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Interview with Miguel Pinzon of "Mystery
ABC Family 5/30/14
ABC Family’s Q&A with Miguel Pinzon
Moderator: Who would you say is the funniest out of the whole
Miguel: It's an equal tossup between both Jennie [Garth] and
Tori [Spelling] because their comedy styles are so
different. Tori has this really fantastic, bubbly, bright
quality and Jennie’s is sardonic and dry. I think you can’t
have comedy without those two sides. I think it's an equal
tie between both of the girls.
Moderator: How would you describe your comedy?
Miguel: My comedy is absurd [laughs]! My character, Nick, is
new to Los Angeles and he's just so bright and so
determined, he will do anything. I those qualities put him
in some pretty crazy circumstances. There's physical comedy
in there, we're going undercover in a lot of episodes.
There's actually gags where it's costume related. Out of all
the characters, Nick has a little bit more room to play
within that absurd world of physical comedy and craziness.
Moderator: How would you are alike with your character?
Miguel: We’re both new to Los Angeles and we’re both sort of
outsiders in this world, in the sense that he plays a super
fan to the two girls and cannot believe that his life is
what it is. He’s working alongside his idols. And like
myself, I cannot believe I have a job, that I'm serious
actor. It's mind blowing to me, it's my first rodeo and I'm
over the moon. I think were both on that same emotional
journey, like “Oh my gosh, I cannot believe my dreams are
coming true!” Those moments when you're geeking out just
seeing it all happen, and then there's moments when you’re
there and you're in it and it's fantastic.
Moderator: What’s it like filming in front of a live studio
Miguel: Oh, it's heaven! We could not do the show without the
live studio audience. We rehearse Monday through Friday.
There’s always what we as the cast think is funny, but then
when the audience gets there, the energy is so important.
It’s so fantastic to see what they dictate, because they
totally dictate what we’ll spend time on and what we won't
spend time on. For example, if a joke that we thought was
funny the whole week doesn't really fly in front of the
audience, we're like “forget it lets try something new.”
They're so vital to have that mirror as to what they like in
the show and their energy drives us so much. The amount of
energy that you feel from the audience is amazing. It's
fantastic performing it in front of a live audience.
Moderator: What attracted you to portray your character?
Miguel: Nick was originally written with the last name Doyle,
so I like to give props to the writers for honoring my
Latino blood memory and changing his last name to Diaz. I’d
say he’s around him around 21. He just moved to L.A. from
Ohio, so he's like a kid with that gleam in his eye to get
to Los Angeles and be amongst all the action. He is by far,
the number one Mystery Girls fan.
As you know, within the show, the girls play former 90s
television stars who had a show in the 90s called Mystery
Girls and he discovered the show in his youth. It's one of
those life-changing shows for him. He's obsessed, he knows
every single episode. He feels like he’s lived it through
with them. So once he moves to L.A. through absurd
circumstances, his crosses paths with theirs, and he becomes
their assistant in the office. That is the moment where his
dreams come true.
He's an Aries. He's determined, he's not really afraid to
say what is exactly on his mind. He's not the world's best
assistant, but he knows when he has to work and when he
doesn't have to work. He's just obsessed with being next to
these two girls every day and he always wants to get in the
middle of the action because they're always solving these
crimes, but his job is to stay behind in the office. Nick
always finds a way to leave the office and join in on the
action. He’s total fun. He's also slightly crazy [laughs].
The things he does blow my mind.
Moderator: How has the fan support online helped you? Do you
like to interact with them?
Miguel: Absolutely! First of all, I am so thankful to
everyone at ABC Family who explained what Twitter was to me,
because it was so confusing at first. They gave me a book,
pretty much like Twitter for Dummies [laughs]. I've become
super obsessed. Anytime I have a slight amusing idea, I’m
like, “I’ve got to put it on Twitter.” Everyone who has been
tweeting at me about the show, people who have come up for
the live taping and afterwards and have had really positive
things to say, have been such a treat. I totally look
forward to premiere night, I'm going to be live tweeting
during the East Coast premiere. I think it'll be really fun
to actually have that direct line of communication with
people watching the show and get to share the little things
that you can't tell when you're watching the show.
Moderator: What’s it like to work with Tori [Spelling] and
Miguel: It's like a dream come true! First of all, I watched
90210. Donna Martin and Kelly Taylor are very specific
people to me. Donna Martin at prom, the stalkers they had,
all those things, I went through the emotional toll with
them [laughs]. So to actually have these two actresses, who
have such iconic characters and then to meet them in a very
real way and to see beyond those characters, has been an
As you know, both the girls are Executive Producers on the
show and they are doing crazy double duty. I can barely
remember my lines and there they are remembering their lines
and overseeing the entire show. It's insane! It's been a
great learning lesson and a boot camp in how to make a three
camera half hour comedy work. The girls have been super—I
mean they’re mothers and they have that in them and they
have totally extended that energy to me and have taken care
of me in the sense of like, “oh, Miguel:, you're probably
going to get a laugh here, so you should learn how to pause
so they can do that in post.” Or, “you’re standing in
someone’s shadow, just move over slightly left.” They have
totally been looking out for me and it's just a dream to see
two people who know what they're doing firsthand make it
work. I'm just taking notes!
Moderator: Were you nervous to meet them?
Miguel: Totally! When I had my first audition with the
producers, one of which was Tori, she was in the room and I
was preparing myself; “Alright, Tori’s probably going to be
in the room, you know you'd better be ready to see her.”
Then when I went in to the room I was startled. I started to
do my audition and it's an audition no-no to do your scene
to anyone besides the reader in the room. I totally blacked
out and played it with Tori, which the audition scene was
supposed to be, but she was just there to watch, not at all
to act alongside with me. She was absolutely gracious and
was like, “hey, you should probably read it with the
reader.” I was like, “oh my gosh, you're totally right!” She
allowed the space to laugh and allowed me to laugh about it
and for me to do it again, so I definitely had nerves in
that room when I first met her.
They're both so approachable and easy and silly. In these
sorts of situations when someone just takes the time to
crack a joke or make light of things, it definitely makes it
easier to work. But we’re definitely here to have fun as
Moderator: How do you get into character?
Miguel: One of our directors, Michael Lembeck, was so
gracious to point out to me that Nick is living his dream.
He's absolutely feeling all these emotions. It's always in
his body. That's one thing that I always like to remember,
so any time we’re reading a script and whatever scenario
that it is, I try to remember that this is a dream come true
for this kid because he just moved and he's working
alongside his idols.
I always try to remember that bright-eyed, enthusiastic
spirit that he has, and the complete joy to be able to be
living his dream, day in and day out and not allow him to
become jaded in any way. He's in disbelief that it's all
happening, so that totally helps with this character, in the
sense that he cannot sit still and the cameraman who told
me, “wow, you move around a lot.” That has been the most
helpful and consistent item with portraying Nick, to keep
that joy and energy alive in everything that he does.
Moderator: Which Mystery Girl character would you say you
relate to the most to, Charlie [Jennie Garth] or Holly [Tori
Miguel: I would have to say Holly, and purely in the sense
that she's very trusting and believes people at their word
and that's very much me. If you tell me something that seems
absurd, I will believe you. I definitely have that component
of Holly, where there's a slight innocence, you take
everyone at their word, and you would totally invite them
into your house. That's totally an invitation to anyone who
wants to come over for dinner. I will absolutely open the
door to you [laughs].
But then Holly loves to have a really good time and
sometimes does not care about the consequences. Sometimes
when I want to make something fun happen, I don't really
worry about what will happen afterwards and just make it
happen! I think I’m like Holly in those two traits.
Moderator: What’s it like to be part of the ABC Family
Miguel: It's been awesome! The network has been so amazing
from the get go and it's so nice to be able to join their
original programming, at least within half hour comedy
because they have Baby Daddy and have Melissa and Joey. To
be amongst this relatively new direction that they have for
half-hour comedy is so fun and they’re so encouraging with
everything that we do.
It’s insane to see the amount of fans that Pretty Little
Liars has, that all these other ABC Family shows have. It's
not bad company to be around [laughs]!
Moderator: What are some of your talents outside of acting?
Miguel: I do a really good Louis Armstrong impression, which
no one ever really has the need for, but I think it's a
total strength of mine [laughs]. I still ride horses
sometimes, which is something I used to do as a kid. I'm a
good cook; I'm a really good cook. It's something my mom and
I would do all the time, so it's something I love to do.
Moderator: Are you excited to watch your comedy hour partner,
Young and Hungry, since you’re a cook?
Miguel: I am! I want to actually see them describe some of
the food they're making, it all sounds delicious. When
there's food on any set, people usually don't tend to eat
it, I'm all about eating it. I feel like the prop food on
Young and Hungry must be top-notch!
Moderator: What is your favorite part about filming Mystery
Miguel: It's a wild level of campiness almost! The allowance
that we have for physical comedy, to be in disguises. That
allows us so much to do, and so much to play. I've never
seen a female duo detective comedy. You had Cagney and
Lacey, but that wasn't really a comedy. You have female duos
in other scenarios, but to have them in this sort of mystery
world, it’s so fun with these endlessly changing
circumstances. We've got to solve this crime, but the crimes
we solve are just so silly and absurd, but we play it for
the truth of it and that's one of my favorite parts; the
allowance to just go in all these fun, delicious, crazy
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