Interview with Gabrielle Christian

 
 

AE: Creator Tommy Lynch has talked
publicly about possible books, a movie, trying to move the show to another
network. Has he said anything to you about a reincarnation of South of Nowhere?
GC:
[Before the show was canceled] he was pitching ideas of what he wanted
to see, and what we wanted done [for another season.] Then kind of out of the
blue, they canceled us. I’ve heard rumors about a movie, but not from anybody [with
the show.] At this point, it’s wishful thinking. So, no, I haven’t heard
anything.

AE: With South of Nowhere and The L
Word
both coming to an end, it’s slim picking for lesbian entertainment.
GC:
And the Grey’s Anatomy
relationship has ended also.

AE: Yeah, that was fun for five
minutes.
GC:
[laughs] Well, I thought 3Way
would be a good frontrunner for that world, but I don’t know what’s happening
with that either.

AE: I think they’re going to start
shooting Season 2 in January. And the first season is coming out on DVD soon.
That will include the episode in which you played a crime scene investigator.
GC:
Yes.

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AE: Gaby, what kind of
investigator’s uniform is that exactly? It’s like an episode of CSI: Bunny Ranch.
GC:
[laughs] And since South of
Nowhere
ended, I did a guest spot on that other one, CSI: Miami.

AE: And Mandy [Musgrave] did a guest
spot on the original, CSI: Crime Scene
Investigation.

GC:
Yeah, she did it. Mandy and I have done a lot of the same shows. When
we both moved out here, we came the same month of the same year. And one of the
first jobs each of us booked was on Drake
& Josh,
as Drake’s love interest. And then, there was South of Nowhere, and now we’ve both
done a CSI.

AE: Do you feel like you’re living
parallel lives?
GC:
I don’t know. It’s interesting that we get a lot of the same work. We’re
completely different people in the way that we look, and the way that we live
our lives. But people have said we have pretty good chemistry.

AE: She’s the dark to your light.
GC:
Over the last few years, we’ve changed a lot. We’ve known each other
for five years now. In the beginning, Mandy was more of the extrovert; was
going out a lot and having a good time. And I was always a little older, more reserved,
more reclusive and I liked to stay in. Recently, we both got [engaged] and I
think we’re more on the same page now, than we were at 18 and 19 years old.

AE: How sick are you of Mandy at this
point?
GC:
[laughs] No, I really like working with Mandy a lot. It’s funny that we’ve
worked together for so long. We would work on set for three or four months out
of the year on [such] an intimate level – doing so many things as our
characters, and spending so much time together – that the rest of the year, we
kind of took these little vacations. But now that the show is canceled, I
really look forward to seeing Mandy because I barely see her. She lives really
close to me but our lives are just going in opposite directions. I miss her.

AE: Well, she’s been a big part of
your life since you’ve been in LA.
GC:
It’s funny. Most people I’ve known [here] are gone now. They come and
go on a whim. Since I’ve been out here, she’s one of the longest relationships
I’ve had.

AE: Who’s gone? Other actors?
GC:
Other actors and people who spontaneously move out here and think it’s
going to be really easy and fun. I mean, it’s expensive and it’s tough and
competitive.

AE: It’s all those things and so much
more.
GC:
I don’t know how I’m still here sometimes. It’s so hard.

AE: Are you done doing the high
school thing and looking forward to playing roles that are more adult?
GC:
No, I really like the high school thing, especially the senior year for
a character, and where they’re going to go. But I think it would be great to
play a college girl. I’ve never really done that before.

AE: Are you booking any 20-something
adult roles?
GC:
It’s tough for myself, and Mandy, because we look young and we’re kind
of built small. But we’re 22 and 24 years old now. So when we’re going in the
room for a high school kid, and it can be a problem. We open our mouths and
they don’t believe how old we are, or we have to lie.

But we look too young to play the age that we actually are, so it’s kind of
a tough market right now. I think that’s one of the problems I’ve been having
with getting work; [the characters are] either too old or too young.

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