Exclusive Interview: THE LYING GAME’s Allie Gonino Talks Twin Drama, Love Interest & Playing Music


If you are a fan of THE LYING GAME on ABC Family, then like many you have been enchanted by Allie Gonino who plays Laurel Mercer, the sassy and witty barely younger sister of Sutton played by Alexandra Chando. Daemon’s TV had a chance to talk to the infectiously charming Allie about her character’s challenges, her upcoming love interest and the influence music has on her acting career.

Check out what she had to say below and don’t forget to watch The Lying Game which returns with an all new episode this coming Monday September 5, 2011 9/8c.

‘The Lying Game’ has a pretty interesting concept. What attracted you initially to the part of Laurel?

Allie Gonino: I just love the fact that she’s so witty and sarcastic and has this upbeat sense of humor. I love funny people and I get a lot of pleasure out of playing her. She’s very fun, but also has just a sense of vulnerability because of her situation with her parents, and Sutton, that’s something that really attracted me as well. So, she’s real, but she’s playful.

The character is in an interesting position because without knowing it she’s dealing with two different people and has to deal with that change. How will that develop over the season?

Allie Gonino: Well, obviously, yeah, Laurel doesn’t know that it’s a different person. But I think the reason that she’s not questioning it is just that she’s so thankful that Sutton is just giving her a chance and being nice to her. This is the relationship with her sister that she’s always wanted and she’s finally getting it.

Then she gets a new boyfriend and so that’s taking up a lot of her energy, someone who finally wants to just make everything about her and give her the credit she deserves. So, you’ll see her asking Emma as Sutton for a lot of advice in the future which I don’t think she would’ve been able to do with the real Sutton before because Sutton was just so consumed with her own thing. So, that’s what you can look forward to.

The concept of playing twins and switching is interesting. Have you ever thought about how you would react if you realized you had a twin somewhere in the world?

Allie Gonino: I’ve definitely thought about it. I don’t know what I would think. It would just be so weird.

Would you do a switch maybe for a day to see how it is?

Allie Gonino: If she had a cool life. If I was the Emma getting to step up, but I feel like Sutton. I have a great thing going on and I wouldn’t want to trade it for anything, but maybe it would be fun because I do think about, like, what if this thing takes off and I lose some of my privacy and I won’t be able to do all the fun and cool stuff that normal people get to do all the time or that I’ve been getting to do all the time. So, I think there are pros and cons.

Are there certain roles or characters that you look forward to playing as your career develops?

Allie Gonino: I definitely am interested in playing a wide array of roles. I don’t want to ever get stuck in one genre. I love playing the comedic type roles and I think they’re really fun, but I’d also love to play in an epic love story like ‘Titanic‘ or something. I just love those kinds of movies and movies that make you believe in fantastic love stories.

You have an active music career, as well. Are there aspects of the music industry that help you in your acting career?

Allie Gonino: I’m going to go ahead and say definitely even though I haven’t exactly put my finger on it yet. I mean, with The Stunners I think the greatest thing that I learned about that was in order to stay happy doing what you’re doing just keep the peace at all times. Don’t ever let your ego sort of take the reins and you’ll always be surrounded by good people who will take care of you.

Fictional gun to your head, if you had to choose between music and acting which one would it be?

Allie Gonino: Music.

Why is that?

Allie Gonino: I don’t know. It’s like being able to immediately express myself and using my God given gifts. There’s just something really healing, like instantly healing about music or hearing someone sing or play or being in a room with other people listening to music. It transcends a little bit more for me. I am enlightened by movies, a really good film, but music, I was even talking about this with my band mates during the writing process. It’s like when we write a song it kind of just comes together out of the ether, like out of the sky.

I feel like so many people are sort of involved without even knowing it because when we pray for something or when a certain topic is on people’s minds a lot I feel like those ideas and those concepts kind of get sent to the vessels who can bring them to life, the musicians and stuff like that. I do love acting and it’s definitely enlightening my soul in a way that I never thought was possible, but music is something that I’ll be able to do forever. I’m happy playing in front of a crowd of two and I’m happy playing in front of a crowd of seventeen thousand.

You appeared in the first of the Justin Bieber tour. Does that experience allow you to have a more informed opinion on what direction you’d want to go in?

Allie Gonino: Sure. I’ve been doing music much longer than acting. I feel like I’m naturally more gifted in that area maybe, but maybe that’s just because I’ve been doing it longer. The thing about the Bieber tour, getting in a room with that many people and feeling that kind of energy which is just indescribable, I can’t even begin to tell you what that’s like, but I know I have to go on another arena tour of my own and put on a show. I just think that it’s one of the best gifts that I can give. It’s one of the best gifts that I could get.

Do you think in ‘The Lying Game’ you’ll have more opportunity to play music? Didn’t you play a violin in one scene?

Allie Gonino: I did. We’ll see if that’s something that Laurel feels like she needs to bring to the forefront of her storyline. Then for sure, but I’m kind of enjoying her dealing with the new boyfriend and the new love. That’s a huge thing that all girls go through and is always a totally weird experience.

So, your character is in love then?

Allie Gonino: Well, she might be falling in love.

Do you have any other upcoming projects?

Allie Gonino: Well, I haven’t booked any other acting gigs although I’d love to do something while we go on hiatus, but I’ve started a new band project with a couple of people from the band that I was in recently. Mr. Adventures. We have a new project that’s kind of in the folk [genre]. We listen to a lot of Mumford & Sons, Arcade Fire, Fat Freddy’s Drop, Metric. I wouldn’t say that it necessarily follows any one thing, but the chemistry is just super hot. So, I’m excited to get back to L.A. to work with them on it. I think we’ll be able to come up with something really valuable.

If you could guest star on any TV show that you wanted, which one would it be?

Allie Gonino: Current show, I’d probably say ‘True Blood.’

As a vampire or a witch or werewolf?

Allie Gonino: I’d probably want to be a vampire, yeah. That sounds like a terrific spot to be in.

Anything else that comes to mind?

Allie Gonino: Not that I would ever fit into the show in any sort of way, but I love ‘Sex and the City’ and I actually heard that they’re making ‘The Carrie Diaries‘ which is the prequel into a TV series. So, I would love to guest star on something like that.

Or be a lead. You never know.

Allie Gonino: Oh, yeah. I could totally pull off Samantha Jones.