Cambio Exclusive: 'Faking It' Star Katie Stevens Talks the Wisdom of Laverne Cox
Katie Stevens has come a long way since American Idol. These days, she stars alongside Bella Thorne's beau, Gregg Sulkin, on the hit MTV series Faking It. We sat down with the red-headed beauty to chat about some super important stuff. Cough, *NSYNC, cough...
CAMBIO: Tell us a little bit about Faking It and the evolution of your character, Karma.
KATIE STEVENS: Well, the show's obviously come so far since the first season where it was solely based on these girls faking being lesbians to be popular...it's kind of switched over into...we as people in general faking things every day. We fake things to fit in, we fake things to get the cute guy or to make people think that we're one way, so each of the characters are faking their own things. And Karma, now is...kind of going through this discovery process, which is why I think it's so relatable to people, because that's how people are in high school. Trying to figure out what they like and what they don't like, what kind of girl you are, guy you are, and I think that self discovery is one of the biggest themes of Faking It now.
We know you grew up during the heyday of MTV programming. What has the best thing about being part of the MTV family been for you?
I think even that, just even that. Having watched it for so long and now being there and being able to do all the cool things. Going to the Movie Awards and the VMAs, and just last night, I did Girl Code...which was shot where TRL used to be, so it was kind of like I got to be there, and I looked out the window. It's surreal, because back then watching shows like TRL and Real World, I never even thought it was possible to be part of the MTV world or where I am now.
If you could be a video girl in any '90s music video, who would it be?
When I was younger, more so than wanting to be the girl in the music video, I wanted to be Britney Spears or Christina Aguilera... I feel like every *NSYNC [video] like "Bye Bye Bye" or "No Strings Attached" when they're in the toy store, there was no girl in the music video! I remember the Enrique Iglesias video with Jennifer Love Hewitt; that was intense and dramatic but still sexy, maybe that video. In the desert...
If you could have anyone guest star on Faking It, who would it be and why?
I really love Neil Patrick Harris. We always talk about people who could come on the show that kind of fight for the LGBT cause. I also think it would be really cool to have Miley [Cyrus] on, especially now that she hosted the VMAs. Maybe, not dressed like she dressed at the VMAs... that might not work in Faking It. But, we had Laverne Cox on the show and Mary Lambert is on later this season. I'd really like Neil Patrick Harris to be a teacher, though; I think that would be cool.
What was is like working with Laverne Cox, one of the biggest names in both Hollywood and the LGBT community at the moment?
She was incredible. She came on during the first half of our second season, so we were all still trying to navigate being on a show that's popular and having a fan base while trying to maintain your privacy. So, I was talking to her since Orange is the New Black is obviously huge... She was telling us that she goes through the airport and sometimes will walk around with a visor, where you can't see her face. In that way, she feels like she's gained some sense of power in that she can say, "No, I don't want photos taken," and there's nothing wrong with that!
We miss the American Idol singing Katie! Is there any music in your future?
Yes! I moved to Nashville, and I've been writing while I'm there. Whenever I'm not filming, I'm doing something in music. I actually just bought a guitar so that even when we are shooting and I have time in my trailer, I can still be doing things. But, I've been writing songs for the past year in Nashville, and just kind of figuring out who I am as a music artist. And it's cool, because I feel like when you write a song, you can convey how you're feeling in that moment, and you never feel the same way every single day, so you get different things coming out of you all the time. So, hopefully I get to create something that's a cohesive piece of work with the different sides of who I am.
We are partnered with an initiative called #BUILTBYGIRLS that inspires women to be the protagonists in their own lives. What is one piece of advice you would give a girl who is trying to follow her dreams?
To never stop going after your dream, as cliché as it sounds. I have always known that this is what I wanted to do. I had people telling me that the likeliness of me making it was slim to none, so I should stick to something safer. For me, I never gave myself another option. I feel like if you have your heart set on something, or you're passionate about something, you should never stop going after it just because someone says you can't do it. I'm proof, and so many other people who have...succeeded are proof that with hard work and determination, and not taking no for an answer, you can get to that place.Make sure to catch Katie on Faking It, every Monday at 9:30/8:30 C on MTV!