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By Suzanne

Erica Dasher

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 Design

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 this season?

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 like it.

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 living?

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 relationship?

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 with him.

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