Interview with Alexandra Chando from The Lying Game

The Lying Game is an all new show based on the books by Sara Shepherd (same writer as Pretty Little Liars), and it’s premiering tonight at 9/8c on ABC Family. This show is full of drama, humour, and mystery—quickly putting it on many must see lists.

The adorable star of the show, Alexandra Chando, sat down for a conference call with reporters recently to help us all get ready for the series premiere. Let’s see what she had to say about playing twins, the books, and the show in general.

About playing dual roles and the challenges that come with that

Alexandra Chando: 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 and 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.

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On the most important thing she’s learned so far from her time on the show

Alexandra: 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.

On how she would describe both the characters she plays

Alexandra: Sutton Mercer is the twin sister that was adopted into a very wealthy family. She kind of grew up in a privileged lifestyle. She is kind of used to getting things handed to her; having things come a lot easier for her; takes a lot for granted. I wouldn’t consider her a mean girl by any sense of the word. I think she is just very self-absorbed and knows what she wants and knows how to get it and will kind of do anything that she can to do that. And Emma Becker, who is the twin that was not adopted and was brought up in the foster care system, she is just a kind-hearted, really selfless person; just really longs to have that family connection that she has been missing for all those years and just truly warm-hearted and doesn’t take anything for granted.

On who she thinks is the most interesting character and why

Alexandra: I’m going to say two. I think Sutton is a very interesting character because she is not a bad person, but she is definitely a selfish person with motives. But I think that there is something more to her and it’s kind of a sad thing because she grew up with these great parents in this great environment but there’s just something missing for her, which is sad.

Then, I think that Andy Buckley’s character, Ted, is an interesting character. I am so interested to see what happens with that because I think they’re laying some groundwork where the parents are obviously keeping a secret and we don’t know who. I don’t know. I keep thinking that there might be something with Ted.

On how different the show is from the book

Alexandra: The show does differ from the book. It’s a mystery and in order to keep fans intrigued and keep a television series going, we need to maintain that element of mystery. If we were to just follow the book directly then there would be no mystery involved.

We did depart a little bit from the book, but it’s based on the characters and the lying games are mentioned.
There you have it. If you need more reasons to watch, check out today’s remote post so you can get a better picture of this show’s plot. Tune into ABC Family, Mondays at 9/8c to see where this show takes us.

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