Hi TWIST girls,
We recently chatted with Jillian Rose Reed and Matthew Fahey from MTV's Awkward! The two actors told us all about what it was like to film the second season and what they're planning on working on in the future! Be sure to check out the season two premiere of Awkward on MTV June 28!
T: What can we expect from your character in season two of Awkward? MF: I think that everybody can expect a lot of [what happened] last year, but a lot more. The whole season is pretty much last season times ten - all of the drama and all of the comedy. They raised the bar, definitely. JR: You can expect a lot more sassiness from my character. Tamara is the crazy, sassy best friend, so she is going to act the same in season two. You can also expect a lot more drama with her on and off relationship with Ricky Schwartz.
T: Can you tell us about some of Ricky's storylines? MF: I can't say, but I can say that he has a lot of juicy things that happen, along with everybody else's characters. There's a lot of drama and a lot of comedy. Everything's just very juicy and everybody's going to be very surprised.
T: How has Tamara changed since season one? JR: Season one focused a lot on introducing and establishing the characters. In season two, we will see more of the real Tamara. She is definitely still crazy, but Tamara also shows a more compassionate side, especially when she is helping her best friend, Jenna.
T: In the first season of Awkward, Tamara and Jenna go through some major friend drama. Have you ever experienced anything like that or had a big fight with a friend? JR: I went through some friend drama when I was younger, and I am so lucky to have friends now that I really don't fight with at all. I definitely had to deal with some stuff when I decided to become an actor. I had a close group of friends who were not very supportive.
T: How did you move past that? JR: I just had to remind myself to keep my head up. I would say to myself, 'This is something I want to do, and if other kids don't approve of it, that's okay because it may be different and weird to other people, but it's what I love.'
T: What made you want to become an actress? JR: I was born into a family of actors. My mom and grandma were really involved in acting when they were younger, so I was kind of raised in it. I originally started my career in musical theater, so my love for acting grew from there.
T: Would you ever want to go back to musical theater? What would be your dream role? JR: Definitely. I would love to audition on Broadway later on in my career, once I've reached my goals as a film and TV actor. I really want to play the role of Roxie in Chicago because it is my favorite musical.
T: Matthew, you went to high school with Jillian, right? MF: Yeah, we went to this little home study program thing called Options for Youth.
T: What was it like getting to work with somebody who was already a familiar face? MF: It was awesome. I actually knew Jillian before high school, so it was really cool. I came in mid-season, and everybody already knew each other. I felt like the new kid in school. I was kind of shy and didn't really know how to start a conversation and stuff like that, so Jillian brought me in, and everybody really brought me in and made me feel at home. It was a comfort thing as well. Now we're like a big family. It's really cool to see how relationships grow. Jillian's always been a really good friend and a good family friend. It was good to be able to work with somebody like that, who was already close to the whole cast and made me feel more comfortable on set in my first season.
T: If you could have anybody make a guest appearance on the show, who would it be? MF: I'd say Ryan Gosling or Philip Seymour Hoffman. I don't think that they would have time in their schedules to do the show, but it would be awesome to work with them. I don't know what exactly they would play. I don't know, maybe come in and be Ricky's cool dad or something. I would love to work with them. Or, Ricky's kind of a womanizer, so Ryan could come in and kind of be Ricky's older brother, and that's the reason Ricky is the way he is. JR: Penn Badgley from Gossip Girl because I love him! He'd obviously play Tamara's new boyfriend.
T: Why should our TWIST readers absolutely check out the show when season two premieres next month? MF: We have a lot of people who really fell in love with the show last year. I think everybody will love this season just as much and probably a lot more. If they loved the drama and the comedy and the old tug-a-war between two guys and all the heartbreak and all that kind of stuff, I think they're really going to love this next season. JR: If you're a fan of season one, you should definitely tune in to season two! There is a really big love triangle this season, so it is super juicy! Everyone should watch the show even if they missed season one because its really relatable. Plus there are a lot of really cute boys, which is always a bonus!
T: Do you have any upcoming projects we should know about? JR: For right now, my focus is just on Awkward. However, I am doing a lot of auditioning, so hopefully I will be able to report back to you guys again soon. MF: Yes, I have this short film that I did with Julia Louis-Dreyfus who is the star of Veep. We worked with her husband, Brad Hall. It's called Picture Paris. It opened in the Santa Barbara Film Festival and it just got done at Tribeca. It's a great, wonderful dark comedy movie that just came out. Then I also have a production company called I-95 Pictures and we just released our web series with Devon Werkheiser from Ned's Declassified [School Survival Guide]. Devon's the lead in it, my brother is the director, and our production company is producing it. It's a wonderful story about a kid who is in a coma, but he thinks he's awake and everyone has kind of forgotten who he is. He doesn't know that it's all a dream but he really thinks it's real. It's all about finding yourself and not taking your life for granted. It has a lot of great messages in it along with great acting. I'm very happy with it. It stars Devon Werkheiser, Drew Garrett, who is on General Hospital, Taylor Spreitler, who is on Melissa and Joey, Justin Deeley, who is on 90210, and I'm actually going to be doing an episode... the third episode. It's called "Never-Fade-Away". We're going to be putting up the second episode pretty soon.
T: Excellent. We are getting really excited for the summer here at TWIST. Jillian, do you have any summer beauty tips that you can share with our readers? JR: Well, the most important summer beauty tip for me is to always wear sunscreen. I always have to be careful because I am pale and burn easily, so I am constantly reapplying sunscreen.
TWIST: What's your favorite summer fashion trend or accessory? JR: Something I am really excited to try out this summer are the big, floppy hats that people are wearing to the beach. I think they are so cute and fashionable!
T: Thanks so much for taking the time to talk to us! MF: Definitely, thank you so much! JR: Thanks TWIST!
Credit: Photographer: Deidhra Fahey Photography
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