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Interview with Cody Christian of "Pretty
Little Liars" on
ABC Family 2/5/15
He seems like a nice young man. The two questions I
asked were: What originally drew you to the role of playing
Mike? and Is there a character you would like to do more
scenes with or have more interaction time with? (ABC
Family doesn't put our names on the questions the way other
ABC Familyís Q&A with Cody Christian
Pretty Little Liars
Moderator: What do you think it is about Mike and Mona that
made them such a good match for each other?
Cody: I think the dynamic between them, and the relationship
that they have, is so unique because they both needed
something that they werenít getting and I feel like that was
an understanding. Mona and Mike were sort of scrutinized by
a lot of people and they were at the will of peopleís
judgment, so I think what they both gave each other was an
understanding for who they are, and who they wanted to be,
and what they wanted, so there was really something special.
There was a connection there that really made them unique.
Moderator: Can you tell us more about that secret bag Mike
was leaving behind? What was going through your mind when
you were filming that scene?
Cody: There was a close-up shot of the bag and I think the
audience saw there were some sour candies in there, which
are actually my favorite. I love sour gummies. Iím a huge
fan of Sour Patch Kids. The real question is, itís
interesting to see how people interpret it because itís Ė it
almost read as disappointment on Mikeís face -- and that
could be led to assume, was he waiting for somebody? Was he
intending to meet somewhere there at the dock? Was he just
out there taking a stroll? Thatís the question in the air
right now. Fortunately, we will get those answers very soon
in the episodes to come!
Moderator: What can you tell us about the movitations behind
Mikeís recent actions?
Cody: I think whatís motivating Mike is whatís been
motivating The Liars from Season One -- and thatís to find
answers. Thatís the extent of it all. He wants to know why
and what happened. He wants answers about Mona.
Moderator: Will Mikeís character, or even the viewers, be
getting those answers sooner rather than later?
Cody: Absolutely! I stand behind saying that. The answers
will be given to the audience very, very soon. I know that
thereís been times where cast members have said ďsoonĒ and
then a season has gone by before something has actually
happened [laughs]. But I can tell you, in regards to Mike
and whatís going on with him now, the audience will receive
answers very soon rather than later.
Moderator: Is it more fun to play Mike now that heís a really
Cody: What attracts me to different characters, and the
different roles as an actor, is to take on what almost
scares me in a way. I want to take on whatís a stretch, and
whatís so far out of my everyday life, that really makes me
commit to a character and sort of lose myself. Itís great to
really be in a position to create something new and
Thatís what Iím getting now with Mike. Iím doing these
scenes and then all these things that are happening with the
characters that are so out of character for Mike. Being able
to portray that, and being able to be behind it and create
all these new moments that the audience has never seen, is
so exhilarating for me. Iím definitely excited for fans to
see the rest of this story arc and what else is to come with
Moderator: What can you say to the theory that Mona isnít
Cody: I donít think it can be put to rest because you know,
thatís the thing in Rosewood ---- you could see a body but
that doesnít mean someone is dead.
Moderator: Do you have a favorite episode or favorite scene
from the series?
Cody: Yes, I actually do! My favorite episode is yet to come.
Itís actually episode 520. It is by far my favorite episode
that Iíve shot, my favorite episode to film, and I think
when fans see it theyíre going to know why.
Moderator: Whatís it like working on set with everybody?
Cody: The cast is incredible! Weíve had time to grow and sort
of connect with each other. Weíve been able to see and learn
everyone --- how they work with each other, what makes
people laugh, how to make people smile on bad days, all of
that. So itís really just this big family. I know that
sounds cheesy and clichť but it really is!
You spend all this time together. Iíve known Lucy now for
almost four or five years and all this time accumulated, and
all this time working together, and all this time laughing,
or maybe itís being upset, or maybe itís being sad. Ttís
incredible to know that you can go there and have this
support group, this extension of a family that is close to
you and is there for you no matter what you need.
Moderator: What do you like the most about your character
Cody: One of my favorite things about the character is the
relatability he has to our demographic and the audience.
When we started the show, he was such a normal kid and, in
my opinion, he was going through things that a lot of people
go through in their lives -- whether itís turmoil within
their own family, whether itís depression, whether itís
maybe some rage because of things that are happening that
are out of their control.
What I love about the character is that heís able to portray
these events and provide this relatability to people that
are watching. Maybe somebody thatís watching can see this
performance, or see the character go through something, and
understand that theyíre not the only ones and itís not just
the. I love the fact that I feel that Mike has that
potential to almost help our audience and demographic in
whatever way that they might need.
Moderator: Which celebrity would you like to guest star on
Pretty Little Liars if you had the choice?
Cody: How awesome would it be if Liam Neeson comes in, right?
[laughs]. And heís just like, ďI will find you and I will
end you.Ē That would be pretty intense. I would love that.
Moderator: If you had to wager that one of The Liars was ďAĒ,
who do you think it would be most likely to be?
Cody: Itíd be insane if one of the four girls were A! I mean,
thatís crazy. I couldnít imagine for a second, but letís go
down this road of believing that one of the girls could be
I think it would be Hanna or it would be Spencer. My reason
is because Spencer Ė Spencer is always in control of
everything. She always has the answer; she always knows
whatís next; sheís always on top of everything. So her being
this mastermind with a plan makes perfect sense.
But then again, what about Hanna because Hanna is all about
this disillusion, right? You think sheís harmless and
innocent but, really, sheís got brains that could be behind
something as crazy as ďAĒ and this whole mastermind plan to
torment the girls. I think itís smart to say Hanna or
Spencer and Iím sort of torn between the two. I couldnít
really pick one!
Moderator: What originally drew you to playing the role of
Cody: A job was what drew me to the role [laughs]. But when I
got past that part, I was really able to read the script and
fall in love with the character and fall in love with the
story. There is so much substance there and what I realized
when I was reading the pilot script, was ďwow, this show
could go on forever!Ē
I could see this show developing Ė and thatís ultimately
what you want when you get on a new project, or when youíre
on a pilot. I got that feeling when I was reading it and I
just wanted to explore and experiment and I wanted to grow
up with this character. I thought it would always be awesome
to be on a show and be growing up with the character, so
thatís definitely something that drew me to the role.
Moderator: Is there a character that you would like to do
more scenes with or get more interaction time with?
Cody: Yes! In the episodes to come, you will definitely see
Mike branching out and having interactions with characters
that you might not have expected in the longest time. So
thatís a nice thing to look forward to but, speaking on my
behalf, I love working with Ian [Harding]. I would love more
scenes with him.
I think it would also be interesting to see Mike branch out
and maybe have scenes with The Liars. Weíll just have to
wait and see what the rest of this season and season six
brings for Mike!
Moderator: In what ways do you think your character has
grown, or changed, from all these experiences?
Cody: I think a lot of it has forced him to grow up. At the
start of the show, Mike was definitely a child. He was a
kid, a normal kid with a normal life. He went to school. He
played sports. He had his friends and then that was it. Then
all of these things started to unfold and it really forced
him to have to change his perspective and grow up
Looking back, hindsight being 20/20, I donít think that was
a bad thing. I think Mike being the grown up that he is now,
and the side that weíre seeing of him in season five, is
definitely what he needs. And maybe what his sister needs,
his family needs, and other people in Rosewood need at this
Moderator: Did you think Mike would be in the place that he
is now when you first started the series?
Cody: No, I didnít. Thatís sort of one of the exciting
things, you never really know. Our writers are fantastic
about churning out these new storylines and keeping
everything fresh, keeping everyone second guessing, and
keeping the story unpredictable. I never knew where Mike was
really heading and now that I have the story that I have
now, Iím thrilled. Iím thrilled to be playing it,
representing it as a character, and Iím even more thrilled
to see whatís in the future.
Moderator: If you could be on any other ABC Family show, what
show would you like to be on?
Cody: Well, I actually auditioned for one of the leads on The
Fosters. I actually tested alongside David Lambert. When I
first read that story I was really interested. So maybe if
Pretty Little Liars doesnít want me anymore, they can kick
me over to that show [laughs]
Moderator: What does the cast like to do on set to help break
some of those intense scenes?
Cody: Weíre a bunch of children, so we pull pranks on each
other all day and we try to scare each other. We try to keep
everything light and try to keep everything fun. A crew
thatís laughing all day is a crew thatís having fun and that
crew is going to put the best work out there. We try to keep
everything light and the atmosphere easygoing. That
definitely gets us through the day.
Moderator: How will this darker side of Mike be affecting his
relationship with his sister, Aria, in the coming weeks?
Cody: This is something that the past has already answered
previous times before. I think weíre going to see an
instance, maybe of the past repeating itself, history
repeating itself in Rosewood. Mike and Aria have always been
best friends and theyíve had each otherís backs Ė and at the
same time, weíve also seen them at each otherís throats.
At this point, Mikeís done taking orders from people. Heís
done being told what to do and heís going to do whatever he
feels is necessary to get the answers that he wants. Heís
going to do that at no oneís mercy, so that might cause some
tension between Aria and Mike. But at the end of the day, I
donít think itís anything theyíre not going to be able to
get through. Theyíre family and they would do anything for
Moderator: Do you think Mike will have any upcoming potential
love interest toward that?
Cody: I would like to think so! I would like to think that
Mike will eventually get over the loss of someone that he
loved and be able to move on. How soon thatís going to
happen, I donít know. I donít know if itís something that
weíre going to see immediately. I donít know if itís
something that Mikeís going to have to take some time and
really sit on because I can tell you, right now, a lot of
people have disbelief about it. But the relationship that
Mike and Mona had was very serious and it meant a lot to
him. Heís devastated to see her gone, so I donít know how
much time heís actually going to need before heís ready to
move on to something else in his life.
Moderator: Who is your favorite couple on the show?
Cody: Iím going to stay with the home team. Iím going to stay
with the sister. Iím going to say Ezria! Theyíve been
through so much Ė just let them be happy [laughs]
Moderator: Do you and Lucy [Hale] have a brother/sister
relationship off set?
Cody: I would like to say that we do! Sheís the older sister;
Iím the younger brother. Iím very protective over her. Any
time she has somebody new in her life, I always find myself
observing the guy and being like ďOkay, are you a good match
for her? Are you going to treat her right?Ē I just do it
without even knowing. I do it subconsciously [laughs]. We
have a great relationship, both onset and offset.
Moderator: Which cast member in real life do you think would
most have the skills to be ďAĒ?
Cody: I feel like Iím going to answer and one of these people
that I say are going to come after me [laughs]. I donít know
actually. Everyone is great. All the girls are such
sweethearts. All the guys are so polite, so nice. I donít
Moderator: Do you have a favorite Disney Park you go to?
Cody: Iíve only been to Disneyland one time! I went to
Disneyland last year for the very first time and it was
amazing. I had so much fun! I want to go to Disney World
soon. Iím turning 20 in April and I think Iím going to try
to plan a trip --- maybe to go to Disney World.
I was a fan of the Indiana Jones ride. That ride is
incredible. Space Mountain --- That one is insane, too. I
love it. I could ride those rides, literally, ten times in a
row, all day long.
Moderator: Do you have a favorite Disney movie or Disney
Cody: I have so many Disney movies. I have all the old VHS
tapes of the Disney movies. I have every single Disney movie
there is to have on VHS, so Iím slowly trying to convert
everyone to a DVD so I can be in the modern age with them
Moderator: If you could choose any character on Pretty Little
Liars to play, who would you want it to be and why?
Cody: Iíd like to play Caleb, for a couple of reasons. Heís
the bad boy without even trying to be the bad boy. Plus,
heís the hacker that can break into anything. I think thatís
pretty cool. Plus, he gets to date Hanna on the show, so
thatís a plus. Iíd probably step in Calebís shoes for a
Moderator: If you were on a desert island, and you could only
pick one of The Liars to get you off, who would it be?
Cody: I would not pick Aria because I feel like Aria would
just cry about it, in the nicest way possible [laughs]. I
would not pick Hanna because I feel like she gets a tad
emotional at times. Emily is a pretty solid choice. If I
pick Emily, sheíd probably put me on her back and swim me
out of there. If I pick Spencer, she would arrange something
for me to be picked up in a helicopter, so Iím going to go
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