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Jillian Rose Reed’s friends say she’s nothing like her character Tamara on Awkward but, after talking to her, we learned that’s not 100% true. For starters, they both talk really fast. Jillian has been playing Tamara, best friend to the show’s main star Jenna (Ashley Rickards), for the last four years now, and she’ gotten very close to her character. She discusses how she and Tamara are different (and a little alike), how she feels about Tamara/Jake and Jenna/Matty, and what her favorite scene was to film on the show.
Check out our exclusive interview with the star here:
Is there any slang from the show that you use in real life?
Actually, there’s quite a few that most of the cast actually uses. A lot of them are from season 1. We all use DTR (define the relationship), we still use that one on the show. I feel like that the majority of people use that one. But I also use Big Fail Mary (something that does not go as planned) which is from season 1 in regards to a failed situation. So yeah, we do.
What was your favorite episode to film last season?
Oh gosh. From this past season? I think it would probably have to be just the sequence of episodes where Jake and Tamara broke up. There was one specific one, where Jake and Tamara are fighting in the school quad area. I got to do this really funny bit, where I take Jake’s harmonica and I pound it on a table and I rub a banana all in it. That was really, really, really fun to shoot, because it’s not often, (well that’s not true, I do get to do physical stuff) but it’s been a while since I got to some really out there physical comedy and I love doing that stuff. It’s really fun for me.
That sounds fun. Have you pushed to have any more physical comedy like that on the show in the next season?
I do actually! One of my favorite episodes in this upcoming season I get to a do a little bit, we’ll call it “dancing.”
Actually, speaking of Jake…do you want him and T to get back together? Are you rooting for them to wind up with each other?
I have always loved Jake and Tamara from the beginning of their relationship. In high school, I think it’s so easy to get caught up in boys and all of that stuff. Obviously, in the beginning of their relationship, there was a tricky situation with Jenna and Jake’s past, but I truly feel that Jake is Tamara’s true, real love. I think that they’ll always love each other and always have something really special. So yeah, I definitely root for them. I would definitely want to see them work something out in the future.
What do you like the most about some of the characters on the show? We know there’s a ton, so you can give us your favorite two.
Aside from Tamara, I have to say my two favorite characters are probably Sadie and Valerie. That’s because they are just so funny. You know, I’m a comedic actress and I love comedy and I think both of those characters, and both of the actresses who play them, are just so phenomenal and so on point all the time that if I had to choose another character I could play for the day, it would have to be one of those.
Do you think you’re at all like Tamara or you two totally different?
There are some similarities, but I feel like if you ask my close friends they’d say that there are no similarities at all. But I definitely feel like there are a little bit. Tamara’s been with me for 4 years now, so there’s a little bit of me inside of her. We’ve both talk really fast, I’m a little overdramatic, and Tamara is a little overdramatic, so we have similarities there. As far as differences, she’s a little bit girlier than I am, in the way that she carries herself and the way that she dresses. I tend to be a little bit more edgy, or maybe it’s sloppy. I haven’t figured out the word yet. She goes to high school every day in her perfectly matched outfits and heels. I went to high school in my sweatpants.
We really like some of the fashion choices she’s made, do you envy her closet or is your style a bit more laidback?
There’s definitely moments where she will wear something that is super my style or paired with something that is my style. It’s funny that you mention that, because I took home a bunch of stuff. I went through the wardrobe trailer like “I’m gonna take this, and I’m gonna take this, and I’m gonna take this!” I still have stuff from season 1. Season 1 Tamara wore a lot that I have a lot of as well.
Are any of the actors like their characters on the show?
I would say that there are probably similarities that you can find between all of the actors and their characters. But everyone also has major, major differences. Like for example, Nikki DeLoach plays Lacey. Nikki is a person in my life who has the biggest heart. She is so genuine and you get to see that when she plays Lacey, there’s these really heartfelt moments between her and Jenna, where I’m like “that’s totally Nikki!” But then, in reverse, Lacey is super self-involved and you know, not always the best mom. That is the complete opposite of Nikki, she’s always seeing what she can do for other people. She’s a new mom and she’s the best mom in the world. There’s definitely similarities and differences between all of us.
Check out what she has to say about Jenna and Matty on Page 2...
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Are there any characters you wish you had more scenes with, like you love them on the show, but there isn’t much of a storyline crossover for Tamara and them?
Yeah, I totally wish I had more scenes with Val! I got a little bit more in this past season, I did in other seasons as well. I think it was season 3, that we explored that Val and Tamara are new BFFs for their trip to Europe. I wish we could have taken that a little bit further, and seen that in the current season. I think that both of the characters are so different and both so dynamic, that when they’re both in Val’s office together, it’s just funny.
Veering off that a bit, do you want Matty and Jenna to get back together?
I am hardcore Team Matty. I always have been. I feel like Jenna and Matty are the Ross and Rachel of our time. So I’m constantly rooting for them. I watch the show like a viewer most of the time, so any time Matty shows up at Jenna’s door, I like freak out. Any time they have a moment. I’m all about it. I want them to wind up together.
Is there anything about this season that you think viewers will be really excited about?
My one of my favorite episodes, is the one I kind of teased earlier with the dancing, the episode is centered on myself and Sadie. We’ve seen in the past that when Sadie and Tamara get together, it’s pretty crazy, but I think fans always really, really enjoy it. It’s an entire episode where they team up together. It was really fun to shoot, Molly is one of my best friends. I think fans will enjoy watching it as much as we enjoyed filming it.
Do you and the cast members have viewing parties of the show? Or do you mainly watch with your friends?
Yeah, actually when I’m watching, I’m usually with another cast member. I go to Brett Davern’s (Jake!) a lot to watch the show. Nikki DeLoach always has people over, so we pretty much like to watch the show together as much as we can. We love each other so much, it’s so fun. If I’m not with a cast member, I’m usually with my family.
That’s really cute. Are you best friends with some of the cast outside of the show and hang out a lot?
All the time! We all just got back from a weekend in Kentucky because Desi (Val) got married. I’m literally planning a trip with Molly, as we speak. We hang out all the time.
That’s very sweet. It’s always nice to hear that people are friends behind the scenes.
Yeah! It just makes the job easier.
What can we look forward to seeing you in outside of Awkward?
Outside of Awkward, I have a few things going on! I will be stepping behind the camera for the first time. I will be producing a new movie, called Chained and Bound, which I am starring in. Actually, Nikki DeLoach is as well. It’s a little side project, that’s in the very early development stages. We’re really excited about it. It’s a really gritty and edgy movie that will be really different from what our Awkward viewers have seen us do.
What made you want to get behind the camera?
Well I was approached with this script actually a few years ago to play one of the characters. The woman who wrote it is a really close family friend of mine. As it got developed, I got more and more involved, and she approached me and asked if I wanted to come on as a producer, it just seemed really fun for me. I’ve learned a lot about producing and being behind the scenes. After I started filming Awkward, it was a really good way to learn about that stuff. So I thought, what a better way to do it than practice. I love the entertainment industry. I love all aspects of it, so if there are ways for me to get involved in another way, I liked to do it.
Awkward comes back 9/23 on MTV at 10p.m. Make sure you tune because it’s the bomb-dot-com.
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Actress Emma Roberts has become the latest celebrity to add jewellery designer to her resume. Julia Roberts' niece has teamed up with bosses at the BaubleBar website to create a 19-piece collection, which she launched online on Tuesday (23Sep14) with adverts featuring the American Horror Story star modelling her favourite items.
She is also due to add further accessories to the range, including a 10-piece holiday line, which will go on sale in early November (14).
The actress follows in the footsteps of Angelina Jolie, Nikki Reed and Kate Bosworth, who have all previously entered the bauble business.
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Actor Ian Somerhalder came to the defence of his girlfriend Nikki Reed after receiving negative comments about the Twilight actress online.
Over the weekend (ends07Sep14), two of the Vampire Diaries star's fans decided to use his Instagram.com comments section as a forum to bash his new girlfriend, Reed. Instead of dismissing the negative banter, Somerhalder wrote back to the fans in a lengthy online rant, telling them, "You HATE NIKKI REED? Really? Do you know her? Hmmmm, I'm not sure that you do. Look on her Instagram feed or twitter and all you will see is a compassionate and beautiful human being. Please put your negative energy elsewhere. You don't even know the person you're talking about."
He added, "Do you care about me? Ask yourself that question. What's the answer? Is it yes? If it is - then please be happy for me. Stop this nonsense - you're spreading horrible energy into the world. "Do some research of the person you say sucks or you HATE. You'll find that she's a magical person doing great things in the world. "I'm sickened and saddened by the fans' response to all this. Many fans have stood up people like you and tried to empower you with some compassion. If we all thought a little or learned a little about people before we spoke about them, the world wouldn't be so upside down and in the worst place in history. If you hate Nikki then you must hate me...That's sad. Have an amazing day!"
Somerhalder and Reed sparked romance rumours in July (14) after they were photographed spending a weekend together in Los Angeles.
Reed filed for divorce from former American Idol contestant Paul McDonald in May (14), and Somerhalder previously dated his TV co-star Nina Dobrev.
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She will be laid to rest in a funeral on Sunday (07Sep14) and despite the tough time, close friend Martin Fletcher reveals Melissa, who has called the outpouring of support "humbling", is showing incredible strength as she arranges her mum's final farewell.
He tells New York's CBS News, "She is doing amazingly well. She's her mother's daughter and she is rising to the occasion."
Fletcher spoke to the media outside Rivers' Manhattan apartment building on Friday (05Sep14), when he joined members of the late star's staff to hand out pizza and water to reporters, photographers and police officers.
Rivers' assistant, Graham Reed, said, "She would have wanted you to guys to have this because you're out here all day long, in the heat."
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According to TMZ.com, Reed and Jones were never given money or a credit for the track and are suing Lamar for at least $1 million (£588,000). They are also seeking all the profits from Rigamortis and rights to the song.
This is not the first time Lamar has faced plagiarism allegations. In July (14), representatives for The Alan Parsons Project rock band filed legal papers claiming he used elements of their song Old and Wise without permission.
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Rivers was getting her vocal cords checked at a clinic in New York when she started fighting for breath. She was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital and placed in a coma as members of her family were alerted to her condition.
The New York Daily News reports doctors will take the 81 year old out of the coma this weekend (30-31Aug14) and assess any damage.
Her aide Graham Reed told the Daily News, "She’s not conscious, but she’s stable." Initial reports suggested Rivers was in a critical condition. A spokesman for the hospital has released a brief statement, which reads: "Her family wants to thank everybody for their outpouring of love and support. We will provide an update on her condition as it becomes available."
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Lady Antebellum's Dave Haywood, who is a Georgia native, admits he is still coming to terms with the surprise news.
He says, "We've never been a part of something like this before. It's pretty special hearing the words 'Lady Antebellum' and 'hall of fame' in the same sentence. We really feel honoured to be included."
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Lou Reed's widow Laurie Anderson has asked a New York judge to enforce a compensation agreement awarded to the rock legend's estate following the cancellation of the inaugural UR-1 Festival in 2012. The Velvet Underground icon was among the acts set to perform at the Miami Beach event in Florida, alongside Kanye West, fun., The Offspring and Keane, and officials at Reed's company, Sister Ray Enterprises, collected a $20,000 (£11,765) advance at the time of the booking.
They were expecting the remaining $180,000 (£105,882) of the singer's fee in full after the 9 December, 2012 show, but the festival was axed at the last minute due to financial troubles.
Lawyers for Sister Ray entered arbitration talks with Go Big Productions promoter Alejandro Olmes in February (14), when Reed's estate was awarded the balance of the star's fee as the musician had been "ready, willing and able to perform" until Go Big bosses scrapped the gig.
Estate executors were also granted $7,100 (£4,176) in legal fees, reports the New York Post.
However, Anderson, the main beneficiary of Reed's $30 million (£17.65 million) estate, claims the funds have yet to be received and this week (ends08Aug14), she filed suit in Manhattan Supreme Court in a bid to secure payment.
Reed died in October, 2013 after a battle with liver disease. He was 71.