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?
Sarah Mason: [Laughs] 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: 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!