Kylie Bunbury portrays Lacey Porter on the new series TWISTED, a one-hour mystery full of twists and turns that follows Danny Desai (Avan Jogia), a charismatic 16-year-old with a troubled past who returns to his hometown after spending five years in juvenile detention.
The actress recently spoke about her role on the hit show which airs Tuesdays, 9:00 – 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on ABC Family.
What was it about this character that really drew you to want to play her?
I think what drew me to this character the most was her realistic reaction to Danny coming back and also the amount of layers that she has. She wasn’t immediately open, which I thought gave me a great platform to take my time and develop her. Obviously when you first meet her, she’s very cold and apprehensive to letting Danny back into her life and it takes her time. She acted the most realistic between her and Jo.
Was there anything about her that wasn’t scripted that you added to her?
I think I added everything to her, really. When it comes to characters it’s really about putting yourself into these imaginary circumstances, so a lot of it is me.
Did you celebrate winning at The Teen Choice Awards?
We didn’t do a lot of celebrating, no, but there was a lot of congratulatory text messages and phone calls, yes.
How does it feel to be part of a show that’s doing so well and such a hit with the fans?
It’s absolutely wonderful. We all feel extraordinarily blessed to be a part of something that’s really cool and unique. Also, it’s one of those shows that has everything you want for the demographic. It has that whole murder mystery aspect and it has the focus on all these relationships. It’s truly great. I’m just very happy to be a part of it.
Is there anything that you’re hoping for your character in the new season?
I’m hoping she warms up a bit because it’s hard to play this cold character the entire time. Yes, I really hope that she warms up a bit and that you get to see her goofy and silly side. I guess that’s just me saying I want people to see my goofy and silly side. I also hope that her and Jo’s relationship starts taking off and goes in a more positive direction.
Do you honestly think Danny will give up on his feelings for Lacey so easily in order to save his friendship with Jo?
I don’t think he has given up on his feelings for Lacey. I think that he just knows what he needs to do at this time to salvage his relationship with Jo and also with Lacey, because Lacey sort of made the decision to no longer be with him. I think that their feelings for each other are very real and they’re there and you can’t just dismiss those just because of the circumstance.
How do you think the show will explore the storyline of the recent revelation that Lacey’s father is gay?
I’m actually very excited to see more of Lacey’s home life. I don’t know what direction they’re planning on going, but I hope that they do explore it because it’s not something that you see very frequently. I’m actually very curious because I think that Lacey and her father can now have a relationship or the relationship that they never really had. I’m excited to see where they take that.
Do you think Lacey and Danny will patch things up?
I’m not sure if they will, but what I do know is that the only reason that they’re not together is because of Danny’s lies. It’s not because they’ve lost interest in each other or lost feelings for each other.
Where do you see their relationship heading for the future?
Their relationship is a little stifled right now. I think that until Danny comes out with all of the truth, that Lacey’s not going to put up with anything. That’s just me. I know if a guy continued to lie to me, it would take a lot for me to let him back in my life.
Is it possible that a romance between Lacey and Archie will kick off again?
Anything is possible! I don’t think, for myself personally, that Lacey has those feelings for Archie anymore. I think that she respects him and she realizes that she definitely betrayed his trust. She hurt him as a friend and as someone that she cares about. I don’t think that she has romantic feelings for him any longer. I guess anything could happen and there are only so many guys on the show, so they could recycle the relationship.
What has been your favorite aspect of the Regina investigation and what do you think will stun viewers in the finale?
The last minute of the show tomorrow night is the most shocking! When I read the script at the table read, we were all shocked. So that’s very exciting! You discover something bad about a character that you would never expect. You would never expect it from this person. It is someone that we know and love.
I’m curious about what is going on with necklace. What’s going on with that necklace? What does it mean? What does it all mean?
What has been your favorite episode so far that we’ve seen?
I think my favorite episode would be episode ten, the one where Rico and Lacey become comrades of sorts.
What would be the biggest difference and similarity between yourself and Lacey?
The biggest difference is that she is very controlled and not as welcoming or open to people when they first meet her — and that’s not how I am at all. The biggest similarity is probably that I relate to her a lot. Playing off that everything is okay is definitely something that I can relate to. Also her confidence with who she is!
What have been your fondest memories from Season 1?
K. Bunbury One of my fondest memories is just really developing this character and putting all myself into it. Also, becoming a family with the cast and crew and meeting the people that I’ve met. In terms of episodes all of them have been special to me!
Does the cast ever hang out together off camera?
Yes! We all get along very well, so that’s great.
Did the cast do anything special on the last day of filming for the season?
I had to leave the day after we wrapped so I wasn’t there for any specific celebrating!
Is it possible that the person in the Danny mask is someone completely off our radar, or will viewers feel it is blatantly obvious once their faces are revealed?
I don’t even necessarily think that they’re going to reveal the faces under the masks. I think we pretty much know that Tyler was behind all of the pranks, so I don’t know if they’re going to be exploring that as much. “The nerd pet” just picked up a mask and put it on and recorded Danny and Lacey. Then we kind of know that Tyler was behind it all, but maybe there’ll be more to it! There’s so many other things in the finale that they’re leaving open ended.
Would you go for ‘bad boy’ Danny, ‘hot jock’ Archie, or someone else entirely if you were in Lacey’s position?
I would go for Rico.
With Danny expelled, do you think Jo could forgive Lacey and become friends with her again?
I’m sure she feels extremely betrayed by Danny because he kept that secret from her. I don’t think Danny being expelled will bring Lacey and Jo together right away. I think that it’s going to take some time, as it should, because that’s going to be hard for Jo, because she’s in love with Danny.
About Kyle Bunbury:
Once Jo and Danny’s best friend, Lacey has grown into a beautiful, poised, and popular teenager. Lacey has done her best to put the past behind her and that includes jettisoning Jo as a friend, for which she feels lingering guilt. When Danny returns to town and starts attending the local high school, Lacey is torn between her past trauma, her hard-earned social status, and her undeniable bond with Danny.
Born in Canada, Kylie Bunbury spent two years in London and then seven years in Portugal, where her father was a professional soccer player. Her family then moved to Minnesota, where she began modeling.
Bunbury marked the beginning of her professional acting career in the Walt Disney Pictures film Prom. She followed that up working opposite Jonah Hill in Fox’s The Sitter for filmmaker David Gordon Green.