We recently had the chance to chat with the always delightful Kirsten Prout about The Lying Game, Kyle XY -- and more. Is Kirsten a ballerina in real life? Does she relate to Char? And what’s the dish about her much-talked about hair? Keep reading to get all the can’t-miss details!
On the show Char and her friends practice ballet. Do you have a history of ballet or is that something you trained for during the show?
Kirsten 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 barre 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.
How do you relate to Char in real life? Do you think you are similar to her?
Kirsten 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 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.
A lot of us know you from Kyle XY. How is performing the role of Char different from the character of Amanda?
Kirsten Prout: Well, you know, Amanda is your good girl next door and I think Char would have terrified Amanda. 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.
How have you liked living and filming in Austin, Texas?
Kirsten Prout: Oh my goodness. I am Canadian, so I'm slowly exploring America. And Austin is definitely one of my favorite cities so far! It's great.