Plus, Nicole tells HollywoodLife.com about Miranda’s relationship with the dead, the living, and most importantly, Caleb!
Here’s the thing about Ravenswood: Every answer we get about the mysterious curse comes with a whole new set of questions, so you can imagine how long my list became after learning Miranda (Nicole Anderson) is a freakin’ ghost. Fortunately, HollywoodLife.com got to chat with Nicole about her new position in “The Five,” including what she’s really capable of now that she’s gone all supernatural on us.
Read On For My Q&A With Nicole Anderson
>> When did you actually find out Miranda would become a ghost?
I found out during the chemistry read for the network. When I initially auditioned, I had no idea. I was given a completely different set of sides, and once they told me I was moving on, I got the new sides. Then I got to the part where she says she’d dead, and I was like, ‘What?’ I had no idea how it was going to pan out, or how a ghost could stay on the show, but it’s been so cool. I love having a whole new set of rules, as to what I’m capable of.
>> Rules, eh? Can you tell me what she’s capable of now?
The show kind of explains that she can’t physically touch things, but she can move things with her mind. She’s able to focus on something and make things happen. Physically, she can’t do anything, but mentally, she’s great.
>> It must have been hard not being able to tell anyone.
It was the worst! People kept asking me about my character, and I couldn’t say anything. It was a funny situation doing interviews and saying, ‘I don’t know what to tell you.’ There was so much that revolved around her being dead. Like, ‘Are Caleb and Miranda going to be a thing?’ Well, it’s complicated.
>> So can she talk to other dead people?
Yes, and that’s what’s really cool. She can do the fighting on the other side. There are all these other ghosts she can learn things from about the curse; and with all the other bad ghosts going after the remaining four characters, she can do some of the fighting that they can’t.
>> Is that her new role in group, protecting them from what they can’t see?
Totally, and she also has battles of her own. Early on, she’s not able to leave for some reason. She can’t make it past the graveyard. There’s a whole mystery revolving around why she’s stuck, and how they can free her into the world. Episode four really goes into that, and then once they get past that, there’s more drama. She realizes that it’s probably safer for her to stay where she is.
>> I have to say, it was weird watching Miranda’s uncle cutting her up. He didn’t seem very sad.
That was some clever editing! I think they really want fans to be suspicious of him. He’s still ‘creepy Collins,’ even on the episode we’re filming now, but he’s doing the best he can in a really awful situation.
>> Right now, Caleb is the only one who can see Miranda. Will that change?
[Tonight’s episode] addresses that. Pretty soon, the other three characters will be able to see her. And there are moments where you’ll wonder if Mrs. Grunwald can see Miranda. She might actually have a ghost friend of her own.
>> So it’s like how, on ‘Family Guy,’ you never know who can actually understand Stewie?
Yes! Oh my God, that’s a really good comparison.
— Andy Swift