August 05, 2011 8:31am PT by Jethro Nededog
'Awkward' Exclusive: Meet Tamara's Mom, 'Romy and Michele's' Julia Campbell, Plus Who's Ricky Schwartz?
Fans of MTV’s Awkward will soon learn the answer to two mysteries concerning Jenna’s (Ashley Rickards) best friend, Tamara (Jillian Rose Reed). Where did she inherit her quirks from? And who’s this mystery boy she mentions in every episode named Ricky Schwartz?
The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that Julia Campbell will guest star as Tamara’s mom. Campbell played one of the mean girls in the comedy Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion. Viewers will also remember her from Showtime’s Dexter when she played “The Trinity Killer’s” (John Lithgow) wife, Sally Mitchell.
Campbell will appear in Episode 106 in which the focus shifts a bit away from Jenna and we get to learn more about the other characters’ home lives and meet some of the other mothers. Tamara and her mom are very close and they also have very similar personalities.
“I was super excited when I found out that she was going to be playing my mother,” Reed tells us. “We just had this instant connection. She’s so wonderful and so funny. Over the course of so many episodes we were together most of the time so we were able to bond. She’s so great.”
Aside from meeting her mother, fans should be super excited to finally meet the boy Tamara has been talking about since the beginning of the series. He’ll be played by Matthew Fahey. The 20-year-old has appeared on several TV series, including Grey’s Anatomy, Justified, and Without a Trace. Fahey will make his debut on the series on Episode 107 and he’ll stick around for five episodes total.
“Finally you’ll get to see Ricky Schwartz and you get to see our relationship, which is a crazy mess as well,” Reed says.
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