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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.