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Blair Redford stars in THE LYING GAME.

Blair Redford

Knows All There Is To Know About The Lying Game

by Jackie Speiss

Copyright ©2013 PopEntertainment.com.  All rights reserved.  Posted: January 10, 2013.

Bad boy Blair may not be so ďbadĒ after all.  Recently we got to sit down with Blair Redford, who plays Ethan on ABC Familyís original series The Lying Game.  Redford may have that daring, sultry stare that brings out the daredevil in all of us, but you will be surprised when you come to find that Redfordís character is actually the good guy who was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. 

The Lying Game is about twin girls Emma and Sutton, both played by Alexandra Chando.  As teenagers, come to find that they were separated at birth. Sutton was adopted by the wealthy Mercer family and Emma was placed into the foster system. When reunited, Sutton goes on a search for the truth about their lives, and Emma takes Sutton's identity for the time being. Redford gets stuck between the two girls. He comes to find that his own existence is much more complicated than he expected.

It seems like Ethanís kind of a mess when the show returns. How would you describe Ethanís relationship with Sutton this season as compared to Emma?

The season opens up and Ethanís in a little bit of a darker, more depressed place given how the last season ended.  Anyone who watches the show knows how Sutton operates.  That definitely leaves it open for Ethan and her to get closer, because anytime that Emma wonít entertain Ethan, Suttonís there to step in.  So youíll definitely see, compared to last year, itís different.  I think heís pretty certain of what kind of girl she is after sheís repeatedly lied to him so many times, but he still canít really shake either one of those twins.  So itíll still be there.

Blair Redford and Alexandra Chando star in THE LYING GAME.Alexandra Chando plays both Sutton and Emma.  Does it ever get weird when you have to act differently with the different characters?  Do you look at her as the same person?

You know, I donít.  Itís funny; that comes up a lot.  I didnít think it was going to happen this way.  When the show was first created I didnít expect this, but she has a difference in the characters, so finely polished that you show up on set and she doesnít even have to say anything to me.  I just know who sheís playing.  I donít have to look at a script to see which twin Iím with, which makes it really easy on me and the rest of the cast.  But it is kind of a shock because just her mannerisms.  Things she does with her eyes.  The two girls have different smiles.  In a way I do feel like there are two of them.  Sheís very convincing with it.  It kind of freaks me out occasionally, but props to her for pulling it off. 

Do you guys have a great relationship?  Are you friends off set?  Do you hang out and stuff?

Yes we do.  We are.  Weíre very close.  Sheís a good girl.

If you had to choose, do you think Ethan is crazier about Emma than Sutton?

Iíd say given what weíve seen, I think the healthier relationship would be with Emma.  Thatís more of the real relationship.  Then I think with Sutton itís a bad habit.

Is that why you think he kissed Sutton at the end the last season?

Yes, I think it is.  But heís drawn to girls that really have a good heart.  So he kissed Sutton when she had put on that face.  She was on the farm with him and she had put on this kind and caring side of herself, which is there.  Thatís the times that heís attracted to her.  They are limited, but when they pop up he likes it. 

I just wanted to say for the record there are a few of us who think that Ethan should just forget about the twins and hook up with Mads.

Thatís an interesting idea.  I do think the boy needs to examine his priorities with the twins, but where it goes from there is up to the writers I suppose.

The Cast of THE LYING GAME.Which character do you most relate to?

I just thought about saying something random like Suttonís dad, like a plastic surgeon, but thatís not true.  I guess there are different aspects of different characters.  I can see myself in a few different ones, but if I had to say the one I relate to the most I would say Ethan.  So I guess thatís fortunate for me, and a good fit, because thatís the character I was cast to play.

Would you say that youíre a bad boy like Ethan in real life then?

It kind of sounds bad.  Thatís a title you canít really give yourself, describing yourself.  But no, I would just say that the qualities I have in common with Ethan are we both like some extreme sports.  Heís always on his motorcycle.  I like riding bikes.  I like doing a lot of off-roading.  Heís very protective of his friends and loved ones.  Heís quick to throw a punch if he feels youíve wronged someone close to him, whether or not thatís too hasty.  Thatís probably similar to myself as well.  I have more in common with him than the others, I suppose.

Out of everything youíve done, what is your favorite type of role to play?  It seems like you do like the bad boys.  Is that what you like to do the most?

I donít know if itís what I like to do most as much as thatís what Hollywood likes me to do.  You get hired where you get hired.  I guess I have a little bit of a niche in the bad-boy-brooding market.  Iíd really like to do more comedy.  I do a lot of it in my off time and I think itíd be fun.  Weíll see where that goes.

With scenes that you film, Iím guessing you like the funnier scenes rather than the more serious scenes then?  What do you like to do scene wise?

It all depends on the scenes.  Dramatic scenes are fun too, but I will tell you that I always try to find in my scenes with Ethan an opportunity to bring some comedy into it.  Pretty often it doesnít make the final cut.  Maybe I got away with it a little bit more this year.  Itís second season.  Maybe heís opening up a little bit more personality wise. 

Blair Redford and Alexandra Chando star in THE LYING GAME.Could give us a little bit of insight into what itís like to be on set?  Is there a behind-the-scenes moment that you think our fans or readers might enjoy or just something that would give them a little insight to what itís like to be on the set of The Lying Game?

Itís like summer camp when youíre 13 years old.  Like I said, a big part of it is that weíre on location in Texas.  Itís just a different feel than being in Hollywood at a normal studio shooting, but we love it out there.  All of us young [actors] on the show and even the adults, the actors that play the parents, weíre all really close.  Weíre just running around in our trailers playing pranks, eating food, obviously.

Is there someone on the show that you donít get to work with as much as you would like to?

Yes, absolutely.  I wanted to do a lot more work with Adrian Pasdar.  There are only so many minutes in an episode and so many story lines.  So nothing real juicy has popped up yet for us to have any work together, but we talked about it before.  I think we both approached Chuck Pratt, our creator of the show, to talk about the story line because we want to work together.  Weíre spinning ideas around our head.  But yes, I think that would be some interesting scenes to see, because itís an unlikely match up.  You donít really expect to see those characters together and sometimes I think thatís whatís most interesting. 

I read in an interview that you enjoyed having scenes with Tyler Christopher the most.  Can you tell us anything about the season coming up with the two brothers?

Iím really looking forward to what happens with the brothers in this season.  In a lot of moments in our show where theyíre combative, especially in the first season, obviously a large part of it is because Ethanís lying to his older brother a lot.  I think this second season opens up a little bit more and shows how they need each other to lean on, to count on, because they are the only family they have.  So thereís just a lot there where theyíre helping each other out with different challenges theyíre both going to face this season and that was really fun to play.

Switched at Birth is another one of my favorite shows.  I was wondering how you manage to do both of these shows at pretty much the same time?

That was only last year and it was fortunate that it worked out.  What happened was I shot both those pilots around the same month and I believe the network thought that they wouldnít pick up both of the shows.  I donít know if they thought there was similarity or something.  I think the idea was that I would only do one of them, but then they both got picked up from their pilots.  The producers on each individual show were great working out a schedule where I could do the start of the season of Switched at Birth and then I would move on to The Lying Game where I would make it my home.  I just did the first pilot episodes of Switched at Birth and it has been a really good turnout.

Blair Redford stars in THE LYING GAME.So are you going to be back on Switched at Birth or are you on this one permanently now?

The Lying Game is definitely my permanent seat.  We shoot in Austin and Iím there the majority of the year, but there havenít been any discussions to bring my character back to Switched at Birth.

That was a good segue into my next question. I was curious if you had any other projects going on right now besides the show?  I know it keeps you pretty busy.

We do stay pretty busy.  At the moment, as I said earlier, we shoot on location and often so weíre kind of in our own little bubble out there.  Iím back in LA now and looking through scripts, reading for projects, but I havenít signed on for anything yet.

How does the arrival of Jordan impact Ethanís state of mind?

I think it has a couple of different twists and turns for Ethan.  Heís not very trusting of anyone new as it is, so he has one opinion of Jordan when he first arrives, but it doesnít stay on level.  Itís nice to see.  They definitely start out as a bit of a rivalry, as you might expect, but it definitely grows and changes.  Itís something interesting to watch, and honestly I think there are more places for it to go.  Iíd like it if Ethan had a friend at some point, you know?  Just a guy that he can knock a beer back with or something and watch a game, but he spends all of his time with the twins, I think.

I wanted to know if you have a favorite episode of the shows so far, either one weíve seen or one we have yet to see in season two?

I definitely have some favorites.  I canít elaborate too much on the new season, especially on my favorite episode because itís the last one we shot.  Itís episode ten of season two.  I just think our writers are so talented at having all these story lines stem out in different areas and then they come to a crescendo on some of our finale episodes.  To me, ten is just brilliant.  Itís really fun to watch.  A bunch of questions will be answered.  If I could pick one from the previous season, I would say I think it was 17.  It would be two episodes.  They were the ones where we got to shoot out on this really beautiful farm.  We got to learn how to ride a horse bareback and all kinds of stuff.  That was a good time.

The cast of THE LYING GAME.Can you talk a little bit about the overarching scenes for this year?  What are some of the new themes that are going to be going on this season?

I guess some of the major ones they put out there so youíll have to keep your eye out on different couples and try to figure out who they think is going to tie the knot.  Another big one that has also been put out there is one of our main characters will bite the dust.  Everybody needs to try to figure this out now.  I think that will be fun to watch and worry about.  Then weíve got this new guy, Jordan, whoís going to form different relationships.  Thatís another one to watch.  So those are some of the new ones.

For your long ride on this show, what has been your most memorable moment, on set or off, either dealing with things or just dealing with cast members?  Favorite moment and even bad moment?

There are a lot.  I had a fun time this season.  Thereís a lot of friction going on between Ethan and Thayer this season.  That was brewing and boiling last season and it comes to a head this year.  They might have a little bit of an altercation.  On our show, Ethan has a lot of those, but anytime thereís a chance to do any kind of action sequence itís fun.  All of us guys on the show; we eat it up.  We have a really good time.  Christian, who plays Thayer, is a good buddy of mine.  So that was a real fun time this year.  We had a little bit of a tussle that we had to shoot.  We both went for it.  We probably went at it ó good match, it was fun.

Do you think that thereís anything that will surprise or shock the viewers this season?

Yes.  Thatís the name of the game for our show.  Thatís what our writers are good at.  What exactly will surprise them, certain things Iíve already mentioned.  Thereís a death coming up, a wedding coming up.  Thereís going to be a 180 Alex story line.  It starts off where he was arrested last season.  Heís in jail.  Itíll be really fun to see him [find a] way out of that situation.  Then you have all the stuff, the twins again. They hope to get along but really they love the turmoil that happens between the two sisters.

What is the nicest thing a fan has ever said or done to you?

Thatís a tough one.  Something that comes to mind is at least on two occasions Iíve had a couple fans ó obviously theyíre talented artists and theyíve drawn a portrait.  They found a picture of me online.  I think one found a still shot of me from a film that I did and they did a really nice drawing of me.  I think one was actually charcoal.  One was mailed to my fan mail.  Thatís really cool and nice of someone to take the time to do that.

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