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Interview with Bailey Buntain of
"Bunheads" on ABC Family 2/13/13
ABC Family’s Q&A with Bailey Buntain –
Moderator I know you’re a classically trained ballerina but
you do have a lot of jazz numbers in the show, do you find
them more difficult or just as easy to learn and do you
enjoy them as much as ballet?
Bailey I actually was trained equally; my core training was
in ballet, jazz, and tap. Much like Ginny, my body type—I’m
really short—always lent itself better to the jazz and tap
style so I find all the dances pretty equally challenging.
I’ve had my favorite that’s for sure. My favorite dance
number that we ever do is actually in the finale, and so I’m
so excited to see how that one turns out.
Moderator Do you have any say at all in what your character
does, as far as her lines do you have any input at all?
Bailey I don’t really have a big say in it and I don’t know
if I would want a say in it. I don’t know if I want that
responsibility! I love everything that the writers do and it
surprises me, the things that they do, but I always
understand the series of events that lead to it.
Moderator Since this is your first like major role in a TV
show I was wondering how the experience has been different
going in to these episodes starting in JanuaryHow has that
experience been different in this new batch and with all the
fun things you guys are doing?
Bailey In these second episodes I really had the opportunity
to like do a lot of things just because Ginny is dealing
with so much and she’s totally turning in to her mother so
she tends to like bottle it all in, and then she’ll freak
out, and so it’s definitely been really fun.
It’s been challenging but in a great way. There’s a lot of
dancing and there’s a lot more—there’s a lot of dancing in
these eight episodes; a lot of different styles. I think we
don’t ever repeat a style. We do ballet and we do a jazz. We
do a funky one. There’s been a lot of variation, and it’s
been different than the first ten just because there is
more, but it’s more the same. It’s more of the same stuff we
were doing in the first ten so it was kind of a nice little
preparation before they put us in to like super gear. It’s
been really fun. I actually just started hiatus and I’m
missing it. I’m starting to talk at like a normal pace and I
don’t know what’s wrong with me.
Moderator Monday night’s episode showed the audition for the
Musical Theatre, and that’s a new aspect of the show as
well. Could you give us any hint as to how that plays out
for you both as an actress and for the character Ginny? A
little hint of sort of how that experience is going?
Bailey So that mainly gave Ginny confidence that she never
had before, and Michelle was the person that helped teach
her that and give her that. It just shows how much Michelle
has really incorporated in to not just like Paradise life
but in to like each individual girl’s life. It’s not so much
just the four ‘bunheads’ in the show. She’s starting to
affect us in our private life individually whether that’s
like with Sasha and Roman or me and Zach.
It’s showing how much she’s becoming a part of our lives,
and Michelle definitely still has a lot of stuff to go
through as far as what she’s going to do with her career in
musical theatre and auditioning and stuff. For Ginny -she’s
got some fun stuff coming up ahead, I’ll tease that, but it
mainly just showed the relationship between Michelle and
Rachelle What was it about the character Ginny that made you
want to play her besides the dancing aspect of it?
Bailey I was a really big fan of Amy Sherman-Palladino so I
would have been so over the moon to play any character that
she writes because she writes such quirky and fun
characters. But some of my favorite things about Ginny is I
love that she takes care of people. She totally thinks she’s
an adult even though she’s not, and so she’s constantly
trying to take care of everyone and their friends. I mean
like organize things and orchestrate things and I love that
I also like that she has a lot of like gusto and fire in her
and that’s a lot of time what totally like winds her and
freaks her out, but she doesn’t quite have the confidence to
follow through anything. In this last episode she has so
much fire, she’s so ready to go get Frankie and then she
just losses all confidence and all follow through, and I
like that about her. And especially as we develop more as a
show and our characters get to develop more I find new
things out about her, and so these eight have been really
fun because I really got to explore more of who she is.
Rachelle How are you similar and different to Ginny?
Bailey I am similar to Ginny. She’s a little bit of an old
soul and that’s definitely something that I really do as
well. I think I’m different in the sense of she doesn’t have
a problem expressing her feelings, and I’m not quite as
quick to the tongue as she is.
Moderator I like the depiction of Ginny’s falling out with
Melanie because it felt very honest. I wanted to get your
opinion on the portrayal of the friendships on the show.
What do you think it would take for Ginny to forgive Melanie
and just sort of how you feel about the friendship?
Bailey I grew up in a dance studio. The thing with these
girls is it really is when you grow up in a dance studio and
you have a group of girlfriends you are tight. You’re
family. You’re together like hours upon hours in rehearsal
and class. It’s like you are with them more than you are
with your own family.
Ginny particularly goes through a lot of stuff right now
with her dad left her and her mom to go be with Faye
Mendelsohn and they’re getting married, so that right there
is not easy to deal with. And then her mom is going crazy
and everyone knows that her mom is going crazy. She’s just
at a point where she’s going through a lot of stressful
things, and she feels like you’re my best friend, you should
be supporting me and be there for me. Melanie is going
through her own stuff and she’s trying to find herself.
She’s not there and so that hurts Ginny’s feelings. On top
of it this new girl comes in (Cozette) and Ginny just feels
like so threatened, like “Who is this new girl. My friend is
not here for me” and I think she takes all of that out on
Cozette. She blames it all on Cozette because it’s easier to
decipher her feelings as opposed to what’s happening to her
and Melanie’s friendship.
But I do think that friendships go through changes,
especially when they’re long-term friendships, when you’ve
been friends since you were, you know, like two. I don’t
think that this strain is something that’s going to be
permanent. I just think they’re having a growing phase, and
I think that as Ginny gets used to the shift in dynamic with
the new girl and as she feelsmore comfortable again with the
group of four girls I think it will be okay. I just think
they’re going through some growing pains.
Lucia Do you think we’re going to actually get to see the
wedding and actually meet Ginny’s father and soon-to-be
step-mom? Is that going to play out this season or are you
allowed to say?
Bailey Well, we actually met Faye Mendelsohn sort of. She
was jumping on the trampoline, but some stuff does happen
with the family but I can’t really say if we’ll see the
wedding or not.
Moderator Could you talk a little bit about working with
Sutton Foster and the other girls’ relationship off set? Do
you guys hang out together? What’s all that like?
Bailey Yes! I mean our hours are crazy so we’re together all
the time and really get to know people, and lucky we all get
along really great. Sutton is like a really great balance of
being nice and fun but also super professional. Like working
with her and being around her has been such an influential
learning experience because she’s just such a pro as an
actor but she’s also an amazing person. She’s so funny.
Trust me I can’t say enough nice things about her.
Then the other four girls yeah we’re friends. We’re together
like all the time when we’re filming. Me and Julia car pool
a lot, which was really fun because, as you know, LA traffic
is horrible so that right there is a couple hours that we
would spend together. And then me and Emma actually just
went and saw a production of Peter Pan last week. We wrapped
filming but I’m sure we’re still going to all see each other
because I’ve seen all of them since we wrapped and it’s been
a week and a half so we’ll see each other.
Moderator Before Bunheads you were a newcomer to Hollywood.
What’s it like to have this first big role?
Bailey Awesome. It’s really awesome. I’m super thankful. If
you had told me that I would have gotten to work with Amy
and Sutton and Kelly and this group of people I would have
fainted and not believe you so it’s been really great.
Moderator You have other talents such as baton twirling. Do
you think some of your other talents will come in to play on
Bailey Oh my gosh, I never thought of that. That would be
hilarious. I feel like Ginny probably does know how to baton
twirl. I don’t know. Yeah I baton twirled for years. I do
still do it. I’ve never done the fire batons and I’ve always
wanted to so maybe. Who knows; if we get to keep going maybe
Ginny needs to take up some fire baton twirling because
Bailey really wants to learn how to do that.
Moderator We’ve seen Ginny have more crushes and boyfriends
than any of the other girls so do you think we’re going to
see Charlie again or Josh again or more like chemistry with
Frankie? Can you talk about that?
Bailey Yeah! I did something right with the writers that
they’ve given me all these cute boys. I don’t know as far as
Josh and Charlie how that’s going to come in to play. I do
know that the dynamic with her and Frankie continues to
grow. I think that she had the same boyfriend forever and so
the second—it’s kind of like she was married so the second
she didn’t have that it was like she just went a little boy
crazy. You know had crushes on everyone.
Frankie particularly is such a mystery and she just could
not figure him out. He’s nothing like the boys in Paradise,
and I think that like excites her, confuses her, all the
above, and with everything that’s going on in her family
life and with her friends her whole life is kind of like
spinning around, and things with her and Frankie definitely
grow as the next two episodes happen. And you see him
shirtless in this one so … ….
Moderator Is there somebody on the show that you’d like to
work more with if you really haven’t had a chance to have a
whole lot of scenes with?
Bailey If you would have asked me that a few weeks ago I
would have said Sutton only because we had really only
explored Michelle’s relationship, at least as far as I was
concerned, with all four of us and her. I really got the
opportunity to kind of explore just how Michelle influences
Ginny, which was really fun. So that would have been the
first one but luckily I got to see that.
I would love to have a little bit more interaction directly
with my mom. So far there are a lot of us individually and
there are a lot of us talking about each other, but I have
that dinner scene with Melanie and her dad and me and my
mom. It was so much fun, and we had such a great time so I
really hope that I get to do more with them, and Claire is
like—I love Kiersten Warren and she plays Claire. She’s
amazing and funny and I would love to be able to do more
Bunheads Official Site:
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·About Bailey & Ginny:
Ginny is a sweet and enthusiastic dancer at Fanny’s studio. While she’s extremely talented, Ginny struggles with not yet being comfortable in her own skin. A newcomer to Hollywood prior to Bunheads, Bailey Buntain landed the role of “Ginny Thompson” shortly after graduating from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) in New York. Her recent credits include a guest turn as “Jenna Taylor” opposite Eden Sher on the popular ABC show The Middle, in addition to appearing on stage in the musicals Hello, Dolly!, The Music Man, and as a featured dancer for the annual Broadway on Broadway benefit concert. A native of Sacramento, California, Bailey trained extensively as a classically trained actor, singer, and dancer. Not many people know she is also well-versed in both baton twirling and the trapeze!
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