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STAR-CROSSED: Grey Damon Talks Playing the Golden Boy Bridging Human and Alien Relations

In * By Tiffany Vogt, * Interviews, * Set visits, * TV Addict, * Video interviews, Star-Crossed on February 11, 2014 at 12:00 pm
Grey Damon (photo credit: Tiffany Vogt)

Grey Damon (photo credit: Tiffany Vogt)

Unlike many stories where the school golden boy immediately takes umbrage to welcoming outsiders, the CW’s new series STAR-CROSSED threw in a curveball.  In their story, the school’s most popular teen extends the olive branch and offers the new visitors his support.  Perhaps it is because he wants to win the heart of the new girl in school, or perhaps he just does not think the newcomers are all that much different.  Whatever the motivation it is a welcome surprise.

In an exclusive interview from the set, star Grey Damon talked about his character Grayson, a popular kid who surprises everyone:

As Grey describes his character, Grayson is a smart kid who is a bit naïve about how tense things are going to get between the Atrians and the humans with the recent government order to integrate into the high school.  But he is pleased that Grayson surprises everyone by trying to handle things in such a diplomatic and responsible manner.  Teenagers are not known for taking the higher road when it comes to politics, but Grayson is making the effort to be a better example of who humans should be in welcoming the Atrians.  Unfortunately, since he has a more personal stake with his growing interest in Emery (Aimee Teegarden), perhaps being a good example may be harder than he thought.  Grayson quickly takes notice of the growing attachment between Emery and Roman, one of the Atrian teens and it puts him in a bit of a competitive mode.  Yet how does one win the heart of a girl who may be falling in love with an alien?

Despite the difficult human/Atrian relations on the show, Grey happily shared that working with his castmates on the show was a much easier and warm camaraderie-filled experience.  He enjoyed working in such a respectful and loving environment.

When asked how humans today would actually welcome extraterrestrial visitors, Grey admitted that it would probably be similar as depicted in STAR-CROSSED.  As humans we are quick to greet that which we do not find familiar in a hostile and guarded manner, if not without outright aggression.  That which we do not understand seems to invoke a need to protect ourselves before trying to welcome anything or anyone new.  That is one of the prevailing themes of STAR-CROSSED:  how humans respond to things they do not understand.

STAR-CROSSED may be about teens meeting new cultures and finding that they are caught between warring factions of political interests, but it is also about them discovering love.  Young love is powerful and persuasive.  It may just also be the secret ingredient to ensuring peace on Earth.

To see how successful Grayson is in his quest to secure Emery’s love and whether it will ignite more than jealous and competitiveness with the Atrians, be sure to tune in for all new episodes of STAR-CROSSED on Monday nights, starting February 17th, at 8:00 p.m. on the CW.  You can read more about STAR-CROSSED here: “STAR-CROSSED: Introducing An Alien Tale of Forbidden Romance, Forced Integration, and How Its Story Differs from ROSWELL”

Where this article may also be found:

http://www.thetvaddict.com/2014/02/11/star-crossed-scoop-grey-damon-talks-playing-the-golden-boy-bridging-human-and-alien-relations/

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STAR-CROSSED: Malese Jow Talks Portraying an Alien-Enthusiast Looking for a Miracle Cure

In * By Tiffany Vogt, * Interviews, * Set visits, * TV Addict, * Video interviews, Star-Crossed on February 10, 2014 at 12:00 pm
Malese Jow (photo credit: Tiffany Vogt)

Malese Jow (photo credit: Tiffany Vogt)

In the new CW series STAR-CROSSED, humans have not exactly welcomed their alien visitors with open arms.  But one of the humans who is more than a little curious and very excited to meet them is Julia (Malese Jow), a young teen stricken by a deadly disease.  The Atrian visitors who crashed 10 years ago on Earth are rumored to have a miracle cure that can save her life.  But with human/Atrian tensions at an all time high with the recent government order for a trial integration of seven Atrian teens into the local high school, Julia’s chances of finding out if there is a cure seems farther and farther away.  But then as luck would have it, one of the Atrians is a boy that Julia’s best friend Emery (Aimee Teegarden) met years before and he may hold the key to the miracle that Julia is looking for.

In an exclusive interview from the set, star Malese Jow talked about Julia’s quest for a cure, her friendship with Emery, and how Julia is completely Team Roman:

As Malese noted, Julia gets her strength in her friendship with Emery.  The closeness between the two girls is akin to sisters because of all they have gone through. Julia never begrudges her friend for her own recovery and stands staunchly by Emery’s side in welcoming the Atrians into their school.  One of the best parts about portraying someone so selfless is that it is even more fun when that is rewarded.

When a miracle may be in sight, Julia embraces every second of her renewed lease on life.  She is happy to be out of the hospital and jumps right into the social scene at high school.  Alien, human, it makes no difference to her.  She is happy to share her joy with everyone.  But is it a temporary extension or something else entirely?  Just what is behind Julia’s seeming recovery?

Regardless of Julia’s tenuous health issues, one more big surprise awaits her.  Love has not passed her by either.  Look for a special someone to enter her life later in the first season as Julia begins to take notice of a special boy – a human boy, no less.  As Malese happily noted, the boy of Julia’s dreams will be her polar opposite.  It is an unexpected love with the most unexpected person in the world.  But perhaps the Atrians have more to share than just their unwanted presence, they have a knack at drawing people together in the most unexpected of ways.

For many the Atrian presence and the attempts to now integrate them into human society provokes fear, anger and suspicion.  But it also draws people together and that is the whole point of integration.  The Atrians cannot live as outsiders on our planet forever.  They are here with us, for better or worse.  And if they can share their unique perspective, knowledge and passion for life with the humans, then we may all be better for it.  Fortunately, Julia seems to innately recognize all these wondrous benefits.  She never sees the Atrians as a threat and only wonders at what incredible planet they must have come from.  The future is not just full of possibilities, but it could be full of miraculous delights.  Julia cannot wait to discover them all.

So see what incredible wonders Julia does find, be sure to tune in Monday nights for all new episodes of STAR-CROSSED, starting February 17th, at 8:00 p.m. on the CW.  What she finds will surprise and delight you. You can read more about STAR-CROSSED here: “STAR-CROSSED: Introducing An Alien Tale of Forbidden Romance, Forced Integration, and How Its Story Differs from ROSWELL”

Where this article may also be found:

http://www.thetvaddict.com/2014/02/10/star-crossed-scoop-malese-jow-talks-portraying-an-alien-enthusiast-looking-for-a-miracle-cure/

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“Star-Crossed” (Julia and Roman)

"Star-Crossed" (Julia and Roman)

“Star-Crossed” (Julia and Roman)

STAR-CROSSED: Matt Lanter Talks the Struggles of Portraying an Alien Falling In Love While Battling Human Hostility

In * By Tiffany Vogt, * Interviews, * Set visits, * TV Addict, * Video interviews, Star-Crossed on February 7, 2014 at 12:00 pm
Matt Lanter (photo credit: Tiffany Vogt)

Matt Lanter (photo credit: Tiffany Vogt)

In the new CW series, STAR-CROSSED, it is an epic tale of young love against the odds when an alien boy and a human girl meet under the most unusual of circumstances.  From the first time you meet Roman (Matt Lanter), you will see why he gave his heart to a human girl.  Even at the tender age of six, his instincts were to trust and protect the young human girl who befriended him.  Ten years later when they are reunited under the government order for Atrians and human students to integrate, Roman instinctively knows Emery (Aimee Teegarden) is there and cannot help but gravitate towards her.  So there is the undeniable pull of destiny at play and Roman is strong believer in destined love — because for Atrians, they only have one true love.

In an exclusive interview from the set, star Matt Lanter talked about Roman’s unshakeable love for Emery, as well as Roman’s conflicting sense of duty to his people as a future leader amongst the Atrians, and rising problem of the extremists on both sides:

The following is another fun interview was with Matt at San Diego Comic-Con as he talked about STAR-CROSSED:

As Matt mentioned, viewers will get to know Roman for his strengths and weaknesses; and his love for Emery is both a strength and a weakness as it can be used against him.  So in the 13-episodes of STAR-CROSSED’s first season, much will be revealed about Roman as he valiantly tries to pursue a human/Atrian relationship with Emery and overcome the obstacles they will face.

For Roman, because he is a leader of his people, a lot will be asked of him to be given up and forsaken.  He will be asked to sacrifice his desires and goals for the good of the Atrians.  But that is a lot of weight to place upon a young teen boy.  As a future leader of his people, Roman will strive to protect the Atrians and yet still follow his heart.  For it is Roman’s father’s greatest wish that the Atrians and the humans find a way to live together and forge a future together, and with Emery by his side, Roman will try to honor his father’s wish.

Yet peace, happiness, and understanding shall remain elusive as tentative steps towards integration seem to invoke rising levels of tension and hostility.  Roman will find himself constantly struggling to broker peace on both sides.  There are the war-like Trags, extremists among the Atrians who refuse to believe that integration with the humans will ever be in their best interests. Then there are the Red Hawks, a faction of humans who believe that the Atrians have come as a first-wave of a long-term plan of invasion.  With fears rising on both sides, it only takes one spark to inflame an outright war.

Surprisingly, despite the brewing friction between the humans and Atrians, Roman remains tenacious in his belief that he and Emery are destined to be together, as they share a connection that he has never felt with anyone — that connection even makes him feel more connected to the humans than the Atrians at times.    So it will be a struggle for Roman’s heart, with his love for Emery proving to be as equally strong as his love and duty to his people.  Roman cannot help but fight for her and protect her, sacrificing his own feelings at the cost of his own.  He cares about her that much.

In the Comic-Con interview, Matt provided a very beautiful explanation as to whether Roman and Emery are destined for each other or are they simply falling in love.  He said:  “Roman is falling in love with his destiny.”  And in STAR-CROSSED, we are invited to fall in love along with them.

To experience every delightful moment of their love story, be sure to tune in for the premiere of STAR-CROSSED on Monday, February 17th at 8:00 p.m. on the CW.  You can read more about STAR-CROSSED here: “STAR-CROSSED: Introducing An Alien Tale of Forbidden Romance, Forced Integration, and How Its Story Differs from ROSWELL”

Where this article may also be found:

http://www.thetvaddict.com/2014/02/07/star-crossed-scoop-matt-lanter-interview/

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"Star-Crossed" (Roman and Sophia)

“Star-Crossed” (Roman and Sophia)

"Star-Crossed" (Teri and Roman)

“Star-Crossed” (Teri and Roman)

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