I had the opportunity to chat with Maddie Hasson who plays Jo on ABC Family’s “Twisted.”
She talked about her role, what it is like working on “Twisted” and more!
Dis411: Could you describe the relationship between Jo and Rico?
Maddie: I don’t think she’s ever thought about him as anything other than her friend. She’s always thought of him as her best friend and someone who really gets her. They’re interested in the same things, they have fun together, and she can laugh with him. She can be child-like with him, she doesn’t have to deal with the serious things in her life.
Dis411: What do you like most about playing Jo?
Maddie: With Jo, I really like to delve into all of her angst. It’s fun to work with those insecurities and add to them. Little things like biting my nails or twirling my hair helps with that persona. It’s really fun for me to get into that.
Q: Which moment between Jo and Danny is your favorite?
Maddie: I really enjoyed the dancing at the festival. I got to wear that big dress — and we did a funny dance and a cute little waltz. I really enjoyed that because I was a dancer before, and so was Avan, so we got to play around and make that up ourselves, which was fun and creative.
Q: How would you describe next week’s winter premiere in just one word?
Maddie: I would say: “180.” The entire show flips on its head. By the end of the first episode, it’s very shocking what happens. I’m excited for everybody to see it and see what they think.
Q: What’s it like working on the set of “Twisted?”
Maddie: It’s really fun because we’re all in the same boat. We’re all very young and at the beginning of our careers. So we all have that thirst for knowledge and learning. It’s so exciting to be around that energy all the time.
Q: Who is the funniest person on set?
Maddie: Everyone has their own sense of humor. Avan has a very dark sense of humor, which I enjoy. He’s really funny.
Q: If you could play any other character on the show, who would it be?
Maddie: I would probably choose Rico, if Rico were a female [laughs]. He’s got some really great one-liners, but I wouldn’t deliver them nearly as well as Ashton does, because Ashton is great.
Q: What is your favorite part about filming “Twisted?”
Maddie: Definitely the people. I enjoy working with them individually so much! When the entire cast gets together we all have a really great time.
Q: How did you get started in acting?
Maddie: I was a dancer first, which made me realize how much I loved performing. I randomly went to a casting session in my hometown in North Carolina, and the casting director introduced me to my manager. I really lucked into it!
Q: What was your favorite upcoming episode to film?
Maddie: I really like the first episode, the winter premiere. It flips the entire plot, and it leads us in an entirely different direction than we were going in our last season. It’s a really cool way to start out the new season.
Q: What do you hope will happen between Jo and Danny?
Maddie: I can see them more together now than I did last season, but it’s too soon to tell.
Q: What’s do you think is going to happen with Danny?
Maddie: Let’s just say he gets into a lot more trouble than he was already in!
Q: If you weren’t an actor, what else would you be doing?
Maddie: If I wasn’t an actor, I would probably be writing or doing something with psychology. I think probably the reason why I really enjoy acting is that I really am interested in people. I’m interested in what they think, why they think it and what happened in their lives to make them see things a certain way.
Q: If you could work with any actor who would it be?
Maddie: Morgan Freeman!
Dis411: How does Jo deal with the relationship between Danny and Lacey?
Maddie: She sees that Danny isn’t interested in her, so she lets go of that idea. She is a little bit jaded by Lacey not telling her about her relationship with Danny. I think she’s more apt to rebuild her friendship with Lacey than she is with Danny.
Be sure to tune in to the winter premiere of “Twisted” on ABC Family this Tuesday, February 11, 2014!
Photo credit: ABC FAMILY/Andrew Eccles