By Lauren Douglass
Ever wanted to change your identity without changing your looks? That is exactly what Emma, a foster child, does when she finds her identical twin sister, Sutton, who was adopted into a wealthy family at birth. As Sutton leaves to go find their birth mother, Emma assumes her life. Neither girl planned on Sutton not returning, but now Emma needs to make a decision whether or not to reveal her true identity in order to find her twin. We caught up with Alexandra Chando to discuss
her new role premiering Aug 15 at 9/8c on ABC Family.
What’s it like filming two different people?
It was insane but so much fun. Actors dream of playing two different characters at the same time. Originally, it was a challenge because characters in the pre-production phase, you really only have to concentrate on one. What was difficult for me, was trying to find similarities in these girls because they are twins but also with distinct differences based on their upbringing and their surroundings.
What would you do if you were in Emma’s situation?
I don’t know. That’s really tough. Because after fooling everybody for a couple of days you’ve gained their trust. Then, to come out and say, “Oh by the way I’m not who I say I am,” I think it would be a situation where fear would kick in. If I say that I’m not this person, then I’m going to be sent back to the foster care or reported to the police.
What other kinds of issues does the show deal with?
It deals with a lot of issues; I mean aside from the twins, there are other characters who have their own stories and their own issues. It’s evident that each character is going to have their own secrets or their own troubled past.
Tell me about how you got your big break on As The World Turns.
You know, I booked that when I was in college. It was such an incredible learning experience. For the audition, I had to screen test with two different people, one of which was Zack Roerig, who played my boyfriend. He’s on Vampire Diaries now.
Were you nervous?
I thought I blew the first audition; my lines weren’t memorized. But I ended up getting a call back for screen testing. I told myself, “You know what this is, if this works out great. If not, you can be in college and still audition. Your life isn’t over.”
What do you think has been your biggest challenge in the industry?
Honestly, my biggest challenge is going up against the girls in my age group.
I always hear that I would screen test for something, and it would be down to me and two others. The biggest challenge has been somebody who has a bigger resume or has bigger credits.
Who would you say your role model is?
That’s a tough one, I mean I have a lot of actors and actresses that I look up to. I really adore, Sandra Bullock. I enjoy all of her work and I love her career path.
Best thing to do in LA?
There’s tons of things to do outdoors, I mean we have tons of hikes out here, which is nice to say active. You walk outside your door and the sun is shining, how could you not be outside?
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