Virginia Williams was the one forged member to know concerning the ‘Teenage Bounty Hunters’ twist forward of time. She spoke EXCLUSIVELY about reworking into Debbie and Dana, season 2 hopes, and extra.
Teenage Bounty Hunters dropped a bomb on followers when it was revealed within the season finale that Sterling and Blair should not truly twins, they’re actually cousins. Dana, Debbie’s twin sister, is definitely Sterling’s mother. Virginia Williams knew concerning the twist earlier than the primary desk learn, and she or he admitted to MeSlop EXCLUSIVELY that she was “floored” by the place the story was going.
Virginia opened up about transitioning from Debbie to Dana. Whereas Debbie’s transformation was extra intense, Dana’s couldn’t have been simpler. She admitted that she’s “largely in the dead of night” about what occurs after the finale, however she hopes to see Debbie proceed “preventing for her children” in a possible season 2. Learn our Q&A beneath.
What was your response while you discovered concerning the twin twist?
Virginia Williams: I used to be past excited. It’s an actor’s dream to get to play each ladies. It’s the craziest, most superb twist I believe any actor may ever hope for. I used to be truly instructed about 15 minutes earlier than the primary desk learn. The forged had simply flown on the town. Everybody had gotten in inside the final day or two. Kathleen [Jordan], the creator, and Jesse Peretz, our director of the episode, and Rob Sudduth, who can be an EP, all of them sat down with me and stated, ‘Okay, I do know we’re about to go in for this very first desk learn, however we needed to provide you some details about your character and the place it’s going.’ Once they instructed me what was going to occur by the tip of the season within the arc, I actually was simply floored. Truly, my first ideas had been I can’t imagine that this was not given to some tremendous excessive profile superstar as a result of that is the sort of position that actors dream of. I simply was actually honored that they trusted me sufficient to have the ability to painting these two characters particularly since I didn’t audition for Dana. They didn’t see me as this different particular person. They simply trusted me to create this character who’s the polar reverse of Debbie, so I used to be I had 4 and a half months of figuring out it and sort of creating the character and doing my analysis and discovering the precise tempo that I needed and the entire issues that create Dana.
What was that transformation going from polished Debbie to Dana?
Virginia Williams: We labored with the make-up, and apparently, what we ended up touchdown on was simply doing as little as potential. My make-up artists truly used some sort of reddening make-up to make my pores and skin look a little bit bit worse than it truly is, to provide me some sunspots and make my cheeks a bit redder. I didn’t have any basis on. There was clearly nothing to attempt to make Dana look prettier. We simply tried to sort of take my pores and skin and make it a little bit worse, after which do actually unhealthy black eyeliner, mascara, and that was it. I imply, that was all the look. With my hair, each morning I’d wash it and spray a bunch of that salty sea spray stuff and simply sort of get it tangled and let it dry naturally. My hair particular person would say, ‘Okay, while you’re executed simply run your fingers by way of your hair and make it sort of gross as you possibly can.’ Dana took three minutes to prepare for within the hair and make-up chair, and Debbie took about an hour and a half.
The finale stops proper in the course of the motion. Dana reveals that she’s Sterling’s mother, and the police are on their approach. Have you learnt what occurs subsequent?
Virginia Williams: I’m largely in the dead of night. What’s great about Kathleen and the entire crew is that they actually let you already know on a have to know foundation what’s going to occur. For instance, I came upon earlier than we even had our first desk learn what was occurring with me, however I used to be the one forged member. I used to be the one forged member who knew till they learn it in episode 10. What was actually thrilling for the forged was they received to go alongside for the experience and go, ‘What’s mother’s secret? What’s your secret?’ It was the toughest secret I’ve ever needed to maintain after getting so shut with the forged and having to maintain my mouth set by way of all these months about what was going to occur. However they received to actually go alongside for the experience. So clearly, I’m going to wish to find out about each of my characters’ previous, I’ll know, however surprises that occur within the story that I wouldn’t have identified about earlier than I believe they’ll let me be shocked because it occurs. I hope they do as a result of it’s extra genuine to the character to not have months and months of making ready one thing when you already know the reply earlier than you begin enjoying it.
Do you assume Dana needs to have a relationship with Sterling?
Virginia Williams: I believe she does need a relationship with Sterling. I believe she at all times needed a relationship with Sterling, and the deal has been that I imagine that Debbie and Anderson, after they bailed Dana out and actually tried to get her again on her toes and have been attempting to assist her all these years, they stated, ‘We’re going to take this lady, and we’re going to lift her as our personal. She’s our daughter now, and you must keep out of the image.’ Given all of Dana’s psychological unsteadiness, I imagine Debbie and Anderson are 100% performing in a approach that they really feel is greatest for his or her daughters. Like every adoptive household, I believe that when your baby is your baby, you don’t have a look at them as something however your baby. I believe that Dana has had moments out and in of wanting a connection along with her daughter however has been prevented from doing that since she needs to maintain getting the funds. However as Dana will get unreasonable and begins asking them for increasingly more cash, after which Anderson loses his job and the cash isn’t flowing prefer it was… All of those roadblocks come up. I believe that the ultimate straw was telling them to go to Mexico and get fully out of our lives. I actually do assume it’s a last-minute choice. We see Dana’s eyes within the rearview mirror in episode 10 when she will get within the truck after she will get off the cellphone with Levi. You see her scrolling throughs Sterling’s Instagram. I believe she’s adopted her and sort of stalked her by way of the years. Generally it’s too painful and she or he places it away, and typically she pulls it out and sees what her daughter is as much as. I believe that she makes that call then and there as a result of she’s clearly a bit mentally unstable. I don’t assume she had deliberate that she was going to kidnap Sterling.
Now that Sterling is aware of that she’s not Debbie’s daughter, do you assume this can change their relationship?
Virginia Williams: I believe that Debbie actually hopes not. I believe that nothing has modified for Debbie. The solely individual that’s modified in that relationship is Sterling, and the way Sterling offers with that new info. I can’t think about discovering out you’re adopted at 16 years previous and the way that adjustments your worldview. However that is nonetheless blood. It’s not a totally totally different adoptive household. All the quirk, the entire bodily similarities, the entire medical points, it’s all nonetheless blood. I’m so curious to see how Sterling will react. I do assume that Debbie overcompensated for a lot of, a few years in exhibiting Sterling love and a focus and being scared that she may present her personal baby Blair extra consideration. Sterling finally ends up being the kid who’s far more on the skin like Debbie, so I believe that’s one of many the explanation why these two ladies are so shut, and there’s extra of a difficult closeness within the relationship between Blair and Debbie.
Is there something you’d wish to discover in a possible season 2?
Virginia Williams: I wish to proceed to see her preventing for her children and proceed to see her wrestle as a girl of religion who’s going to repeatedly be challenged by numerous her daughters’ selections and numerous the circumstances that occurred to her. One factor I’ve actually liked about Debbie in the best way I describe her is she loves Jesus, and she or he loves white wine. She cares about what different folks assume, however she cares largely about what God thinks. She is a totally three dimensional, lovely, fascinating, human, so I actually wish to see how all of those new circumstances, a few of the issues which have been occurring along with her ladies that she’s not conscious of that will come out in season 2, and the way she handles these issues. I hope and pray that she is ready to put her religion on the forefront and deal with them in a approach that she could be happy with.