‘Meaghan Martin, the star of ABC Family’s new hit show 10 Things I Hate About You, might play a character who is trying to fit in with the cool kids and avoid her embarrassing family, but in real life, she’s all about embracing their quirkiness. Seventeen caught up with the “camp diva” as she prepares to reprise her role in Camp Rock 2.
17: So, how’s Tess going to be involved in Camp Rock 2?
Meaghan Martin: Tess is totally taking a different route this time. She’s kind of breaking away from everybody else, and will be on her own for a little bit, making new friends and bringing new characters into the plot.
17: Your Camp Rock costar Alyson Stoner visited Seventeen last week, and she was telling us about the crazy duets between people you wouldn’t expect. Who are some of them?
MM: I know that I will be singing with a new kid, which will be exciting. He’s more of a hip-hop artist, which will be different for me — I have a musical theatre background. It will be like [Broadway’s] In the Heights!
17: What about going back to set are you most excited for?
MM: It will be awesome to have a reunion. It’s been about two years since we finished the first one, so it will be great to have everybody back. All of our lives are very different from how they were back then, especially the Jonases and Demi. Demi’s life has completely changed in the past two years.
17: When you go back to set, you’re basically in the middle of nowhere. There’s no cell phones, no Internet. What do you guys do for fun?
MM: We play Monopoly, lots and lots of Monopoly. We have dance parties, that’s when we break out the Prince and Michael Jackson and totally break it down.
17: Can you give us a sneak peek of what’s to come on 10 Things I Hate About You?
MM: So much! There’s going to be a steamy romance between Kat and Patrick, which I’m excited for, because I wasn’t there when they filmed it! There’s also going to be a lot of drama with Cameron and Bianca, unfortunately. It’s quite sad. And Bianca and Joey get a little steamy too!
17: How are you similar to your character, Bianca?
MM: I’m actually ridiculously similar to Bianca. My father in real life is a gynecologist, so that’s always a weird coincidence. My older sister is so much like Kat, so we definitely have the Kat-Bianca dynamic. I definitely have that want to be accepted, not quite as extreme as Bianca, because she will do literally anything to become popular!
17: Would you dress up as a mascot, like Bianca does in the show?
MM: Probably not, but I don’t think I’d get past the audition for a mascot! I love how they don’t show me actually cheerleading on the show, because they know I couldn’t do it.
17: Your character is often embarrassed by her family members. What would you tell our readers who feel the same way?
MM: If you were there behind every family’s closed doors, everyone’s a little wacko. Chances are that your family is no weirder than the next family, or than the other girl at school’s family. Everyone can be quirky at times, and I embrace that, personally.