Sarah Mason, All You've Got
Now out on DVD, the teen comedy All You've Got
(costarring Grammy winner Ciara
and One Tree Hill
's Daniella Alonso
) could have just as well been titled "You Got Overhand Served," as three pampered volleyball stars are forced by their ritzy academy's closing to team with their blue-collar rivals, the Lady Phantoms of Cathedral High. Playing Lauren, the leader of the posh Madonnas, is Sarah Mason
, who had a certain Desperate
husband for her dad! TVGuide.com: That girl [Coach Carter's Adrienne Bailon] playing your arch enemy, Gaby, scared me, frankly. What was it like having her "in your face" for so much of the movie?
] She's a spunky little girl, but she was really fun. She had a lot of energy.
TVGuide.com: Just how much volleyball did you have to learn for this? I couldn't tell from the editing.
Mason: To be honest, the script had a much bigger focus on volleyball — not as much on hip-hop and the girls fighting — but over the course of shooting it changed a lot, which happens. I didn't know how to play at all, so we practiced eight hours a day, four to five days a week, for four weeks, and then we'd play full-on games against girls from Berkeley and UCLA.
TVGuide.com: You got the hang of the whole "bump-set-spike" thing?
Mason: Yeah. We had [volleyball pro] Gabrielle Reece work with us, and she's amazing. She had [her 2-year-old] daughter on her hip while she was teaching us! It was pretty wild!
TVGuide.com: Did you develop a killer overhand serve?
Mason: I actually did! I probably can't do it very good now — definitely not on the beach, where the wind picks up too much — but in the gym I'm pretty awesome!
TVGuide.com: Do you happen to know if real-life high-school volleyball games are as loud, rowdy and/or musically choreographed as the ones in All You've Got?
Mason: "Musically choreographed"! [Laughs] I don't think so, but they do get loud and rowdy. I went to a huge tournament in Anaheim, and these 15-year-old girls were crazy. They're supercompetitive. I grew up in Kentucky, so it's a whole different sport I never knew existed.
TVGuide.com: Speaking of your home state, tell me about the Kentucky Ambassadors of Music.
Mason: I traveled with the Kentucky Ambassadors of Music to, like, seven countries in Europe, for concerts. I played the flute, and I sang.
TVGuide.com: Not at the same time, right?
Mason: No, we'd sing in churches and then play as an orchestra in parks and stuff. I was 16 or 17 and had never been to Europe before, so it was a cool experience.
TVGuide.com: Doug Savant plays your dad in All You've Got. Did you press him for Housewives scoop?
Mason: I asked him if Bree's husband was really dead or not, because he had just died on the show [at the time we were shooting], and I was freaking out! He wouldn't tell me anything! But Doug was so amazing to work with. He's really cool.
TVGuide.com: What was your experience on TV's Quintuplets, and then on this past season's The Loop?
Mason: Quintuplets was my first job....
TVGuide.com: That was the sitcom about quints who looked nothing like each other.
Mason: Exactly. I literally played the "goofy dumb blonde," but that was fun because I had never acted before, outside of some plays in Kentucky and classes in Chicago. After Quintuplets wasn't picked up, I did All You've Got, which was my first film, and then I booked The Loop, where I played a bartender who wasn't really a "dumb blonde."
TVGuide.com: A "slightly smarter blonde"?
Mason: Yes, a slightly smarter blonde. She was funny.
TVGuide.com: Did you learn anything about bartending?
Mason: I still don't know anything about bartending! I'd just stand behind the bar, pulling the beer tap back. [Laughs]
TVGuide.com: And you probably picked that up from high-school keggers!
Mason: Yeah! I seriously had no idea what I was doing.
TVGuide.com: You have another movie in the works, Platonically....
Mason: In that I play a manipulative psycho who is playing two guy friends against each other. I'm sleeping with one, but the other is in love with me.
TVGuide.com: What's your career plan here?
Mason: To keep doing films and TV shows, and grow from the experience. My long-term plan is to buy a bed-and-breakfast for my mom and dad to live in and work out of.
TVGuide.com: Are they on board with that idea, or are you going to force them to run it?
Mason: [Laughs] No, that is a dream my dad has had all his life. He's a minister and...
TVGuide.com: Whoa, you're a minister's daughter?
Mason: I'm a Southern Baptist preacher's daughter
TVGuide.com: That changes the tone of this interview entirely.
Mason: How did I know you were going to say that?
TVGuide.com: What preconceptions have you had to live with?
Mason: That I'm wild and crazy, or prudish — one or the other. People automatically make a judgment.
TVGuide.com: And where do you fall in real life? Somewhere in between?
TVGuide.com: But inching toward the wild side?
Mason: [Laughs] Well, in all the roles I've been playing, yes, I'm definitely leaning toward the wild!