Tamara herself, Jillian Rose Reed, gives HollywoodLife.com the scoop on all things season two: The good, the bad and the Ricky.
There’s a reason MTV is referring to the second season of Awkward — premiering June 28 at 10:30 p.m. — as being AwkwardER, and Jillian Rose Reed is happy to explain why. “There’s so much going on this season,” Jillian tells HollywoodLife.com, noting that Jenna’s (Ashley Rickards) parental problems at home will soon collide with her boy problems at home, making things more complicated — and, of course, awkward — than ever.
Here’s my full interview with Jillian (warning, spoilers ahead):
I feel like everyone should have a friend like Tamara. She’s offensive at times, but usually just real and on point.
That’s exactly how I feel. She’s super fun, sassy, and just a get-back-on-that-horse kind of girl. You need a friend like that, one who won’t let you wallow in whatever you’re wallowing in.
Are you willing to admit to any similarities between you and Tamara?
We definitely both talk really fast, and that’s actually something I added to the character without even trying. Sometimes they have to tell me to slow down. We also have some style similarities. We’re both funky and mix patterns.
Do you have a favorite part about playing her?
I get all the really funny one-liners with all the made-up words. That’s my favorite part!
Have any of those made-up words entered your personal vocabulary?
I’m not even joking, everyone on set uses “DTR” like it’s a real thing. And now it’s on t-shirts and stuff, so we love it!
So now that Jenna knows her mom wrote the carefrontation letter, will she turn to Tamara and Ming for support?
Because there’s so much going on this season, Jenna actually keeps the letter in the family as she tries to figure out what’s going on with her parents. Not only is it personal for her, but there’s so much drama going on at school with the boys, so Ming and Tamara are too focused on that. She keeps the letter more to herself.
Will Jenna’s drama be all-consuming for her friends, or will Tamara have some drama of her own?
There’s a lot of drama for Tamara. Last season, there was the on-again-off-again relationship with Ricky Schwartz — which was terrible — and it’ll remain terrible this season. He keeps messing with her emotions and she keeps letting him. But this season, she kind of grows a backbone and actually goes to a crazy place when dealing with Ricky. I got to do some fun stuff with him, including some physical comedy, which was fun.
Physical comedy as in… a slap?
[Laughs] Oh, yes. That was coming for a while.
Do you think Ricky is a bad person, or is he just totally clueless?
He’s clueless. He’s just one of those teenage boys who sees all these girls and wants them all. I think Ricky needs to have his own heart broken in order to understand what he’s doing to Tamara.
OK, let’s forget Ricky for a second. Are you Team Jake or Team Matty?
I always tell people I’m Team Jatty, which is the perfect mixture of both of them. They’re both so different, charming and perfect. In my world, you could just mix them together, or Jenna could date both of them. It’s 2012. She can do that!
And what about Sadie? Will she still be a thorn in your side this season?
Sadie, for some reason, decides to pick on Tamara more than usual. There’s a lot of Sadie drama this season, which was amazing for me, because Molly is one of my best friends.
Wow, that must make your confrontational scenes pretty… awkward.
[Laughs.] Yeah, we always give each other a hug afterwards and say we’re sorry.
What are you looking forward to most in season two, Awkward fans? Are you Team Matty or Team Jake? And is Ricky even worth Tamara’s wasted time and energy? Drop me a comment with your thoughts.