merritt patterson ravenswood abc family ones to watch 'Ravenswood's' Merritt Patterson loves 'Game of Thrones' and 13 more things to knowABC Family is launching a spinoff to its popular thriller drama “Pretty Little Liars” titled “Ravenswood,”  about five teens in a mysterious town that is haunted by a deadly curse.

Merritt Patterson plays the town’s all-American girl, Olivia Matheson, who is vying for Homecoming Queen while juggling her father’s recent death — which the townsfolk think was at the hands of her mother. Olivia’s complicated life coupled with a supernatural curse is why Patterson is one of Zap2it’s Ones to Watch for 2013-14. Check out some fun facts about Merritt in our Q&A below.

What goes in your carry-on bag on the plane?
Headphones, iPhone, iPad, Airborne, a pen, sunglasses, hand sanitizer, lip balm, gum. It’s a big bag.

What are your can’t-miss TV shows?
“Orange is the New Black,” “Game of Thrones,” “Mad Men,” “House of Cards,” “Breaking Bad,” “Scandal.” It’s becoming a problem…

What’s a song that always makes you happy when you hear it?
Currently I love Jubel (Original Remix) by Klingande, but Night Moves by Bob Seger is an all-time favorite!

What’s the worst injury you’ve ever had?
Broken collarbone. Or dislocated elbow. Both while biking on separate occasions. Safe to say I’m currently retired.

What’s your spirit animal?

Definitely an orca. Also a raven. I realized this before Ravenswood, meant to be, I suppose!

Do you have any strange phobias?
Butterflies… They’re beautifully creepy.

Who is your last text message from?
Marlene King, actually! Discussing Ep. 104 and 105. I’m anxiously awaiting 105 to read. Page-turners!

Grab the book nearest to you, turn to page 23, What’s the third sentence?
“You want to become aware of your thoughts and choose your thoughts carefully and you want to have fun with this, because you are the masterpiece of your own life.” — The Secret
I’ve been meaning to read this…

What’s the current home-screen picture on your phone?
It’s actually a picture of my dog and myself. She passed away before I came to New Orleans to film. I love her to the moon and back and miss her everyday. RIP Chloe.

If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you be?
Probably Europe, particularly the south of Europe, I’ve never been and I’m dying to explore Italy and Greece.

What’s your favorite beverage?

What food can you not resist?
Chocolate and baked goods especially muffins and peanut butter cookies! Mmm. Horrible self-control!

What’s the last item you purchased?

The September issue of Vogue featuring Jennifer Lawrence and supplies to make a vision board!

Do you have any current pop-culture obsessions?

Besides twitter, Instagram, television and seeing movies in theatres? Nope.

“Ravenswood” premieres Tuesday, Oct. 22 at 9 p.m. ET/PT before moving to its regular timeslot of 8 p.m. ET/PT on Tuesday, Oct. 29 on ABC Family.

Posted by:Andrea Reiher

TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."