Interview with Cassie Scerbo on ‘Baby Daddy’
Many of you will recognize actress Cassie Scerbo. She’s had a fantastic career so far and she’s showing no signs of slowing down. Cassie previously appeared in the ABC Family series Make It Or Break It (I miss it so much!), Bring It On: In It To Win It, and most recently in the hit SyFy movie Sharknado and Beast of the Bering Sea.
Cassie relationship with ABC Family continues as she will appearing in a guest starring role in episodes of Baby Daddy. We recently had the pleasure of chatting with Cassie Scerbo once more to talk about her upcoming role and what fans can expect from her character.
Read on for our interview with Cassie Scerbo:
Pop City Life: Can you talk a little bit about the “frenemy” character you’ll be playing and what attracted you to the role?
Cassie Scerbo: I knew Chelsea before I even read the part of the show! I just love her, I think she’s great. I was really excited to work with her. My character basically comes in and stirs up a bunch of trouble for Chelsea’s character [Riley]. I tend to have a lot of fun with these characters and happen to be cast as this type of girl very often so it’s very fun for me — I guess I play it quite well! It was just fun to hop back on board and play another fun, catty character and stir up some trouble.
Pop City Life: Were you a fan of Baby Daddy before you got the role?
Cassie: Yes! I was actually just laughing about this with somebody. I was on ABC Family for a couple years on Make It or Break It, and I’m that person that is such a fan of their own network. When I was on the show, I would watch so many shows on the network, Switched at Birth, Pretty Little Liars. Now, I’m very into Twisted. So, I was very aware of Baby Daddy and I was a fan. I’m a fan of all the shows. I think they’re great!
Pop City Life: You’ve had a great relationship and career with ABC Family throughout the years. Recently you appeared in two hit SyFy movies as well. Are there any other genres you’re hoping to get into?
Cassie: Yes, every genre if I can! I think that’s the best part about being an actor is that you get to step out of the box and try out all these different characters. You also learn so much about an array of people playing these different characters and researching how they would act in certain situations. I think that’s the beauty of acting. I would love to take on many different types of characters and roles.
I want to play the furthest thing from who I am, that’s always the most fun. That’s why I took those science fiction roles because they were just so fun and they were just so different. I finally get to play a tomboy – and mess with guns and sharks and random sea vampires, and I mean that’s what I think it’s all about. It’s just having fun, trying out different things. I would like to dabble in many different genres.
Pop City Life: Has anyone influenced you with your acting or is there anyone you’d love to work with someday?
Cassie: There’s so many! First of all, I don’t know any young actress who wouldn’t say Meryl Streep. She’s incredible. I would do anything to work with her, just to be on set and learn from her. I’m a big fan of Leonardo DiCaprio from his roles in Titanic, Romeo and Juliet, Gilbert Grape, so definitely big fan of him. I love Ashley Judd. I love some of these younger actresses out there that are so incredible. Blake Lively, she has had a great career path. I think it’s so cool the different things she’s done, going from Gossip Girl, which is a fun & younger audience with all of the clothes and teen drama — to Savages and The Town with the really gritty roles. There are so many.
Also revealed on the conference call:
How does your character on Baby Daddy compare to your character on Make It or Break It?
Cassie: We all know that my character on Make It or Break It [Lauren Tanner] was pretty snarky and catty. She was kind of the “B-word” of the show [laughs]. Make It or Break It was a drama and Lauren Tanner had a lot of layers. She had a very vulnerable side, and I think as the show progressed, people were able to understand why she was so promiscuous and always causing trouble. There were a lot of things in her life that had caused her to be that way. With my character on Baby Daddy [Heather], it’s a comedy.
She just comes in right off the bat super snarky. It’s just one of those girls you’re like “Ugh, I can’t stand you!” [laughs]. Heather is just better than Riley in everything by a little bit and it’s really funny. There are just so many funny things that happen throughout the two episodes, but I would say they’re both very catty; yet, the difference is that on Make It or Break It, I was playing a much younger character. In this show, I’m playing a young attorney, and it is a little bit of an age difference and whatnot. It’s a comedy opposed to a drama, but it’s just another one of those fun catty characters that you just can’t help but to hate.
How was it working with the Baby Daddy cast?
Cassie: I honestly had the best time! They are such a down-to-earth cast. They’re so much fun. I still keep in touch with all of them, I think they’re amazing. They’re like one big family. Definitely one of the most amazing casts I’ve ever worked with by far.
The first day on comedy you start off doing your table readout on Monday, and I had to come in so sick. I had food poisoning the night before, of course [laughs]. I walked in and thought “Oh my God, this is so embarrassing! It’s my first day here, I’m clearly ill & pale just trying to battle this terrible sickness [laughs],” and everybody was so welcoming. They were all asking if I needed anything to help me out. It was so good to see Chelsea. It was so fitting! Because it’s ABC Family, there were a lot of the same people in the room. I know some of the executive producers very well, and our dialogue coach, Eva Charney was there. Also, the costume designer is the same costume designer for Make It or Break It. It felt so familiar to me because I had known a lot of the faces in the room, and then on top of it, everyone was just so welcoming. Everybody was so kind, and they’re just so fun. They’re just such a fun cast.
Who was the biggest jokester on set?
Cassie: I think everybody is so funny on that set! Melissa Peterman, she’s so great with improv and she’s always throwing the most hilarious lines out there — especially during the live tapings. It’s such a different adrenaline rush, so some of these fun & different things come out. It’s really exciting and it’s obviously different from Make It or Break It, which is a drama. They’re both great, but it was just cool to try something different and to have this live audience. So many things are just so exciting, you have this adrenaline running. I can’t think of specific moments, but we all had a great time. We would laugh constantly and try different things while shooting.
There’s this one scene in my second episode, “The Bet”, where Ben is in a hospital bed and there’s one line he says that I lost it every single time [laughs]. It was even on the gag reel at the wrap party a couple weeks back. I could not keep it together. It’s just the little things with comedy and with live audiences that give you this rush.
We’d like to thank Cassie Scerbo for once again taking the time to answer some questions for us!
Be sure to tune in to Baby Daddy, Wednesdays on ABC Family! Cassie’s episodes will air February 26th and March 5th.
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