3:44pm PT by Jethro Nededog
MTV 'Awkward's' Beau Mirchoff says Matty and Jenna 'Might Work Out At the End'
While we’re still watching the romance between Matty and Jenna (Ashley Rickards) unfold on MTV’s new series, Awkward, star Beau Mirchoff tells us he’s been enjoying his hiatus from the show.
“I’ve just been in acting class, which is going awesome and staying busy,” Mirchoff tells The Hollywood Reporter. “You know, I’ve been doing a lot of outdoors stuff. I’ve been doing a lot of scuba diving on the weekends, and hiking, and playing music, and just, you know, hanging out really.”
In fact, he was traveling when the news that MTV had given the series another season broke. “We’ve been done for a few months,” Mirchoff says.
“I was actually flying home from Miami," he remembers. "And just about to take off, and I got a text from my manager saying, ‘We got a Season 2.’ So, yeah, it was an exciting plane ride.”
Viewers have seen Mirchoff play a heart-stealing teen before on ABC’s Desperate Housewives. He played Angie’s (Drea de Matteo) son whose romance with Gaby’s (Eva Longoria) niece leads to a cross country chase on Season 6.
The 22-year-old has also appeared in a recurring role on the Canadian drama, Heartland, and his film credits include I Am Number Four, The Grudge 3, and Scary Movie 4.
THR spoke to Mirchoff about what we can expect from Matty and Jenna’s romance this season, where he’d like to go with his character in Season 2, and what he has in common with the popular Matty on the MTV hit.
The Hollywood Reporter: Where would you like Matty’s story to go in Season 2?
Beau Mirchoff: I think just to dive more in depth into Matty’s life to see what makes Matty the way he is and what he loves, and his aspirations, and just more details about Matty. I think that’s where I have the most fun is when it’s emotional stuff or just high stakes and I find that’s when it’s the most fun, and more enjoyable – when you really get to learn about someone’s character. I think it’s captivating to watch and yeah, that’s what I’m looking forward to, hopefully.
THR: Have you been able to speak with creator Lauren Iungerich about Season 2?
Mirchoff: We haven’t quite yet. You know, we just found out about it. Last year, we got to go into the writer’s room and talk about our strengths and weaknesses. You know, how we would like to see our characters portrayed, and a bunch of stuff and so I’m sure we’ll be going to do that again.
THR: What can we expect from the Matt-Jenna relationship in the remaining episodes this season?
Mirchoff: Kind of like this cat and mouse game. I’ll kind of finally redeem myself, and then something will happen, and it all falls apart. Then, you’re kind of on my side, and then you’re kind of on her side. Then, you’re not on her side; you’re back on my side. I think we’re just so young… stupid kids to be honest. They’re just really kind of naïve, and they don’t know how to deal with relationships, and communicate, really. That’s the big part, so I think we’re just, throughout the season, we’re trying so desperately to be with one another, but it just doesn’t work out, but it might work out at the end.
THR: What would you say you have in common with Matty and what makes you different from him?
Mirchoff: I think a lot of me is Matty. You know, outgoing like Matty. I’m athletic, I like girls; those are some similarities. I don’t think I’m as self-conscious as Matty -- like he is kind of figuring everything out internally. He’s still cautious. He’s afraid of what other people think of him. He wants to be perfect. He has that feeling of wanting him to be perfect, and his family to be perfect. But he doesn’t want anyone to know that, so he’s kind of secretive, in that sense. Later in the season, he keeps some secrets from Jake [Brett Davern], his best friend and you would think he would tell his best friend anything, but he doesn’t because he has this wall up. Me though, in real life, I’m not really like that. I’m pretty easy going, I think. I think it’s just that I’m older than Matty, but you know, we’re very similar, we really are.
Awkward airs Tuesdays at 11 p.m. on MTV.
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