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Andrea plays one of three girls looking to recruit Tanner Michael J. Willet as her gay best friend as they battle to become prom queen. A far cry from her relatively doltish character on Housewives, Andrea talks passionately about being disappointed by the film's R-rating, which she puts down to its gay themes rather than any overtly sexual or sweary material.
What can you tell us about your character in the film? I play a really fun character called Shley Shley is short for Ashley! How does being Mormon affect her attitudes towards homosexuality? So why not just be who he is here on earth?
The film deals a lot with the way people are quite closed-minded when it comes to homosexuality, but in a very light and funny way. Every character in the film goes through a journey of learning to be accepting in some way or another.
How true would you say the film is to real-life attitudes towards young gay boys coming out to their peers in US schools? I would say it has a satirical spin on it, for sure. I guess I was fortunate growing up — I grew up in Manhattan, I went to a performing arts school and then I was tutored on the set of Desperate Housewives throughout most of High School.
The film is in the American teen genre - but it got an 'R' rating in the States [roughly equivalent to a '15' or '18' in the UK]. The film was made with the American teen genre very much in mind - we filmed it in full belief that it would be a PG rated film [roughly equivalent to a '12A' in the UK].
I believe that it got its R rating because it features a gay protagonist. The R was a big shock to everyone involved with the film actually. Hopefully this film is able to shed some light on this and be a voice for young teens out there. Obviously Desperate Housewives was a huge hit with a massive gay following. Do you miss it as much as we do? I do, I do. My friend [Shane Bitney Crone] was over the other day who had a really brilliant documentary that came out last year called BrideGroom which was about his story - he lost his boyfriend in a tragic accident, his boyfriend fell off a roof and passed away.
Anyway, he and I have become really close. But we ended up watching one of the episodes from the last season and it made me miss it so, so, so much.
It was such a huge, incredible part of my life and of course I miss it all the time. Are you still in touch with your "show-mom" Teri Hatcher? I spanned the ages of the show - we filmed the pilot when I was 13 and we wrapped it up when I was I mean, we wrapped the series up when I was 22, that would have been a very long pilot!
The storylines on Desperate Housewives could be quite hard-hitting and intense. How does it compare being part of something a bit lighter in its topic? I think filming G. Of my working life, and yeah, maybe even my personal life too. I know, I know, that sounds sad! Did you work closely with Megan Mullally on the set? I think she was only on set for, like, two days. She had a very short-lived talk show in America, it was maybe three or four shows, and I was actually a guest on her talk show.
She interviewed me in the second season of Desperate Housewives and I had no recollection of it! Hopefully now, while promoting G. I wish he was my G. Megan Mullally in gay-themed comedy 'G.