Living With The Enemy
by Nick Aveling
They might be enemies in TV land, but Michael Seater, who plays Derek, and Ashley Leggat, who plays his step-sister Casey, get along just fine when the cameras stop rolling. B-Zone asked them about family, dating and the show's third season.
B-zone: Movies and TV shows that feature blended families [step-siblings and step-parents] have been around for quite some time now. What do you think is the enduring appeal of this particular family dynamic on the big and small screen?
MICHAEL: I think what's considered a "traditional" family has changed, and step-siblings are as much a part of life as (siblings from) nuclear families.
ASHLEY: People from all kinds of families have the same kinds of relationships, so I think everyone can relate.
B-zone: The show spends a lot of time dealing with how awkward and difficult boy-girl relationships can be for teens and tweens. Can you guys personally relate to that?
A: For sure. And it's funny, because the Emily character who's always gossiping and keeping notes on who's going out with who, seems so outlandish but there really are girls like that.
M: It's nice for me because in the show I actually get the girls. I had a really hard time sealing the deal in school.
A: Michael doesn't even need to seal the deal - he always got the girl! You can pay me later Michael (laughs).
B-zone: Both of your characters can be incredibly manipulative in their own ways. Do you think your viewers can use the show as an example of how not to act, or do you think your characters also have qualities that kids can look up to?
M: Manipulative? Well, sometimes maybe (laughs). But just like normal life, our show has the good and the bad, so I think it's up to our viewers to take what they want from it.
A: At the end of the day, there's always a lesson to take from the show, even if it's not to act a certain way.
B-zone: What can your fans expect from the third season?
M: More of the same, but better. The sibling rivalry between Derek and Casey continues, and there are more romances at school...The show just keeps getting better with age.
A: Casey definitely has some dating prospects at school.