+ Interviews +
... Brittany Daniel
TEEN PARTY a 1992 issue of "Teen Party"
Lovin' life since Swans Crossing hit the airwaves? You're not alone! We recently chatted with some of the show's stars. . .check it out:
Teen Party: People have been making comparisons to your show and 90210. What do you guys feel about that? Kristen [Mahon]: Well I think there are a lot of differences between our show and 90210. First of all, we're different ages. We're a lot younger than the people on that show are. And we deal with different things. People can just sit back and relax and watch our show. Evan [Ferrante]: Everyone compares our show to 90210. . .but 90210 deals with more social issues. We sort of do, but we don't hit you over the head with it. It's just a great entertainment show. . .I love it! I would watch it, I swear! Alex [Tanaka]: It's nothing like 90210. . .the guys are better looking! No, just kidding. . .I've only seen that show once. Stacey [Moseley]: It's just that we're a fantasy show. . .and we don't have like a life-threatening topic every single day!
Teen Party: Are you guys at all like your characters? Sarah [Michelle Gellar]: Well Sydney is kind of like the town witch. She doesn't really care about anyone else's feelings and she feels that everything revolves around her, and it usually does. I guess there are always similarities and differences, but I try to keep the bad parts of Sydney out of my life. Shane [McDermott]: Garrett is so conceited. . .he's good looking and rich. . .and he gets all the women. I'm a lot like him only I'm not as conceited. You wouldn't believe how conceited he is. But it's so much fun to play someone so rich and conceited! Carisa [Dahlbo]: I am a lot like Glory because I'll do anything for anybody. . .I can never say no! Well, with certain things I can, but for the most part if somebody asks me to do something for them I'll always do it! But if somebody makes me mad, I'll speak up and tell them. Glory won't do that, she lets people walk all over her. And Glory's shy. . . I'm very outgoing! Brittany [Daniel]: I think I'm like Mila in some ways, but she likes to wear pink all the time, and she's really prissy. I like to wear jeans, and black! So I guess I'm a little wilder than she is!
Teen Party: Any funny or embarassing things happen on the set? Sarah: We were all filming in Florida in the middle of the winter but the weather was beautiful! Then the guy who plays J.T., Tom, goes "Okay everybody don't all look at once but there's a naked man on the fifth floor." So of course all of a sudden at the same time everyone's head goes up "Whooosh!" This guy was just standing there on the terrace with no clothes on, videotaping what was going on at the pool! We almost died. Stacey: Well, I crashed my motorcycle. They told me like two minutes before the scene that I had to ride a motorcycle. They just said, "Here. . .ride, have fun!" So I crashed. I only rode about three feet but I crashed!
Teen Party: Tell us something about yourselves. . . Shane: My full name is Shane Francis McDermott, and I'm 5'9". I was born in Middletown, New York on April 24, 1976. When I was two we moved to Texas and I lived there in Houston for twelve years. I love to travel, I love to meet people, and I used to be a gymnast! Sarah: I'm Sarah Gellar and I'm 5'3" but working on more height. I was born on April 14, 1977 and I've lived in Manhattan all my life. . .well I lived in L.A. for about a year and I loved it! I was a figure skater and I took competitive Tae Kwon Do. I was two belts away from my black belt, and I came in fourth place in a competition. But what I really wanted to do was acting and that took up too much of my time. . .so I gave up the other stuff. Carisa: I'm Carisa and I'm 4'9" and I hope to grow. I'm fifteen and I was born on Feb. 12. I've been dancing since I was three and I've been in a lot of dance competitions. When I was in fifth grade I did a commercial for Buttercrust bread, completely by accident. But I do remember being a little girl and having people come up to me and say, "What do you want to be when you grow up?" And I would always say, "Famous!" But it took me a long time to convince my parents to let me start acting! Eddie [Robinson]: My name is Eddie Tyclus Robinson and I'm 14 years old. I was born on April 2, 1978 and my first big acting role was on The Cosby Show. I played Dan, this nerd from the community center.
Teen Party: Do you guys play practical jokes on the set? Brittany: We try to crack the guys up and stuff by talking in funny voices. Then we'll try to distract them by making kissing noises and things like that. Shane: Yeah, we all like to joke around a lot! But we haven't had a lot of time to play any serious jokes on one another. . .yet!
Teen Party: How did you get started in show business? Alex: Well I liked this girl and she was an actress and I wanted to impress her so I took acting classes to meet her. . .then I forgot about the girl and fell in love with acting. This is my first role, though! Brittany: I live in Florida and I did a lot of commercials and stuff like that. My twin sister and I did a Doublemint Gum commercial. . .that was my first role. Kristen: I started out doing a lot of commercials when I was younger and stuff like that. But my first big role was in Gypsy. I did Gypsy for three years.
Teen Party: Anything else you guys want to add? Evan: I just want to say that I couldn't have done this without my mother. Eddie: Yes, our parents have all been very supportive. Sarah: We'd all like to thank our parents!
Teen Party: You just did. . .and thank you guys!
© 1992 Teen Party