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‘Dare Me’s Alison Thornton On Tacy & Beth’s Relationship — Interview – Hollywood Life


‘Dare Me’ is likely one of the finest new exhibits on TV proper now. HL spoke with Alison Thornton about what comes subsequent after that surprising harm, Tacy and Beth’s hostile relationship, and extra.

Dare Me has proven the darker facet of cheerleading, one which wasn’t current within the cheer basic Bring It On. The USA Network collection focuses on a highschool cheerleading squad the place jealousy, altering energy dynamics, and excessive athleticism are all at play. Alison Thornton stars as Tacy Cassidy, a member of the cheer squad and Beth Cassidy’s sister. Despite being sisters, Tacy and Beth hate one another, which stems from their competitors to be prime woman and their tense household drama.

HollywoodLife sat down EXCLUSIVELY with Alison to speak about how Tacy is feeling after the grisly fall that took out RiRi’s tooth. While we bought a glimpse at how Tacy’s teammates are treating her after the autumn, Alison feels that their “hate” for Tacy actually comes from Tacy being prime woman over Beth. Alison additionally talked about Tacy and Beth’s sophisticated relationship and why she thinks their relationship will by no means get to place. In addition, Alison mentioned showcasing a darker facet of Tacy.

There was that brutal harm after Tacy fell and hit RiRi within the face so how is Tacy going to be coping with that and can she really feel responsible about it?
Alison Thornton: I feel Tacy undoubtedly deep down feels responsible. I feel that she is aware of deep down that she’s accountable. But her first response I feel is blaming everybody else as a result of there are loads of issues that went flawed throughout that stunt. There was Addy trying on the coach and there was clearly Tacy lifting her leg and stuff and her simply not being prepared. I feel that Colette additionally feels accountable. Of course, I’m on Tacy’s facet so I don’t need her to take all of the blame however I feel that deep down she is aware of that she’s accountable.

How does the crew proceed to answer Tacy after this flip of occasions?
Alison Thornton: They hate her. I feel that they’ve hated her from the second that she was placed on prime of the pyramid as a result of they know that she’s not prepared. She isn’t. She’s simply too younger and he or she’s too weak. I feel that this simply proves Beth proper. It proves your complete crew proper that she wasn’t prepared to start with and that this by no means would’ve occurred if Coach had simply let Beth be prime woman.

Tacy and Beth have a really contentious relationship so what are you able to say about the place that goes shifting ahead within the season?
Alison Thornton: There’s loads of stress between them simply from their childhoods and the way they had been raised throughout the road from one another and with their dad. They have the identical dad and he wasn’t devoted to Beth’s mother. I feel that’s in all probability one thing that may by no means be mended. I don’t assume that both of them has any need to fix their relationship. I feel that the competitors between Beth and Tacy in all probability is the rationale why Beth is so good and is such a tremendous cheerleader. I feel that Tacy is simply all the time going to be in Beth’s shadow, however that can even push her to be stronger and more durable than she would have been in any other case.

Do you assume there’ll ever be a degree the place Tacy and Beth will ever get alongside?
Alison Thornton: No. I actually don’t assume that that might ever occur. There’s a scene in episode 5 the place Tacy and Beth have just a little second collectively and whereas we had been filming that, Marlo [Kelly] and I, we truly lived collectively whereas we had been filming the present and we had a extremely fascinating dialog the place we had been just about like, that is in all probability one of many solely moments that Beth and Tacy have ever been alone and had a dialog. All of their different interactions, the entire squad is there or their dad is there. I don’t assume that they ever actually are simply in a room, simply the 2 of them, and I don’t assume that they wish to be as a result of even that little interplay that we had was so nasty.

Tacy appears harmless however she’s bought a chunk. What was it like exploring these dueling sides of your character as an actress?
Alison Thornton: I feel it was actually rewarding and fascinating as a result of once we meet Tacy within the pilot, I don’t even assume that Tacy is aware of that she has that chunk in her. I feel that the chunk is one thing that occurs after the hazing, after the ice baths. There’s another hazing that occurs later within the season and I feel that I wasn’t anticipating Tacy to go darkish and I don’t assume that Tacy was anticipating to go darkish. I feel that everybody has the potential to really feel like that, and in a sure scenario, anybody may be pushed to that stage of cruelty. It’s simply not many individuals get the chance to, so it was fascinating exploring that facet of the one who’s simply been pushed to these bodily and psychological extremes and was keen to do something to be on prime.

There are loads of dynamics that play with Beth, Addy, and Coach. How do you assume Tacy appears to be like at these relationships as they unfold in entrance of her?
Alison Thornton: I feel that Tacy thinks that Coach is a goddess. I feel that she appears to be like as much as Coach. I feel that, in a method, Tacy appears to be like as much as Addy as a result of Addy is Coach’s favourite and Addy may be very gifted. I additionally assume that Tacy would by no means admit this to herself, however she desires to be that. I feel that’s partly why she hates Beth a lot as a result of Beth represents every part that Tacy’s all the time wished to be. Beth is powerful, she’s on prime, she has energy over your complete squad, and I feel that Tacy’s simply observing all of it and making an attempt to study from it. Hopefully, if we go for season 2 and additional on, she’ll come into herself extra.

Alison Thornton stops by HollywoodLife’s portrait studio in Los Angeles. (Photographer: Ryan West)
Alison Thornton
Alison Thornton performs Tacy within the USA collection ‘Dare Me.’ (Photographer: Ryan West)

The present contains loads of stunts. Were you ever scared to get damage?
Alison Thornton: The factor about Tacy is that within the present she falls lots so I needed to learn to fall safely and particularly in episode 5, that’s a giant fall. There had been some takes the place I used to be on a wire however they’d just about simply drop me however they instructed me easy methods to do it safely. I had women underneath who would catch and whatnot however I undoubtedly felt like I used to be falling. I preferred it. It was enjoyable, it was an adrenaline rush.

The present’s clearly very heavy on stunts given the premise and you’re a flyer. Did it’s important to learn to stunt for the function and likewise, how did it’s important to get in form for this?
Alison Thornton: We had loads of cheer coaching. I beloved it. I grew up dancing so it was fairly related, however I’d by no means executed any stunts and it was scary. I actually prefer it. It’s enjoyable to be on prime of a stunt. I had loads of falls and I’m actually fortunate that the ladies that we had been cheering with are all actual cheerleaders. Whenever I’d fall, which was fairly typically, they’d simply sacrifice themselves and catch me. Also, I had a tremendous stunt double who would make every part look unbelievable and straightforward and easy. We had like two weeks of cheer coaching earlier than the pilot, after which all through filming season 1, we had been in rehearsal always and doing stunts. It was a problem however I additionally assume that it helped me get in character. I wished to grasp what Tacy was going via as a result of on the squad they’re coaching each single day and we didn’t practice each day, however a minimum of I bought a style of what that might really feel like.


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