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Interview with Skyler Samuels of "The Nine Lives of Chloe
on ABC Family 6/9/11.
Skyler played a succubus in a really cool summer show
that ABC ran last year, "The Gates". I loved that show, and I am still
so annoyed that they canceled it. It was like "Knots Landing" with
vampires and werewolves. Anyway, I'm glad that she was able to
find another show. She is so young and yet so talented. I really enjoyed
chatting with her about her new show, "The Nine Lives of Chloe King". So
far I am enjoying that show a lot, too.
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Moderator Can you tell us what we can expect this season?
Skyler Well, this first season of The Nine Lives of Chloe King is filled
with adventures, thrills, romance, comedy and drama, and a lot of
heartfelt relationships. There is nothing predictable about this first
season. Itís filled with a lot of unexpected twists and turns, and it
will leave you on the edge of your seat.
Moderator How did you become involved in the project?
Skyler I had an audition for this show back in the fall of 2010, and I
went in and I just fell in love. I loved the pilot before, and I was
just, I was just in love with the script. Chloe and I have so much in
common. I could hear my own voice in the things she said and did.
And a super-embarrassing storyówhen I walked in on the audition, I
introduced myself as Chloe. I was totally embarrassed because I
accidently said Chloe instead of my own name, but sure enough, they
agreed, because here I am playing Chloe King, and Iím having the time of
Moderator Iím curious if you read the books to sort of prepare for your
Skyler I have read the books. I read them before we started the pilot to
get a little bit of a background about the show. But in all honesty,
weíve taken a lot of creative liberties with the books and our
adaptations of the TV show. We kind of have a lot of the same basic
ideas as the booksósome of the mythology, a lot of the main characters
are still the same. But weíve taken a lot of liberties in making it more
exciting, and more action-oriented, and really spicing it up. So I think
that the fans of the book will really appreciate what weíve done with
Moderator Has it been a challenge for you playing sort of an element of
Skyler Playing a supernatural is more realistic than I thought it would
be. Itís a lot of fun, absolutely, because having super hearing and
super vision and super speed and all of the super things you can have is
certainly not normal, and itís a lot of fun. But on this show, it always
comes back to something very realistic that I can relate to from my own
life. So itís been not as difficult as I thought it would be to play the
supernatural. Itís been quite fun and easy.
Moderator You were on The Gates, and I love that show. I was wondering
is there any kind of conscious attempt on your part to play in
supernatural-type TV shows, or did it just work out that way?
Skyler I had a great time working on The Gates, and that was my first
kind of real experience doing supernatural televisionóworking with the
special effects and the storylines and everything that goes into making
a supernatural show. It was kind of complete coincidence that I ended up
on The Nine Lives of Chloe King.
I guess I must be subconsciously drawn to the supernatural realm, but
Iíve had a lot of fun, and one characteróeach character is not like the
rest. Theyíre all different and they all have different powers and
abilities. Iíve had a really fun time following the supernatural, and
Iím certainly enjoying the experience.
Moderator We actually have two cats here at our midtown Manhattan
offices, so this first one comes from them. Your character is described
as having cat-like superpowers, and they would like to know if you, in
real life, had those powers, which ones would you choose?
Skyler You can tell the cats at the office Iím jealous of the claws. I
wish I had claws, just because how cool would that be? But among my
cat-like powers, I also would probably like to have super speed, just so
I can get more done in a day. It seems like a much more practical
superpower to me.
Moderator Would you share with us your guilty pleasure TV show?
Skyler Oh, my goodness. My guilty pleasure TV show would have to be
Glee. Iím weirdly addicted to the show, and I couldnít explain it to you
if I tried. Iíve never been a big musical buff, or anything, but I find
myself week after week, no matter what, tuning into Glee. So thatís
definitely my TV go-see pleasure.
Moderator Did you ever watch any supernatural/paranormal shows growing
Skyler Oh, there were supernatural movies, like the Hocus Pocus and Luck
of Witches and Sabrina, the Teenage Witch. So I had a little bit of
supernatural influence when I was growing up and watching TV. But I
never thought anything different of it, compared to the rest of the
shows I might watch. The supernatural never struck me as something that
I really wanted to do; I just kind of fell into it by accident.
Moderator Can you describe Chloe?
Skyler Sure. Well, Chloe is definitely more of a superhero than a
supernatural creature. On her 16th birthday when she discovered that
sheís got these heightened abilitiesóthe super speed, super hearing, and
these claws, and sheís got, you know, the ability to read peoplesí
feelings. This incredible combination kind of leads Chloe to want to
help people who are in trouble.
So even though Chloe finds herself running from bad guys and the ones
who are trying to kill her because Iím this special girl who can die
nine times and people are trying to see if itís true, and theyíre trying
to get rid of me and the rest of our feline race, the Mai. Chloe still
finds herself trying to help people and save peoplesí lives using her
heightened abilities. So sheís constantly torn between the chase and
having to save the day.
Moderator What character traits of Chloe King that mimics your own?
Skyler Chloe and I are both kind of quirky, odd balls out that donít
exactly go with the status quo. Weíre both juniors in high school full
time, and weíve got quirky best friends and awesome relationships with
our moms. But I think the biggest difference and the thing I admire most
about Chloe is her willingness to just be adventurous, and take a risk,
and do these incredible things. So, Chloeís like Skyler, but amplified
and I kind of love it.
Moderator Is there any characteristic of Chloe that is complex that you
had to take time to adjust to it?
Skyler I think Chloe definitely has challenged me as far as the
situations that she goes through. Chloe is always involved in situations
where itís life and death, and I think having to put myself in the fear
factor mode is definitely a challenge. But itís been really interesting
trying to adapt to that and trying to get into Chloeís head and be like,
ďWhat does it feel like to be in this life and death situation? What
would I do? How would I handle it?Ē So thatís definitely been a
challenge; but a fun one.
Moderator Have you had a chance to see many of the episodes yet,
Skyler No, Iíve seen the first episode; the pilot, which is very cool.
But Iíve seen little bits and pieces and I work all the time. But, we
just started episode eight this week, and itís amazing to me, because
looking back at what the pilot is, itís like a completely different
I mean, the pilot is exciting, and itís both thrill and adventure. But
when I look at where weíve come nowóI mean this season has just taken
the most incredible twists and turns. I think our audience is going to
be really pleased with how this season ends.
Moderator In watching the pilot, and also just in shooting it, do you
think it feels kind of more like a supernatural show, or an adventure
show, or a teen series? Or does it have kind of more a lean one way or
another, or is it just a big blend?
Skyler Well, when I first saw the pilot I cried. I was so excited at
what I saw. I mean, making it, I had the most incredible time, and to
see it all put together, it was better than I could have hoped for. It
was absolutely magnificent. It had everything that I dreamt and thought
It was filled with real emotion and realistic relationships between my
friends, my mom and I, all the people on the show. Itís a very grounded
show, and thereís a lot of heart. The action was incredible, andI was
like Chloe King is officially the coolest girl I know. Thereís just no
contest. So I think it totally encompasses everything youíd want in an
hour of television.
Moderator How did you get started in acting?
Skyler Well, Iím from Los Angeles, and growing up here Iíve always been
enamored by Hollywood and the industry. Itís just something I grew up
with, and I loved it. Iíve always just been drawn to itójust an
inexplicable attraction I have, and I just love. I want to be on the
screen, I want to play dress up every day, I want be different people, I
want to have fun, I want to use my imagination.
When I was little, about eight years ago, I got started, and slowly just
going out and audition, starting out with comedy and kind of getting
into other things. I just, I fell in love. Now Iím 17 years old and Iíve
been doing this for more than half my life, and itís what I want to do
for the rest of my life.
Moderator What would be kind of your ultimate dream role? Other than
this show, if you could pick anything.
Skyler I think I would love to do a role where I completely transformed
myself and I looked completely different, acted completely different,
and I did some kind of crazy, cool, action drama where I was like
undercover saving the world. I guess itís got a hint of Chloe King, but
maybe a little more spiced up.
Moderator If you had someone that doesnít necessarily watch the
supernatural, and doesnít necessarily believe in it, or itís not really
their thing, how would you describe the show to get them to tune into
Skyler Well, I think that the really cool thing about The Nine Lives of
Chloe King is that while it has a lot of supernatural elements and Chloe
is kind of a superhero, herself, it is not all about the supernatural. I
mean, this show, week-to-week, deals with the struggles of Chloe trying
to manage her relationship with her mom. Her momís a single mom trying
to raise a teenage girl, and so that presents a lot of difficulties, as
in what that brings when her mom starts dating, and how does Chloe feel
about getting a new dad, and how can she maintain relationships with her
friends in high school as they go through all these changes?
And how can you maintain a relationship with a boy you really like if
you canít really be with him. Thereís a lot of realistic, really
grounded, heartfelt relationships and dynamics on this show to the point
where the supernatural elements donít even strike you. Itís like it all
just seems to blend in and make sense.
Moderator What was it about Chloe that when you first read the script or
got the sides for her that really made you want to play her?
Skyler When I read the pilot I sat down and I donít think Iíve ever read
anything so fast in my entire life. I was completely just eyes glued to
the page, and I just kept turning and turning, and it got more and more
exciting. When I finished it, all I could think was, Chloe King is the
girl I would fantasize about and I would dream to be. Sheís fearless,
sheís fun, sheís funny, and sheís quirky, and sheís honest, and sheís
Just everything about her I was like, I want to look up to her and sheís
totally a role model in my mind. Iíve got to be this girl, you know,
sheís incredible. Iím a lot more cautious than Chloe is, and Chloeís
kind of taught me how it can be fun to take a risk. The things Iíve done
playing Chloe King have been some of the most incredible experiences of
my entire life. So Iím just so thrilled to be Chloe.
Moderator When youíre doing the show, do you often get to ad lib, or do
you follow the script? How does that work with this show?
Skyler We have a variation. Certainly we mostly follow the script, but I
think the fun is now being almost at the end of the season, weíve had
the ability to kind of ad lib quirky things because weíve really
developed our characters. So everyone kind of has their idioms, so to
speak. So, weíll throw those in here and there. But the writers on this
show are absolutely fantastic, and they write in a way thatís just so
real and believable. Itís not like watching actors say lines; itís like
watching two people have a real conversation.
Moderator Whatís been your favorite either moment, or favorite scene you
Skyler Well, thereís been a lot of really cool favorite moments, but I
think one of the most incredible scenes that weíve done was in our third
episode we shot underwater, and I was chained up underwater for part of
the episode. That was probably the most exciting and frightening thing
Iíve ever done, but it was absolutely incredible.
Every week weíve got all these big fight sequences, and that one
happened to involve an underwater element, which I thought was so fun.
And it was absolutely incredible to film.
Moderator Just quickly, are you on Twitter?
Skyler Itís funny you should say that, because I actually just started a
Twitter a couple of days ago. Iím really not that good at using it, but
Iíve put out a few tweets and Iím quite proud of what Iím able to do. So
you can tweet me. If I can figure it out Iíll absolutely tweet you back.
Moderator Whatís the account name?
Skyler Itís @Skylerofficialó all one word.
Moderator So Chloe King debuts with Pretty Little Liars next week. How
do you feel that the show sort of fits in to the ABC Family Network?
Skyler Well, ABC Family has an absolutely incredible job in producing
these hit shows. The ABC Family is where the good stuffís at. Iím so
excited to be a part of this network because theyíve really done a great
job introducing shows that are heartfelt, that are exciting, that are
kind of everything youíd want; everyday thereís something new and
thereís something great to watch.
But being paired with Pretty Little Liars is a high honor, in my
opinion. Iím so excited, and I think itís going to be really great,
because I feel like the ABC Family audience, while theyíve gotten a lot
of really great shows like Pretty Little Liars and now Switched at
Birth, theyíve never had a genre show before. Theyíve never had action
in the way that Chloe King has action, and excitement, and thrills. So I
think Chloe King will only add to the excitement of being great shows on
Moderator Do you have a favorite moment from shooting the pilot?
Skyler When we were filming the pilot there was a scene when we were
filming in the school. Ben Stone, who plays Alekóheís kind of this tall,
beautiful, searing, most popular boy in schoolócomes walking down the
hall bouncing a basketball, and heís throwing it over my head while Iím
talking to my best friend, trying to get my attention.
When we were filming, he accidentally missed and got us both in the face
with the basketball. Though it kind of hurt, it was absolutely
hilarious. We both had the word Spalding indented on our foreheads, and
it was very funny. To this day, we give him a hard time about it, but it
was kind of a fun, bonding experience that we still keep with us.
Moderator What have you learned about yourself from this experience so
Skyler Thatís such a wonderful and complex question. Being a part of The
Nine Lives of Chloe King has absolutely changed my life. In so many
ways, Chloe has really opened up this new courageous, brave side of me
that I didnít know I was capable of.
I couldnít say that I had a fear of heights, because never before was I
running on top of buildings and doing the things that Chloe does. But
sure enough, being there, sometimes I would think, ďGee, Iím 15 stories
above ground level, and now Iím going to jump across a roof. This is a
But every episode I do it, and to think that Iíve been able to
accomplish all of these magnificent things is really incredible. But
Chloe, also, throughout her emotional transformation on the show; the
things she has gone through and experienced, sheís just kind of taught
me a lot about myself and life, and to enjoy and take risks. I mean,
Chloe teaches me things every day. Itís a never-ending list.
Moderator Now that youíve only done part of the season so far, whatís
something that they havenít done yet on the show that maybe you would
really like to see happen to your character?
Skyler Itís hard to say. Chloe is definitely becoming a very interesting
and complex young lady throughout this transformation. But I would be
very curious to see if maybe Chloe falls into a bit more trouble in
Season 2. Maybe Chloe will kind of team up with a villain, or goes
undercover, or does something maybe a little grittier than her daily
Moderator How many episodes are there for this season?
Skyler We have ten for this seasonónine additional to the pilot.
Moderator Are the claws LCG, and is all the kind of effect things LCG,
and do you have any prosthetic things you have to do?
Skyler Well, we use a lot of different kinds of media on our show to
make that happen. We have an incredible special effects makeup artist,
Ed French, who won Emmys for his work. I mean, he is absolutely the best
of the best. He came in at the beginning of the season and all of the
Mai feline people, we all had claws made, which is very cool.
We had to dip our hands in this like seaweed goop and we made these
nails. So we have actual physical claws that we put on. But we also use
visual effects like CGIs to make them come in and out. So itís kind of a
balance between the two to make that stuff work.
Moderator Does it take a long time to have to deal with any of that, or
is it pretty easy?
Skyler In the beginning it was kind of messy. We had glue all over and
everybodyís claws were sticking to everything. They collected so much
lint it was so funnyóeverybody had glue everywhere. But now that weíre
in the eighth episode, weíve kind of perfected our systems and now we
can do it in less than seven minutes with no mess. Weíre quite proud.
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