Can you talk about playing dual roles and the challenges that come with that?
Of course. It’s first a blessing, first of all, to just have the opportunity to play two roles. To be able to develop two characters and kind of find different things about them and explore them each every day has been incredible. It does come with its challenges, though. I have 15-hour work days and I’m working an awful lot compared to what I would be working if I was just playing one character.
It’s a challenge in the sense, besides the hours and the exhaustion, just trying to keep them straight sometimes. We’re about to embark on Episode 6. Today, we start it. It’s gotten a little bit easier to really feel like these characters and understand them, but there are moments where a little bit of Sutton will creep into Emma and vice versa. It’s definitely been a challenge and I’d say, as well, having to act with a green screen or an eye line with an X on the wall has become easier, but it was definitely in a challenge in the beginning. What would you say is the most important thing that you’ve learned from the time that you’ve spent so far on the show?
Wow, that’s a great question. I’ve learned a lot and I’ve learned many things about myself personally and about the work. I think as far as me personally, I feel like I’ve really learned the amount of focus and work ethic it takes to really hold up a series and maintain great work and produce good work. I’m incredibly focused as far as my hours and my work schedule. That is definitely something that I learned about myself. I guess that’s kind of it. That’s the most important thing; kind of an internal thing for me. Do you have anything special planned for the premiere of The Lying Game tonight?
I’m not sure! I’m working, so it just depends what time we get out. I think we’re all very excited. It just kind of worked out that we’re all going to be working on our premier night. I think originally the whole cast had planned to get together and watch it together, but it’s kind of a tentative thing now. I may be sitting alone on my couch watching it on DVR! What first attracted you to this role?
Well, aside from the fact that I would have the opportunity to play two characters, which I’ve always fantasized about doing, the pilot was just so well written and the characters so relatable and not only my characters, every character in the show, I think, has an element of relatability for an audience member. That was really incredible. Just the fact that it was an ABC Family show and ABC Family puts out really great projects, as well as Alloy, and the connection was Pretty Little Liars.
Everything just kind of lined up, but specifically, the characters were just really solid characters and I just thought it would be such an interesting thing to be able to develop these two girls and see where they lead.