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Mädchen Amick warns 'Witches of East End' viewers to watch finale's last seconds

The amazingly talented Mädchen Amick plays fun-loving, shape shifting, free spirited, often naked Aunt Wendy on Witches of East End. In a recent interview, I asked about the secret to her amazing body, a certain someone’s impressive abs, and the two-hour season finale which airs this Sunday. What did I learn? Marry a personal trainer, and make sure to stay tuned during the shocking final seconds of the season finale episode. Done and done.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY COMMUNITY: Aunt Wendy is tough and cool, and you always get a laugh. How do you enjoy balancing dramatic versus comedic acting?

Mädchen Amick: I have such an appreciation for that kind of character. She is as tough as nails, but so comfortable that she can make a joke right in the middle of complete tragedy. She’s really fun to play and I love that the writers have embraced that side of her.

How much of your own personality have you put into Wendy?
It’s not very often that you get to come up with ideas and bring your take on the character and then actually have writers, producers, and directors pay attention to it. I really do feel that they do that on the show. When I did the pilot, the character was meant to be killed off, and if she was going to be there for a small amount of time, I wanted to make her batsh– crazy. It worked and they liked what I brought to it. And they invited me to stay on.

Witches of East EndWendy is a shapeshifting cat with one life left. Will she get more lives? Will the curse be lifted? Can you tell us anything?
Well, if I tell you, I’d have to kill you. [Laughs.] That will definitely be dealt with in the finale, and it is pretty shocking. It is going to open up a whole new can of worms.

I thought it was sweet when Wendy offered to give her last life to save Freya or Ingrid. In fact, that entire episode (“Smells Like King Spirit”) was riveting from the beginning to the end. How was it shooting?
I have to be honest: It was more emotionally draining than anything. There was so much going on, it almost felt like a finale in itself. I looked like I had been dragged through the wringer. And I had!

Nobody predicted that the writers would kill off Ingrid and Freya. And there they were, eerily swaying in a tree.
I chose not to see the girls in their dead makeup or hanging until we were on camera because I knew I was going to fall apart even before we were filming. It was more of a reactive scene and it didn’t really take that much acting. That is the reality of what Joanna goes through over and over again. It’s one thing to know that they die and come back, but to experience what it’s like to mourn them over and over again, you get to see the history behind why she fights so hard to try to break the cycle.

Will Wendy have another love interest next season?
Wendy will have a lot more on her hands than having to deal with any boyfriends. You have to stay tuned in all the way to the end. The very last scene of our season finale is very shocking.

Okay, I have to ask: When Freddie Prinze, Jr. was cast as your love interest in season 1, did you know about that body before he showcased those amazing abs?
I’ve known Freddie for years. I did a show with him back in 2005. We’ve stayed close friends, and when this idea of the bug-man boyfriend came up, I thought we had to get Freddie to do it! I know he’s very fit. It was pretty revealing and shocking for most fans.

Witches of East End

I will take him or Tommy (Ignacio Serricchio). Just for the record.
Wendy has no shortage of cute men.

Speaking of bodies, you are in great shape. What is your secret?
It’s very motivating knowing that in any episode I can open the script and find I’m naked again. I am lucky enough to be married to a personal trainer. He’s able to whip me into shape pretty quickly. And in general, it’s something we enjoy doing together. Thank you for the compliment!

Witches of East EndYou’re welcome! How do you enjoy working with a female-dominated cast? Is it pretty much girl power all the time over there?
[Laughs.] It’s awesome! You know what I love? We honestly love each other, and I think you can see on screen how much natural chemistry there is. But what I do love about it is that we are four very strong women, but very different. That creates a lot of comfort in our own skin, so there’s no jealousy, no competition. We all love each other for who we are and can appreciate this great dynamic of friendship and family. I’ve been so blessed.

Can you tell us anything about the finale?
I can definitely say that a lot of the stuff that has been happening all season long with the family who has come over from Asgard will be resolved. There’s a lot of gratification, a lot of sorrow, and empowerment of the four witches coming together and using their powers. There are a lot of near-misses that keep you on the edge of your seat. And with greatness, there’s always the other side. There has to be some sorrow and some shocking moments. It’s all in there, and it’s crazy.

Will you be live-tweeting the season finale?
Of course! Just like the viewers, we are excited and will celebrate it. We are all very optimistic that we will continue on. We hope all the viewers keep chiming in and campaigning for season 3.

The Witches of East End finale airs Sunday, October 5, at 9/8C on Lifetime.

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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