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Interview with Blair Redford of
"The Lying Game" on ABC Family 1/7/13
I enjoyed speaking to Blair! He is great on
"The Lying Game". My questions are in red below. I hope you
enjoy this as much as I did! He is quite an interesting
ABC Familyís Q&A Session
Blair Redford Ė THE LYING GAME
Moderator It seems like Ethanís kind of a mess when the show
returns. How would you describe Ethanís relationship with
Sutton this season as compared to Emma?
B. Redford I think the season opens up and Ethanís in a
little bit of a darker, more depressed place given how the
last season ended. Anyone who watches the show knows how
Sutton operates and I think that definitely leaves it open
for Ethan and her to get closer because anytime that Emma
wonít entertain Ethan, Suttonís there to step in. So youíll
definitely see, compared to last year, itís different
because I think heís pretty certain of what kind of girl she
is after sheís repeatedly lied to him so many times, but he
still canít really shake either one of those twins. So itíll
still be there.
Moderator How does the arrival of Jordan impact Ethanís
state of mind?
B. Redford I think it has a couple of different twists and
turns for Ethan. Heís not very trusting of anyone new as it
is, so I think he sort of has one opinion of Jordan when he
first arrives, but it doesnít stay one level. Itís kind of
nice to see. They definitely start out as a bit of a
rivalry, as you might expect, but it definitely grows and
So itís something interesting to watch, and honestly I think
thereís more places for it to go. Iíd like it if Ethan had a
friend at some point, you know? Just a guy that he can knock
a beer back with or something and watch a game, but he
spends all of his time with the twins, I think.
Moderator If you had to choose, do you
think Ethan is crazier about Emma than Sutton?
B. Redford Iíd say given what weíve seen, I think the
healthier relationship would be with Emma. I think thatís
more of the real relationship. And then I think with Sutton
itís a bad habit.
Moderator Is that why you think he
kissed Sutton at the end the last season?
B. Redford Yes, I think it is. But heís drawn to girls that
really have a good heart. So he kissed Sutton when she had
put on that face. She was on the farm with him and she had
put on this kind and caring side of herself, which is there,
but thatís the times that heís attracted to her. They are
limited, but when they pop up he likes it.
Moderator I read in an interview that
you enjoyed having scenes with Tyler Christopher the most.
Can you tell us anything about the season coming up with the
B. Redford Iím really looking forward to what happens with
the brothers in this season. I think in a lot of moments in
our show where theyíre kind of combative, especially in the
first season, obviously a large part of it is because
Ethanís lying to his older brother a lot and I think this
second season opens up a little bit more and shows how they
need each other to lean on, to count on, because they are
the only family they have. So thereís just a lot there where
theyíre helping each other out with different challenges
theyíre both going to face this season and that was really
fun to play.
Moderator Which character do you most relate to?
B. Redford I just thought about saying something random like
Suttonís dad, like a plastic surgeon, but thatís not true. I
guess there are different aspects of different characters. I
can see myself in a few different ones, but if I had to say
the one I relate to the most I would say Ethan. So I guess
thatís fortunate for me, and a good fit, because thatís the
character I was cast to play.
Moderator I guess would you say that youíre a bad boy like
Ethan in real life then?
B. Redford It kind of sounds bad. Thatís a title you canít
really give yourself, describing yourself. But no, I would
just say that the qualities I have in common with Ethan is I
think we both like some extreme sports. Heís always on his
motorcycle. I like riding bikes. I like doing a lot of off-roading.
Heís very protective of his friends and loved ones. Heís
quick to throw a punch if he feels youíve wronged someone
close to him, whether or not thatís too hasty, thatís
probably similar to myself as well. I have more in common
with him than the others I supposed.
Moderator Alexandra Chando plays both Sutton and Emma. Does
it ever get weird when you have to act differently with the
different characters? Do you look at her as the same person?
B. Redford You know, I donít. Itís funny; that comes up a
lot. I didnít think it was going to happen this way. When
the show was first created I didnít expect this, but she has
a difference in the characters, so finely polished that you
show up on set and she doesnít even have to say anything to
me. I just know who sheís playing. I donít have to look at a
script to see which twin Iím with, which makes it really
easy on me and I think the rest of the cast. But it is kind
of a shock because just her mannerisms, things she does with
her eyes, the two girls have different smiles. In a way I do
feel like there are two of them. Sheís very convincing with
it. It kind of freaks me out occasionally, but props to her
for pulling it off.
Moderator Do you guys have a great relationship? Are you
guys friends off set? Do you hang out and stuff?
B. Redford Yes we do. We are. Weíre very close. Sheís a good
Moderator I wanted to know if you have a favorite episode of
the shows so far, either one weíve seen or one we have yet
to see in season two?
B. Redford I definitely have some favorites. I would sayóI
canít elaborate too much on the new season, especially on my
favorite episode because itís the last one we shot. Itís
episode ten of season two. I just think our writers are so
talented at having all these story lines stem out in
different areas and then they come to a crescendo on some of
our finale episodes. To me, ten is just brilliant. Itís
really fun to watch. A bunch of questions will be answered.
And then if I could pick one from the previous season, I
would say I think it was 17. It would be two episodes. It
was the ones where we got to shoot out on this really
beautiful farm. We got to learn how to ride a horse bareback
and all kinds of stuff. That was a good time.
Moderator Is there someone on the show that you donít get to
work with as much as you would like to?
B. Redford Yes, absolutely. I wanted to do a lot more work
with Adrian Pasdar. There are only so many minutes in an
episode and so many story lines. So nothing real juicy has
popped up yet for us to have any work together, but we
talked about it before.
I think we both approached Chuck Pratt, our creator of the
show, to talk about the story line because we want to work
together. Weíre spinning ideas around our head. But yes, I
think that would be some interesting scenes to see, because
itís an unlikely match up. You donít really expect to see
those characters together and sometimes I think thatís
whatís most interesting.
Moderator Can you talk a little bit about the overarching
scenes for this year? What are some of the new themes that
are going to be going on this season?
B. Redford I guess some of the major ones they put out there
so youíll have to keep your eye out on different couples and
try to figure out who they think is going to tie the knot. I
think another big one that has also been put out there is
one of our main characters will bite the dust. Everybody
needs to try to figure this out now. I think that will be
fun to watch and worry about, and then weíve got this new
guy, Jordan, whoís going to form different relationships.
Thatís another one to watch. So those are some of the new
Moderator And then for your long ride on this show, what has
been your most memorable moment, on set or off, either
dealing with things or just dealing with cast members? What
has been your most memorable moment, favorite moment and
even bad moment?
B. Redford Thereís a lot. I had a fun time this season.
Thereís a lot of friction going on between Ethan and Thayer
this season. That was kind of brewing and boiling last
season and it kind of comes to a head this year. They might
have a little bit of an altercation.
On our show, Ethan has a lot of those, but anytime thereís a
chance to do any kind of action sequence itís fun. All of us
guys on the show; we eat it up. We have a really good time.
Christian, who plays Thayer, is a good buddy of mine. So
that was a real fun time this year. We had a little bit of a
tussle that we had to shoot. We both went for it. We
probably went at itógood match, it was fun.
Moderator Switched at Birth is another one of my favorite
shows. I was wondering how you manage to do both of these
shows at pretty much the same time?
B. Redford That was only last year and it was fortunate that
it worked out. What happened was I shot both those pilots
around the same month and I believe the network thought that
they wouldnít pick up both of the shows. I donít know if
they thought there was similarity or something. So I think
the idea was that I would only do one of them, but then they
both got picked up from their pilots.
The producers on each individual show were great working out
a schedule where I could do the start of the season of
Switched at Birth and then I would move on to The Lying Game
where I would make it my home. I just did the first pilot
episodes of Switched at Birth and it has been a really good
Moderator So are you going to be back on Switched at Birth
or on you on this one permanently now?
B. Redford The Lying Game is definitely my permanent seat.
We shoot in Austin and Iím there the majority of the year,
but there havenít been any discussions to bring my character
back to Switched at Birth.
Moderator Do you think that thereís anything that will
surprise or shock the viewers this season?
B. Redford Yes. I think thatís the name of the game for our
show. Thatís what our writers are good at. Ö What exactly
will surprise them, certain things Iíve already mentioned.
Thereís a death coming up, a wedding coming up. Thereís
going to be a 180 Alex story line. It starts off where he
was arrested last season. Heís in jail. I think itíll be
really fun to see him way out of that situation. Then you
have all the stuff, the twins again. I think they hope to
get along but really they love the turmoil that happens
between the two sisters.
Moderator What is the nicest thing a fan has ever said or
done to you?
B. Redford Thatís a tough one. Something that comes to mind
is I think at least on two occasions Iíve had a couple
fansóobviously theyíre talented artists and theyíve drawn a
portrait. They found a picture of me online. I think one
found a still shot of me from a film that I did and they did
a really nice drawing of me. I think one was actually
charcoal Ö one was mailed to my fan mail. I think thatís
really cool and nice of someone to take the time to do that.
Moderator I just wanted to say for the record there are a
few of us who think that Ethan should just forget about the
twins and hook up with Mads.
B. Redford Thatís an interesting idea. I do think the boy
needs to examine his priorities with the twins, but where it
goes from there is up to the writers I suppose.
Moderator Out of everything youíve done, what is your
favorite type of role to play? It seems like you do like the
bad boys. Is that what you like to do the most?
B. Redford I donít know if itís what I like to do most as
much as thatís what Hollywood likes me to do. You kind of go
on your --- you get hired where you get hired. So I guess I
have a little bit of a niche in the bad boy brooding market.
Iíd really like to do more comedy. I do a lot of it in my
off time and I think itíd be fun. So weíll see where that
Moderator With scenes that you film, Iím guessing you like
the funnier scenes rather than the more serious scenes then?
What do you like to do scene wise?
B. Redford It all depends on the scenes. [Dramatic scenes
are] fun too, but I will tell you that I always [try to
find] in my scenes with Ethan [an] opportunity to bring some
comedy into it. Pretty often it doesnít make the final cut.
[But] maybe I got away with it a little bit more this year.
Itís second season. Maybe heís opening up a little bit more
Moderator That was a good segue into my next question. I was
curious if you had any other projects going on right now
besides the show? I know it keeps you pretty busy.
B. Redford We do stay pretty busy. At the moment, as I said
earlier, we shoot on location and often so weíre kind of in
our own little bubble out there. But Iím back in L.A. now
and kind of looking through scripts, reading for projects,
but I havenít signed on for anything yet.
Moderator Could give us a little bit of insight into what
itís like to be on set? If thereís a behind-the-scenes
moment that you think our fans or readers might enjoy or
just something that would give them a little insight to what
itís like to be on the set of The Lying Game?
B. Redford Itís kind of like summer camp when youíre 13
years old. Like I said, I think a big part of it is that
weíre on location in Texas. Itís just a different feel than
being in Hollywood at a normal studio shooting, but we love
it out there. All of us young on the show and even the
adults, the actors that play the parents, weíre all really
close. Weíre just running around in our trailers playing
pranks, eating food, obviously.
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