Interview: Jennette McCurdy and Jesse Carere of BETWEEN
The show Between begins its second season on June 30th at 8pm ET/PT. The popular series airs Wednesdays on City. But what is so revolutionary is that there is a live digital after show airing immediately after the episode at Citytv.com/Between. This adds a digital element to a program that is on the cutting edge of technology already, as fans of the show can interact, kind of like Talking Dead and Talking Bad. This week’s after show features the stars of the show, Woodbridge’s own Jesse Carere, who plays Adam, and the multi-talented Jennette McCurdy as the minister’s daughter Wiley Day. The show ended the last season on a cliffhanger, and talking about the new season with McCurdy and Carere, we were careful of staying Between the lines, (the show airs for six consecutive Wednesdays). Here is our talk with the charming cast members of Between.
Scene Creek: How has the fan response been?
Jennette McCurdy: For me, the fan response has been great, with people gearing up for season two, this month especially. I’ve seen a lot of enthusiasm, and fun, humorous posts, proclaiming excitement. And I just can’t wait for fans to see the new characters, I think. Stephen Grahym and Mercedes Morris add a lot to the show and some of my favourite characters personally, and I hope everyone enjoys them, and I know that they will as much as we did.
SC: What is coming up this year?
JM: There’s a six week break between the first season and the second season, so, I mean, I think that there is some maturity in each of the characters. When we kick off, there has been some maybe unspoken experiences that everyone has faced to cause them to come into their own a little bit. I also think honestly having fifteen months between the first and second seasons, it was not possible for any of us to go that amount of time without changing somewhat, even physically, so we definitely look different, so that’s a change.
SC: How have you enjoyed living in Toronto to shoot the show?
JM: I have definitely gotten acquainted with Toronto, and it has come to feel…I guess when I get home, it has come to feel like I’ve been there almost anywhere more, than aside from where I live. I really like the people, I love the restaurants, I loved this bakery that I went to in Kensington Market, it was like a vegan bakery, I’m not vegan but I had this amazing cinnamon roll. (Bunner’s Bake Shop), Oh my God, it was so good! I love Pizza Pizza, the pizza there is great. I like Rabba Fine Foods, I go through a lot of Rabba stuff, and I like going to the Eaton Centre, oh, I love Montecito, downtown, it was a bit more like, my vibe, and there was a lot more to do down here.I kind of love this, downtown area. This is where I stayed this time, the first season I stayed in Yorkville, which was beautiful, but I felt like it was a bit more my scene.
SC: Everywhere is safer than Pretty Lake…
JM: Yeah! (laughing) I don’t know about glass falling, that doesn’t sound pretty safe, but that’s a Pretty Lake staple, if you ask me (laughing again).
SC: You just had your birthday. (McCurdy turned 24).
JM: Yeah, a couple of days ago.
SC: Happy birthday!
JM: Thank you!
SC: How old are you allowed to be in this town?
JM: I’d be two years dead. (laughing)
Jesse Carere: I’d be dead too. Twelve years dead.
JM: (laughs loudly)
JC: I’m pretty old. (deadpan) Croakin’ in real life.
SC: How do you skew younger?
JC: I don’t do much, I don’t shave my beard especially. They let me keep my beard for the whole show. It was a nice thing that (creator Michael McGowan) let me do.
JM: Yeah, the creative people, the directors and producers and everybody are super nice, with, physically speaking, do what we’re comfortable with, which I think is really helpful. One of our directors Rick Bota, because we kind of blocked and shot everything out of sequence, he kind of gave us a little briefing before every scene so we were up to speed, and he would reiterate where we were at in sequence, so that we could find out what we were up to, content-wise, so that we could be up to date appearance-wise. I loved our make-up artist Robbi O’Quinn and our hairdresser Leanne and our stylist Brenda, they would give each character a unique point-of-view, and I think that the stylists and vanity department are the ones that see us the most, that kind of comfort zone around those people that are right up in your business at 4 am, it’s great to be able to just deal with and talk to them.
SC: It’s hard to do post-apocalyptic when there are streetcars going by.
JM: (laughing) Yeah! We filmed a lot in Hamilton.
SC: Good for Hamilton to know that they are the setting for…
JC: They know.
SC: They put it on their city posters.
JM: (laughing) That’s funny.
JC: That is really funny.
SC: What do you like about the style of the slow reveal of the show?
JM: I think that the pacing of the show is interesting because we follow these characters every episode and watch their dynamics shift within the realm of this world and we watch relationships fall apart and implode or explode. I think because of the inherent high stakes of the situation, the characters are on edge all the time, so we see them go through a lot more changes very quickly, probably quicker than they regularly would.
I used a real baby most of the time, my back will attest to that. HIs name was Nolan, and he was a really really really great baby. So cooperative and sweet, and I would be complaining about the snow, and he would be sitting there like a cherub angel (laughing).
SC: Do you feel comfortable as the only American?
JM: I never felt like the outcast, or on the outskirts, everyone was super inviting, maybe that’s just a natural…
SC: Canadian thing?