As a newcomer to the industry, budding star Carly Chaikin established herself quickly in the public eye, landing parts in movies such as the Nicholas Sparks tearjerker "The Last Song" (2010) starring...
It’s George’s birthday tonight on Suburgatory, but not everyone is having a happy celebration. That’s right, trouble’s coming to our favorite Chatswin residents, in both their relationships with their significant others and their families.
Father of the year Jeremy Sisto chatted with Hollywood.com (while his adorable daughter was chiming in in the background) about the dark times ahead for George, Dallas (Cheryl Hines), Tessa (Jane Levy), Dalia (Carly Chaikin), and Noah (Alan Tudyk)… as well as an amazing, can’t-miss musical moment coming at the end of tonight’s episode. Seriously, you really don’t want to miss this.
“It’s my birthday, and Dallas gets me this present that I think is just completely wrong," Sisto tells Hollywood.com. "It’s hideous, but it’s fine because the thing that George finds endearing is how she tries and fails. But she gets hurt when he gets really moved by Tessa’s gift — she framed something from back in the time when I was still with Tessa’s mom. Dallas has insecurities that I’ll never feel as strongly [about her] as I felt about Tessa’s mom. George probably feels that way too some degree, so she’s hurt.”
And that’s how this memorable musical moment comes into play. “I try to cheer her up," Sisto says. "Earlier in the episode, I asked if there was any song I could play her, and she says R. Kelly’s 'Bump and Grind'... I learn the song and I perform it for her at this deli, so I’m looking forward to seeing that myself.”
But that might be the only happy moment we see for awhile, as drama is about to unfold for everyone. "[Tessa and George] end [the season] very poorly," Sisto says. "I plan to move in with Dallas and Dalia, [and] there is this rivalry between [Tessa] and Dalia. They get into a crazy physical fight.”
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We’ve seen Dalia and Tessa throw verbal punches in the past, but what could possibly bring them to physical blows? “Dalia does something that in turn breaks Tessa and Ryan up, so Tessa’s got a real bone to pick with her,” Sisto says. “They eventually get into a huge fight, and that’s when I tell her, 'Oh, by the way, you’re going to be living together...' She refuses to do it. She goes into the city to find her mom, and her mom has actually moved into the Chatswin area just in case [Tessa] wanted to develop a relationship.”
While we’re excited to see the return of Malin Ackerman as Tessa’s absent mother, could we really be seeing the end of Tessa and Ryan? Say it ain’t so! “[The breakup] was going to happen anyway, since he’s going away to college and they weren’t going to do long distance,” Sisto says. “I think Tessa is coming to terms with the fact that this isn’t the guy that she’s going to be with forever. She has to let him go, but she doesn’t want to do it yet. And that’s when Dalia just rushes things along.”
Dalia is also facing some dark times ahead, especially when we find out her deep, dark secret. “Dalia’s a hoarder!” Sisto says. “We’ve seen her as vapid and vacant of human emotion, [but] what we see this season more and more is how deep that goes.”
But the person having the most issues is Noah. “Everyone’s a mess, but he’s a real mess," Sisto says. "He left his wife for his nanny, but she doesn’t want to be with him, and now he’s got to be this single dad and he has no idea how to do it.”
And Noah will not be catching any breaks anytime soon. “His daughter comes back, and you come to understand that they’ve never been alone in a room together," Sisto says. "There is just no relationship between [them], and we peek into that. We will watch him unravel." Poor guy!
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It’s Christmas time in Suburgatory so pull out your lavish decorations and start writing that mile-long wish list because there’s one thing that suburbanites know how to do best: spread Christmas cheer! And it looks like George (Jeremy Sisto) is fully embracing the holiday spirit by offering to spend time with Yakult so he can give Tessa the super sweet gift of spending time with her mom.
Get ready Chatswin lovers, Malin Akerman is back to reprise her roll of Alex—Tessa’s flaky yet kind-hearted momma that we finally met in the Thanksgiving episode. To get all the scoop on tonight’s episode, “Krampus,” we chatted with leading lady Jane Levy and are bringing you a sneak peak of the greatest music video ever made. Read on for all the deck-the-halls details!
“It was really really really fun.” Levy tells Hollywood.com about working with Akerman again. “She’s a great person and a great actress and I think she did something really cool with the character.” Plus the fact that Akerman looks absolutely fantastic as a red-head is definitely a pro. In an interesting surprise, Levy revealed that she never once thought about what Tessa’s mother would be like.
“I didn’t really picture anything… Every week I have no idea what is going to happen so I just like to wait and see who they cast and what happens.” Levy explains, “Also in the pilot it said that Tessa never talked about her mom and so I just never really thought about her. It wasn’t until late last season when they brought that back into the picture.”
In tonight’s episode fans will get to see Tessa and Alex finally spend some “girl time” together in the Big Apple. Some highlights include the hotel room revelations, the perfect red lipstick, and the world’s most awkward hug. Ever. Levy says that her on-screen mom flawlessly transformed her roll from MIA mother to a complex and intriguing character. “She was like funny and loveable but at the same time sort of tragic and it makes you like her yet want to hate her.” The 22-year-old actress says, “I think that’s a hard note to hit and it started with the writing but then Malin came in and made it a great character. “ Tessa and Alex’s emotional journey in tonight’s episode is definitely something fans don’t want to miss.
Oh and of course we have to mention that Dalia (Carly Chaikin) makes a music video! That’s right, our favorite queen bee of Chatswin is asking Santa to bring back her beloved housekeeper so naturally she makes a music video to get Carmen’s attention. It has it all! Catchy beat? Oh yeah. Sparkly dress? Yup! Toxic-inspired dancing flight-attendants? You better believe it! Check out all of the amazingness of Dalia’s soon-to-be hit, ‘You Missed a Spot” in the video below.
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Vampires, Upper East Siders, Broadway beauties and suburbanites. There’s scoop on all these characters and more in this week’s edition of Leanne’s Spoiler List. So let’s get to it! I’ve got details on the Smashing plans for a new musical, chatted with the stars of Fringe about some mind-altering moments, and previewed tomorrow night’s premiere of The Vampire Diaries. Plus, dish on some hilarious upcoming moments on Suburgatory and Happy Endings and the return of a Gossip Girl rival! Go ahead and read on. You know you want to.
1. Smash: A New Twist for Season 2!
The Season 2 premiere of Smash is far, far away. We still have to get through candy, costumes, cranberry sauce, crazy family get-togethers and Christmas before we’re reunited with our beloved musical drama. Luckily, Emmy award-winning choreographer Joshua Bergasse was kind enough to spill some major secrets to me about the new season. Emphasis on the new, people! “As great as the first season was, we can’t repeat it. We have to try new things, so we’re trying a bunch of new ideas.” Bergasse explains, “New characters are getting musical numbers, we’re using some special effects and we’re using television and the technology a little bit more this season.” Of course there is one new thing that is the most exciting of all: a new musical!
In addition to “Bombshell," Smash will be featuring another Broadway bound show, and I was able to shimmy some details out of this choreographer. He reveals, “Of course we’ve got Marc [Shaiman] and Scott [Wittman] writing great songs again and then we have a bunch of new song writers…They’re writing contemporary, downtown songs for this show. So the choreography is a little grungier, a little edgier and it’s a whole new area for us.” Keeping with the show’s ultra-competitive rift between Karen (Katharine McPhee) and Ivy (Megan Hilty), Bergasse hints that it wouldn’t be a huge surprise if some of our core characters would be drawn to the spotlight in this new show. “I can only say this: Smash is inherently about the battle between those two women and so whether they are battling over that or they’re battling over something else, they’re going to be battling. I can assure you that.” Hell hath no fury like a Marilyn scorned!
2. Gossip Girl: Guess Who’s Back?!It’s time for a blast from our Constance past! One of the few (hundred) people that Blair (Leighton Meester) has victimized over the past five seasons is back. And honey, she’s going all Emily Thorne on Blair’s behind, because she wants revenge. (Cross-network references FTW!) While Gossip Girl has made me swear upon all that glitters not to reveal who she is, the blogger didn’t say anything about dropping a few one-liners to help you guess.
The mystery Upper East Sider tells Blair. “I still have nightmares about nartinis and yogurt bombs. Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night shouting, ‘Tights are not pants!’” Okay, okay, fine you’ve twisted the cashmere scarf around my neck tight enough. It’s Nellie Yuki! How and when this smarty pants makes her return is something I’m keeping hush-hush, but I will say this: Nellie and Dan (Penn Badgley) share a sweet and slightly sad moment together. Oh and she’s got a Dior bag that would gladly trade my apartment for.
3. Suburgatory: Roo’s and Romance!The new season of Suburgatory starts next Wednesday and now that I’ve watched the premiere, I’m happy to say it definitely won’t disappoint! After spending the summer at her grandma’s in NYC, Tessa (Jane Levy) is desperately trying to find a way to feel a connection to her MIA mama (who we now know will be played by Malin Akerman later this season!) So Tessa decides to enter the Chatswin talent show—aka the Fall Follies—and those who love the show’s beyond catchy theme-song will be quite pleased. Also here’s your Royce Pet Update: No sign of Yakult, but Dalia’s (Carly Chaikin) amazing kangaroo makes a brief appearance. Bonus fun fact: 'Roos love Red Vines.Now let’s fast-forward to episode ten of the season. Yes, I know it’s a bit far away, but this scoop is so juicy that I just have to share it: Tessa’s getting a fella! Oh and not just any fella, a football player. We’ve met him, he’s hilarious and also equal parts sweet and slightly stupid. Fans, you know exactly which ab-tastic guy I’m talking about. Anyways, now that Tessa has a new beau, she is introduced to the “Football Girlfriends”—Think Stepford Wives but with a peppy cheerleader twist—and she quickly realizes that baking cookies is not just a way to pass the time, it’s a way of life.4. Fringe: LSD in 2036?Things have been pretty dark this season on Fringe — the world has been taken over, Walter's brain was scrambled due to Observer torture, and the food tastes like crap. But according to Jasika Nicole, some fun may be found via a certain substance that has stood the test of time in Walter's lab. "There is a scene where we are in his lab, and he has all these secret hiding places. 'We’re like, 'How does this last for 20-something years??' I won’t say anything more about it because it’s pretty funny... He’s got a lot of secret hiding places. John Noble laughed when we asked him for further detail, but didn't deny that a little somethin' somethin' was going down. "There is a little case of something or other [in the lab]. I think you know what it is, that's why you asked the question! But… I think you'll find a case of something down there. It's twenty years old, but…" I bet it still does the trick!5. Happy Endings: Jobless and Power-Hungry! If Happy Endings doesn’t make you happy, then I’m not sure we would get along. To me, this show has everything. And by everything I mean a group of friends who hang out, get into shenanigans and also throws the occasional love interest into the mix. Plus any show that includes pajoveralls, invisible hula-hooping and the one-liner, “What’s up skanks?! Wheeeee! Ugh, I’m fat,” is perfection in my book. I caught up with Eliza Coupe and Damon Wayans Jr. on their set a few weeks ago, and the sexually charged duo teased what’s coming up for their characters this season. Wayans says “I like the fact that Brad is unemployed right now. He’s having a lot more fun, he gets to wear a lot less suits and he’s just having a grand-old time.”This grand old-time includes hanging out with our favorite lazy-man Max (Adam Pally), and learning how to get the most out of life, without paying for it. And as for Jane? Coupe says that Jane could not be more thrilled to be the new breadwinner in the relationship. “She gets to do the whole type-A personality thing which is to work and take control.” Jane finds that her super-intense personality shines when she is accepts a job as a car salesman and Coupe says that hilarity is sure to ensue, “There has been a lot of things going down at that dealership, a lot of weird things. There’s been some animals involved…It’s just a lot of her wanting to be one of the guys too, and seeing how that pans out.” I’m sure it’s going to be amahzing. 6. The Vampire Diaries: Transitions and Triangles!Tomorrow night is the season premiere of The Vampire Diaries and putting it lightly, it’s a heart-stopping 48 minutes of absolutely intense perfection. Watching Elena (Nina Dobrev) come to terms with the fact that she is now “dead…ish” makes you feel all of her heightened emotions in such a short amount of time. I’m pretty sure I blacked out for a good five minutes because I didn’t breathe at all during one scene in particular: Elena choosing whether or not to transition. Oh and as for all those memories that she was compelled to forget? (cough*Damon*cough) Get excited because not only does Elena remember them, she relives them! Not to worry Stelena fans, Elena and Stefan (Paul Wesley) share some truly beautiful moments together in an unexpected place. Kat Graham teases that this premiere is one that fans should be beyond excited to see. The actress says, “The first episode back, that was the hardest episode for me to shoot so far, it was so intense. After that I mean it really sets the standard so everything just gets bigger and better from there.” It’s true. After watching the second episode, it’s safe to say that the fourth season of The Vampire Diaries is unlike anything fans have seen before. Graham agrees saying, “The whole season is like a transition into a lot of it into a new ways of living, a new life for all of them. There is so much sadness and heartbreak and change and it’s so uncomfortable and you’ll see that you’ll se everyone trying to avoid it.” But they can only avoid their grief for so long. By the end of the second episode you’ll see the Mystic Falls gang address all that they’ve lost over the past three years and the result is a chilling (and slightly tear-inducing) scene.What are you most looking forward to on the new season of The Vampire Diaries? Excited to see the return of Nellie Yuki on Gossip Girl? Intrigued by the new musical on Smash? Wish you had a pet kangaroo like Dalia, too? Of course you do! Share your thoughts in the comments below! Follow Leanne on Twitter @LeanneAguilera—Additional reporting by Shaunna Murphy.[Photo Credit: ABC, NBC, The CW, FOX]MORE: Leanne’s Spoiler List: Is There a New Love Triangle on 'The Vampire Diaries'? Leanne's Spoiler List: Will There Be Another Death on 'Revenge'? Leanne’s Spoiler List: What's Next for Leonard and Penny on 'Big Bang Theory'?
Wednesday night’s ABC comedy lineup is somewhat akin to NBC’s Thursday night comedy blocks of years past. The newest entry into what is slowly but surely becoming the funniest night on TV is Suburgatory. The name and the idea of the show is exactly what it sounds like: the suburbs plus purgatory. Moving to the suburbs is a hellish thought for Tessa (Jane Levy, Shameless) a Manhattan teenager ripped from the cacophony of the big city to the unsettling quiet of the suburbs by her dad, George played by Jeremy Sisto. I know he’s grown far beyond the role of Elton in Clueless, and he was great on Six Feet Under and Law and Order prime but who doesn’t think of “rollin’ with the homies” when they hear his name?
Like many great comedies, Suburgatory relies on its ability to appeal to everyone, while still having moments of quirkiness, such as a sugar free Red Bull smashing Tessa in the head or a woman busy texting plunging headfirst into a pool. Another welcome bit of casting is Rex Lee (Entourage) as high school guidance counselor, Mr. Wolfe. Man, I hope we get some sort of bit with Lee as Winston Wolf from Pulp Fiction. Other friendly, albeit plastic, phony faces in the ‘burbs are Cherly Hines (Curb Your Enthusiasm) as Dallas, the local neighborhood gossip and milf with a thing for George; and Alan Tudyk (Firefly, Knocked Up), as George’s old friend from college, Noah, who has become assimilated into the suburban life (“nothing smells like urine!”). There’s also Dalia (Carly Chaikin) as Dallas’ typical blond with an acid tongue, daughter and Tessa’s assigned school buddy; as well as Allie Grant (who is no stranger to the warped suburban life after playing Isabelle Hodes on Weeds) as a girl Tessa wants to be friends with. Saturday Night Live alum, Ana Gasteyer rounds out the surprisingly solid supporting cast. Anyone of these guys can headline their own series.
While the supporting players are worth their weight in comic gold, the series will most likely rest on the shoulders of Jane Levy. Previous seen as Ian Gallagher’s beard of a girlfriend, Mandy, on Shameless, Levy is the perfect mix of Darlene Connor from Roseanne, Cady Heron from Mean Girls, and Lisa Simpson. She’s the loveable outcast with the verbiage to match. When trying to rebel against her dad forcing her into the suburbs, she ironically becomes the very thing she loathes, a suburban girl with too much makeup, who drinks Red Bull for dinner to stay a slim 85 lbs. She’s the snot-nosed, rebellious teen with the sarcasm and wit to match. Another great sight-gag was father and daughter warring silently, but the message was hysterically emphatic; Tessa was reading a book on how to become an emancipated minor, while George was reading up on how to give his daughter up for adoption.
By episode’s end, just as Dallas begins winning Tessa over, Suburgatory begins to win the viewer over. Tessa realizes that her dad’s stuck in suburgatory as well and lets her anger towards him go. The show does have a dull premise, the tried and true fish-out-of-water tale. But Levy emerges as a rising star who can actually shine above her co-stars and Sisto is probably the most underrated actor in the history of Hollywood. As a lead-in to Modern Family, Suburgatory needs to find an audience with the speed of its own sharp-tongued wit, which it most likely will. ABC has found itself creeping out ahead of NBC and CBS as the overall best network for comedy and this show makes a fine addition. Now, if we can somehow convince them to bring back Pushing Daisies or Better off Ted…
Wrote, produced and starred in the short film "Nowhere to Go."
Co-starred in the indie comedy "In a World…" that premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.
Landed the role of deadpan Dalia on the ABC comedy "Suburgatory."
First major role in the Miley Cyrus movie "The Last Song," playing tortured soul Blaze.
As a newcomer to the industry, budding star Carly Chaikin established herself quickly in the public eye, landing parts in movies such as the Nicholas Sparks tearjerker "The Last Song" (2010) starring Miley Cyrus, before landing her big break playing snarky mean-girl Dalia Royce on the hit sitcom "Suburgatory" (ABC, 2011-). It was a role that immediately connected with viewers. Although the show focused around the character of high school student Tessa Altman (Jane Levy), Chaikin proved to be the scene-stealer, punctuating comedic moments with her blasé yet barbed line delivery. The role was not something she initially gravitated toward; she originally auditioned for the lead role, which she felt was more like her real personality. But the show's creator, Emily Kapnek, saw something different in her and convinced Chaikin that she would be perfect as Tessa's nemesis instead. Chaikin may have initially felt the role was a stretch, but fan reaction proved differently.<p>Born on March 26, 1990 in Santa Monica, CA, Chaikin dreamed of becoming an actress since she was 11 years old. Although she had no acting training, the then 19-year-old aspiring actress nevertheless won her first meaty role co-starring opposite Miley Cyrus and teen heartthrob Liam Hemsworth in the teen romance "The Last Song." A manager took a chance on Chaikin despite her inexperience, and his hunch paid off. Chaikin's role as the rebellious Blaze was a memorable contribution to the movie, adding a little bad girl attitude to the otherwise tame fare. Chaikin's initial success convinced her that the life of a performer was definitely something she wanted to pursue. She next landed a small role in the indie comedy "My Uncle Rafael" (2010) and played a would-be victim of a maniac in "Escapee" (2011). Neither role made much of an impact, but Chaikin was on the cusp of landing the part that would bring her to TV audiences on a weekly basis.<p>By her own admission, Chaikin thought she was nothing like the acidic, gaudily dressed Dalia on ABC's "Suburgatory," and even cried the first time she dyed her natural brown hair blonde for the role. Her time spent growing up in Southern California and attending an all-girls school further helped to prepare her for the role. Also starring Jeremy Sisto of "Clueless" (1995) fame and Cheryl Hines from "Curb Your Enthusiasm" (HBO, 2000-), "Suburgatory" proved to be a modest success for the network and drew a loyal fan base -- much of that due to Chaikin's appeal. In 2012, Chaikin guest starred on the web series "Harder Than It Looks" (2012-) and appeared in the indie comedy "In a World " (2013), starring Lake Bell as a struggling voice actor.
Archer School for Girls
Has an art studio in her house, and loves to paint.
Trained as a gymnast as a child, but wanted to be an actress since age 11.
Disliked her high school drama class so much she never attended it.
On acting: "Something just clicked in me. This is what I want to do for the rest of my life." -- from Cambio, March 14, 2012.
Sports 11 tattoos.
Has a tattoo of Bob Dylan lyrics: "Strike another match, go start anew … and it’s all over now, Baby Blue"
Her favorite actress that inspires her is Angelina Jolie