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Interview with Chelsea Kane of "Drop Dead Diva" on
Moderator: Devon Sanceda
September 5, 2012
11:00 am CT
Operator: Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for standing by.
Welcome to the Drop Dead Diva conference call with guest
star, Chelsea Kane.
During the presentation, all participants will be in a
listen only mode. Afterwards, we will conduct a question and
answer session. At that time, if you have a question, please
press the 1 followed by the 4 on your telephone. If at any
time during the conference you need to reach an operator,
please press star followed by the 0.
As a reminder, this conference is being recorded Wednesday,
September 5, 2012. I would now like to turn the conference
over to Ms. Devon Sanceda. Please go ahead.
Devon Sanceda: Hi everyone, thanks again for joining. This
is our - the final Drop Dead Diva conference call of Season
4. Our finale airs this Sunday, September 9 at 9:00 pm on
Lifetime. And our guest star of this episode is Chelsea Kane
who plays Paige McBride, a pop singer who is charged with
the murder of her ex-boyfriend. In the trial, she is - sheís
accused of killing him the way she described she would
always want to kill him in a song she wrote. We have Chelsea
on the line and weíre going to go ahead and open it up to
Just so you know, I will be sending a transcript of this
call to everyone tomorrow afternoon. Thanks so much. (Sylvana),
itís all yours.
Operator: Thank you. Ladies and gentlemen, if youíd like to
register for a question please press the 1 followed by the 4
on your telephone. You will hear a three tone prompt to
acknowledge your request. If your question has been answered
and you would like to withdraw your registration, please
press the 1 followed by the 3. If you are using a
speakerphone, please lift your handset before entering your
One moment please for the first question.
And our first question comes from the line of Raeanne
Rubenstein with Dish Magazine. Please proceed.
Raeanne Rubenstein: Hey, Chelsea.
Chelsea Kane: Hi, good morning.
Raeanne Rubenstein: How are you today?
Chelsea Kane: Iím doing fine, thanks. How are you?
Raeanne Rubenstein: Good, well thank you for doing this
conference for us.
Chelsea Kane: Oh, absolutely. Iím more than happy to.
Raeanne Rubenstein: Oh, I live in Nashville, Chelsea, and so
Iím inundated with country music every day. So...
Chelsea Kane: All right.
Raeanne Rubenstein: ...can you tell me a little bit about
your career. Iíd love to know where youíre at and what your
Chelsea Kane: Well, I mean, this was so much fun to play a
little country singer. I grew up singing and doing theatre
and, of course, Iím a huge fan of the Taylor Swifts and
Carrie Underwoods of the world and of course I donít
consider myself a singer, so to kind of get thrown into this
pop star character was a lot of fun.
And I had a great time shooting this because I had just
finished shooting the first season of show on ABC Family,
which is called Baby Daddy, which is live audience sitcom.
So, to suddenly go back in to single camera, a little more
dramatic role, it was nice to kind of dip back into
something like that.
Raeanne Rubenstein: Were you charmed by the story that you
were playing? I mean, this idea that a fan could, you know,
murder your husband because of a song lyric. Do you think
thereís any truth in that kind of idea? Some fans are
Chelsea Kane: Well...
Raeanne Rubenstein: ...fanatic.
Chelsea Kane: Yes, well kind of growing up in the business
when - in this kind of pop craze, working with the Jonas
Brothers at the very beginning of my carrier was fascinating
because they were surrounded by fanatics. And I think there
were even some cases where there were songs written about
them and they would write songs about their love life. So it
was really interesting to kind of watch the yearbook of our
friends and, you know, who we ran around with, writing all
these pop songs about each other and kind of decoding which
one was about who.
And I think it was just really fun that Drop Dead Diva kind
of touched on that. That, you know, hereís this young pop
star, Paige McBride, and itís actually her boyfriend. Sheís
been dating this hot little club promoter who she discovers
has been cheating on her and writes a song about, you know,
wanting to slash his tires with a kitchen knife.
And so, the minute that happens, itís just really funny but
the who done it, whether it was a fanatic or Paige herself.
And I just - I think itís really interesting how fanatics
can, you know, become such a part of these pop starsí lives
and feel like they know them. And I just - I loved getting
to kind of poke fun at the people that I - that surrounded
me when I was...
Raeanne Rubenstein: Yes.
Chelsea Kane: ...when I was working on Disney.
Raeanne Rubenstein: Awesome. Thank you.
Operator: Ladies and gentlemen, as a reminder, to register
for a question, it is the 1 followed by the 4 on your
And our next question comes from the line of Michael
Gallagher with Stayfamous.net. Please proceed.
Michael Gallagher: Hey, howís it going?
Chelsea Kane: Hi, good morning.
Michael Gallagher: So your first scene starts off with you
being complimented on your hairstyle. So, I went online to
see if anybody had ever asked you any questions about that
and I was kind of surprises by how popular the topic was
(unintelligible), you know, and, you know, all kinds of
stuff. So whatís the story behind why you chose to go with
that look and are you surprised by the popularity of it?
Chelsea Kane: Yes, I was really surprised by the great
comments and questions and copies that my haircut received.
I cut it a few years back. Mainly out of being hot, tired of
long hair and I definitely fallen victim to the LA loo, you
know, long beach blonde hair, lots of extensions.
And to be honest with you, I just got really tired of it and
really tired of the hours put in getting ready for work in
the morning. Iíd have to spend an extra - about an extra
hour in the makeup chair. So, I decided to just cut it all
off and I love it.
I donít know if I could ever go back to long hair again and
Iím so flattered that, you know, that the girls like it and
the guys like it too, which I feel like hair is always such
a, you know, such a big deal. Long hair is always such a big
deal for boys.
But, no itís been great and itís been so fun. Iím very
active on Twitter. Itís been so fun to see the different
kids that send pictures of their haircut and, you know, I -
itís just extremely flattering all the way around. And Iím
happy that - Iím happy people like it.
Michael Gallagher: Now, why did you decide to take on this
role and what do you like best about the show?
Chelsea Kane: I just - when I first heard the character, I
just thought it was so - it - how much fun did that sound,
you know, to play to first of all play a country star and
Iím sure my dad, whoís a big country fanatic will love it.
And you know, I like the show. I, you know, heard of the
show. My friends watch it and it just sounded fun
(unintelligible) and do something totally different and I
had never played a character like that. And also, I loved
that she was kind of a nice pop start. You know, here she is
getting caught up in this mess when sheís already
heartbroken and I just thought that was a fun way to take
Most of the, I feel like ďpop star, movie starĒ roles out
there for young blond girls are usually pretty mean and
conniving, so I like that this girl has a heart and she just
kind of got caught up in a bad situation. So, thatís what
really drew me to the project.
Plus, you know, to be shooting in Atlanta and there were
some other guest stars on the show that I was excited. Kelly
Osbourne plays my biggest fan, which is hysterical to me
because Iím such a fan of her. So, that was a very surreal
moment. And (unintelligible) was also on the episode, even
though we didnít have any scenes together. I grew up
watching all of his movies and, you know, it was fun to see
him in the hotel restaurant at the end of the night. So, it
was all the way around just a great experience for me.
Michael Gallagher: All right. Thank you.
Chelsea Kane: Thank you.
Operator: Our next question comes from the line of (Robin
James), Freelance Journalist. Please proceed.
Robin James: Hello, good morning.
Chelsea Kane: Good morning.
Robin James: So you mentioned Kelly Osbourne and I know
that she plays kind of a fanatic, crazy fan on the show. So
I was just wondering - I actually have two parts - if you
could tell us a little bit about working with Kelly. You
said you were a big fan of her. And then also, if youíve
ever had any kind of crazy, fanatic fans and what kind of
fun stories can you share with us about that?
Chelsea Kane: Working with Kelly was amazing. I just think
sheís so cool. You know, I just love her. I grew up
watching, you know, her show on MTV and got to meet her for
the first time after my experience on Dancing with the
Stars. She was very, you know, active in that and I got to
guest star on her show, The Fashion Police.
But, it was such a pleasant surprise. I had already taken
the role and done a couple days of shooting when they cast
Kelly as the biggest fan and it was so exciting to see her
and talking about, you know, well we were just on the
subject of cool hair. If I could pull of lavender, I
definitely would. And yes, itís just - itís - sheís such a
cool girl and such a nice girl and it was great to be able
to work with her in a non-reality department. She did a
really good job.
And then, from there - as far as fanatic experiences go,
Iíve never really had a crazy, scary situation myself. I
love my fans and we have a great, you know, relationship
online and whenever there is - whenever there are events.
But, like I was saying earlier, it was really, really
interesting to be working with the Jonas Brothers right as
that craze hit and just the extremes that not only the fans
would go to, but the mom would go to was crazy.
You know, watching moms drop their kids off with bikes in
front of the Jonas Brothersí house so that they could ride
bikes around with us or, you know, we had padlocks or almost
like key codes. It was like getting into the White House to
get onto our set. The key codes changed weekly because we
had so much problem with girls sneaking into our sets and
hiding in the dressing room and hiding in the showers.
Finding their way...
Robin James: Oh my goodness.
Chelsea Kane: Finding their way into, you know, to get close
to the boys. So, you know, it was a fun experience because
the girls were innocent and I got to watch it from afar. Iím
sure I would be feeling very differently if I opened my
shower and a fan was standing in there. So Iíve never had a
Robin James: Absolutely. Well, thank you.
Chelsea Kane: Absolutely. Thank you.
Operator: And re there presently no further questions at
this time. Iíll turn the call back to you for your closing
Chelsea Kane: Back to me...
Devon Sanceda: Ah, thank...
Chelsea Kane: ...to talk?
Devon Sanceda: No...
Chelsea Kane: Oh.
Devon Sanceda: ...for me. Thank you everyone for calling in.
Chelsea, is there anything else youíd like to add before we
Chelsea Kane: No, this is great. Thank you guys so much. Iím
really flattered to have been included in the press for this
Devon Sanceda: Thank you so much (Sylvana), your - thereís
no additional questions, correct?
Operator: Actually, there is a follow up question. And
Devon Sanceda: Do you mind answering that Chelsea?
Chelsea Kane: Yes, absolutely.
Devon Sanceda: Oh, great.
Operator: Okay. And thatís a follow up question from the
line of (Robin James) with Freelance Journalist. Please go
Robin James: Hi again, sorry, I didnít want you to go...
Chelsea Kane: Hi.
Robin James: I had one more question. A lot of stuff that
I work for is international as well and I know that
international fans, theyíre always interested in seeing
people who started in acting really young and have had such
a diverse career. So I was wondering if you could tell us a
little bit about your career in theatre and television and
the different types of shows. And, you know, if you have any
advice for people who are young and want to get into acting.
Chelsea Kane: Absolutely. I got into theatre at a very - at
6 years old in Scottsdale, Arizona. And I mainly did it as
an after school hobby. You know, my mom wanted me to
(unintelligible) out of the house and entertaining myself. I
was an only child, so it was nice to go be with other kids,
it was youth theatre.
And I just totally got the bug and from there I got my first
paying gig when I was, like 10 years old, the national
Broadway tour of Showboat came through town and they were
looking for kids and I heard that they were having auditions
on the radio station. So I asked if I could go audition and
I got it, and thatís when I put the pieces together that
people could make money doing this and, you know, make money
as an actor and where are these adults traveling the world
doing shows every night and I just thought that was the
coolest thing ever.
And my dad was actually in the business; he was a director
out here in, like, the 80s directing commercials and didnít
want me to get into it. Didnít think it was glamorous and
didnít want me to do it at all, which of course, the minute
a parent tells you you canít do something.
It was all I wanted at that point, so thatís really where I
became obsessed about sixth grade. I just couldnít get
enough of it and kept doing a lot of shows and theatre and
independent films, whatever I could really get my hands on
back in Arizona.
And then from there, once I hit high school, I was able to
convince my parents to let me come out for a week of
auditions in LA. And I ended up meeting an agent and booking
a show and I was very just extremely, extremely lucky. I
think ignorance is bliss. I went in and had my first
audition for a show on Fox, it was called Cracking Up, it
was cancelled after a couple episodes. But, it was enough to
get me in the door and then I feel like I did pay my dues
for the next couple years with, you know, playing small
roles or whatever I could get my hands on. And then I got
very lucky falling into the Disney Channel and, you know,
Iíve kind of been in the mouse house ever since going from
Disney to Dancing with the Stars on ABC and now Baby Daddy
on ABC Family.
And I think my only advice would be you just have to - you
just canít give up. As clichť as it sounds, you just never
give up and, you know, the more you can get your hands on
I know a lot of kids want to come straight to LA with their
moms and start auditioning for the big stuff and I think the
reason I was able to, you know, even get my foot in the door
a little bit was from the experience I had back home. So I
always say any high school play or local theatre company can
- you can be a part of is the best practice in the world.
Robin James: Perfect. Thank you again.
Chelsea Kane: Awesome. Thank you.
Operator: And there are no further questions at this time.
Devon Sanceda: All righty. We are all set. Chelsea, thank
you again. Have a great day.
Chelsea Kane: Thank you. Thanks guys. Have a good one.
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