Ravenswood might be a Pretty Little Liars spin-off, but after five episodes it has established itself as a bit of a different show. With supernatural elements a big part of the show, Ravenswood still has plenty mysteries up its sleeve.
During the Warner Bros Mondo press tour, Nicole Gale Anderson, who plays the character of Miranda Collins on the show, took some time to answer a few questions about the show, her character, the love triangle involving Caleb and Hannah, and more.
On the differences between Pretty Little Liars and Ravenswood
Anderson shared that if you’re a fan of Pretty Little Liars, you “can definitely expect the same sort of thrill and mystery that that show holds. But we do have a supernatural twist with our show.” And since the show is kind of scary, she recommends you watch it with the lights on.
“But it’s fun. It’s a world where ghosts roam the Earth, and you never know what kind of danger is lurking around the corner.”
She compared the feel of the show to the “Final Destination” movies. She explained, “we’re trying to break this curse before it’s too late. And so along the way, there’s a lot of unexplained things that happen that kind of puts these characters’ lives in danger. They get themselves into situations where, they can’t really explain it.”
On what’s coming up for Miranda
Anderson described Miranda as “very strong and witty.” She explained, “she likes to find the humor in nonhumorous situations. So she’s kind of the one that helps out the group. It’s five characters who are really brought together through this curse, and she’s she’s kind of the one that likes to break the ice with little comments here and there.”
Anderson also teased that a relationship would grow between Caleb and Miranda in a very organic way. But she also reassured Caleb and Hannah (Haleb) fans that we would also get to see a lot of Haleb moments throughout the season.
And if that’s not enough to get you excited, Anderson also shared that Miranda would have to make a “huge choice for Miranda’s storyline at the very end of the first episode. And it really molds her character and her character’s storyline. So it changes a lot for her. It’s a huge game changer at the end of the first episode. [of the episodes airing in January 2014]”
On what surprised her about joining the show
With the Pretty Little Liars writers helping the Ravenswood scripts, it seems that they continue to come up with the unexpected.
“We didn’t even see a lot of the twists that would happen with our characters. And they’re really, really great at taking characters that you think you can trust and you think you can like, and they end up being the bad guys. And you never think it would happen, especially with my uncle. He’s played by Steven Cabral, and you can never tell which side he’s on.”
On whether she’s ever experienced something supernatural and pranking Tyler Blackburn
Turns out working on a supernatural show can make you a little paranoid. Anderson shared that nowadays We’ll hear something, and it’s like, “Oh, my gosh, it’s a ghost. Get us out of here.”" However, she hasn’t experiences anything supernatural herself.
This heightened sense of paranoia is of course a prime set up for pranks. In fact, cast members pranked Tyler Blackburn (Caleb).
“We shot in this abandoned children’s hospital for one of the episodes, and Steven [Cabral] played this really hilarious prank on Tyler where he got these children’s voices and laughter on a tape recording and went around playing it. And Tyler was like, “Oh, my gosh, I can hear these children’s voices. This hospital is haunted. We have to get out of here.” He let it go on for a whole week. And Tyler was telling his parents and his agent and just like, “This is crazy. I didn’t think this was what I was signing up for.” And then finally Steven went up to him with the tape recorder and was like, “Hey, Tyler, does this sound familiar?” And he was just like, “You’ve got to be kidding me.” So yeah, it’s made for a lot of good on set pranks.”
On shooting in New Orleans
Anderson described New Orleans as “its own character within the show.”
She shared, “I think that the history in that city and the culture and the architecture and the aesthetics, even with the moss hanging off the trees, it just kind of creates this really sort of spooky, kind of dark element to the show, which I think has been a lot of fun. And New Orleans is a great city. I think we’ve all really enjoyed the adventure that we’ve had down there.”
On fans reaction to Ravenswood
It seems that people were surprised about how different Ravenswood is from Pretty Little Liars.
“I think them thinking it’s a spin off, they all kind of had the idea that it would just continue Caleb’s storyline in a different town as opposed to looking at it as a completely different show, especially it being a supernatural show where ghosts do roam the Earth in this world. So I think that it’s really exciting to see what’s being said “Oh, my gosh. This episode’s been so scary.” And they’ve really been enjoying a lot of the love triangles and the teen drama storylines. So yeah, it’s all been really great. And the “PLL” fans, they’re so passionate and enthusiastic. So we’re appreciative to have them.”
The Ravenswood winter premiere starts on Tuesday, January 7th at 9pm on ABC Family.