Let’s talk about Squaresville for a little bit.
The second season has just premiered. Give us the Squaresville sales pitch, how would you describe it to someone who hasn’t seen it before?
Squaresville is about two young girls in suburbia, bored with nothing to do, who are so frustrated because they want something to do, they want to mean more than everything around them let’s them. It’s very Freaks and Geeks meets Ghost World. I feel like it is a young teen coming-of-age story for this generation. It’s very new and fresh and a very relatable story, that is in its own way very unique. And I love it. I love Squaresville and I’m so proud of it, and I’m very happy to be in it.
And in comparison to The Lizzie Bennet Diaires, it’s a lot more like traditional television in the way that it’s filmed, except if you were only seeing little snippets of an episode instead of a 30 minutes.
Obviously the episodes are much shorter, but they are very much more traditional tv-style.
Can you tell us anything about season 2? Anything we can expect, new things that are happening?
Season 2, yeah it’s really cool. I’m really, really excited about season 2 because we had a little more freedom, and there’s some fantastical elements that are really neat that I’m really looking forward to. Kind of in the way of seeing into the characters heads, because they are teenagers and they are bored, and they spend a lot of time day-dreaming and wanting to be off in space, and we’re going to get to kind of do a little of that, and it’s really neat. It’s going to be really sweet.
And it also examine the relationships deeper. It’s cool because season 1 was sort of setting up these characters and their relationships to each other, and in season 2 we have a little more freedom to go off with them and have fun, and look at them deeper. It’s gonna be fun.
And season 2, you’ve already filmed it, it’s all wrapped?
It’s all wrapped, yeah.
So over how long it will come out?
I think our episodes are going to take us into August. I might be wrong about that, but it’s quite a few months.
Squaresville obviously has a much smaller audience than The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. More concentrated maybe, but it hasn’t been picked up in the wider offline community – so how has your experience been different between the two web shows?
I don’t know. It’s weird because they’re very different but they’re also, to me, so intertwined, because they have been coming out at the same time. Every week I’m promoting both shows and I know the fan-base for Squaresville is not as big as the one for Lizzie Bennet, so I’ve actively been promoting it in my own circle, so I hope to have those fans cross over because I think a lot of the fans of Lizzie Bennet would enjoy Squaresville, and do, even though they are so different.
So it’s been weird on one hand, but it’s also been really wonderful, because people are like, “Wow, you’re so different as Zelda than you are as Lydia” and I’m like, “Well, yeah. Isn’t that the point?”
It’s funny, because I always thought Zelda was the character I related to the most, and I am like her in a lot of ways. But as time has gone on I actually found out some things about Zelda that I was like “Oh, I’m not like that at all.” And the oposite it true for Lydia, who at first I thought I’m not like her, and then I was like oh wait, I am like her. So it’s been a really interesting self-discovery process as well.
And is there anything else you’re doing right now?
You have a Youtube channel as well, where you upload song covers and things. Is musical theatre something you’re interested in? Have you done that before?
Yeah, actually at USC all I did was musicals, which was so crazy because I never went into it thinking I was ever going to do that. I love musicals, the last one I did was Anne of Green Gables and I played Anne, and that was really cool. It’s a little hard to make a living doing them in Los Angeles so I havent done one in a while and it’s a bummer. But I love them and I love music.
Last question. If you could play any character, male or female, young or old, whoever, who would it be?
Uh, it’s so embarassing. My answer is Frodo Baggins.
That’s an excellent answer.
Because Lord of the Rings was what made me want to be an actor, and everyone knows I’m very much in love with Elijah Wood and I think he’s fantastic in those movies. But just watching Frodo’s journey I was like, I want to do that. That’s what I want. That’s who I want to be.
I think that’s a great answer.
I’m the biggest dork. I dont think I could do it better than he does but I think Frodo is very interesting and wonderful and one of my favourite characters.
Coming up on Hypable: Our exclusive interview with Ashley Clements, star of ‘The Lizzie Bennet Diaries’
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