Most 17-year-olds are balancing time between their studies, sports and MySpace pages, but Mackenzie Rosman is concerned about getting her homework in on time and talking about sex — well, on camera, at least. Growing up on the set of 7th Heaven (Sundays at 8 pm/ET, on the CW), Rosman began as a little tyke but nowadays she's got some meaty, adult story lines as she plays out Ruthie's teen years. This week's episode, for example, deals with her character's current relationship and its level of intimacy. Here, Rosman speaks with TVGuide.com about how she handles those love scenes, how she's adjusted to attending public high school and what her postgraduation game plan is.
TVGuide.com: You're juggling work and public high school. How's that going?Mackenzie Rosman: It's going pretty well.
Question: Any update on whether Mackenzie Rosman and/or David Gallagher are coming back to 7th Heaven?
Answer: Still nothing new to report. Here's something else, though. As you know, Haylie Duff is currently appearing on Broadway in Hairspray. Well, the ever-accommodating producers over at 7th Heaven shelled out beaucoup bucks to construct a set in New York so Haylie could shoot her scenes there without having to fly to Los Angeles on her one day off a week.
Question: Are David Gallagher (Simon) and Mackenzie Rosman (Ruthie) really leaving 7th Heaven? What's the latest?!?
Answer: The latest is that Brenda Hampton is still trying to get them to change their minds. But as of now, they're done.
Look out, Barry Watson. You're so old school. A new male heartthrob is taking over on 7th Heaven! Well, a heartthrob-in-training, anyway. Executive producer Brenda Hampton likes to joke that "the puberty fairy was extraordinarily good to" Scotty Leavenworth, who plays Peter. But will he ever live down that puberty quote?
"Everybody goes through that," the 13-year-old Californian tells TV Guide Online. "It's a normal thing." In fact, Leavenworth loves the idea of making fans all swoony. Laughing, he says, "I have no problem with it!"
The young actor — whose credits include Erin Brockovich and The Green Mile — teaches viewers a grown-up lesson on tonight's 7th Heaven. He says his character, Peter, "does something he shouldn't." Well, if he won't spill, we will: Peter's caught drinking alcohol with his friends — and there'll be serious consequences for it.
Mackenzie Rosman — who plays sassy little Ruthie Camden on 7th Heaven — is used to facing adult issues. The 13-year-old actress already has confronted everything from racism to death on the WB's top-rated family drama. However, the show will really hit home when Rosman's stepsister, Katelyn Salmont, guest stars to talk about her real-life struggle with cystic fibrosis.
"We've wanted to do this for a while," Rosman tells TV Guide Online, so she made a pitch to Heaven's executive producer, Brenda Hampton. "Mackenzie came to me, notes in hand, and told me all about CF and asked me if I would do a story for her sister," she recalls. "I thought it was very touching."
Katelyn, 16, has struggled with CF — a genetic disease that shortens the life span to approximately 20 years — since she was 2 years old. Despite the stress this ailment places on her and the family, Hampt