‘Dare Me’ explores a facet of cheerleading that’s not all pom-poms and smiles. HL spoke with Herizen Guardiola about bringing ‘Dare Me’ to life, Addy and Beth’s sophisticated relationship, and extra.
Most individuals don’t take cheerleading severely. Many don’t even see it as a sport. Dare Me goes to alter that. The new USA community present, primarily based on the best-selling Megan Abbott novel, explores the depth of highschool aggressive cheerleading bottled up with teen angst, jealousy, loyalty and the dynamics of energy. Herizen Guardiola stars as Addy Hanlon, a proficient woman on the squad. The present follows the advanced relationship between Addy and Beth (Marlo Kelly) after a brand new coach (Willa Fitzgerald) arrives to deliver their crew to prominence. HollywoodLife sat down EXCLUSIVELY with Herizen to speak about all issues Dare Me.
Before she went in to audition for Dare Me, Herizen was really taking a break from performing. “I didn’t want to act anymore, but then I liked the tone of the script and how it was dark, and I liked how it was very different from other roles that I’ve done,” Herizen advised HollywoodLife. “The worst nightmare for an actor is to get type-casted, right? So, I think what made me want to do it was how different the tone was and how different the character was. I liked that she was on the verge of being gay or bisexual. We’re not sure 100% what she is yet, but there’s that tone in there, which is very relevant now in the time that we’re in. It also shows it in a very pure light and I really appreciate the purity of it.”
High faculty aggressive cheerleading entails stunting and tumbling. In order to indicate the nitty-gritty of all of it, the solid went via a month of boot camp earlier than filming began. “That was very physical,” Herizen mentioned. “I don’t work out actually. I dance rather a lot in my very own free time. I do plenty of hikes and I’m going for runs, however after Dare Me and seeing how match I may be and what nice form my physique was in from busting my a**, I’m going to the fitness center now and I stick with it. I wasn’t anticipating on day one to go proper into choosing women up and really lifting them. We went proper into it.” When you see the stunts on the present, more often than not the actors are concerned with them. “I was cradling, catching basket tosses, and I was going up in double base. I was a base most of the time and was the one at the bottom because I’m very tall, so I was picking up a lot of girls. They’re tiny but we had a couple incidents where you have to fake the fall. It’s still really scary faking a fall because if that foot comes down in the wrong place, it doesn’t feel great.”
Dare Me was launched in 2004 and have become an on the spot hit. Herizen mentioned that the present is “pretty true” to the ebook. “Obviously, they embellish and may sparkle things up a little,” she mentioned. “But we never get to the end of the book at the end of the series. There’s a cliffhanger.” However, provided that the present has 10 episodes, there’s extra time to discover the characters.
At the guts of the sequence is the friendship between Beth and Addy. Herizen mentioned exploring this sophisticated relationship along with her co-star. “I think we gave each other enough space and also got close enough to genuinely get there naturally in a relationship where we felt like we were really good friends, but there was still that kind of undertone of competitiveness because you really push each other when you’re in the scene together. But we’re very different from the characters. We get on very well and it’s pretty easygoing.”
People will doubtless have differing opinions in regards to the Addy and Beth relationship. Are they good for one another? Are they horrible for one another? Herizen opened up about their advanced dynamic. “I think people would say Beth is crazy and Addy deserves better. But then others would be like Beth is just really hurt and she’s going through a lot and she’s misunderstood. Addy understands everything about Beth. I think that the hard part for Beth to have to overcome is the fact that she sees her best friend from day one kind of exploring new friends and making a life for herself without her in it, which could drive anyone crazy, especially in a small town without having anyone to call. It’s a codependency. I think Addy is less codependent. I don’t think Addy is dependent on anyone really. I think it’s the same relationship with Coach as well. I think Coach is very codependent on Addy. I feel like Coach is a grown-up version of Beth in a way. I think Addy doesn’t realize it yet, but towards the end of the season, she starts to question the decisions that she’s made, like getting closer to Coach. I think Addy takes on everybody’s burden and she tries to do the right thing. But she’s also a high school teenager, so she might make decisions that kind of seem mean. I think she’s oblivious to it a lot of the time. I think she’s very genuine and I think it just drives Beth crazy to see her distancing herself.”
Herizen can also be a really proficient singer and two of her songs — “First Place” and “Troublemaker” — shall be featured in Dare Me. “I wrote ‘First Place’ two years ago and then I made ‘Troublemaker’ while I was filming in Toronto. How it came about was one of the scenes was a party and they usually have a song just to get us in the mood or a thumping track or whatever. I was like, ‘Hey, can we play my song? It’s a lit song and I think it’d be fun just for us to get to dance to. No one will even know it’s me.’ So we did. And then Megan [Abbott] was like, ‘Oh, this is your song.’ I was like, ‘Yeah, how cool would it be if it was in a show?’ She said we should make that happen. It kind of just naturally happened and I’m really happy that it gets a showcase in my show. I love that and I want to keep doing stuff like that. I’m the kind of artist that can write for certain situations. I can mentally put myself anywhere I need to be. If I’m writing for a sci-fi movie, I could write a song that fits that. If you show me a color, I can write for the color. So moving forward in my career, I definitely want to do more soundtracks and more movie features and this is a really good start.” Herizen additionally has an EP that shall be launched in 2020.
The cheerleading haters will get a heavy dose of actuality watching Dare Me. “It’s a bad**, kick**, tough sport. I would love to see boys go and freaking fly three girls in the air and catch them wearing miniskirts on their period,” Herizen quipped. Dare Me will air Sundays at 10 p.m. on USA Network.