Hey TWIST girls,
Have you ever felt like you didn't fit in or had rumors spread about you that aren't true? That's exactly what Jenna faces in MTV's new show Awkward. TWIST chatted with the star of the show, Ashley Rickards, who plays Jenna, about her character, high school and how she dealt with mean girls in school. Check out our convo below and don't forget to watch Awkward tonight on MTV!
Q: How much of this show is familiar to you, because you're not that far out of high school? Ashley: I relate to what Jenna's going through because you're never perfect and it's incredibly difficult to be popular, nor did I necessarily want to be popular. I just wanted to be accepted. I think that's something that everyone can relate to across the board.
Q: On Awkward, your character, Jenna, goes through a lot of embarrassing moments. What was your most embarrassing high school experience? Ashley: My most embarrassing high school experience was probably when I was first getting into acting. I didn't want to be an actress. I was sort of forced into this opera at my school. We had so few people in my grade that in order to put on a production, everybody in three grades had to participate. My most awkward and embarrassing moment was admitting that I had a lot of fun. I did want to be an actress, because I sort of had to say, "Okay, everyone was right. I did have a lot of fun."
Q: What I liked about this show is that I feel like I went to high school with some of these characters. How familiar are characters like the mean girl, Sadie? Ashley: I think everyone, like you said, has gone to school with a Sadie. I think the exciting part of our show is that all those people that you went to high school with or are in high school with - our show gives you an opportunity to sort of see past what they give you. Meaning that the mean girl might be evil to you but our show sort of delves deeper into Sadie and we see why she's mean. I hope that helps teenagers everywhere understand that what the kids are saying isn't about them in specific, it's about something else. I hope that helps people pass less judgment and be kind to mean people. They need it the most. That's kind of the outset I grew up with.
Q: Jenna's deals with high school cliques and a lot of mean girls. Did you have a certain clique in high school and did you ever deal with bullying? Ashley: At the high school I went to, it was a very, very small school. There wasn't really the possibility of a clique with seven people in your grade. You sort of were one clique and each had our own identities. I was sort of unpredictable, girl who got the right answers in class but wouldn't admit to actually studying - that was me. I did deal with bullies. Since it was so few people, every girl was a mean girl at a certain point. I definitely dealt with bullies; I think everyone doesYou just have to be confident in yourself and when somebody throws something at you, just take it in stride and let it go. What doesn't kill you makes you stronger.
Q: What's the vibe off-set? Have there been any pranks or anything fun? Ashley: Oh yeah, there are a lot of pranks. I had a prank war with one of the directors, David. I got a bucket of ice water dumped on my head while we were filming. I shoved a cupcake in his face. I had one prank at the end but he found out about it so we both ended up pranking each other with the same thing. Lots of pranks.
Q: Ashley, your character Jenna deals with a lot of insecurities. What insecurities do you deal with? Ashley: I think insecurities are fleeting depending on what is focused on in terms of your friends. If your friend gets a new haircut, you're insecure about your old haircut. If your friend suddenly starts dieting, you're wondering if you need to start dieting. I think insecurities are fleeting and unless it's a major risk to your health, you should just love yourself for who you are.
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