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Interview with Cassie Scerbo of "Baby
ABC Family 2/18/14
ABC Family’s Q&A with Cassie Scerbo
Moderator: What attracted you to the role of the frenemy
character you will be playing on Baby Daddy?
Cassie: I knew Chelsea before I even read the part of the
show! I just love her, I think she's great. I was really
excited to work with her. My character basically comes in
and stirs up a bunch of trouble for Chelsea’s character
[Riley]. I tend to have a lot of fun with these characters
and happen to be cast as this type of girl very often so
it's very fun for me -- I guess I play it quite well! It was
just fun to hop back on board and play another fun, catty
character and stir up some trouble.
Moderator: Were you a fan of Baby Daddy before you got the
Cassie: Yes! I was actually just laughing about this with
somebody. I was on ABC Family for a couple years on Make It
or Break It, and I'm that person that is such a fan of their
own network. When I was on the show, I would watch so many
shows on the network, Switched at Birth, Pretty Little
Liars. Now, I'm very into Twisted. So, I was very aware of
Baby Daddy and I was a fan. I'm a fan of all the shows. I
think they're great!
Moderator: How does your character on Baby Daddy compare to
your character on Make It or Break It?
Cassie: We all know that my character on Make It or Break It
[Lauren Tanner] was pretty snarky and catty. She was kind of
the “B-word” of the show [laughs]. Make It or Break It was a
drama and Lauren Tanner had a lot of layers. She had a very
vulnerable side, and I think as the show progressed, people
were able to understand why she was so promiscuous and
always causing trouble. There were a lot of things in her
life that had caused her to be that way.
With my character on Baby Daddy [Heather], it's a comedy.
She just comes in right off the bat super snarky. It's just
one of those girls you’re like “Ugh, I can't stand you!”
Heather is just better than Riley in everything by a little
bit and it's really funny. There are just so many funny
things that happen throughout the two episodes, but I would
say they're both very catty; yet, the difference is that on
Make It or Break It, I was playing a much younger character.
In this show, I'm playing a young attorney, and it is a
little bit of an age difference and whatnot. It's a comedy
opposed to a drama, but it's just another one of those fun
catty characters that you just can't help but to hate.
Moderator: How was it working with the Baby Daddy cast?
Cassie: I honestly had the best time! They are such a
down-to-earth cast. They're so much fun. I still keep in
touch with all of them, I think they're amazing. They're
like one big family. Definitely one of the most amazing
casts I've ever worked with by far.
Moderator: How did your guest appearance on Baby Daddy get
Cassie: I actually had gone out for a bunch of auditions that
week and they had all went really well, and I'd been
waiting. I was waiting around like every actor does to hear
feedback and to figure out if I booked one of these jobs.
Then the phone rang and I was like “Oh, so which one was it,
which one that I auditioned for” and they're like “No, we
actually have a different offer on the table,” and I think
the fact that I've been a part of ABC Family for a couple
years now, they just felt that I would fit this character
really well and they had offered me the role. I didn’t
actually audition for the role of Heather, but I was so
excited when I got that phone call. I was like “Look at
that, I'm sitting here around my phone wondering what on
earth it's going to be and it's the one I didn’t audition
for,” but I was so excited and it was such a surprise. I
said yes right away because I already knew Chelsea and I
love her. I think she's an amazing girl. I was so excited to
work with her and I was happy to be back on ABC Family.
Moderator: Do you prefer working on TV or films, since you're
really well rounded in both areas?
Cassie: It honestly just depends on the script. People
sometimes ask would you rather pursue film in the future, is
it going to be TV, and it's honestly just whatever script
comes along that intrigues me that I get to try something
new and pursue a different character.
Moderator: How did the cast welcome you to the show?
Cassie: The first day on comedy you start off doing your
table readout on Monday, and I had to come in so sick. I had
food poisoning the night before, of course [laughs]. I
walked in and thought “Oh my God, this is so embarrassing!
It’s my first day here, I'm clearly ill & pale just trying
to battle this terrible sickness [laughs],” and everybody
was so welcoming. They were all asking if I needed anything
to help me out. It was so good to see Chelsea. It was so
Because it's ABC Family, there were a lot of the same people
in the room. I know some of the executive producers very
well, and our dialogue coach, Eva Charney was there. Also,
the costume designer is the same costume designer for Make
It or Break It. It felt so familiar to me because I had
known a lot of the faces in the room, and then on top of it,
everyone was just so welcoming. Everybody was so kind, and
they're just so fun. They're just such a fun cast.
Moderator: Who was the biggest jokester on set?
Cassie: I think everybody is so funny on that set! Melissa
Peterman, she's so great with improv and she's always
throwing the most hilarious lines out there -- especially
during the live tapings. It's such a different adrenaline
rush, so some of these fun & different things come out. It's
really exciting and it's obviously different from Make It or
Break It, which is a drama. They're both great, but it was
just cool to try something different and to have this live
audience. So many things are just so exciting, you have this
I can't think of specific moments, but we all had a great
time. We would laugh constantly and try different things
while shooting. There's this one scene in my second episode,
“The Bet”, where Ben is in a hospital bed and there’s one
line he says that I lost it every single time [laughs]. It
was even on the gag reel at the wrap party a couple weeks
back. I could not keep it together. It’s just the little
things with comedy and with live audiences that give you
Moderator: Are there any other acting genres you are hoping
to get into?
Cassie: Yes, every genre if I can! I think that’s the best
part about being an actor is that you get to step out of the
box and try out all these different characters. You also
learn so much about an array of people playing these
different characters and researching how they would act in
certain situations. I think that’s the beauty of acting. I
would love to take on many different types of characters and
I want to play the furthest thing from who I am, that’s
always the most fun. That’s why I took those science fiction
roles because they were just so fun and they were just so
different. I finally get to play a tomboy – and mess with
guns and sharks and random sea vampires, and I mean that’s
what I think it's all about. It's just having fun, trying
out different things. I would like to dabble in many
Moderator: Who has influenced you the most in acting?
Cassie: There’s so many! First of all, I don't know any young
actress who wouldn't say Meryl Streep. She's incredible. I
would do anything to work with her, just to be on set and
learn from her. I'm a big fan of Leonardo DiCaprio from his
roles in Titanic, Romeo and Juliet, Gilbert Grape, so
definitely big fan of him. I love Ashley Judd.
I love some of these younger actresses out there that are so
incredible. Blake Lively, she has had a great career path. I
think it's so cool the different things she's done, going
from Gossip Girl, which is a fun & younger audience with all
of the clothes and teen drama -- to Savages and The Town
with the really gritty roles. There are so many.
Moderator: What was it like filming in front of a live studio
Cassie: It's so fun! My parents actually were in town
visiting that weekend and they got to be there and watch
right front and center. Your nerves are in knots, but it's
so exciting. It's so different because you have a couple of
takes, but just the fact that there are people watching you.
It's just really exciting.
You have the director, the producer, everyone behind the
scenes and they’ll give you different notes here and there
and you try different things out and it’s really exciting to
do that in front of an audience. It makes it so much more
fun to act just knowing that you’re entertaining people. It
raises the bar a little bit and makes you a bit nervous but
Moderator: What are some of your talents outside of acting?
Cassie: Sometimes it surprises people because I come off as
this blonde, bubbly girly-girl, but I'm actually really into
boxing. I've been boxing for seven years. That’s one of my
favorite things to do, one of my favorite sports. Ever since
I skydived two years ago for charity, I've been really into
that. I love skydiving now. My mom hates the fact that I
love it [laughs]. Oddly enough, my roommate is a
professional skydiver, so I'm dabbling in that. It's crazy
but it's so much fun. I did karate for a very long time. I
was a high Brown Belt in Taekwondo.
That sometimes surprises people, and another thing is I also
played soccer for nine years. So, I'm actually kind of a
tomboy underneath the girly appearance and the high heels.
Moderator: Do you have any other upcoming projects?
Cassie: As of now, it's just pilot season. I'm just
auditioning. There are a couple of great projects I'm
crossing my fingers on that I'm really excited about. I'm on
a cartoon on Disney Channel. It's a new cartoon. It's called
Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja and it's just so fun. It's
just a different thing, and you can go in your pajamas and
just have some of the different voices. I play Heidi
I'm getting back into my music. I finally released a very
simple fun cover video because I told my fans when I reached
100,000 followers on Twitter that I would. So, I released my
first one and I look forward to continuously releasing some
Moderator: What are some of the hardest thing about adjusting
from the east to west coasts?
Cassie: For me, it's being away from my family. I have a very
big Italian family. It's like the Scerbos' Sunday dinners.
Every time my parents are in town, they cook a huge pot of
sauce and a ton of meatballs and pasta and everyone's like
“Oh, can I come this Sunday, can I come!?” So, it's just
being away from my family and we have a lot of traditions
and we're a very close family. So, that’s hard for me.
It's just a different pace too. California is a lot more
laid back whereas—even though it's the entertainment
industry and all, but the vibe is way more laid back. On the
East Coast, especially in New York, which is where I was
born and I grew up part of my life before we moved to
Florida, like every other New Yorker, New York is so fast
paced. It's just very different. So, I would say that would
be the main difference really.
Moderator: Do you ever get the chance to visit the Disney
parks in Florida?
Cassie: Yes! That was my favorite thing in the world was to
go to Orlando and go to all the different parks and water
parks. ABC Family had hooked it up and I spent my 22nd
birthday there! I have loved Disney my whole life. So, I got
my family and a couple friends out, and I just went there
almost two years ago now for my 22nd birthday and had the
best time. Ever since I was a kid I’ve been enjoying the
Moderator: What's your favorite Disney Park?
Cassie: I would say Magic Kingdom.
Moderator: What is your favorite Disney attraction or ride?
Cassie: I really love Space Mountain. It's just so cool. It's
super dark with all the stars and I'm just really into all
Moderator: What is your favorite Disney character?
Cassie: If we're going to do princesses, I'd have to say
Belle. When you're a little girl, you want to look like the
princess that looks like you and I was always like the
blonde little girl that just wanted to be Belle. I just
wanted to be Belle. So, she's always been my favorite.
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