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Interview with Chelsea Kane of "Baby
ABC Family 3/11/15
ABC Family’s Q&A with Chelsea Kane
Moderator: How did you feel after hearing the news about
Chelsea: Ecstatic. Over the moon. It’s such an amazing
feeling to come back for another season. I love working on
this show. I love the cast and crew so much. It’s my second
family and they actually made the announcement at our Season
4 wrap party, which started out as such a bittersweet night.
You’re celebrating the end of a great season, but sort of
saying your goodbyes and hoping we come back. I was really
bummed. It was hard to even wrap my head around not going to
work every day and seeing these people, or playing Riley
So, to get that announcement that night, it really changed
my whole mood. I went from sort of sad goodbyes to partying
down. It was just really fantastic.
Moderator: Is there any direction or story line that you
would like to see your character go in?
Chelsea: I love how the writers have allowed Riley to not be
the perfect woman. I think sometimes playing a young female
on television can be really hard, because you’re playing so
many different stereotypes. You’re either the mean
cheerleader, or you’re the nice, perfect girl next door who
never makes a mistake.
What I love about Riley is as the season has progressed, the
crazy is coming out a little bit more [laughs]. You know,
she’s a lawyer, which is amazing, but she’s not the best
lawyer. She always gives it 100 percent and she’s a great
friend, but yes, she has mental breakdowns, or she gets
confused in romantic relationships.
I really trust the writers to find the greatest and best
story lines that I could never even imagine for Riley. I
love to see her in her work environment, because she is such
a terrible lawyer, it’s really fun for me to play that
legally blonde side of her once and awhile.
Moderator: What it’s like to work on such a funny show?
Chelsea: It’s the best gig in the world, and we do laugh all
of the time. Melissa Peterman, and Tahj [Mowry], and
Jean-Luc [Bilodeau], Derek Theler - they’re brilliant.
Especially with Melissa, there’s never a dull moment. There
are so many laughs on set constantly and because it’s such a
small, ensemble cast, and because it’s a multi-camera show,
we shoot these entire episodes in front of a live audience
on Friday night. Which means, we have Monday through
Thursday, rehearsing with the core group of us.
So, compared to a single-camera show, or an hour-long
episodic, where you sort of don’t get to see the other
actors sometimes, or make the most of your scenes, or you
spend long days with one other actor, and don’t even really
get to see your fellow co-stars for weeks, or days at a
time; we really get a chance to be together and create a lot
of inside jokes.
Moderator: Do you guys get a chance to hang out off set a
Chelsea: We hang out all the time. Tahj leaves a pair of
pajamas at my house because he’ll crash here on the weekends
[laughs]. We travel! Jean-Luc and I backpacked all over
Europe together during the last hiatus. We hang out all of
the time and that’s not just the cast. We have dinner at the
producer’s homes, and we have Bachelor viewing parties with
the girls in props. It really is a family affair!
Moderator: How do you feel that you and Riley are similar and
can relate to one another?
Chelsea: I think we’re very similar in the sense that we’re
both type A personalities. Real go getters. Both sort of
“guy’s girls.” I love that Riley can hold her own with the
boys. I feel the same way. I am the same way. I hang out
with boys the majority of my life right now. But, I think we
are very, very similar. In fact, it starts to become a joke
of what came first? The chicken or the egg? Because so many
of my personal Chelsea: stories show up in the show.
We come into breakfast on Monday mornings and tell the
writers and producers what happened over the weekend. Or,
funny stories that are going on in our personal lives. The
next thing you know, a couple of weeks later we’re at the
table reading and are like, “wait a second, this actually
happened.” So, we share a lot of similar traits and speaking
Moderator: How would you compare the relationship that Riley
has with Ben to the one that she has with Danny?
Chelsea: It’s a complicated one. I think it evolved a lot in
the spring finale airing next week. You finally see Riley;
she’s finally discovered these feelings for Danny and has
decided she needs to tell him that her feelings for him are
now more than platonic.
I think Riley’s relationship with Ben, she was always in
love with him, so she was always a little more reserved, or
not quite herself, or doing all of those stupid things you
do when you’re in love. You say the wrong thing, you make a
mishap, and then with Danny, she never really saw him that
way. So, she was always comfortable around him, and they
were buds. She could call him anytime, and trusted him. Now,
that she sees Danny in this new light, I actually think
those relationships with the boys have completely swapped.
Now, she’s really comfortable around Ben, and their back and
forth is a lot more comfortable and buddy-like. And now,
she’s tongue-tied and a complete idiot around Danny.
They’ve really switched places from the beginning of the
season to now.
Moderator: What is something, if anything, surprising that
you may have learned about yourself from playing the role of
Riley over the season?
Chelsea: I’ve learned to not take myself so seriously. And,
working on a show where week-to-week I’m either painted
orange or put in a fat suit, or thrown out a window, or
stuck in a rainstorm. And, also working with three boys my
age. They don’t let me get away with anything. If I say
something stupid on set, it doesn’t go unnoticed. They make
fun of me for it for weeks and when you’re around comedy
writers, it’s the same thing. I walked onto set in an outfit
that I feel really good in and they’ll tear it apart and
make fun of some stupid sweater that I’m wearing [laughs].
Growing up, I always wanted to be the best in everything and
do everything right. If someone made fun of me at school, it
was soul crushing. And now, through this experience, I’ve
sort of learned to roll with the punches and just have a
sense of humor about myself.
Moderator: Was there ever a moment when you received a script
and may have thought, “I never thought I would see the day
that I did that?”
Chelsea: Oh, absolutely. I mean I’ve been in fat suits,
prosthetics and in our season finale that we were shooting a
couple of weeks ago, they threw me out a window in a big
poufy dress. It’s stuff like that when you’re like “so,
what’d you do at work today?” Some bangs and bruises you
come home with. It’s like, “hey mom, how was your night? Oh
good, I fell out of a two-story window.” I have those
moments a lot. Well, how are we going to do this? But, we
always figure it out.
Moderator: Who is the funniest to work with on the Baby Daddy
Chelsea: I think the funniest person to work with is Melissa
Peterman. Her brain works in a way that I’ve never seen
before [laughs]. She’s so quick-witted and hilarious, and
there is never a dull moment with her. Not only is she fun
to talk to, but she makes homemade gifts for every holiday.
So my Valentine’s Day card, she clips out funny pictures
from magazines and writes silly notes, or makes you pillows
with iron-ons of your face with that iPhone app OldBooth
with me in like a 1950 high school yearbook photo with some
hilarious quote underneath it. So, it really never slows
down with Melissa.
Moderator: Have there been any Baby Daddy pranks on set
against one another?
Chelsea: We don’t play a ton of pranks, but yes, of course.
The boy’s living room apartment set is basically our living
room. So, when we come in the morning, we sit down and throw
our keys and wallets on the table. Sit there and have our
coffee. There have been several occasions where Jean-Luc has
left his keys sitting there, and we’ll take his Jeep and
move it half-way across the studio lot [laughs]. So, when he
leaves work in the afternoon, he doesn’t know where his car
is and has to search for it.
In the episode that’s actually airing tonight, we break into
Bon Jovi’s apartment and decide to use it as a little
vacation. There’s a scene where Tahj and I are in the hot
tub and we’re supposed to start the scene underwater and
then come up and read a couple of lines and then go back
underwater. In the two seconds that we were underwater
getting ready to start the scene, the director managed to
clear the set of everyone. So, by the time we came up and
said a couple of lines, we looked around and there wasn’t a
single soul left on our sound stage.
Now, we’re walking around cold and dripping wet, trying to
find where everybody went. So, we definitely play pranks
once and a while.
Moderator: Which celebrity has been your favorite guest star,
and what’s one celebrity you’d love to get the chance to
work with on Baby Daddy?
Chelsea: Reba was absolutely incredible. She’s so down to
earth, and so lovely, and for such a mega superstar, you
would never in a million years get that she was one of the
gang the minute she walked on set. And, the coolest part, is
we have a Baby Daddy band called Cast and Crue, so like
Motley Crue, and we play after the show sometimes [laughs]
and at some of the different wrap parties or Christmas
parties. The episode Reba was there, we decided to have the
Baby Daddy band that night. So, Reba actually got up and
sang Fancy and Joy to the World. So, I got to sing backup
with Reba McEntire, and play the tambourine, which was an
incredibly surreal experience.
Probably my other favorite guest star after that was Eddie
Cibrian who is not only ridiculously handsome, but such a
nice guy and he played my boss that I end up accidently
having a one-night stand with not realizing that he is going
to be at the office on Monday.
It’s a really fun story line and he’s going to be on the
show for a couple of episodes. So, I really enjoyed getting
to hang out with him. It’s such an awesome season. I think
Season 4 is my favorite one to date. And the episode airing
next week, the spring finale, is such a huge episode where
we’re at the Rangers game and Danny’s playing hockey.
There are these big moments between Danny and Riley all
while Derek is trying to hit his mark on roller-skates and
getting checked into the glass and it’s just action packed.
Moderator: Do you ever think we’re going to see Riley in a
Chelsea: Yes, you actually see me in the courtroom this
season. I get my first case and, of course, it all falls
apart. I’m defending Tucker in a case and then, before you
know it, Wheeler’s on the stand and Ben and Danny are in the
courtroom and hilarity ensues.
Moderator: If you could dream cast yourself in another ABC
Family show for either a crossover or just for fun, which
would it be?
Chelsea: I would have to say Pretty Little Liars, because
it’s just so the opposite of what I’m used to every day.
It’s all girls, and drama, and tears. It just seems a bit
darker than our show. I think that would have to be the
crossover. Plus, Lucy Hale came on to Baby Daddy for an
episode last season, so it would be fun to somehow tie that
I would love to have Goldie Hawn guest star. She’s my
ultimate celebrity crush and who I would love to meet, and I
just idolize her. That would be the dream.
Moderator: Would you love to play Riley on Pretty Little
Liars or a completely separate character?
Chelsea: Maybe a completely separate character unless they
could find something funny for Riley to do. Maybe defending
one of them in court or something. She’d probably lose the
Moderator: What kind of challenges does filming in front of a
live studio audience present while you’re acting?
Chelsea: It’s such a rush. It’s so much fun, because the
audience is almost one of the characters on the show. Their
reaction and their laughter is important and what keeps us
going. I love having a live audience there. You can feel the
energy on a Friday night just start to build. As the
audience is filing in, and we have a stand-up comedian
keeping everyone laughing and entertained between shots. It
really makes it such a fun night.
The only challenges I could say are, there are a couple of
girls that come every single week and they’ve been coming
for two seasons now, and they keep a tally of “the flub
list.” They keep track of how many times each actor messes
up [laughs]. And, they give us these cool different
postcards or notes that they keep each week, and then at the
very end of the season, they actually have an awards
ceremony for us.
Now, they come down onto the stage, because it’s become one
of our favorite parts of the night. And, I won this year. I
was so excited. But they give you an award for who messed up
the least and then who messed up the most. So, that’s
probably the only challenges is they really keep us on our
toes. We’re a competitive cast!
Moderator: Do you have any teasers about the finale that you
Chelsea: The finale this week is so fun. We have Christa B.
Allen guest starring and she is playing Danny’s new
girlfriend and my character has finally realized that she
has feelings for Danny and has decided she has to tell him
as soon as possible before goes away for the weekend with
Robyn [Christa B. Allen].
Of course, Riley has the worst timing ever and decides she’s
going to tell him in the middle of his hockey game. So, like
I said, there’s a lot going on in the episode and there is a
food fight between the two girls and it’s one of my
favorites. It looks amazing.
Moderator: I was just curious, of these three movies that are
coming out this year, Cinderella, The New Star Wars, and
Avengers: Age of Ultron, which one are you most excited to
see and which one would Riley like to see?
Chelsea: Cinderella and Cinderella. I think we’re both girly
girls at the end of the day and both want to find our Prince
Charming and put on a pretty dress at any given moment. So,
Moderator: Besides being an actress, did you have any other
career goals or dreams while growing up?
Chelsea: I’ve always been obsessed with the arts. I was that
kid that was singing and dancing around the house and when
that became too annoying to my parents, they put me into a
local community theatre. So since I was six years old, I’ve
just been obsessed with the stage and wanting to be an
actress. However, probably the passion that fell right
behind that was oceanography and I used to take trips to the
Catalina Island Marine Institute and out here to California
from Arizona where I grew up and visit some of the different
sea-like rescue places and volunteer, and feed the seals and
all of that. So I guess my dream as a kid was I wanted to be
one of the entertainers at SeaWorld and come home with Shamu,
but obviously in light of recent events and the information
that has come out in the past couple of years, that dream
has definitely changed [laughs]. So now, it’s just actress.
Moderator: What is the craziest thing you’ve ever come across
in the wardrobe closet on set?
Chelsea: Oh, my gosh. Half a horse body strapped to Derek.
It’s an interesting wardrobe room. My favorite thing is
we’re all such different sizes. I mean, Derek is six-five
and Melissa’s so tall, and then there’s Tahj, so one of the
funniest parts is if we happen to go into the room if
someone else’s wardrobe rack happens to still be in the
dressing room, trying on someone’s else’s wardrobe by
accident is one of the funniest things you’ve ever seen.
I’ve seen Melissa in one of my little sweaters and Derek
trying to fit into a pair of Jean-Luc’s jeans, so there are
a lot of ridiculous photos in our wardrobe room.
Also, the women who run our wardrobe department do this
really cool thing where every Friday is dress-up Friday and
they have the crew dress up in a costume that goes with the
theme of the show. So, if it’s a wedding episode, everyone
wears like bridal gowns, or if it’s Las Vegas, wear your
Vegas hats. People are in funny outfits and visors, or
superhero costumes, or superhero knights, so there’s so many
costumes on set all of the time. Half of the time it’s not
even the actors wearing them!
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