5:00pm Sunday, April 25 on TV2
Two wildly different sisters arrive at a new school desperate to find their place, in a brand new teen comedy series based on the popular movie, 10 Things I Hate About You.
In today’s premiere episode, Kat (Lindsey Shaw, Aliens In America) and Bianca (Meaghan Jette Martin, House M.D) Stratford arrive at a new town with their overprotective father, Walter (Larry Miller, Pretty Woman). As they start at their new school, both have very different priorities. Kat instantly gets off on a bad foot with Chastity (Dana Davis, Pushing Dasies) the most popular girl, by side swiping her car, while Bianca is set on becoming Chastity’s best friend. Kat, meanwhile, clashes with the school’s resident bad boy, Patrick Verona (Ethan Peck, Twelve), but soon finds herself drawn to him, even though her new friend, Mandella (Jolene Purdy, Donnie Darko), warns her against him.
Elsewhere, loveable nerd Cameron (Nicholas Braun, Sky High) instantly falls for Bianca, but has to make friends with her before she’s swept away in the popular crowd. Bianca, however, ruins her chances of getting into Chastity’s cool clique when she shows up wearing the same shirt as her – and is then caught in the closet with Joey (Chris Zylka, soon to be seen in TV2 comedy, Cougar Town).
One of the young stars, Ethan Peck, is no stranger to Hollywood, having grown up around his famous grandfather, Gregory (as seen in Cape Fear and Hitchcock’s Spellbound). However, the actor is keen to play down the connection.
“I don’t use him as any type of vehicle to further my career,” Peck insists. “It’s just a great, cool thing, if anything. He was really just a grandfather to me.”
Peck’s Hollywood connections don’t end there, as he also follows in the footsteps of Heath Ledger, who played the bad boy role in the original movie. However, Peck says that he doesn’t “feel the pressure to fill his shoes”.
“We’re not repeating anything, or even recreating the film,” he says. “I think the creator thinks of it as ‘re-imagining’.”
When it comes to any similarity between himself and his character’s attitude, Peck is quick to draw a line.
“He is very angry, and very aggressive, and doesn’t have much guidance. He does what he wants and isn’t good to people around him. If you want to look at myself in high school, I’m nothing like him – except for the fact that he doesn’t really know what he’s doing or what he wants. I definitely had that!”