"Welcome to the O.C... er, young miss." Tonight at 8 pm/ET, Fox's The O.C. brings back Marissa's kid sister to stir things up but really, how much trouble can a 14-going-on-15-year-old get into? After realizing just how young Kaitlin and her portrayer, Willa Holland, are, TVGuide.com scrapped our first question it was snarky and had to do with Lindsay Lohan's recent exploits then went on to press the ingenue for details about Kaitlin's agenda and ask about her famous stepdad, Brian De Palma, and "uncle" Steven Spielberg.
TVGuide.com: Like you, Kaitlin is 14. Hellcats are really starting out young these days, huh?
Willa Holland: Yeah!
TVGuide.com: How much trouble can a 14-year-old possibly stir up?
Holland: You'd be surprised....
TVGuide.com: I mean, what's Kaitlin's plan? To illegally vote?
Holland: Well, I'm not going to give anything away. I want to shock everybody, but you guys will see.
TVGuide.com: The press notes say she "arrives in town with attitude and a few secrets." Now make a nice first impression on a TVGuide.com reporter and tell me what she's hiding.
Holland: I... I can't share the secret. Kaitlin doesn't even share it with Marissa!
TVGuide.com: Oh come on, Marissa knows everything.
Holland: No, she doesn't. Not everything.
TVGuide.com: I saw a scene shot of you with Ryan Donowho's Johnny. Is that a hint at anything to come?
Holland: Hmmm... let's just say that Kaitlin gets what she wants for her 15th birthday.
TVGuide.com: How is Mischa Barton as a big sister? Does she swat your hand when she catches you reading about her in the tabloids?
Holland: [Laughs] No, she's a sweetheart. I love her and I love working with her.
TVGuide.com: Has she given you pointers about "life in the O.C."?
Holland: Everybody has, really. They're all saying, "Don't let any of this stuff go to your head," because that's the worst thing that could happen, letting Hollywood corrupt you. Everyone has been keeping an eye on me, telling me to keep my feet on the ground.
TVGuide.com: Kaitlin's return has been getting lots of promos and press. Are you feeling the pressure to come through?
Holland: At first I was kind of worried "How are the fans going to like this? What to do?" and there was a bit of pressure. I don't like to watch the shows until they actually come out, but everybody was saying, "It looks great;" "This episode is really good;" "We're looking forward to the next." Everybody was giving positive reviews, so I'm just hoping the fans think the same. I think the story lines of these next few episodes are pretty, pretty good.
TVGuide.com: Did you watch The O.C. before joining the cast?
Holland: Yes, I watch it all the time, every Thursday.
TVGuide.com: As a fan, who is your favorite couple?
Holland: Hmm... it would definitely have to be Seth and Summer. I love them to death, they're like the cutest thing!
TVGuide.com: And your most unfavorite pairing?
Holland: I thought that when Julie was with Luke, that whole thing was out of line. But interesting.
TVGuide.com: How long does The O.C. have you for?
Holland: I'm not sure.... We don't know what's going to happen really.
TVGuide.com: Your stepfather is no less than Brian De Palma. Are you even allowed to see Scarface, Carlito's Way or Body Double?!
Holland: I saw Scarface. I'm afraid to see Carrie or any of his horror movies because I don't do well with scary movies. I'm a real scaredy-cat.
TVGuide.com: Did you see the real Scarface or some sanitized kid-friendly version?
Holland: I saw the original. You can't watch any other version of it. That's just a classic film.
TVGuide.com: In your bio it says "After a day playing at Steven Spielberg's home, the seed was planted that Willa should spend her life in front of the cameras." What exactly happened on that fateful day?
Holland: My mom has told me this story a million times and it still cracks me up. I was at Steven's place in the Hamptons, playing with his kids, and my mom and Brian came to pick me up. Steven opens the door and is immediately like, "Oh, my god! That child of yours!" My mom is like, "Whatever Willa broke, we'll pay for it. I swear!" He was like, "No, no, it's not like that. This girl just needs to get in front of the camera!" Thus, the seed was planted.
TVGuide.com: Tell me about Spielberg's house. I'm thinking he has lots of arcade games... maybe a foosball table.
Holland: It was so long ago, I don't remember. I do remember that there was a huge backyard. A gorgeous house.
TVGuide.com: I was one of the few who watched HBO's The Comeback, on which you played Kalla, a let me choose my words here carefully "rather attitude-filled girl." And she was so mean to poor Lisa Kudrow! Is Kaitlin a step down in nastiness?
Holland: I guess they're kind of on the same level but Kaitlin has more of a story behind her behavior.
TVGuide.com: Since you're mum on Kaitlin's agenda, tell me: What's the worst thing Willa Holland has done in her 14 years? Shoplift gum from a drugstore?
Holland: [Laughs] No... I hate to say it, and it kind of sucks for me to say it, but I haven't really done anything that bad. It's almost a sad thing, but I guess it's good my parents probably thank the lord that I haven't caused too much trouble. I'm working so much now that I don't have too much time to be a worrisome teenager. I'm in this totally different world than everybody else is in now. I love my new world.
TVGuide.com: Having modeled for them, can you tell me why I feel unwelcome at Abercrombie & Fitch? There's an unwritten age limit for who can shop in their stores, isn't there?
Holland: [Laughs] No, there's no age limit.
TVGuide.com: Do you still model?
Holland: Right now, I don't have any time to do it, but hopefully I will be able to start doing it again soon, because I love it.
TVGuide.com: Hmm. You're letting yourself go in the meantime, aren't you? Getting all puffy and haggard, I bet.