Interview with Nicole Gale Anderson on ‘Ravenswood’
Nicole Gale Anderson has had one amazing career. She first took the screen by storm as a breakout actress on The Disney Channel’s Jonas. From there, we fell in love with Nicole as the slightly evil Kelly Parker on ABC Family’s Make It Or Break It. I miss that show! Now, along with a recurring role on Beauty and the Beast, Nicole Gale Anderson can be seen as one of the stars of ABC Family’s new hit drama series Ravenswood.
Nicole stars in the supernatural thriller as Miranda Collins, the not-long-for-this-world girl just trying to help out her friends when a mysterious curse takes over their lives.
We recently had the chance to chat with Nicole about the current season of Ravenswood, tomorrow’s season finale, and her hopes for Miranda should the show return for a second season.
Read on for our interview with Nicole Gale Anderson below:
Pop City Life: Ashley Benson is set to guest star on the season finale of Ravenswood. How will Miranda handle Hanna showing up to town?
Nicole Gale Anderson: Well, see Hanna shows up by surprising everyone, so it definitely takes Caleb and Miranda off guard for sure. But she’s very respectful of what they’ve shared together, and she really likes Hanna. I mean Hanna was so helpful and supportive of her journey to Ravenswood and having Caleb stay out there with her. So she definitely allows for them to talk things through, but she’s definitely heartbroken for sure.
Pop City Life: What are your hopes for Miranda in the second season?
Nicole: I would like to see maybe more of her connecting with her uncle again, maybe he’ll be able to start seeing her. And then maybe something like, I don’t know, a ghost companion.
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Did you have to do any research about ghosts or the paranormal for your portrayal of Miranda?
Nicole: I did a little bit just for fun. I watched a couple of movies, like Ghost with Patrick Swayze. Yes. But it’s an ABC Family ghost, and I think at the end of the day Miranda, even though she is a ghost, she still is Miranda and she still was the girl that she was before all of this. She just has a lot of other problems in her life now. But, yes, I have fun with it.
Were you excited to learn that your character was killed in the first show, since it’s something you’ve never really done before?
Nicole: Yes, I think that with the ghost component of Miranda aside, Miranda as a character in itself is just different than anything I’ve played before. I’ve played the hyperactive, bubbly Macy and I’ve played a lot of mean girls before, but never really played a bad ass, if you will. And even though Miranda has a sweet side, she definitely is, I think, stronger and more outspoken than a lot of the other characters I’ve played. So, yes, I think I’ve really just been enjoying playing that kind of role.
Do you ever get scared or experience anything supernatural like your characters?
Nicole: I don’t think anybody ever sees anything supernatural. I think that the show has definitely made us paranoid, like if anything slightly odd happens we’re just immediately like, “Oh, my gosh, where’s the ghost? What is happening?” But nothing actually supernatural has happened, I don’t think, but it’s made for a lot of good on set pranks. Steven totally got Tyler just by pranking him when we shooting in a haunted abandoned children’s hospital. It’s made for good pranks, but I don’t think anything has really happened.
What is your favorite part about filming Ravenswood?
Nicole: Probably just working with the cast! We have so much fun. Brett is hilarious; anything that he just says, anything that comes out of his mouth I’m immediately laughing. I had a lot of fun getting to know Merritt, and we hung out a lot off set and it was really nice to have a gal pal in New Orleans. So, yes, I think getting to know the cast this first season has been a lot of fun.
What is it like working with Tyler Blackburn?
Nicole: Oh, it’s the best! I honestly couldn’t ask for a better partner in all of this. Ever since the Pretty Little Liars episode he’s been amazing. He’s been a big support throughout this whole thing. Any time we have questions or concerns or anything, we can call each other up and vent it out and just be there for each other throughout the whole process. So, yes, he’s really collaborative and a huge professional and a really easy person to get along with. I could just go on; he’s great.
Is there any hope for your ghost character to ever have a physical connection?
Nicole: I think that the huge cliffhanger at the season finale will definitely leave that window of opportunity open for Miranda. There’s definitely a huge cliffhanger at the end of the season; it’s literally the last scene of the episode where Miranda could have a ghost companion. So you will see!
Has anyone ever considered what could happen to Miranda if they do break the curse?
Nicole: Yes, definitely. It’s all discussed during this huge showdown between the kids of the pack and Abaddon in the season finale. There’s this huge battle between them, and there are a lot of questions that are answered as far as Miranda being able to come back to life or staying dead. It’s all brought to the surface during this whole battle.
We’d like to thank Nicole for taking the time to answer some questions for us. We really appreciate it!
Be sure to follow Nicole on Twitter to stay up-to-date on everything she’s doing.
Don’t forget to tune in to the Ravenswood season finale “My Haunted Heart” when it airs tomorrow night at 9/8c on ABC Family.