may not be so ďbadĒ after all. Recently we got to sit down with
Blair Redford, who plays Ethan on ABC Familyís original series
The Lying Game. Redford may have that daring, sultry stare that
brings out the daredevil in all of us, but you will be surprised
when you come to find that Redfordís character is actually the good
guy who was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.
The Lying Game
about twin girls Emma and Sutton, both played by Alexandra Chando.
As teenagers, come to find that they were separated at birth. Sutton
was adopted by the wealthy Mercer family and Emma was placed into
the foster system. When reunited, Sutton goes on a search for the
truth about their lives, and Emma takes Sutton's identity for the
time being. Redford gets stuck between the two girls. He comes to
find that his own existence is much more complicated than he
It seems like
Ethanís kind of a mess when the show returns. How would you describe
Ethanís relationship with Sutton this season as compared to Emma?
opens up and Ethanís in a little bit of a darker, more depressed
place given how the last season ended. Anyone who watches the show
knows how Sutton operates. That definitely leaves it open for Ethan
and her to get closer, because anytime that Emma wonít entertain
Ethan, Suttonís there to step in. So youíll definitely see,
compared to last year, itís different. I think heís pretty certain
of what kind of girl she is after sheís repeatedly lied to him so
many times, but he still canít really shake either one of those
twins. So itíll still be there.
Chando plays both Sutton and Emma. Does it ever get weird when you
have to act differently with the different characters? Do you look
at her as the same person?
You know, I
donít. Itís funny; that comes up a lot. I didnít think it was
going to happen this way. When the show was first created I didnít
expect this, but she has a difference in the characters, so finely
polished that you show up on set and she doesnít even have to say
anything to me. I just know who sheís playing. I donít have to
look at a script to see which twin Iím with, which makes it really
easy on me and the rest of the cast. But it is kind of a shock
because just her mannerisms. Things she does with her eyes. The
two girls have different smiles. In a way I do feel like there are
two of them. Sheís very convincing with it. It kind of freaks me
out occasionally, but props to her for pulling it off.
Do you guys
have a great relationship? Are you friends off set? Do you hang
out and stuff?
Yes we do. We
are. Weíre very close. Sheís a good girl.
If you had to
choose, do you think Ethan is crazier about Emma than Sutton?
Iíd say given
what weíve seen, I think the healthier relationship would be with
Emma. Thatís more of the real relationship. Then I think with
Sutton itís a bad habit.
Is that why
you think he kissed Sutton at the end the last season?
Yes, I think
it is. But heís drawn to girls that really have a good heart. So
he kissed Sutton when she had put on that face. She was on the farm
with him and she had put on this kind and caring side of herself,
which is there. Thatís the times that heís attracted to her. They
are limited, but when they pop up he likes it.
I just wanted
to say for the record there are a few of us who think that Ethan
should just forget about the twins and hook up with Mads.
interesting idea. I do think the boy needs to examine his
priorities with the twins, but where it goes from there is up to the
writers I suppose.
character do you most relate to?
I just thought
about saying something random like Suttonís dad, like a plastic
surgeon, but thatís not true. I guess there are different aspects
of different characters. I can see myself in a few different ones,
but if I had to say the one I relate to the most I would say Ethan.
So I guess thatís fortunate for me, and a good fit, because thatís
the character I was cast to play.
Would you say
that youíre a bad boy like Ethan in real life then?
It kind of
sounds bad. Thatís a title you canít really give yourself,
describing yourself. But no, I would just say that the qualities I
have in common with Ethan are we both like some extreme sports.
Heís always on his motorcycle. I like riding bikes. I like doing a
lot of off-roading. Heís very protective of his friends and loved
ones. Heís quick to throw a punch if he feels youíve wronged
someone close to him, whether or not thatís too hasty. Thatís
probably similar to myself as well. I have more in common with him
than the others, I suppose.
everything youíve done, what is your favorite type of role to play?
It seems like you do like the bad boys. Is that what you like to do
I donít know
if itís what I like to do most as much as thatís what Hollywood
likes me to do. You get hired where you get hired. I guess I have
a little bit of a niche in the bad-boy-brooding market. Iíd really
like to do more comedy. I do a lot of it in my off time and I think
itíd be fun. Weíll see where that goes.
that you film, Iím guessing you like the funnier scenes rather than
the more serious scenes then? What do you like to do scene wise?
It all depends
on the scenes. Dramatic scenes are fun too, but I will tell you
that I always try to find in my scenes with Ethan an opportunity to
bring some comedy into it. Pretty often it doesnít make the final
cut. Maybe I got away with it a little bit more this year. Itís
second season. Maybe heís opening up a little bit more personality
give us a little bit of insight into what itís like to be on set?
Is there a behind-the-scenes moment that you think our fans or
readers might enjoy or just something that would give them a little
insight to what itís like to be on the set of
The Lying Game?
summer camp when youíre 13 years old. Like I said, a big part of it
is that weíre on location in Texas. Itís just a different feel than
being in Hollywood at a normal studio shooting, but we love it out
there. All of us young [actors] on the show and even the adults,
the actors that play the parents, weíre all really close. Weíre
just running around in our trailers playing pranks, eating food,
someone on the show that you donít get to work with as much as you
would like to?
absolutely. I wanted to do a lot more work with Adrian Pasdar.
There are only so many minutes in an episode and so many story
lines. So nothing real juicy has popped up yet for us to have any
work together, but we talked about it before. I think we both
approached Chuck Pratt, our creator of the show, to talk about the
story line because we want to work together. Weíre spinning ideas
around our head. But yes, I think that would be some interesting
scenes to see, because itís an unlikely match up. You donít really
expect to see those characters together and sometimes I think thatís
whatís most interesting.
I read in an
interview that you enjoyed having scenes with Tyler Christopher the
most. Can you tell us anything about the season coming up with the
looking forward to what happens with the brothers in this season.
In a lot of moments in our show where theyíre combative, especially
in the first season, obviously a large part of it is because Ethanís
lying to his older brother a lot. I think this second season opens
up a little bit more and shows how they need each other to lean on,
to count on, because they are the only family they have. So thereís
just a lot there where theyíre helping each other out with different
challenges theyíre both going to face this season and that was
really fun to play.
is another one of my favorite shows. I was wondering how you manage
to do both of these shows at pretty much the same time?
That was only
last year and it was fortunate that it worked out. What happened
was I shot both those pilots around the same month and I believe the
network thought that they wouldnít pick up both of the shows. I
donít know if they thought there was similarity or something. I
think the idea was that I would only do one of them, but then they
both got picked up from their pilots. The producers on each
individual show were great working out a schedule where I could do
the start of the season of Switched at Birth and then I would
move on to The Lying Game where I would make it my home. I
just did the first pilot episodes of Switched at Birth and it
has been a really good turnout.
are you going to be back on
or are you on
this one permanently now?
The Lying Game
is definitely my permanent seat. We shoot in Austin and Iím there
the majority of the year, but there havenít been any discussions to
bring my character back to Switched at Birth.
That was a
good segue into my next question. I was curious if you had any other
projects going on right now besides the show? I know it keeps you
We do stay
pretty busy. At the moment, as I said earlier, we shoot on location
and often so weíre kind of in our own little bubble out there. Iím
back in LA now and looking through scripts, reading for projects,
but I havenít signed on for anything yet.
How does the
arrival of Jordan impact Ethanís state of mind?
I think it has
a couple of different twists and turns for Ethan. Heís not very
trusting of anyone new as it is, so he has one opinion of Jordan
when he first arrives, but it doesnít stay on level. Itís nice to
see. They definitely start out as a bit of a rivalry, as you might
expect, but it definitely grows and changes. Itís something
interesting to watch, and honestly I think there are more places for
it to go. Iíd like it if Ethan had a friend at some point, you
know? Just a guy that he can knock a beer back with or something
and watch a game, but he spends all of his time with the twins, I
I wanted to
know if you have a favorite episode of the shows so far, either one
weíve seen or one we have yet to see in season two?
have some favorites. I canít elaborate too much on the new season,
especially on my favorite episode because itís the last one we
shot. Itís episode ten of season two. I just think our writers are
so talented at having all these story lines stem out in different
areas and then they come to a crescendo on some of our finale
episodes. To me, ten is just brilliant. Itís really fun to watch.
A bunch of questions will be answered. If I could pick one from the
previous season, I would say I think it was 17. It would be two
episodes. They were the ones where we got to shoot out on this
really beautiful farm. We got to learn how to ride a horse bareback
and all kinds of stuff. That was a good time.
you talk a little bit about the overarching scenes for this year?
What are some of the new themes that are going to be going on this
I guess some
of the major ones they put out there so youíll have to keep your eye
out on different couples and try to figure out who they think is
going to tie the knot. Another big one that has also been put out
there is one of our main characters will bite the dust. Everybody
needs to try to figure this out now. I think that will be fun to
watch and worry about. Then weíve got this new guy, Jordan, whoís
going to form different relationships. Thatís another one to
watch. So those are some of the new ones.
For your long
ride on this show, what has been your most memorable moment, on set
or off, either dealing with things or just dealing with cast
members? Favorite moment and even bad moment?
There are a
lot. I had a fun time this season. Thereís a lot of friction going
on between Ethan and Thayer this season. That was brewing and
boiling last season and it comes to a head this year. They might
have a little bit of an altercation. On our show, Ethan has a lot
of those, but anytime thereís a chance to do any kind of action
sequence itís fun. All of us guys on the show; we eat it up. We
have a really good time. Christian, who plays Thayer, is a good
buddy of mine. So that was a real fun time this year. We had a
little bit of a tussle that we had to shoot. We both went for it.
We probably went at it ó good match, it was fun.
Do you think
that thereís anything that will surprise or shock the viewers this
the name of the game for our show. Thatís what our writers are good
at. What exactly will surprise them, certain things Iíve already
mentioned. Thereís a death coming up, a wedding coming up. Thereís
going to be a 180 Alex story line. It starts off where he was
arrested last season. Heís in jail. Itíll be really fun to see him
[find a] way out of that situation. Then you have all the stuff,
the twins again. They hope to get along but really they love the
turmoil that happens between the two sisters.
What is the
nicest thing a fan has ever said or done to you?
Thatís a tough
one. Something that comes to mind is at least on two occasions Iíve
had a couple fans ó obviously theyíre talented artists and theyíve
drawn a portrait. They found a picture of me online. I think one
found a still shot of me from a film that I did and they did a
really nice drawing of me. I think one was actually charcoal. One
was mailed to my fan mail. Thatís really cool and nice of someone
to take the time to do that.
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