ricky Schwartz is the biggest player on the show. He has a relationship with Tamara (Jillian Rose Reed's character), and he takes her for granted. They get in little arguments, but somehow they always get back together. He's the king of the nerds. He's not the best looking kid, and he doesn't hit on the best looking girls, but he always has other options other than Tamara. At the end of the season, he realizes, "I know that I have something great and incredible," and they get back together.
TWIST: How do you relate to Ricky?
Matthew: There's a lot of differences. I've never been the one to go and date tons of different girls, so I guess I'm not a player. He and I are alike in the way that we make jokes. There was one episode where he walks up to a lunch table, and he's like, "You girls look like Charlie's Angels." It's just something funny that I would probably say. I actually came up with that line, and they kept it in and I had no idea, which was awesome.
TWIST: You said in an interview that if you could have anybody appear on Awkward you would have your brother. Are you close?
Matthew: Yes, my brother is two years older than me. We've always been best friends from the time we were little, which is weird because brothers aren't really close a lot of the time. I consider him my best friend. I can go to him and talk to him whenever and [we] have a business together, which is awesome!
TWIST: What other projects are you working on right now?
Matthew: I just got done doing Rizzoli and Isles. I played a guest star on it, and get into a little bit of trouble...well a lot of trouble. That'll be playing in December. Then I did a movie called The First Time with Dylan O'Brien and Brittany Robertson and a movie called Excision with AnnaLynne McCord, Jeremy Sumpter, and Marlee Matlin, and that'll be coming out next year as well.
Photo: Courtesy of Deidhra Fahey Photography