August 22, 2011 11:25am PT by Jethro Nededog
'The Lying Game's' Alexandra Chando on the Books: 'We Don't Want to Tell the Exact Story' (Video)
Last Monday's premiere of ABC Family’s new series, The Lying Game, held a few surprises for fans of the book series by Sara Shepard, who also wrote the Pretty Little Liars novels.
“We are loosely based on the books,” series star Alexandra Chando tells The Hollywood Reporter. “We definitely go on our own path. It is a mystery and to keep the audience intrigued, we don’t want to tell the exact story that’s in the books they just read. So, we like to mix it up a little bit.”
On the show, Chandro (As the World Turns) plays the dual role of newly reunited twin sisters, Sutton and Emma, who were separated at birth. By the end of the premiere episode and venturing away from the books, the two have switched places so Sutton can search out their birth parents.
“It’s certainly a challenge,” Chando says about playing twins. “There are technical difficulties as far as if I’m in a scene with myself, it’s a little challenging. We’re always taught acting is reacting. It’s being in the moment with somebody. It’s kind of hard to do that when I’m looking at an ‘X’ on the wall.”
The series also stars Blair Redford, who fans will remember from The CW's 90210, whose character becomes an early confidante to the twins.
“He’s the first character who discovers that the swap took place,” Redford says. “He actually becomes an ally of the sisters and helps them along through the process of what they’re doing.”
Watch the full interview above.
The Lying Game airs Mondays at 9 p.m on ABC Family.
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