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'Faking It' stars talk life on set and musical moments

If you think watching Faking It is entertaining, just imagine how much fun making Faking It is. I chatted with stars Rita Volk, Katie Stevens and Michael Willett to talk about their personal favorite scenes (the kale suit doesn’t even make the cut), and what it’s like behind the scenes on the show. Oh — and you’ll find out which two Faking It stars love to sing on set and have even (SQUEE!) written a song together.

EW Community: What’s it like on set? You guys are always posting fun Instagrams, and there have been so many crazy moments in the first season. What have been your favorite scenes to film?

Rita Volk: For most of us, we really haven’t had anything to this extent before, so everything is exciting and new and we’re not jaded by anything. We all just want to create something that’s positive and have a good time because you’re on set with these people for 12, 13 hours a day. I can’t imagine hating each other.

The croquembouche episode was probably one of my favorites because I was so freaked out. They had, I think, two real croquembouches and one fake one. When it came time to use the real one, they told me how to punch it so that it would fall a certain way and they were like, “Well, you only have two chances to do this.” And I was like, “Well, crap.” I didn’t wanna screw it up, but luckily I punched it and it fell the way it was supposed to.

Stevens: The food fight was definitely one of my favorites because I had to be the one to sit back and watch and try and pull them away and I was desperate. I was like, “Bailey [Buntain], can you throw one and hit me?” Like, I just wanted to be in the food fight, so I was just trying to get everyone to hit me. That one was hilarious because when it hits the mom in the face, that was actually the first time they tried it. They got it on point and it was amazing and I had to cover my mouth because I was about to start laughing.

But then my favorite scene was [for an episode when] Rita and I have a dance that we do. That was probably my favorite day on set and probably the most fun scene to film.

Volk: Yeah, absolutely. Unfortunately, they cut some stuff out [of that episode]. It was a lot shorter than what it was because we spent I don’t know how long [filming]. It was a lot of takes, a lot of different angles, and so we just kept doing it — and every time we did it was a lot more fun because at that point we had all the choreography down. That was definitely a fun day.

Willett: Speaking of choreography, I, in one episode, have to do the paso doble with Bailey, and that was probably one of my favorite moments just because we got to work with the people from Dancing With the Stars — and I’ve never danced on camera before.

Katie, fans were excited to see you sing on the show, and Michael, I know you’re working on music too. Any chance we might see a Karma/Shane duet?

Stevens: I think they’ve thought about it because all around set, Michael and I would just be like singing together as we were waiting to shoot things. So I think that it’s inevitable that that’ll eventually happen.

Willett: Yeah — it’ll give us an outlet.

What kind of songs do you sing on set?

Willett: “Halo,” a lot of “Halo.”

Stevens: “Halo,” by Beyoncé.

Willett: We like to sing each other’s original songs, actually.

Stevens: Yeah, we’re big fans of each other and we wrote a song together.

Willett: Yeah, we’re working on it.

Rita, do you join in when Katie and Michael sing on set?

Volk: Oh, no, my musical talents don’t rival theirs so I just stick to my acting. I’ll let them sing.


TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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