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Interview with Erica Dasher of "Jane by Design" on
ABC Family 6/22/12
Although it says "moderator" below, these are actually
questions asked by all different reporters.
ABC Familyís Q&A Session with Erica Dasher Ė Jane By
Moderator: Why do you think Billy didnít tell Jane about
his feelings in episode 11?
E. Dasher: I think Billy was confused. I think itís a scary thing to
completely change the dynamic of the very long relationship and
friendship. He had been away for two months in a juvenile detention
center and I think maybe even there he learned to be more guarded. So I
think itís a combination of things.
Moderator: Do you think that Jane has romantic feelings for him at all?
E. Dasher: I think there is a lot of love between those two characters
and you never know what that love could possibly turn into. So I think
it makes sense, now that theyíre growing up, to reexamine that. I think
she certainly thinks about it.
Moderator: Whatís it like to play Jane, and how do you go about bringing
her to life?
E. Dasher: Well, I love playing Jane. I think sheís an incredibly
passionate and vulnerable character and she has a great sense of humor
about herself and the world. I was not a popular girl in high school, so
itís not a difficult thing for me to tap into. And Iím also at a point
in my life where I am going through what sheís going through. Sheís
pursuing her dream and itís starting to be realized and I feel like that
very much in the acting world and with this job, itís my first real
professional job, and so itís all very exciting. In terms of the work I
do, the scripts are great and I love working with comedy because it
forces you to be on your toes. Thereís a certain music to comedy, I
think, and finding that is very fun, and also the cast is so wonderful
and they give me so much. Itís just great. We have a blast.
Moderator: Whatís been your favorite episode or scene so far?
E. Dasher: Oh, that is difficult. One of my favorite scenes from this
season hasnít happened yet, but Billy and I are home alone, my mother
and Ben are both gone, for different reasons, and we have basically
completely trashed the house, weíve watched scary movies and we have
pizza everywhere, and it was just a really fun scene to shoot. I love
working with Nick. We always have a blast. And then, what else this
season, oh, well we shot in New York over a weekend, Brian Depard and I,
who plays Eli, and that episode aired last night, where we did a big
montage around the city and it was super fun shooting all of that stuff.
I love being in New York.
Moderator: Has there been anything thatís been difficult for you to do so
far on the show?
E. Dasher: Running in heels. No, I think the most difficult thing about
this show is the very long hours we do, and we move very quickly.
Sometimes Iíll get a script and weíll start shooting it the next day,
but I will have been in every scene the day before, so just the sheer
nature of the beast makes it difficult to just get the lines down. But
really weíre so fortunate, itís such a positive set and a cast thatís so
supportive and we all have such great chemistry. I think in the
rehearsal process before they start lighting we really are able to find
it rather quickly, which is nice.
Moderator: In what ways are you most and least like Jane?
E. Dasher: I am most like Jane in that I think I have a goofy sense of
humor, the way that she does and hopefully I have infused that a little
bit. I think the writers write to that, which is really fun. Iím least
like Jane in the boy department. She is magical. There are always a lot
of boys after her, and I need to learn.
Moderator: Are you happy with the direction that your character is headed
E. Dasher: Absolutely. For me itís been very fun to read the scripts and
watch the other character stories develop, and I think ... created
really three dimensional characters and itís fun to become invested in
them and work with so many different people. And now that there are new
characters on the show that are really shaking things up it forces Jane
into some different and difficult situations, and with the return of her
mother, with the introduction of Zoey and her shifting dynamic with
Billy, itís been a fun and different thing for me to explore. I really
Moderator: Is there a time thatís going to come, maybe this season or
hopefully the following seasons, that Janeís going to have to come to
terms with losing something or someone because of the double life sheís
E. Dasher: Absolutely. Itís a very tenuous situation. Certainly with Eli
he doesnít know that sheís in high school. Iím not sure how long she can
keep that up. And yes, at any moment, and I think thatís what makes the
show so fun, at any moment everything can come crashing down.
Moderator: Did you have an interest in fashion before working on the
show, and whatís it like to be into the high fashion environment?
E. Dasher: I always admired fashion from afar, but Iíve learned so much
from the show. Itís really depressing to come home to my own closet, but
itís really been fascinating to immerse myself in this world. Andie
MacDowell just was in Paris and she brought me back a history of fashion
book and a biography of Prada and Schiaparelli, and itís fun to learn
about the history of all of it and just wearing the clothes and seeing
the time and the craftsmanship that designers put in. Obviously our
costume designer, Olivia Miles-Payne is a genius and I really love
watching her work because sheís created such a beautiful palette for all
of these characters and such distinct personalities that are expressed
through the clothes and the fashion for all of us, and I think it really
does the show right.
Moderator: Weíve been talking about Billy a lot, with his new girlfriend
how are things between Jane and Billy going to change in the
E. Dasher: Itís interesting, Jane has tried to confront him about what
happened last season and he doesnít want to deal with it. And with the
introduction of this new girl, Jane really has to feel things out rather
slowly, and I think sheís figuring out what her own feelings are for
Billy as well. But it certainly shifts the dynamic, I think.
Moderator: What is it like working with Terri Hatcher the director and
Terri Hatcher the actress?
E. Dasher: Terri Hatcher the director will come in next season, if we get
one. She didnít direct one this season. But as an actress I can already
see her directorís eye. She has ideas about how to enhance a scene, both
visually and emotionally, sheís a really incredibly smart woman and has
been working in this industry for a very long time, and it was so
educational watching her. And sheís also just a lot of fun and she gives
so much. We were doing a super emotional scene and itís midnight and we
shoot her coverage first, and she was crying and then they turned the
cameras around on my brother and I, and she does the same performance.
Sheís very generous and giving and it was a gift to work with her.
Moderator: Where do you see Janeís relationship with her mother going?
E. Dasher: Jane is very excited to have her back, whereas Ben is a little
bit wary, and so Jane welcomes her with open arms. But where it goes, I
donít want to give too much away, but her mother is a person whoís
afraid of commitment and you never know whatís going to happen. But she
really wants to continue to build that relationship.
Moderator: What do you think Jane can improve on?
E. Dasher: Oh gosh, itís so funny because I think once that Iím living in
Janeís world she doesnít do a lot of thinking before acting, so perhaps
that, if she thought a little bit before she acted. But itís almost as
if she doesnít even have time to think, because sheís running back and
forth between these two different worlds, so that.
Moderator: What do you like most then about Jane?
E. Dasher: I like her sense of humor, and I like that she is ambitious
and passionate about pursuing her dreams. I think sheís a really good
role model for young women and certainly has been for me. She will not
quit, which I think is a wonderful quality.
Moderator: Is there any chance that India and Jane are going to reconcile
this season, or maybe form an ally together?
E. Dasher: Oh gosh, good question. India is a cunning, conniving woman,
but she was not the mole and I think that if she and Jane are able to
confront that, something interesting might develop. But you never really
know what Indiaís going to do. She always has another agenda.
Moderator: In real life if you could choose between Nick or Billy, who
would you pick?
E. Dasher: If I was me, even though I love both of those boys, probably
Billy, because I too was an outcast and I get Billy.
Moderator: How has your own personal sense of fashion changed since you
started playing such a fashionista, and how would you describe your
sense of style?
E. Dasher: It has changed in two ways. I think when I do red carpets or
Iím going out with friends to a nice place Iím more conscious, I make
more of an effort about choosing what goes together and I think I take
more risks. But also in my daily life I think itís made me more relaxed,
because youíre on the show and you go through two hours of hair and
makeup and Iím wearing heels all day and I do all of these costume
changes, so in my real life I just want to put on jeans and a t-shirt
and no makeup.
Moderator: What is the key to running so successfully in those heels all
the time on the show?
E. Dasher: I donít know. I broke my ankle before I got the part, or in
the process of getting the part, and the whole pilot they framed my feet
out and I had a body double, so I always say itís punishment, for the
rest of the show I will be running in heels. I donít know. But you know
we really do, when we know we have scenes where Iím running we make sure
Iím in heels that fit very well or are extra tight or have an ankle
strap, but itís no easy task.
Moderator: What advice would you give to Jane?
E. Dasher: If I could give advice to Jane what would I give? To slow down
a little bit and donít be afraid to tell people how you feel. I think
that applies to her mother. I think it applies to Billy. I think it
could eventually apply to Eli. I think that that can be a scary thing to
do sometimes, but itís a helpful one.
Moderator: Whatís your favorite outfit that youíve worn on the show?
E. Dasher: Itís almost such a blur. Oh no, I love the black dress I wore
in episode 2, I think itís a Katy Rodriguez dress and it ties in the
back and it has a big full skirt, and I adore that dress. And I like the
skull, I think itís a Betsy Johnson skull onesie that I wore with a red
sweater. Thatís awesome, too.
Moderator: You were talking about the chemistry among the cast members,
how much of that chemistry do the fans see in the show?
E. Dasher: I hope that that shines through and reads. I think that thatís
why the show works, because we work. Nick and I have so much fun working
together itís like I could be exhausted and miserable and I walk on to
the set and start a scene with Nick and suddenly Iím in a good mood,
because we just play really well off each other. And the same with
David, I mean, everybody. The energy is really positive on set, weíre
very fortunate. I was cast first, and then they had me come in to do
chemistry reads with all the other characters, so it was a really smart
thing the producers did at the beginning of the process by making sure
that we matched up.
Moderator: Speaking of chemistry, what celebrity in real life would you
most like to date?
E. Dasher: You know I have been asked this question before and I always
tell myself that Iím going to think of a really good answer, but I never
have one. So let me think right now. Everybodyís so cute. I donít know.
Right now I can only think of Ryan Gosling, but I think just because
heís the most ubiquitous, good looking, talented person, so weíll go
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