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By Krista

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 networks do)

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 mysterious character?

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 spontaneous.

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 Mike.

Moderator: What can you say to the theory that Mona isnít really dead?

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 Mike?

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 ďAĒ. [laughs]

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 Mike?

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 prematurely.

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 point.

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 each other.

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 know!

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 character?

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 all [laughs]

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 little bit.

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 with Spencer.

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