But, getting answers about your love life today from your older, wiser self, 10 years in the future, would certainly make you stop and re-evaluate. So, with her future self using an app to send her helpful little texts, Lucy could finally be headed towards the future of her dreams.
Check out what she had to say after the jump. I think the show is really about the moment when a girl starts listening to the voice in her head, and listens to her subconscious to make decisions. My character, Lucy, is this year-old app designer who is about to marry the wrong guy, and starts getting text messages from herself, 10 years in the future, telling her not to do it.
We got really lucky because Sallie Patrick was one of the writers on Life Unexpected, and she came on and rewrote this entire script for us. She knew me really well, so we sat together, for over a month, with Liz Allen, the director, and really talked about a lot of things.
What would somebody say to you, that would prove that this person is real? What would your deepest, darkest secret be? We really made it real, and really gave each girl strong personalities.
We really wanted it to speak to girls and be honest about it. Alloy was great and really gave us the opportunity to take it over and rework it.
What did your duties as a producer entail? Was producing something you had been actively pursuing? This would be a great first opportunity for her.
We have over half a million views on the first episode, and over a million total. What was your reaction to this being a web series? You can watch every TV show and every feature film on your computer. The quality of people that we were working with were television and film level, and we were shooting on Alexa cameras. It was the exact same thing as making a television show. What was the process of making this like? We had 10 days to shoot it.
It was the exact same process as making a television show or a film. We even had a table read at my house, and everyone was taking notes. It was a really, really collaborative experience, from start to finish. We gave the D. We really established a look of how we wanted the house to look. We wanted the girls to feel really romantic. We had a really strong color palette that we were working with. When we were doing all the interiors of the house and all of the wardrobe, everything stuck with that color palette, so the show feels really cohesive.
Does it spoil you to have that kind of creative freedom, and then go back to not having that kind of creative freedom? I was there to service there story and process. You have so much control in making sure everyone is having a really good time and everyone is heard. For me, it was great. What sort of journey does Lucy go on, over the course of these episodes, and what do you think the biggest things are, that she discovers about herself? She really is good enough, just the way she is.
In figuring out who this character is, are there ways you found that you most identify with her? We worked together a ton on Life Unexpected and she was one of my favorite directors. She really pushes you to get out of your comfort zone and expect more from yourself than you would have wanted to.
She really is a perfectionist, and I really respond to that. As an actor, I love being pushed. What else is there to do? I started bombarding her with emails, convincing her to do this with me. When she agreed to come on and do it, I knew I had a shot. I knew she was going to make it special. When someone like that inspires your own work so much, does that give you the desire to want to direct yourself?
Getting the first person to let me direct will also be a huge accomplishment. I definitely want to do that. I could imagine me going more and more into that, as I age. Did the friendship between you, Alison Becker and Mircea Monroe come really easily?
We got super-lucky because nobody auditioned. I called her manager and we randomly started Skyping with her. Then, we asked her to do it and her dates worked out, and we got lucky that she was cool. And, Liz [Allen] had emailed some of the showrunners she knew and asked them if they knew any blonde, funny girls, and every single one of them came back with Mircea Monroe.
She came over and she agreed to do it. And then, me, Mircea, Alison and Liz went out to dinner one night and hung out and got along. We ended up having a blast and, thankfully, that friendship translated to film. How did you get Martin Starr Freaks and Geeks involved? He worked on Roswell, so I knew him. So, we sent him a script, emailed him and called him, and we told him that it would be super-short.
He really liked the material and totally got what we were thinking for the role of Vincent, and he was awesome. He showed up and nailed it. He knew the character, and it just felt really natural. Taylor really thinks things out and is really thoughtful about things. With him, it was a really gentle performance. I really like him. We wanted to just find the right actors, and then have them be those roles. Do you feel like you really can learn a lot of things about yourself from the whole dating experience?
You figure out more about yourself by meeting people. How do you think you would react, if you started getting text messages from someone saying they were your future self? I want to know everything, right now. Will this all pan out? If you had to text yourself 10 years ago, what would you say to that version of you, and if your future self were to text you, what advice would you want from her?
As the story goes on, we learn more about future Lucy, and we see Lucy go on an entire dating journey and learn more about herself from all the crazy guys she encounters. I think there are a lot of stories that could be told. I had started writing it, and then I was getting done with it when I was offered this.
It was all pretty serendipitous. It felt like fate. What is White Trash Christmas and who are you playing in that? Taryn Manning is the star of that, and she gets visited by these different ghosts of Christmas past, to learn about all of her mistakes.
And, I play her friend that she wrongs. Are these really human stories what really appeals to you? I want to do work where I have something to say. I want to play Natalie Wood. I really want to do that. And, I want to continue doing more comedy like this, but I also want to do darker indies.
For awhile though, comedy and this kind of stuff is pretty awesome.