I was lucky to get to speak with Lindsey Shaw and Ethan Peck, from ABC Family’s new hit show, 10 Things I Hate About You this week, and they were both really great to talk to. Ethan really is a man of few words, but Lindsey is bubbling brook of energy. When Ethan did speak his deep sexy voice reminds us why we love him on the show, and why he’s such a good choice to play Patrick. 😀 The new season of 10 Things I Hate About You starts Monday, March 29th at 8 pm on ABC Family. I’ll let you know when it’s me asking questions, other than that I’ll include some interesting questions by my fellow entertainment journalists, and of course as always insert my opinion occasionally. Here we go.
It seems like the characters of Kat and Patrick are tied up in this relationship tease, and you see that on a lot of different shows where the couple that really needs to be together or that is going to be together eventually, they just never quite get there. I was wondering why do you guys think it is that writers maybe are so hesitant to make that move, and would you like to see your characters actually have a real relationship where it’s not questionable whether or not they’re really together?
L. Shaw- I think for the first part of that question it’s that because, obviously, you need to maintain a tension between your characters. That’s sort of how it is in real life, achieving that perfect balance means you’ve reached this really Zen place of being together, and that’s rarely the case. There’s always that struggle back and forth, and it’s just a little more exaggerated and dramatic in the show I think. In terms of an actual relationship, I think it would be really interesting, but I also think that they’re too much; I just don’t know if that banter could ever cease. Either way, I think that they’re a big presence in each other’s lives and they always will be.
E. Peck- I agree.
[Note from me: Interesting fact in case you don’t know, Ethan Peck is the grandson of Gregory Peck, the iconic actor from ]
How do you guys think this show fits in with ABC Family’s, theme of family television and family networking? How do you see the show fitting into at least that perception of the network?
E. Peck- Well, I think that the show is told from the perspective of these two girls who have their own unique type of family. Their mother has passed away, but we see this show from the perspective of a tight, loving family with a strict parent, and you see the way other characters contrast to the daughters that come from this good family, characters like Patrick, whom I play, who may not have the loving family that Kat does. You see that, and it teaches a lesson both to parents and to kids that a good, supporting family is a loving one, and I think it sets a good example for everybody out there. I actually don’t really have TV yet still, and I haven’t seen too much of the other shows, but I do know that they’re all about friends and family supporting one another to achieve bigger dreams and bigger goals and aspirations.
In the upcoming episode, Kat and Patrick get caught skipping school and are suspended. I was just wondering how does each of your characters deal with the suspension?
E. Peck- I’ll go first because I’ll be short. Patrick just doesn’t really care, so it’s like a day off for him. Do they both get suspended, Lindsey? Yes, of course they do.
L. Shaw- Yes, sorry, they both do.
E. Peck- It’s just like a vacation for him, and I guess I’ll let Lindsey speak for herself.
L. Shaw- Yes, Kat actually, believe it or not, gets a little frazzled, and she realizes she’s going to miss a really big test, and this forces her to do some dramatic things which she needs Patrick’s help for. She reacts in her normal crazy, over-reactive way.
Lindsey, I wanted to know, how do you see the relationship between Kat and Bianca evolving over the season?
L. Shaw- Actually, this season feels so much more sisterly between Kat and Bianca. I don’t know why. There’s either a deepening of our understanding of each other’s characters or just us being closer having known each other for this much longer. Yes, they really just take on this deeper sisterly vibe, and it gets more away from the banter and more into the fact that these are two sisters who can see what’s going on with the other and try to lend advice no matter how removed they feel. I really like that. I really enjoyed that. Meaghan [Martin] and I really get a chance to take that to another level, so it was great.
Ethan, Apparently, you have fans that think you should’ve been Edward in Twilight. What do you have to say about that?
E. Peck- I don’t have too much to say about that. I have actually never seen it, and so I can’t tell you whether or not I would’ve done a better job than who did it, and it sounds like he did a pretty good job, Robert Pattison, so I have no problem having missed out on that.
[Note from Me: I can see why some would think he’d be a good Edward, but in my opinion Ethan’s too sweet looking for Edward. Robert Pattison, is sexy but has enough chill to his looks to make us think that he might be dangerous.]
Here are my first Questions.
Megan- Were either of you intimidated to make the show, considering what a classic the original movie has become?
L. Shaw- No, I was not intimidated really only because it’s a whole new thing. It’s a similar springboard with characters that you know, but different people bringing them to life, so essentially, it’s really its own thing, and I think we have accomplished making this show something on its own beyond the movie now. No, we were never really trying to replicate anything. We’ve talked about this a lot, right, Ethan?
E. Peck- Yes, I wasn’t nervous at all to begin the show because it had been a movie, but I was very nervous because I knew that Gil Young was coming back who directed the film, and Larry Miller was going to be there, so there was sort of a reimagining happening of some sort in some ways, but in no way were any of us trying to, yes, I guess replicate what had been done. If anything, I was nervous just because I knew that I wanted it to be good, and could I make it good and what could I contribute.
Megan- You guys have definitely done a great job of making it its own thing and completely separate from the movie now.
E. Peck Thanks.
[Note from Me: I understand they’ve probably been asked this a million times already but not everyone has jumped on the bandwagon for the show yet. I wanted them to tell the fans that they respected the movie. Ethan did that wonderfully.]
Megan- Do you guys have a favorite scene that you enjoyed filming?
L. Shaw-From this season it would be the dinner table scene in episode three. Patrick comes, or it was episode two. Yes, episode two because, episode three, yes.. Episode two is he comes over for dinner at the Stratford house, and it’s very hilarious. I kind of got a chance to just observe them.
E. Peck-That was a good scene. That was a fun scene. That felt like the beginning of—of like a new part of our relationship on the show.
L. Shaw- Absolutely, totally.
[Note from Me: I’ll be back with more questions in a bit.]
You two have such a great chemistry on screen. Is that something you found right off the bat, or was it something that just progressed over the first ten episodes?
E. Peck- What do you think, Lindsey?
L. Shaw- I definitely think that was a progression. I don’t know if any of you can tell, but Ethan is a man of few words, and when I first met him, he was true to his persona. He was just silent and observant with his backpack and his hi-tops, and so it was interesting getting to know him. I think the first time we actually had a chance to sit down and talk was episode seven of the first season when we were doing that rooftop scene. Remember when we were outside until midnight?
E. Peck- Yes.
L. Shaw- That’s really the first time our characters actually talked on the show, so I guess that was okay, but it’s really kind of mirrored the communication up until that point.
For you, Ethan, Patrick is probably the most mysterious character on the show and we don’t know a lot about him. In these next ten episodes, are we going to get more of a look inside him and what his back story is?
E. Peck-A little bit. You’ll start to see some clues as to what his life is like, but it’s really being kept in the dark.
I kind of have a follow-up question also regarding the movie, but I was just wondering, do you guys ever get tired of that constant comparison, I think, in every interview, to Julia Stiles and Heath Ledger and to the original film, or is that just kind of part of, I guess, the landscape in doing a re-imaging of a popular movie like that?
L. Shaw-Yes, absolutely. People’s only version of what you’re putting out is the original really, and you tell them that you’re going to be redoing it. Naturally, they’re going to think to attach it to what they’re familiar with, with that concept. It’s that original piece of work, and I think that once you work to make it something on its own, something that no longer needs to be compared, it can stand on its own. I think that that’s when that stops, and I think that’s just kind of what you work towards. I think as a couple of you have said that we’ve done that. We’ve made it its own thing, and so it feels like we earned that. We earned the right to say that.
E. Peck-Yes, and I don’t think it gets tiring to hear the question over and over because, as Lindsey said, it’s from a beloved movie, this show, and people are going to be suspicious and curious and want to know why they’re remaking something that was so successful because we’re not remaking it. It’s the same franchise, the same name, and that question is going to be asked and asked, and our answer will be the show. You’ll see this upcoming ten where we’ve taken it.
[Note from Me: Thank you Ethan for making me feel like it wasn’t a stupid question. Honestly, I just wanted them to answer it for the fans of the movie who are scared to watch the show. I know as a huge fan of the movie, I was nervous at first as to whether or not they’d butcher the memory. They haven’t and I’m happy with that. Okay moving on. :D]
I was wondering if you could both talk a little bit about how you got into acting. Ethan, I was wondering if your family background opened doors for you, or is it just kind of something that’s there?
E. Peck-It hasn’t opened doors for me that I know of. I started acting because my mom offered to take me on an audition when I was younger, and I loved doing lots of new things and new fun activities, and I was about nine years old, so I said yes, and it was fun, and I really enjoyed it. I’ve just continued to do it ever since.
Lindsey, can you talk about your background, how you got into this because I know it’s kind of a really interesting story.
L. Shaw- Yes, kind of. I guess it’s how you tell it. Seriously, from a really young age, I’ve really liked being the center of attention and entertaining people, and somehow I got involved with local interests and whatnot in Nebraska where I’m from and went to a couple spots before ending up in L.A. and sort of really trying it out here. Luckily, I got lucky and was able to stay out here, and it’s been really good with fortunate luck ever since.
Ethan, what is one thing about the new season that you’re most excited about?
E. Peck-One thing about the new season I’m most excited about?I don’t know, lots of things. There’s a fight scene. That’s pretty exciting that I won’t tell you too much about.
L. Shaw- Yes, Ethan roughs a guy up.
E. Peck- But we’ll let that scene surprise you when it comes along.
Lindsey, a lot of people know you as Moze from Ned’s Declassified. Would you say you’re more like Moze or more like Kat?
L. Shaw-Well, I think Kat is just like a really grown-up version of Moze. Really, it’s like the next, I really feel like it’s Ned’s Declassified in high school, obviously, not as exaggerated, but I feel like when I was that age I could really relate to who I was playing then, and as I’ve grown up this is just a natural progression of that. I’m two different people when I’m playing them. I guess at this point in my life this feels the most right and who I am.
My question is I was wondering what’s to say for whatever reason you guys were put totally in charge of the show and where it’s going to go. What element or thing would you add either to the show or to your characters that’s not there?
L. Shaw-I think we have different answers here, which is awesome. I guess in this ten this is kind of addressed, but I guess I would just have my character interact with more people. Bianca has kind of this whole world around her, and Kat is working to build that, but she doesn’t really have many friends or people, so it would be cool to have different outlets or different hobbies that she had other than just crusading all the time.
E. Peck- Yes, that’s good, Lindsey. Maybe I would have Patrick go on a motorcycle road trip or something and bring some fun.
L. Shaw- I’d totally be jazzed if you piggyback on that motorcycle road trip.
E. Peck- Yes, maybe Cameron could get one, and it would be great.
L. Shaw- Really to have the whole show turn into a biker gang of sorts. That just has different routes of publicity written all over it.
E. Peck- Yes, Lindsey, that’s good. I like that.
L. Shaw-That’d be great. We could all get bikes.
In the first ten episodes each of your characters kind of only interacted with a few of the other characters. From what I’ve seen in the new episodes, there’s a lot more interaction with the other main characters. What was that like getting to work with everybody else?
L. Shaw-It is so wonderful. I feel like Meaghan and I work two different shifts on the show. I always come in for the morning, and Meaghan is always there late at night, and so really it’s this whole other storyline show, everything that you never get to see that you just have no idea about, and when you finally get to pull some of those in your direction and interact with them, it’s just fresh and new and it brings something new out of you. It brings something new out of them. It just feels really fresh, so I really enjoyed. I especially enjoyed working with Nicholas Braun. I got to work with him quite a bit this season, so that was so awesome.
E. Peck- Yes, I didn’t really get to work with too many other characters, but there were scenes that there were more characters in that I was included in, and it’s so exciting because I love everybody so much in this show and get along with all of them so well, and we’re all itching to have more scenes with each other, as Lindsey said, like with Nicholas, with Chris, or with Meaghan, and I’m hoping to see a lot more of that in hopes that we have more seasons to do.
You all seem pretty close. Can you give maybe a random fact about a few of your co-stars or each other?
L. Shaw- Ethan listens to classical music in his trailer all day, every day.
E. Peck- No, I don’t.
L. Shaw-Yes, you do.
E. Peck- Chris Zylka speaks Russian.
L. Shaw- Meaghan bakes banana bread for people, for the crew, for her cast. She is a wonderful baker, and Nick is a great freestyle rapper.
E. Peck- Yes, he is.
L. Shaw- Nick is amazing at throwing down a little verse.
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Megan-Kat’s a real, like we mentioned, crusader, so what are you passionate about besides acting of course?
L. Shaw-In the past year I’ve gotten really passionate about health and nutrition, actually. I recently became a pescatarian, which is somebody who only eats fish, and I’m kind of a crusader of my own in my own life, but I kind of watched Food Inc. and tried to push that on everybody that I knew. That’s become a big interest of mine, and recycling has always been something that I, I don’t know, I can’t stop it. My mom literally put it into me as a small child. She recycled everything, so I kind of have the neuroses, and I couldn’t stop even if I wanted to.
E. Peck- Yes, she has recycling parties.
L. Shaw- No, I don’t make everybody else do it, but it’s always around my apartment.
Megan- That’s fantastic. My readers had a couple questions for you, too. The first was if we were to listen to your iPods or MP3s, what would we hear, either one of you?
L. Shaw- Ethan, do you want to jump in here any time, man?
E. Peck- You would hear a lot of different music. I listen to lots of stuff. I do like classical—what?
L. Shaw- I said you have amazing taste in music.
E. Peck- Thanks, Lindsey. I love Ravel, I guess to begin with the classical. I like a lot of weirder ambielectronic music like Tim Hecker and probably a lot of stuff that maybe you wouldn’t have heard of. What about you, Lindsey?
L. Shaw- Are you saying, “Lindsey, you’re more mainstream. You would like something relatable to the kids.” [Laughs] I’m much more basic. I’m a folksy person at heart really. I really like Ray Lamontagne and Band of Horses, a little Death Cab, all of the above. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs are amazing.
Megan-The other thing I’d like to know is if you could guest star on any TV show besides your own, what would it be?
L. Shaw- I would guest star on Nurse Jackie. I absolutely love that show, and Edie Falco is incredible, so absolutely. Ethan, what about you?
E. Peck-Well, if I watched TV, maybe 30 Rock.
[Note from Me: Great shows, Nurse Jackie is hilarious.]
Here’s the last chatter as we disconnect.
L. Shaw- Ethan, you’ve been asked this TV question so many times, you’ve got to just sit down and power through one and then that’s your go-to.
Moderator-There are currently no questions in queue.
E. Peck- Lindsey, you scared them all away.
That’s all for now. It was a great interview, they were fun to talk with. Catch the all new episodes on ABC Family, Mondays at 8 pm starting on March 29th.