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'Awkward' Star Nikki DeLoach Talks About the Shocking Letter and What's in Store for Lacey
Life has been a little bit Awkward for Lacey Hamilton this season on MTV’s hit teen drama. After it was discovered Lacey wrote the “carefrontation” letter, husband Kevin left and things have been chilly with daughter Jenna. Then there’s the old flame who recently made a new appearance at her best friend’s wedding. This has made for a rough road for Lacey, but a great emotional arc for talented actress Nikki DeLoach.
BuddyTV was lucky enough to speak with DeLoach about writing the infamous letter to Jenna and what’s next for Lacey in season two.
Obviously Lacey’s a bit stunted in adolescence because she had Jenna so young and she can be pretty immature. How do you go about taking a character like that and making her relatable and making her likable for the audience as opposed to just seeming like a terrible parent?
This was the most challenging but also the most fun I’ve ever had with a character. It just speaks to the genius that is Lauren Iungerich when she creates characters. The way that I went about Lacey and the way that I work as an actor is to really build a life for this person. So that everything that they do has an emotional reason to exist.
Lauren and I worked to craft it. You know Lacey’s mother wasn’t always there for her, she was very distant, she was a model and traveled all over the world. Lacey was kind of raised by her Nana and her Papa. So she’s stunted in her own relationship with her mother. You see that in life, you’ll notice that it’s circular, those relationships. You can see one mother who didn’t really have a good relationship with her mother and sometimes she has a hard time connecting with her own daughter because of it. So Lauren, and really both of us, wanted to create this amazing backstory for Lacey so that no matter where we took her, all of her choices were emotionally grounded and she felt really real.
In terms of making her likable, because yeah when I first got the lines for the audition Lauren said a lot of people were coming in and auditioning and they were just making Lacey seem like she was just this horrible person. Like she was a bitch, you know? I never saw her that way. I saw her as a person who had a great heart and had the best of intentions but because she had a kid at such a young age she really didn’t’ have time to grow up. And because she had a mother who wasn’t always there for her, she doesn’t understand what it means to have a good relationship with her own mother, so how can she kind of create that in her own life with her daughter? So she has the best of intentions but her follow through is just pretty weak. [laughs]
The Lacey backstory you shared is so interesting. Is there going to be maybe an episode where we’ll see Jenna’s grandmother?
Actually we’re really hoping to do that in season three. We’re really hoping to bring her into the picture and have a lot of fun. But also kind of explore the dynamic of Nana and Jenna’s relationship. I know with my own parents, my Nana and I had a much different relationship than I did with my mother growing up, and I think that’s true for a lot of kids. It’s easier for a grandparent to come in and be the person that their kid loves and their kid adores. It’s a lot different for the parent because they have to be the one there everyday to discipline and do things the kid might not like. So I think that would be very interesting and I hope we get to do that in season three.
Because of the fallout from the letter Lacey’s done a lot of growing up this season. What’s been your favorite part of her story arc so far?
My favorite part of her story arc, you’re going to see it coming up in episode ten. I love episodes seven and eight, those were the last two wedding episodes that you just saw. And I also loved her story arc with Ben and I loved how Lauren really paralleled that with what was going on in Jenna’s life.
It was a beautiful, beautiful story arc for both Lacey and Jenna. I loved how Lacey at the end of it, she made the right choice. She made the right choice for her daughter and she made the right choice for her marriage and she made the right choice for herself. We got to see her grow up a little bit.
But in episode 10, it just has such a place in my heart because I feel like there’s so much redemption for Lacey in this episode and I really hope that the audience loves it as much as I do. It’s so beautiful and Lauren crafted a gorgeous episode. I really think that finally people will be able to see Lacey in a completely different light.
Molly Tarlov Promises a Softer Side to her Mean Girl on ‘Awkward’
Molly Tarlov isn’t a mean girl, but she sure plays one on TV. As school bully Sadie on MTV’s hit high school comedy Awkward, Tarlov has become an expert at the harsh one-liner. This season will we see a softer side of Jenna’s number one nemesis? Probably not much softer, but Tarlov assures us we’ll be seeing more sides to Sadie’s personality in the show’s second season. This includes more screentime with friend and crush Matty and even a real bona fide relationship for the girl with the tough as nails exterior.
BuddyTV was lucky enough to speak with Tarlov about what fans can expect from Sadie this season, whether she’s Team Jake or Team Matty, and her signature catchphrase “you’re welcome.”
How is Sadie going to handle the school’s new anti-bullying initiative?
Well you know just because the school has decided to make an anti-bullying week doesn’t mean too much. I mean they’ve always been anti-bullying, so I think Sadie will get around the rules once again.
This season there’s a lot more that Sadie’s doing besides just bullying, so it’s not going to just be about her going after Jenna.
So you don’t think she’ll finally learn her lesson about bullying Jenna?
[laughs] No, I do not. Spoiler alert! No.
On Twitter I asked Awkward fans to submit some question and I actually got a pretty special question from the creator of the show, Lauren Iungerich. So I feel like I have to ask it now. She wants to know: How much do you like wearing stripes?
Oh Lauren Iungerich. Vertical stripes are fine, horizontal stripes I loathe, I guess I’ll say.
I think most people do.
No and then try putting them on TV. It’s kind of a mess.
So what more can we expect from Sadie in season two?
There’s going to be so much. I mean, all the characters are kind of living more together now. Sadie will have a boyfriend and we’ll be dealing with that male attention. There’s going to be a really fun arc coming up when the whole gang has to be together for a pretty long time at a pretty big event, so that’s exciting. And Sadie is really going to be just an integral part of the show this season, so it’s exciting.
Clearly Sadie’s the “mean girl” but we’ve seen some layers to her character. Do you think the writing is going to continue peeling back those layers this season?
Yes! I think what’s so extraordinary about the writing is that this character has had, since the very first moment I read it, all of these layers. Last season we got to see her home life during that one episode. This season we’re not going to have a specific time like that, but we will see it layered more throughout.
My goal when being Sadie is to bring that to everything, so it’s not just like a stereotypical mean girl or an archetype of a mean girl. I know Awkward is such a heightened reality but I want it to be grounded in some reality. It’s the hardest thing to do, but the writing makes it so much easier because it’s all there.