Twisted Star Avan Jogia: It's Too Soon to Decide If Danny Is Good or Bad
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Now midway through its freshman season, Twisted stars Nickelodeon alum Avan Jogia as Danny Desai, an outcast returning to school after spending years in juvie for killing his aunt. But this is no "fish out of water" story. On the heels of Danny's return to school in the premiere, popular Queen Bee Regina (Karynn Moore) turns up dead. Is Danny involved in this death too? And what was his reasoning for killing his aunt while on a play date with best friends Jo (Maddie Hasson) and Lacey (Kylie Bunbury) all those years ago? We checked in with Jogia to get some insight into his enigmatic and, well, twisted character.
You went from Nickelodeon's musical sitcom Victorious to this dark drama. What was that transition like?
Avan Jogia: The toughest thing was settling back down after four years of a medium I wasn't well versed in. I had to learn a lot on Victorious because I had never done multi-camera before. It's like music: You need to be on it, and there's no room for subtleties. With Twisted [it's all] looks and feelings.
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On Pretty Little Liars, we know that the four girls are (relatively) innocent. In Twisted, we don't know if Danny is a good guy or bad guy and if he was justified in killing his aunt. Will we ever know?
Jogia: We're going to see the guessing game go on a little further because it's not a light crime. He killed somebody! So the audience really needs to get all the information, as [do] Jo and Lacey, before that decision is made. We'll probably head in that direction in the second cycle.
In last week's episode, the tensions between Danny, Lacey, Jo and her best friend Rico came to a head. How will this change everything?
Jogia: Jo realized her feelings for Danny, while Danny and Lacey acted on their feelings. We already have this huge wedge between Jo and Lacey because of the trauma of what Danny did, and now we have possibly a secondary wedge driving the relationship even further apart. So, I think Danny feels very responsible. Going forward, you're going to see those relationships fester. [On Tuesday's episode], Danny takes it upon himself to try to bring everyone together when then they go to Connecticut to try to chase down the money note Jo found.
What about Rico? He now has the missing necklace seen on Regina when she died.
Jogia: Rico now has knowledge and power, and the question is, what's he going to do with it? He doesn't like Danny because Jo likes him, but on top of that, he doesn't really trust him.
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What do you think Lacey and Danny see in each other after all these years?
Jogia: I think there is a physical attraction that they didn't have any understanding of when they were 11. They're not very close, which is what's interesting. It's really a relationship of passion. They don't really know one another.
Danny's mother Karen (Denise Richards) was one of the few people standing behind him until her suspicions recently grew. Will their relationship continue to be divided?
Jogia: Karen and Danny go back and forth with each other. Karen really wants to be a good mother [and] do right by her son, but she has not been a good mother. Danny sees her as not very "on it." He's in the driver's seat; he parents her. As we develop this season, he's going to reject her advances to try to mend things. But [then] he's got very few people on his side.
What would you like to see from Danny as you head into the latter half of the season?
Jogia: I would like to see him really come to terms with his life never being the same and see him starting to crack his outer shell of confidence. He's never analyzed his own trauma. I would like to explore his brain and what happened in juvie. Maybe he was a completely different person then. There are so many places to go.
Twisted airs on Tuesdays at 9/8c on ABC Family. Watch a clip below: