If for some reason you have been flipping the channel after
90210 each week, it's really time to quit that habit. Because if you stick with the CW on Tuesday nights, the 9 o'clock hour features
Privileged, a sparkling, cleverly written hour starring JoAnna Garcia (
Reba's Cheyenne) as a Yale grade tasked with tutoring a pair of spoiled teen twins. But this is no riff on the Hilton celebunots. Garcia shared with us why she feels privileged to play this role. -
TVGuide.com: If you look around TVGuide.com, it's near-unanimous - people who are checking out Privileged really, really like it.
Oh, my gosh. That is so exciting to me. I'm so in love with the show, and so proud of it.
TVGuide.com: What was it specifically that made you say, "I've got to do this show"?
The writing style of [exec producer] Rina [Mimoun, Everwood], and Megan is such a strong female voice. She has all the quirk and wit to make her accessible as an Everygirl and all of that, but she's got this amazing message to her. I knew it would be a great opportunity to play a role that I would be proud to have my nieces or nephews or future daughter to watch.
TVGuide.com: On the other hand, Megan is not perfect.
TVGuide.com: She's actually a crappy sister.
Right, she's a crappy sister, she relies on her cute little charm to get her out of trouble, which backfires. It's an honest look at a coming-of-age story. There's no villain in this story, and that to me is real. One of the reasons I was proud of Reba is we never shied away from dealing with big issues. We did it in ways that were responsible, but you could laugh at. We have all those elements [on Privileged]. We go there. I'm exhausted by the end of every episode because I have seen through so much! As the series progresses, you see the reasons she and her sister have the relationship they do. You get to understand her relationship with her father and the mistakes that she made there.
TVGuide.com: John Allen Nelson (24) is playing your dad, right?
Yes, and he's delightful. On his first day of work we had a dinner party scene and those are always a little rough. It's a long shoot and people get a little crazy. The second scene was about 11 hours long, and he giggled his way through the whole thing. He wasn't sure what he'd gotten himself into!
TVGuide.com: Was it a sort of "culture shock" going from homegrown, middle-class Reba to the Palm Beach-fabulous Privileged?
Sure, I think it's fun to play with the clothes and that kind of thing, but it's actually sort of the same. This show is all about the wealth, maybe, but it's a character piece. That has helped temper the "shell shock." It's beautiful, though, and we have a lot of opportunities to go to fun places. We have a yacht party in the next episode, and then a pool party.
TVGuide.com: Would you say that Megan is completely oblivious to her best friend Charlie's (Michael Cassidy) romantic interests?
Yes. The one thing I wish Megan would do a little bit better is stop for a second and maybe pay more attention to what's around her. She is oblivious to the love Charlie has for her.
TVGuide.com: All she has to do is turn around the next time she walks away from him and catch his little puppy-dog looks.
That's what I've said! There's one line in the pilot where he says, "Megan, you look very pretty tonight." We decided that should be the "button" for every scene we have. There's a lot of history there, because they've been best friends. Who knows where that will go. But he's not doing a great job about communicating, either!
TVGuide.com: So instead, she'll strike a spark with the neighbor boy?
There's actually also a love interest that has yet to be revealed to viewers. He's coming up very soon. But yes, Megan will probably "talk some walks next door" every once in a while. All I do know is that Rina has got some of the most romantic ideas for love stories, and I hope that Megan gets to experience some of them.
TVGuide.com: Who's playing the new love interest?
David Giuntoli, who played the gay soldier on Grey's Anatomy. He's a very talented actor. But he plays a role on our show that is more than my love interest.
TVGuide.com: Do you get scenes with guest stars Lauren Conrad (playing herself) or Kathy Najimy (recently cast as twins Rose and Sage's publicist)?
Kathy comes in next week, so I might. I could not be a bigger fan of hers. And yes, in the pool party scene, I was in my bathing suit with Lauren Conrad. She was delightful and could not have been sweeter about being a part of the show. We have LC and Nigel Barker all in one week. Wow, the CW is throwing some stuff around there!
TVGuide.com: And lastly, how go the real-life wedding plans? [Garcia is engaged to Justin Timberlake's business partner and friend, Trace Ayala.]
"On hold." [ Laughs] There's just no chance. I work 16 hours a day, there's a lot going on professionally right now. The beauty of the loving people in my life is that they understand that.