By: Lizzy Buczak
Bethany Joy Lenz, best known for her role as Hailey James Scott on One Tree Hill, is returning to TV after a year-long hiatus. When One Tree Hill ended in mid 2012, Joy took a break from acting to spend time with her daughter. The legal debate around her divorce put her career on hold, but when everything subsided she was able to get back into the groove of things.
One Tree Hill lasted nine seasons, which required Joy to dedicate nine years of her life to The CW drama. During her “comeback” Joy decided to concentrate on projects that were “strategically designed to move her career in a direction that was not quite the same thing as she was doing on One Tree Hill.”
Auditions for the show came up and Joy told her manager she wanted to jump into sitcom work and get her feet wet, to see if she still enjoyed it. “Lucky me, I won the job” she exclaimed. Cue in her first comedy sitcom in about eleven years.
Joy appeared on Men at Work, starring Danny Masterson of That 70’s Show. The episode, The Pioneer, aired on May 9, 2013 where Joy played Meg, a single mother and love interest for Tyler (played by Michael Cassidy).
“The first three days, the first two and a half days, were really difficult for me because I haven’t done comedy in a really long time.” In addition, Joy had to face the difficulty of appearing on an unfamiliar set as a guest star.
“Walking back onto a completely new set which didn’t feel like home and I didn’t feel the comforts that you feel after you’ve been on a series for ten years and you know everyone there. I was walking on a brand new set desperately hoping to contribute something to this great show that I really respected”
So what did help Joy during the filming? All the cute guys, she joked. In reality she admitted it was all about loosening up and finding energy from the audience. “I have a tendency to hold back a little at first, to be respectful to the environment and figure out where I fit in. Maybe I should talk to my therapist about that. Maybe I need to be more present and bring more to the table. ”
One of Joy’s weakest points as an artist is comedy improv, she admitted. “I could do drama improv with no problem. When people expect me to be funny, and their looking at me like boom make a joke! I kind of freeze up like Ah, I can’t handle the pressure. So that was challenging for me, which is another reason I really wanted to do it.”
Joy admits that on the set of OTH there wasn’t much improv, but she joked that the writers would probably disagree with her as she never stuck to the script and was always changing the lines. “I was probably the bane of their existence for ten years.”
At first the situation was stressful but than Joy admitted, feeling the audience’s energy and hearing the immediate laugh was really helpful. Just like anyone else, Joy recalls coaching herself through the process. “Thank God they like me. I was funny. Oh good. It’s working.” Joy exclaimed.
She might be trying to break out of the mold, but that doesn’t mean she’s changing her career to comedy. After her appearance on Men At Work, Joy will continue honing her drama skills on the final season (8) of Dexter. She explains the decision to be on the show was a very rash, but obvious one. “Will you be on Dexter” they asked, to which Joy replied, “Uh yes, I will.”
Max Tarlton Interviews Kevin Spacey
Our very own CraveYouConnect host, Max Tarlton was lucky enough to sit down with House of Cards actor, Kevin Spacey while he was in Chicago promoting his movie Now. Max also gets a little insight on the upcoming season of House of Cards. And yes, he does get an impression out of him!
Video: WGN News
PLL Executive Producer: Ezra is A
My hopes and dreams were shattered the horrible night I found out Ezra was A, but I restored my faith in older male teachers who date their younger students by simply calling PLL’s bluff. Of course, this was just another one of their season finale tactics. When the season resumed in January they would obviously be like ‘Just kidding, Ezra was only in the lair because he wanted to protect Aria.’ Well now my dreams have been crushed a second time. A double whammy if you may.
Pretty Little Liars executive producer, Oliver Goldstick talked exclusively to TV Line and delivered some not so optimistic news for Ezra/ Ezria worshippers.
Right off the bat Goldstick denied any theories that PLL might be pulling a fast one on us. When asked about this being a situation to when we thought Toby was A Goldstick admitted,
“You’re not. I promise you you’re not. I assure you that there is something going on here with Ezra. There is something very real going on here. I can’t give you too much information, but I can tell you it plays out quite beautifully in Season 4B. And Aria’s in danger — well, they all are, but Aria in particular.”
It is not a red herring. I repeat, not a red herring.
So what happens to the relationship between hot teacher and younger student, aka Aria and Ezra? And what about Jake and Aria?
“Jake is returning, and it’ll be very complicated. We know he cares for her and she cares for him, and more than anything, he’s concerned for her welfare because when they met, she was under duress… So her duress escalates in 4B, and he wants desperately to protect her, but she won’t let him — because she’s got Ezra, right?!” Goldstick teased.
I mean, it would be easy for Ezra to torment the girls, but he’s emotionally invested with one of them and has been a decent boyfriend/lover/friend to her, never causing any harm or even implying danger.
Goldstick explains, “I hear you and we can answer that in an emotionally satisfying way. Everybody here is very aware of that, too, because this is a relationship that’s deeply romantic. They’re soulmates, and we’ve invested so much into them. We’re going to be able to explain some things to you.”
As for his take on the Ezria relationship?
“I think their relationship is going to be a fun one to watch. Because their whole dynamic for the past couple seasons has been Ezra kind of in the dark about everything that was going on in her life. Now, that’s completely switched, because in whatever form their relationship takes from here on out, we are all going to know that Ezra has a secret that Aria is not aware of. So, that’s going to be the interesting thing there. I do think they love each other. I do think he is in love with her, but something else is driving him and I’m just as excited as the fans to see what that thing is.”
Goldstick reveals that once everything starts piecing together we will see that Ezra has just been living this double life, a Jekyll-and-Hyde ordeal that he assures will be mind blowing. Sorry, how much more mind blowing can this get?!
He also revealed that the Halloween episode is more about fun, so don’t expect to many answers there. The October 22 episode will only tease viewers more and build the anticipation around the Ezra being A reveal, but it won’t actually move the storyline along. Eh… Halloween isn’t about answers anyways! If we’re already waiting 2 months, whats another 2 on top of it right?
As for Ian Harding’s (Ezra Fitz) take on the Halloween episode, he admits its just downright scary. Its filmed more of a thriller and horror film-esque. Sounds like a blast!
“There’s a really good pursuit of Alison because the Liars have every reason to believe now that she’s still with us. If she’s going to be in this town on this holiday, they’re not leaving here until we find her,” Goldstick said of the Halloween episode.
It will also delve in more to who Ms. Grunwald really is. As for if Alison is really alive. Goldstick admitted it was a very valid theory. So yes???
Marlene King recently admitted that in 4b one of the liars would start to suspect early on the Ezra was A. “It’s a hard thing to prove and no one wants to go to Aria and say, ‘The love of your life is Uber ‘A,’” so it’s going to be a journey,” explained King.
Who could suspect it? Well, smarty pants Spencer of course. A couple of weeks ago Troian Bellisario posted a picture to her Instagram of her and Brandon Jones, who plays her classmate Andrew Campbell, standing in front of a chalkboard with the words Mr. Fitz sucks. We couldn’t figure it out than, but things are really starting to piece together.
If your dying to find out more and get some insight to the mystery, Goldstick reveals that going through some of the older episodes and following Ezra isn’t a dead end. He admits that they purposely planted clues throughout the season’s to lead up to this very moment. Those who re-watch will be able to catch some things to help everyone solve this mystery.
Harding wasn’t totally on board with the idea of his character being A. Harding admitted it’s totally possible that Ezra could have just been following the girls to protect Aria. Either way, his character will get a new arc on the season just for being in Ravenswood at that exact time.
“Things begin to change. I mean, certainly a different side. He’s not a sociopath. I don’t think we’re going to see Ezra covered in blood at any point. I think that we’re going to see a side of him that is morally compromised, certainly, but I’m not going to be firing bows and arrows at Emily anytime soon. Of course, I say this now and I’m going to get the script for the next episode and maybe I do that. I don’t know. But that’s my sort of take on it,” Harding admits.
What do you think? Could Ezra really be that devious??? Sound off right here and let us know. Or do you think the producers are playing one on us??? A… are you watching?
If you want to read the full interview, check it out right here: http://tvline.com/2013/08/28/pretty-little-liars-ezra-a-season-4-spoilers-aria/
(Also just in case you weren’t already thrown off the Halloween promo hashtags also include monA, shanA, jAke, ariA and jennA. Yep. Wtf is right.)
Sasha Pieterse Spoilers for PLL Summer Finale
Alison DiLaurentis might have been a mastermind at keeping secrets, but Sasha Pieterse isn’t as good. Maybe that’s also why Ali got murdered. Or did she? We find out the scoop about tonights episode from the 17-year-old herself!
“The season finale honestly is amazing and I think the fans are going to flip over what happens, it’s mind-blowing and the writers are doing such a good job of tying everything together and no storyline has gone cold,” Pieterse told E! news.
Everything is leading up to the big question, is Alison DiLaurentis alive or not?? Pieterse admitted that we kind of get a peak into the answer during the summer finale but find out for sure during the Halloween episode.
Pieterse admits we find out a lot more about the night Ali got murdered when the girls continue their search to find Red Coat. “There are people that she saw on that night that you would never never expect,” she says. “Alison had a lot of secrets of her own and she was really good at keeping them and obviously there was someone after her, or people after her and there’s a reason for that. She has blackmailed so many people.” Uh-oh.
Pieterse also admits that aside from Ali having a thing for Ian and Toby, she was also romancing another man: Wren!!! Say what?!?!? This opens up a whole new can of worms when it comes to “Who killed Ali?”
Two can keep a secret if one of them is dead. This can reference to the twisted and dark relationship between CeCe Drake and Ali. Despite all signs pointing to her being Red Coat, could it really just be that easy? Pieterse states we’ll find out soon!!! Gah. The anticipation is killing us!
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