Though Joanna Garcia‘s CW series “Privileged” was not picked up for a second year this season, the network is still in business with the star.
Garcia will join “Gossip Girl” in its season 3 premiere this evening, playing a Southern socialite who’s dating Nate (Chace Crawford)… something their families may not be so thrilled about though.
Read on for details…
So, “Gossip Girl”! Good stuff. You’ve been working on CW shows since the network began, but “GG” is sort of their flagship series. Given your long relationship with them, can we assume that you didn’t have to audition for this role?
JG: Yeah, you know, “Privileged” got canceled and I became available and I really admire [executive producers] Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, so it just sort of came together like that.
What can you say about the character you’re playing?
JG: Bree is a Southern heiress. She’s from Texas. She doesn’t really have a ton of Texas in her, except maybe the family loyalty thing. She’s very polished, well educated, she’s a grad student at Columbia and she and Nate meet on an airplane flying home from London. There’s an instant connection and this sort of “Romeo & Juliet” love story plays out.
Ahh, there will be family drama.
JG: Yes… They don’t know anything about each other’s families, they just meet on a plane and, you know, they feel this instant chemistry.
And if she’s a grad student, she’s a bit of an older woman for Nate, no?
JG: A little bit, yes.
Is that an issue or is it not a big deal?
JG: No, not really. I think that [my character is slightly older than Nate] because people knew me on “Privileged” as a certain age, so it was just sort of a direct translation of that.
It has been reported that Bree has an evil side. Is that accurate?
JG: No, it’s actually really not. I don’t know where that came from. We all kind of marveled at that [rumor when it was first started]. If there’s any controversy that’s associated with Bree, it has everything to do with her deep family ties and loyalties. But she’s not evil by any stretch of the imagination. At least not yet!
So far you are shooting just four episodes, yes?
Four consecutive episodes?
JG: No, it’s actually four episodes over the first five.
Cool. And is there an possibility of Bree returning after that?
JG: I think that on “Gossip Girl,” anything is possible. There’s always a chance, I guess. I would be happy to do more if they wanted me to.
Is this a character that the audience will like and want to root for?
JG: I hope so. I think the [Nate/Bree] love affair is a very special, little sweet thing and I hope that there’s a likability to Bree that will make people want to root for them. There is a strong connection between them and I think that’s very apparent in all the scenes that [Chace and I] shot together. But, you know, there’s definitely a lot of complications too, so hopefully that makes for interesting storytelling.
Of course most of your scenes are with Chace, but did you get the chance to work with the other cast members?
JG: I actually got to work with every single cast member. It was awesome. We had a lot of fun.
Can you tell us how Bree gets involved with the other characters?
JG: The relationship that Bree has with everyone is pretty much filtered through Nate. You know, she meets everyone because of Nate. But there is definitely some involvement with other characters, I’d probably get my butt kicked if I told you how though.
Cat fight with Blair?
JG: Actually… no. But that’s all I’m saying!
Can you say anything about how Chace rates as a kisser?
JG: [Laughs] You’re the first person to ask me that! No, I’ve told everyone the same thing: Kissing Chace is everything you’d imagine it to be and more. But he’s not paying me to say that.
His publicist is following you around.
JG: [Laughs] We have the same publicist!
Ha! Okay, last thing, I have to ask you about “Privileged” and its premature cancelation.
JG: Yeah, it came as a surprise. We definitely thought that we were coming back for another year. But, you know, the network is much bigger than one show and I think, creatively, they have a lineup this year that is a little more streamlined, that has the same feel and tone to it and “Privileged” didn’t fit in that [formula]. And, ultimately, everything happens for a reason. I’ve been in this business long enough to believe that. “Privileged,” without a doubt, was one of the best work experiences of my life. Every crew member cried when we got canceled. But I was then given the opportunity to be in New York and on “Gossip Girl” and spend the summer in a city that I’ve absolutely fallen in love with. So many things have happened in my life here that I’ll forever be grateful for. So I figure, what’s meant to be is meant to be.
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