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MCKENZIE MORRELL: Before we get started, I wanted to tell you that after our last interview, I made the Hot Cheetos donut you dreamt up and… it was surprisingly delicious.
RITA VOLK: Oh! [Laughs.] Thank you.

MM: So, it’s going down. Things are getting Karmi-cated. Can you tell us a little about what we can expect from the season?
RV: The premiere had a lot of tension—probably more so than ever. Karma and Amy don’t talk for a while. They both come back thinking they’re right in their feelings. Karma is really mad at Amy for leaving her hanging, and Amy doesn’t feel like she has to defend herself. She’s really adamant about the fact that she needed to go away for the summer, do what she has to do to get away from this feelings that she had, this unreciprocated love. So that’s where it’s going to start. They’re both battling for who’s right, basically, and who should apologize. Shane’s going to get caught up in it; Lauren’s going to get caught up in it. Amy and Lauren are going to have their own relationship—I love the tension between those two characters. Some people are going to be rooting for them to get back together. Shane’s going to have his own sneaky ways to get them to apologize to each other. And Lauren is going to be against it. That’s the outline for where we begin.

MM: Amy has definitely evolved and has come into her own over the course of this journey already. How do you think Amy’s feelings for Karma have changed since season one? Do you think the separation has helped her move on?
RV: Totally! Absolutely. I think we all sometimes just need time to step away from the situation and get a clear perspective. That’s one of the things I’ve been wanting for her since the first season—for her to be more assertive in who she is, to have her own opinions, and to do what’s right for her. It’s been so long. I think she was a loyal friend, almost to a detriment, to Karma, and she would appease anyone. I think in this season for the first time, she’s very gutsy, which I love. It’s about time. She deserves to be happy. She’s kind of been putting other people ahead of herself. It’s nice to see her say, “You know what? It’s about me now. It’s what I needed to get over you.”

MM: I think that’s super interesting. I had a conversation with Michael [J. Willett, who plays Shane,] not too long ago. He said that he thought it was the best decision for Amy to leave, even though it was hard for her to do. In terms of everyone falling on the spectrum of Team Karmy or not, can you give me any indication if Liam and Amy are going to keep in touch? I think out of everything that’s happened on the show, their friendship has been the most surprising and refreshing despite the circumstances.
RV: They’re not really going to have too much of a relationship. It was surprising; I think that needed to happen. These two people bonded over their kind of hatred in the moment for Karma. That was kind of the plot device, that was point. So they’re not going to have too much interaction in this season. They’ve never been friends. They’ve never really liked each other… or at least Amy has never loved Liam. [Laughs.] So there’s not going to be too much of that relationship.

MM: What advice would you give your character if you could get face to face with her in terms of her kind of getting back into the swing of things and getting Karma back on the same page as her?
RV: I think that she’s following the advice that I would give her. I would express to her that she should stand up for herself and that she needs a space to rid herself of the torment and these feelings, which is what she’s doing. And there’s no good way to go about that, you know? There’s never a peaceful way to say, “Hey, sorry I ditched you, but I had to!” There’s always going to be a problem, and there’s always going to be resentment from other sides. I think that she handles it well. I can’t say too much, but I think that Amy is handling everything well. So that would’ve been the advice I would give her, and fortunately I see that happening for her so I’m very excited about that.

MM: [Faking It co-creator and showrunner] Carter [Covington] has mentioned that this season is pretty focused on rebuilding friendships and trying to focus on that as opposed to the endgame people are rooting for. Would you say that’s how you saw the season? What do you think you took away from the season?
RV: Totally. Yeah, absolutely. It’s about totally rebuilding the relationships, because I think for the first time this season they’re not really changing anything. It’s more just the truth being out there and these feelings being out there and these actions being out there. They spent months apart, which they’ve never done before, that’s very new for them. So there’s a lot of rebuilding that’s going to happen. And there was so much that happened in season one and season two that it all kind of piles up on top of each other, and this season is definitely about rebuilding that. That’s going to kind of happen over the course of this season. They’re going to try to get back to where they were and try to forgive each other. There’s a lot of bitterness from both sides. Karma’s really mad that Amy left, and Kamra feels she really did a good job putting Amy’s feelings first in recognizing that Amy had feelings for her and trying to be receptive to that. Amy really doesn’t really think that’s what happened, because Karma can be a little selfish at times and unaware. But they have to put that past time. And that’s what this season is going to be.

MM: Will we see Karma coping with these feelings—whether it be coming to a realization or her anger toward your character? Will we see that spiral as the season progresses?
RV: Yeah! Well, Karma is going to be very much involved in this kind of attitude. She’s going to be doing something that’s not really in character for her to do. And Amy being Amy and being Karma’s best friend, knowing who she really is, she’s going to call her out on it. She will say, “This is not who you are. And I know that you’re mad at me because you wouldn’t be doing these things otherwise. You’re just lashing out.”

MM: I see a pattern there with her character!
RV: [Laughs.]

MM: But hopefully she’ll come to some sort of realization, like, “Hey, we need to be friends.”
RV: I hope I’m not saying too much! I don’t think I am. I don’t know!

MM: I don’t think so! We’re coming into this knowing there’s going to be some sort of realization, whether it’s feelings, or anger, or trying to get their friendship back on track. I think that we’re all under the impression that’s how it’s going to unfold. How it unfolds we’re unsure.
RV: Right!

MM: You mentioned your character is going to spend some time with Lauren this season, which is awesome. That dynamic has surely shifted since the beginning. What do you think sparked that? What was the turning point where these two formed an alliance, if you will?
RV: Well, Lauren is somebody who clearly needs friends. [Laughs.] I think that the girl has a lot of defense mechanisms. She goes through life in a façade in many ways, but deep down she’s very sensitive, very sweet, and a very caring person believe it or not. But there’s also an inner drive to be very successful, and to be competitive, and to be the best. Unfortunately that’s her current situation. She’s not really surrounding herself with good, genuine people. So eventually that kind of, naturally, falls apart. I think she realizes that she wants people who are genuine people, who are genuine friends, who can trust her for who she is and not for what her secrets are. And also they live together, so ultimately when you’re living with someone you’re going to connect. They really are sisters in many ways. They may not be blood related, but I think that’s just naturally what happens. And Lauren sees that Amy is going through this really difficult time, and Lauren’s not Karma’s best fan, so she’s protective of her stepsister. She basically says, “She’s doing it again. She’s pulling you back into this cycle I don’t want to see you in.” That’s the first time, I think, we see that Lauren really, really cares for Amy, which she’s done before without realizing it. But this season we definitely see a lot more of that. And those scenes are great. [Bailey de Young, who plays Lauren,] is such a great actress and [Lauren] is such a great character. That was definitely one of the highlights.

MM: In terms of friendships flourishing, are we going to see more of Felix and Amy and that dynamic?
RV: We are! Felix has feelings for her as, I think, we know or we’ve sort of gathered. She’s going to be caught again in the middle of a thing—there is a female love interest for Amy. I think I should say that: there’s going to be a female love interest who comes back from their past, who Karma also knows. She’s kind of going to shake things up. There’s a history there, and I can’t say what it is. But Karma is not her biggest fan, and Amy is not aware of Karma’s feelings. So it’s going to get a little love triangle-y.

MM: How is she going to deal with that? She already had a relationship with Reagan that Karma didn’t approve of. It’s gotta be hard to have a best friend who doesn’t support the relationship you’re in. How is Amy going to deal with that?
RV: Yeah, it’s really hard. But I think it ties into Amy’s feelings of assertiveness and independence. She’s definitely seeking less validation from her friends, which is actually a healthy thing for her in this scenario. We’re not always going to have relationships that other people live, and that’s OK as long as yourself and you’re not with someone who doesn’t deserve you. It’s not going to matter to Amy as much this time. We’re really just going to see a stronger version of her.

MM: It’s about damn time! Right?
RV: Yes, I’m excited to say! I know Reagan was such a fan favorite, and she’s great, and everyone was very upset when it ended. But it was kind of an intermediate step for Amy, because at that time she still didn’t really know 100 percent how define herself, how to label herself. Is she lesbian, is she bisexual, is she straight? And, really, she’s not straight. I think we’re all getting comfortable with the fact that it’s OK not to label yourself if there is a possibility of going both ways—which some people are going to love, and some people are going to hate that I said that. Because I know. I know that characters like this don’t come about every day. So I definitely see the need to want to label that so that someone can kind of claim them for their own. To say, “This is someone who relates to me 100 percent.” And unfortunately sometimes it’s a little hard to do because we’re not always black and white as people. So Reagan was definitely the first, maybe, symbol of Amy questioning things. And maybe feeling like she wasn’t 100 percent there and not wanting to be unfair. I think this time around she’s a little bit more comfortable with the idea of, you know what? If this is the person I’m attracted to in this moment, then I’m just going to go with it. And If I’m attracted to a boy then maybe I’ll go with that. But in this moment, there’s a little less second guessing from Amy.

MM: In terms of labels, last year both you and Katie [Stevens, who plays Karma,] both made AfterEllen’s Hot 100 and were praised for steamy Karmy kisses. Have you guys finally adjusted to the constant recognition and being held to that standard of representing an audience that might not have a voice otherwise?
RV: Absolutely. We’re definitely more comfortable with it. It’s not as terrifying, I’ll say that. In the beginning it was very terrifying; it’s a lot of responsibility. Everything’s just coming at you. And I think at this point now we are more comfortable with it. But it doesn’t get any less amazing every time; it’s mostly unbelievable. I mean, this is our first big thing that we both had and for it be loved so much and to be socially applicable for where we are in the world today is really, really amazing. We just hope that we are a part of the bigger picture and that we’re just contributing to something that will spark that idea of acceptance. That responsibility of representing a certain LGBT character doesn’t just rest on just one show or one character; we’re all sort of doing our part so that maybe my character doesn’t have to carry it all by herself in certain ways. Because there’s another show that holds that label, and there’s another movie that has that label. You know? They all kind of come together to represent the whole testament of the thing. So to be a part of that is really great.

MM: To wrap things up, in addition to Faking It, you have a few projects coming up. Can you tell us anything about Holding Patterns and Relationship Status and when we can expect those?
RV: I’m actually not sure. I know that Holding Patterns is in post-production now. So hopefully it will be finished really soon. I’m excited about that. That was definitely a really, really cool thing to be a part of. It has a great cast—Freddie Highmore (Bates Motel), Haley Joel Osment (The Sixth Sense), Jake Abel (Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief), really great guys, Odeya Rush (Goosebumps). It’s a little bit of a mature part. My character is kind of like the bigger sister role to Freddie Highmore’s character. She’s a little bit more into her femininity as opposed to Amy. So that was a nice change in some ways. There’s that. I’m not sure about the release date on that yet. I don’t believe there is one yet. Hopefully soon! And Relationship Status is a really cool—I’m not exactly sure how they’re doing it—I think it’s going to be an online format. It’s going to be broken down into different episodes, kind of like Verizon’s mobile version for streaming. It’s about how we deal with relationships in the technology age, with Twitter, Instagram, all that. How we interact with people with all this stuff being thrown at us. I have a really great scene in it that I’m proud. And I’m not sure when that is premiering either. So clearly I’m the wrong person to ask. [Laughs.] But that’s what I’m doing.

MM: [Laughs.] We’re really excited to see how this season is going to unfold, how your character is going to come into her own and be more assertive, which we appreciate. Hopefully we see you on Twitter for some live-tweeting! I want to thank you again. It’s always a pleasure to chat about your projects.
RV: Thank you so much, I really appreciate it. Yeah, I’ll come out of my Twitter cave. You never know when I’m going to strike!

MM: Right? I always get questions when I put it out that you’re going to be chatting with me. Everyone is like, “When is she coming back to Twitter!” “I suspect when the show returns, don’t worry guys. Leave the girl alone.” [Laughs.]
RV: I know! [Laughs.] I’m learning to see its benefits. Tell them I’m not dead! They’re always concerned I’ve died. That seems to be a main concern with the fanbase. Tell them I’m alive.

MM: I will tell them. I will tweet it out. Everyone will rest easy for the next few weeks. And you should definitely try those Hot Cheetos Donuts, ‘cause they’re pretty awesome.
RV: Oh, I will. I will. Where do I find them?

MM: Well, I made them. But I think I’ll send you a picture of what I made. They were pretty tasty. It was weird, they were sweet and spicy, but in a comforting way.
RV: That is amazing. Can you just send the recipe?

MM: I will. [Laughs.]
RV: [Laughs.] Awesome! Awesome. I’m glad my weird ideas are catching on.

MM: Oh, they are. People on Twitter loved it. I was tweeting out the pics and people were like #RitaDonut. They’re definitely on board for it.
RV: Amazing. That is amazing.

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Q) From the trailer, we see our favorite friends have a fractured relationship. What can you tease about mending fences?
Rita: This season is really about rebuilding their friendship after this summer because they have never been apart for so long. So, there is going to be a lot of tension, probably more so than any other time. They both come back feeling like they were right. Karma (Katie Stevens) is mad Amy left her without saying much and Amy is very much about, “I did what I had to do to get over you. And I’m not going to apologize.” They are both going to be struggling to show the other person why they are hurt. So, you have Shane (Michael Willett) in the mix and he is going to get caught between them. Lauren (Bailey De Young) is also not going to be very supportive of Amy and Karma betting back together because Lauren feels that Karma is going to pull her back into the cycle of drama they have been dealing with for so long. So, it’s about rebuilding that relationship and getting rid of those resentments that I think they both hold.

Q) Will we be seeing any flashbacks to their summer adventures or some summer friends integrating into the new year?
Rita: Yes, there is going to be a really awesome flashback to when Karma and Amy were twelve years old. I can’t say too much about it, but they disturbingly made us look a lot younger so that was a fun day. Also, someone is going to come back from their past who is also going to create some drama between Karma and Amy. There is going to be a whole storyline to that as well. There are a few flashbacks that are pretty hilarious. I think the fans are really, really going to love them.

Q) This fight over Shane, it seems Karma is clinging to Shane because he’s who has been around or is it because they want to make a real go at a friendship?
Rita: They have been enemies and now they are kind of frenemies because we’re going to find out that over the summer they have bonded. They spent the summer together as lifeguards. They are going to have a relationship because they got along over the summer and are now best of friends. So, when Amy comes back she is going to be really, really surprised about that. They are going to fight over him now because there is this new relationship that Amy is surprised about. She is territorial about Shane because that’s who introduced her into going out with girls and having relationships. He was like her “gay guru,” so now that she sees that Shane and Karma are friends it is very surprising to her and she doesn’t quite like that. He’s going to be caught in the middle and he’ll be trying in his own, very funny Shane way to get them back together.

Q) Lauren isn’t happy that Amy might be getting sucked into the loop of Karma again. What kind of relationship will there be this season for Lauren and Amy?
Rita: They have bonded for several reasons. They are sisters and so they have bonded because that’s what naturally happens. Lauren is someone who needs good friends in her life, genuine people in her life. So much of what she does makes herself her own worst enemy. She is so competitive and tries to accomplish everything she can and that sometimes, unfortunately, puts her into a position where she isn’t surrounded by people who are looking out for her best interest. So, we realize she is really sensitive to her relationship with Amy. She wants to be her friend and Amy wants to be her friend because Amy sees that Lauren doesn’t have that many friends. She knows Lauren needs that support and Amy sees who Lauren is at her heart. So, they are definitely going to bond and Lauren is going to be a little bit jealous that Amy and Karma get back together. Because once they reunite, there will be no one left for her. We’ll definitely see a very vulnerable side to Lauren this season and my scenes with Bailey I love. I love her and I think she is wonderful. I love her character. She plays Lauren so well. So, those scenes are definitely going to be really good. I think it is something that the fans are really going to like. It was definitely the highlight of the season for me.

Q) Penelope says in the trailer that “Hester is back!” Does this mean the last of Principal Turner?
Rita: I think for now…He will not be appearing in this season. Hester is back to kind of its crazy liberal self the way it was. Things kind of get out of hand, but I can’t say too much. It’s back in its Hester-like glory of what we are used to. The strict rules that Turner put in place are gone and they are back to their eclectic open minded ways.

Q) Will we see Amy focusing on her college career path and her future past Hester?
That’s what they should be focusing on, but there is too much drama that there is no time! Not so much. I think she’s taking it one day at a time. I think what I’ve always wanted for her is for her to really stand up for herself and just be more adamant about what she wants and doesn’t want. I want her to be more assertive about her feelings and what she wants. She needs to kind of have that emotional growth first and then focus on the bigger future of where they are going to end up. They are not quite there yet about dealing with their futures. I think they are still kind of dealing with the present. But she is definitely growing in the way that I wanted her to since Season 1 and that’s nice to see.

Q) Is the dream to live next door to each other and raise their families together still alive?
Rita: I think as we all know that when you are a kid you have those fanciful notions and want everyone to be in one place. Obviously, as you get older you don’t necessarily grow apart, but you become different people. It’s a bittersweet thing. On one hand, it is sad in the way that things can’t always work out, but at the same time it is natural for people to grow and realize we all have our own paths in life. I don’t think it is necessarily referenced in this season. It’s not something they talk about this season – partly because 90% of the time they are fighting and trying to rebuild this relationship. But they are growing and I think they are realizing that it is okay to be close without necessarily having those goals. You don’t have those goals of working together and living in the same neighborhood next to each other to be best friends. They are realizing their space, in a very healthy way. You’ll see as the season progresses that they are just trying to find their balance of being close without co-depending on each other and seeking validation from each other, which I think is very healthy.

Q) Amy and Felix have a great relationship. Will their friendship evolve at all?
Felix does have feelings for Amy, but she is going to have a love interest who is going to resurface from the past. I can’t say too much about it, but it is a female. Felix (Parker Mack) is going to kind of get mixed up in that. So, there will be kind of a love triangle situation. I can’t say too much else. He’s definitely in the picture and Amy is just going to be questioning where he fits in. And Karma is going to have a really nice relationship with Felix as well. We are going to see them really get closer. Karma kind of becomes his right hand woman – his wing woman to help him get closer to Amy.

Q) Will this be a more long-lasting love interest for Amy or will it be sort of short lived like with Regan?
Rita: It seems like it might be a longer love interest. I don’t know and I can’t say because you never know what is going to happen. Who knows what the writers have in mind, but judging on who this person is and how their relationship grows this season this is someone who is going to stick around for a while. I know that the fans really love Regan (Yvette Monreal) and she is great, but it was one of those relationships that had to end. I think we all have them because it shows you who you are and what you needed at that time, but it has an exportation date and that was theirs. So, that’s okay. I think this person is a little bit of a better fit for her.

Q) Is there a moment this season that you are eager or nervous for fans to see?
Definitely the flashbacks to when they were kids. There is going to be a flashback episode to camp and it’s going to be hilarious. They made us look ridiculous and creepily young. I sent pictures to my parents and friends and they thought it was the funniest thing. Katie was even funnier! I can’t say too much, but once that gets out Katie is going to have…Oh my gosh! People are going to find it really, really funny. I am sure there are going to be a lot of gifs online afterwards because we both look so ridiculous. So, I’m definitely excited about that and I think the fans are really going to think it is hilarious.

Q) Will you be live tweeting the episodes of “Faking It?”
Rita: Yeah, I am sure they thought I disappeared off the face of the planet. I like to keep it for the purpose of the show. I think it is a great tool to use when it comes to work related things. That’s just me. That’s just how I do it. We’re actually trying to come up with a cool way to engage the fans and get them watching. Hopefully, that will happen in the next few weeks. We’re trying to kind of come up with ways with live tweeting and answering fan questions – finding some cool ways to get me back on social. I’m alive! Tell them that!

Q) Will you be sharing any behind the scenes photos?
I don’t know! Now, I have to get on it and think about it! I think pictures are something that fans really respond to. We all love looking at pictures and visuals. I think that will be a good idea and I have a few. I think on the days where we did a lot of cool stuff like the flashbacks I took a lot of pictures. Maybe I’ll put some of those out there when it is time without spoiling anything. Those were definitely the most fun we have had throughout the season. Any way you can transform yourself is fun and to do it in a way that is absolutely ridiculous and makes you question your identity…[laughs] We’re not really fifteen or sixteen years old and now we’re twelve years old…It’s really weird, but I’m excited for those to come out.

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Q) What are the recent projects that you are working on?
Rita – I just finished a film called Holding Patterns directed by Jake Goldberger. It’s a little indie film that I shot in Mobile, AL. It’s a coming of age story about a bunch of 20 year olds trying to figure out their lives. I play Heather who is the best friend of Freddie Highmore’s character, Charlie. He is kind of this down-on-his-luck guy trying to figure out his life. He’s in a rut and she plays his bigger sister role. She’s always trying to push him to get out into the world and start his life. She’s different than Amy. She’s more mature and more stylish. She’s more hip and knows what is cool and what isn’t cool. She’s trying to find love and figure out her own life.

Q) What has been your favorite part of Amy’s character development on “Faking It?”
Rita – I think that she is definitely becoming more comfortable in her skin, not completely, but getting to the point where she is figuring out that she is really not able to label herself. She kind of went through this progression of them both being very young and then Karma (Katie Stevens) led them along with this ridiculous lie. Then, Amy started punishing everything that she was and was kind of trailing behind Karma, who is leading her own to all of these crazy situations that they find themselves in. Now that we have wrapped the second season, by the end of it, I think she kind of becomes more assertive in who she is. One of the things I talked to Carter [Covington] about, because the writers are really good with talking to us about where we want the character to go or where we see them going, is that I hope she continues to find her own person and find her own self. I don’t want her to lose her own self identity with this friendship because I think we saw a lot of that and you are going to see her start to develop independently from Karma, which is very healthy and it’s good.

Q) Will we be seeing any new dynamics beyond the core group of friends?
Rita –Definitely! We have Parker Mack who plays Felix and we are going to find out more about him and what his story is. He’s the new kid in school. Amy will have her bonding moment, her own relationship with him. That is one new character we are excited about. We have Principal Turner (Bernard Curry) on the show. In terms of keeping it with the core group, it is always going to be the five of us that the stories revolve around. It very much becomes an ensemble as the story goes on. So, each person is going to have their own independent relationships.

Q) How has it been for you with Amy struggling to identify her sexuality?
Rita – I feel like I’ve definitely been welcomed (and I’ve said this before) into a community that has had a lack of that for this young of an age group especially. Over the course of the show, we’ve gotten fan letters and had interactions with fans – girls that were pretty young (maybe as young as twelve or thirteen years old) who have said, “This is what I’m feeling and I’ve expressed this to my parents, but I was shutdown and I couldn’t be myself.” Maybe they have contemplated hurting themselves or tried to. You read all that and you really realize you are doing something that might actually matter to somebody and that is reaching out to people. Especially at this time, this is such a socially applicable show and it couldn’t have happened at a better moment. I think there is definitely a movement happening. I don’t know fast or slow – I can’t tell you. It feels like it is all happening fast, in a good way. It’s been incredible and that is something that I realized pretty fast – that lack of a character like this. It’s hard because you recognize that there is such a deficit of someone like her, but at the same time you don’t want to label her as one thing. You are going to polarize somebody. So, you can say, “She is bisexual.” So, that’s an okay word to use. Then, you have other people who understandably so like a character like this and are going to want her to take a side and be adamant about it. I think there is a balance we are trying to find and at the end of the day it is true to a lot of people to question that. I don’t think anyone can say, “This who I am,” exactly at that young of an age. I think they are still trying to find themselves. It’s high school – that’s what you are supposed to do. Some people know who they are at ten and some people might not know until later. I think that is the direction we are trying to go for her to explore that and hopefully people find that to be realistic.

Q) We saw a darker side to Reagan last episode. Will Amy face consequences for her lack of truth with her?
Rita – It’s going to definitely test the relationship and it’s going to get challenging for Amy because when she met Regan (Yvette Monreal) she was very much, “I’m a lesbian. I like girls,” because she kissed Karma. She’s like, “I kissed her so I must like girls.” Then, there is Reagan who is showing me a new side to life and who I am. That goes back to what are we really labeling Amy as? Is she a lesbian? Does she not know? Not only is she in a relationship, most of the time when you are in a relationship we need that personal space or it feels constricting. That’s how she is starting to feel and then there is a whole other side to her sexuality that she is also questioning and is not 100% sure, especially with Reagan who is so sure of who she is. So their relationship is definitely going to get rocky. I think up to this point it has been pretty smooth sailing. I can’t really think of any scenes where that has really happened. I think it has been pretty good for the most part, but it will definitely get more unstable with Amy questioning herself and not really wanting to hurt Reagan.

Q) Talk about your favorite scene with Shane (Michael Willett) to film.
Rita – I love Michael! Michael is a blast! I love the scenes with Amy and Shane. When I first met Michael, I thought, “Oh my gosh! Who is this person?” He just has this incredible aura to him and he is just so natural. I love that! As a character, I’m sure he is just everybody’s favorite. He’s such an amazing, funny, real character. That pirate costume scene was a lot of fun! And I love my scenes with Michael and Bailey [De Young] because they are starting to have more of them. The dynamic of those characters with Lauren and Amy hating each other, but they are also sisters. Shane has this wonderful ability to find himself in the worst situations and kind of laugh it all off without a care. That was a fun night to shoot. That mustache got to be a real pain because of the glue. They kept adding more and more, I’ll never forget that. I literally had toxic glue on my face so that was not the most fun. Everything else was a lot of fun because we had some moments where we had some improv. We really didn’t know what we w ere doing in real life so I hope that translated. That was definitely one of my favorite episodes to shoot.

Q) Who are some upcoming guest stars?
Rita – There will be another musical performance. [She] is also very awesome. Lindsey Shaw is also amazing. She is very sweet!

Q) What can you tease about the prom episode?
Rita – 
We’re going to meet Shane’s family and see why he is so crazy. It’s going to be hilarious! You are really going to see where Shane gets his proclivities from.

Q) What can you share about the love triangle for the second half of the season?
Rita – I think that Amy is definitely moving on from that triangle. I don’t think Liam (Gregg Sulkin) effects her as much. In Season 1, there was a lot of vying for Karma’s attention. The relationship between Amy and Liam was a little heated to say the least. That scene where Amy says, “If you love something, you have to let it go.” She really wants Karma to be happy and I think she isn’t against the relationship anymore. I just think she is trying to find her own happiness and own grove. She just wants her friend back, the way things were. They are kind of struggling with that, but I don’t think Liam is as much an enemy to her this season as he was in the past. She is learning to accept it for what it is and she sees that Liam is being really kind. He is making the effort and not just the hot guy on campus. He really has feelings for Karma and he has a lot of redeeming qualities as well. I think that is something she understands. For Karma, that is going to have a lot of ups and downs, but as I said she is starting to find her own person and have Karma as a friend. It won’t come easily, but that is the goal of this season for Amy.



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MCKENZIE MORRELL: Faking It finally returns on August 31 and everyone is super excited to see what’s up with the gang for the second half of the season. Can we expect the premiere to start right where we left off last November?

RITA VOLK: Yeah. I’m trying to remember… it’s been so long, I’m like what the hell happened? We kind of do. Amy is not completely convinced that Karma is over the whole Liam situation. That kind of goes through the first half of the season. The second half, I think, they’re working on their relationship a lot more apart from Liam, so we’re going to see that. Amy is still trying to figure this stuff out. I’m really proud of the second half, because everyone gets their own storyline. I think this is really where it truly becomes an ensemble show. We didn’t do that as much in the first half, so that’s what I’m really excited about.

MM: That’s awesome. I know everybody is really eager. There’s been some trailers that have dropped, but we’ll get into that a little later. A fun thing I found out was that you originally went out for the role of Karma. Looking back now, could you even imagine playing anyone other than Amy?

RV: I really can’t. It just kind of goes to show that everyone is kind of destined to be where they’re supposed to. I’ve talked to people about it since I got the part, and we always kind of laugh about it because when you’re in the audition process and you really want the part, and you’re going after audition after audition, you kind of have tunnel vision. You don’t really think about going out for anything else, you just kind of want the original role you went out for. So, it didn’t even cross my mind and I don’t know why because when they came out and asked me to read for Amy, I was like… wait. This makes a lot of sense. I really can relate to her and I think she just spoke to me a lot- a lot more than Karma’s character. It just worked out perfectly. It really was destined to be the way it was.

MM: In terms of being relatable, what are some similarities between you and Amy? Do you have a love of donuts as much as your on-screen counterpart?

RV: Who doesn’t love donuts?! We’re all about the snacks- the white trash snacks, as I call them. I love me some hot cheetos. That’s my thing. I think Amy would appreciate hot cheetos, as well. We share a love for the junk food, absolutely… for the documentaries, for the horror movies, for the kind of underground, maybe not as popular stuff. But I think the big things are that she really values the people around her, and she doesn’t have a large group of friends. She’s kind of the person who has a few and they’re there and they’ll always be there. She’s protective and she’s real and she’s honest. I like to be that way, too. I never really felt comfortable being in large groups and feeling like I had to make small talk. That’s just not how I was wired, I guess. So I really found comfort in that in her, and I think she really knows what’s important. I think there’s a maturity to her that goes a little above her years, and I think I can relate to that, too. Those are kind of the biggest things.

MM: It’s definitely quality over quantity for her, and I think for many people, I would hope.

RV: Yeah. I think she lives in a world, and I live in a world- we all live in a world where sometimes it is about quantity and sometimes it is about shallow things, and she’s just not a very shallow person and I love that about her.

MM: Oh yes. She is one of my favorites, so I approve of that. Getting back to donuts, because that’s how we roll here , if you were a donut what flavor would you be?

RV: Oh my god. Ok, so I went to this donut place called Voodoo Donuts in Portland when I was visiting my sister. They have these crazy donut flavors that I wouldn’t even eat, but they’re just so interesting to look at. So, if I had to eat a donut I’d keep it simple, but if I had to create a donut, I think I would do like a glazed donut topped with hot cheetos and sprinkles.

MM: Oh boy. You’re gonna get a bunch of people making these homemade donuts after this interview. They’re gonna be like, “Look at my hot cheetos donut!”

RV: Maybe some chocolate chips, I don’t know. I don’t know if chocolate chips and hot cheetos go together, but definitely hot cheetos on my donut, for sure.

MM: We’ll have to try and see how that goes. (laughs) So the show obviously is constantly breaking stereotypes. With that said, how does it feel to be a major role model in the LGBT community? Do you feel any added pressure to portray this character?

RV: I think in the beginning there was, because it wasn’t a world that we knew a lot about. I think that over the past, even year and a half or two years, the world has just been so welcoming. I feel like so much has changed, or maybe because we’re a part of it now, we notice it more. Transgender people, gays, lesbians… so many different groups are being welcomed and I think it’s wonderful. That was scary in the beginning because people… I would get questions from fans like, “I want to come out to my mom and I don’t know what to say. What would you do in this situation?” and that’s not something that I had ever experienced in my life, you know? I’m not qualified to give that answer. So in the beginning it was a little scary. As the show went on, we learned more about just the entire community what it means to come out, what are people’s stories, what it means to be transgender, and as you kind of learn about it all it becomes less scary and just the love and the positive reception that we’ve gotten, it kind of eased everything. Once we were welcomed and knew we were doing something heartfelt and positive, it kind of dispelled all the fear.

MM: People writing to you and talking to you, do you get a lot of messages on social media of people relating to the show and your character?

RV: Definitely. I get letters. I got a letter from I think a seventeen year old girl from Israel, and I have yet to write back to her, but I will. If she’s reading this- I will get back to you! I just thought there was something so unique about her letter, maybe because she’s so far away, I don’t know. She’s all the way out there on the other side of the world and yeah, a lot of letters about how the show helped them come out and helped them through a lot of tough situations and feeling like they didn’t have anything to turn to, so it’s been really, really, really amazing and we are all so grateful that our first kind of big thing that we’re a part of is so socially applicable to today. It kind of gives a younger demographic that outlet, so it’s definitely incredible.

MM: That’s awesome. Do you have any plans to hop on Twitter once the show starts and get back into the groove? I know you’ve been a little MIA, I’m sure you’re busy.

RV: Yeah, I like to do it for the show because I know the kids love it. It’s just so weird to me. The whole social media thing can get a little weird. I’m still kind of learning to get used to it. Learning to get used to people wanting to know everything about people and just this constant sharing of information, but when it comes to the show- absolutely. I know it’s a great tool to reach out to people and let them know what’s going on. So yes. I have to get on that. (laughs)

MM: (laughs) Didn’t mean to call you out. Just the fans would like to see you and I’m sure they’re about to put your picture on a milk carton (laughs). Now onto a strange question, if Amy were to ever get a tattoo, what do you think it would be of?

RV: Oh wow. Well, it wouldn’t be junk food, I doubt that. Maybe just one lone hot cheeto… If she were to get a tattoo what would it be? Hmmmm. I don’t know if she would, but if she did it would definitely be something meaningful. Maybe some kind of symbol of something, I don’t know. Maybe something to do with her travels. I think she’d be very interested in how other people live. Maybe a hindu thing or something, I don’t know, that might be a little tacky.

MM: (Laughs) Okay- let’s talk Karmy. Those crazy kids shared a steamy kiss in the Faking It trailer and everyone is going crazy. Do you think that Amy still has hope or lingering feelings for Karma?

RV: I think she always will. We’ve established that she really does love her in that way. I think it’s hard for most people to just say, “Alright. It’s never gonna happen. I’ll let it go.” She’s definitely not as desperate for it to happen, and she’s not as torn about it. She’s still very much torn but I think now she’s more realistic about the fact that those feelings may never get reciprocated. There is always going to be a small hope, but eventually it will go away, and we’re going to see that transformation of Amy being like, “Okay, you know what? I need to get over this. It’s never going to happen.”

MM: We get to see some new characters when the show returns. The fans are eager to find out who Felix (Parker Mack) is. Can you tell us anything about him or about your interaction on the show?

RV: I don’t know how much I can say. He’s a new kid in school. He has a secret that I unfortunately can’t tell you, and he and Amy might have a little something. You have to watch to see.

MM: You sneaky girl. I would probably get into a lot of trouble if I didn’t ask about Reamy (Reagan and Amy). They’re a couple now, for now, and it looks like Karma isn’t the only thing standing in the way of their happiness. Is Amy still struggling with her sexuality?

RV: She is. I think she’s going to be for a little bit. It’s interesting because I think when you get to that point you either are or you’re not, and I think we’re very used to seeing things in black and white, you know? I am gay or I’m not gay. Once you establish what you are that’s great, because then you know yourself and can say, “This is who I am.” For some people, it’s not just black and white. People really can be both, or they’re not sure and they have to discover that. So, we’re going to see that struggle in her and all I can say is that Reagan is not going to like that, because she is someone who absolutely knows who she is and has figured it out. Good for her, but Amy definitely hasn’t- not one hundred percent.

MM: That’s so true. We’re excited to see how that develops. Now, what’s the best thing about working with Katie Stevens? You two have great chemistry on screen, and it seems like the cast gets along on and off set.

RV: I talk about this with people who are like, “You know this never really happens. It’s rare for a cast to just be normal.” Whatever that means. I think we’re all pretty normal. We’re all very different in our own ways, you know. Bailey is married and she has her home life and her own things going on and Michael is really into his music, and Katie is doing her thing in Nashville, Gregg is doing his own thing… we all kind of have different interests, but we’re all very calm. We just got really lucky that everyone is able to get along. We are so different but we’re the same because of that. Katie has a great head on her shoulders. It really just comes down to values and I think everyone has good values and that’s important. Everyone is focused on what they’re doing. She and I are from similar backgrounds. We’re both really close with our families and I think that makes a big difference. We value that, you know, having people around and being grounded. That’s really helped us bond. I’m so lucky.

MM: Well, I think it definitely shows on the show. You guys all look like you are genuinely happy to be there and you’re happy to be doing it, so that really shines through in the work.

RV: Thank you. It’s a really great set. We are very fortunate.

MM: Now, I have a fun question for you. Which character on the show would you kiss, which one would you marry, and which one would you dump?

RV: Would I dump?

MM: Yes. I was going to say kill, but let’s not get too harsh and just say dump.

RV: Oh man! Okay. (laughs) It can be anybody? I would kiss Shane, because I love him. I would marry…. uhhh who would I marry? I really love Felix as a character and I’m so excited for the fans to see him. So maybe I would marry him. I think we would get along… am I speaking as myself?

MM: Or your character.

RV: Oh, I’m speaking as the character? Right. If I’m speaking for Amy, I would kiss Felix, marry Karma, and dump…. I don’t know. I don’t wanna say I’d dump Reagan because people are going to be so mad. This is my life. I’d dump Liam. Not that they’re together but…

MM: Yeah, no. I mean there are still some fans holding out for Liam and Amy, so you never know. (laughs)

RV: I guess because Gregg is so lovable, maybe that’s why.

MM: Yes he is. To start wrapping up, you and Michael Willett are going to the Faking It convention in Paris next year, is that correct?

RV: Yeah.

MM: Have you ever been to Paris? Are you excited to meet the fans?

RV: I am so, so excited. I’ve never been. It’s amazing that we have that opportunity, and it’s just an example of how the show is opening so many doors for us. I am super, super excited. It’s going to be a lot of fun. I might actually make it a family trip. My parents might fly out and all that. I don’t know if that’s going to happen, but that would be really great if that happened. Obviously, just seeing the fans so far away. It’s crazy that we have fans out there who are taking the time out to go and meet us. It’s very cool.

MM: Oh yes. I’m sure it’s going to be a blast. And finally, to conclude, what are six words to describe the show when it returns to get us pumped for August 31st?

RV: Swimmingpool. I’m going to say that’s one word. Kissing. Ensemble. Secrets. Lies. and Truth.

MM: Ooh. We can’t wait. Also, how was your summer? Did you travel anywhere fun or start any non-Faking It related projects?

RV: I’ve been auditioning for a lot of really great stuff and meeting casting directors and making connections and having meetings, so that’s been really great. Reading a lot of scripts, so that’s on the job front. Also, just spending time with my friends and family. I just saw my sister. She lives in Portland, it’s a great city. I really like it over there. I’m also trying to catch up on my movies. I have a goal of seeing every movie on the AFI (American Film Institute) top 100 movies of all time. I don’t know if that’s going to happen, but I’m trying.

MM: You’ve got a goal!

RV: Yeah, and Netflix. I know Amy loves her Netflix, and I do, too.

MM: Don’t we all love Netflix. (laughs)

RV: God Bless Netflix.

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