Your grandmother wants to buy her presents at the dollar store. Your parents want you to be like her. And you want everyone to like you the way they like her. Yup, it's easy to love Brittany Snow. The 19-year-old actress is doe-eyed, chatty and a splurging giggler. Alas, granny may soon suffer a heart attack when she learns that American Dreams' darling Meg Pryor is now a neo-Nazi with some serious anger issues. Snow took time out from shooting her guest gig on FX's Nip/Tuck (beginning tonight at 10 pm/ET) to chat with TVGuide.com about evolving into a bad-ass, the truth behind Dreams' MIA finale and being the object of affection for a Desperate Housewives hottie.
TVGuide.com: Congratulations on landing Nip/Tuck. Are Doctors McNamara and Troy going to take a scalpel to you?
Brittany Snow: Not exactly. My character's name is Ariel and it's symbolic that she's named that, actually, because everything she stands for is Aryan. She's a white supremacist and a neo-Nazi.
TVGuide.com: You're scaring me.
Snow: It's more psychologically frightening than anything. Ariel has extreme views and really believes that what she says is right. When you listen to the character, you may find yourself saying, "Well, she does have a point...." I don't think Ariel is correct, but she justifies it in such a way that it is chilling. And I'm dressed all gothic — black clothes, black eyeliner.
TVGuide.com: Now you're really scaring me... more than those darn Boohbah blobs.
Snow: Well, I wanted to do something challenging.
TVGuide.com: Your character hooks up with Matt (played by John Hensley)?
Snow: Yes. Ariel manipulates Matt into thinking that he likes her. I mean, she pierces his ear with a swastika earring and brainwashes him by using her strong viewpoints and sexuality.
TVGuide.com: Do you curse on-screen?
Snow: Yes.... And I have sex.
Snow: [Laughs] It's all suggestive — you can't see Ariel and Matt, but you can hear the characters during, and afterward I come out wearing just a shirt and no pants. Believe me, my dad is dreading the day it airs. But hey, everyone has a dark side, even me.
TVGuide.com: Let's see about that. Ever snuck into a movie?
TVGuide.com: Cut in line?
TVGuide.com: Cut class?
TVGuide.com: Just one out of three — that's weak.
Snow: I go out clubbing with my friends, and a lot of them are big-time nightlife people. I'm not into it as much as they are, but I do the occasional partying at the Hollywood clubs, which, I guess, is the worst you're going to get on me.
TVGuide.com: You've redeemed yourself somewhat.
Snow: Thanks. Lately, though, I've just been chilling. I have a new boyfriend who is a singer-songwriter.
TVGuide.com: Ah, a rebellious musician type. Now we're getting somewhere.
Snow: No, no. He's really sweet and down-to-earth — not the stereotypical "crazy" rocker type.
TVGuide.com: To follow the mantra of Nip/Tuck: Tell me what you don't like about yourself.
Snow: There are a lot of things.
TVGuide.com: Do you not like that it mentions your expert skills as a clog dancer in your official bio?
Snow: Yeah. That's really bad.
TVGuide.com: It must take a lot of energy to do all that clogging.
Snow: I'm actually kind of proud that I can clog dance.
TVGuide.com: But back to the original question....
Snow: I'm too hard on myself and I wish I had a bit more confidence.
TVGuide.com: What other projects do you have coming up?
Snow: I'm going over a bunch of scripts for independent movies as well as a few features that are in the works. I want to be really choosy about my next role. I just wrapped John Tucker Must Die up in Vancouver with Ashanti, Sophia Bush (One Tree Hill) and Jesse Metcalfe (Desperate Housewives).
TVGuide.com: Do you go all Aryan in that, too?
Snow: No. [Laughs] I play a girl named Kate who is new at school and gets mixed in with this group of girls who are all dating the same guy (Metcalfe). They want him to fall in love with Kate — and then have her dump him to get back at him for wronging them.
TVGuide.com: Who took longer in the makeup chair — the girls or Jesse?
Snow: I think he would get mad if I told you the truth. [Giggles] I'm kidding! The girls did, but Jesse does like to primp.
TVGuide.com: And he looks good after doing so.
Snow: He's honestly the coolest guy. I've known him for such a long time and we had so much fun [filming].
TVGuide.com: Speaking of fun, American Dreams fans are not having much of any, what with the extended series finale being pulled by NBC. What gives?
Snow: It's so weird. NBC said it was going to air it and then they changed their minds. To just leave everything unfinished is unfair.
TVGuide.com: Did Meg come home from protesting the war in Berkeley?
Snow: [The unaired extended finale] takes a look at life for the Pryors three years later, and yes, Meg comes home. They're very heartfelt scenes.
TVGuide.com: Quick! You were a straight-A student in school, would you let me cheat off of you?
Snow: Of course!
TVGuide.com: OK, you're a bad-ass in our book.