A mix between Cyrano de Bergerac and Cinderella, Megan plays Lucy’s musically dysfunctional half-sibling who blackmails Lucy into providing her with amazing vocals while she lip-syncs to impress the guy they’re both in love with.
In an exclusive interview, we chatted to Megan about working with Lucy and the challenge of singing badly (turns out it’s harder than you thought!).
Wetpaint Entertainment: How did Once Upon a Song come about for you?
Megan Park: I was in New Orleans filming something and I got sent the script. When they told me that Missi Pyle was doing it and Lucy Hale, I was like, ‘Sounds awesome!’
And it was really fun to play a character that was so different than Grace that I spend most of my year doing. It just seemed like a fun change.
How did you see Beverly?
I saw it a little differently than the original: the evil stepsisters that are just purely evil. She’s not the nicest and she can be selfish, but she’s not a purely evil-hearted person. She’s had a crazy mother and a crazy upbringing, and she means well. There are moments where you see that in the movie.
Was that always in the script?
Yeah, that was always there in the script. I remember when I first talked to the director on the phone, I was like, ‘I really want to make sure that this isn’t just a character that you hate.’ And he was like, ‘Let’s find as many moments like that in the story that we can and really play them up.’ And I think we did.
I’ve been told that you can actually sing.
Yeah. it. I mean, I do sing in real life, but I haven’t sung professionally yet. At some point, I’d love to do musical theater or something in the future, but I got to bad sing, which I guess is pretty fun.
It’s harder than it looks, to do a scale and hit every note totally wrong. It took me a little bit of time to practice
How does one bad sing?
You just have to really not think about what you’re doing and just go crazy. I really went for it, and it did take a couple of times because the director would be like, ‘In the middle you started to get a little bit on-key.’
You’re really just going against everything your body and brain is telling you to do, but it was fun.
Did you know Lucy before this movie?
I did. We actually met in the audition room for Secret Life which is really weird. We became friends in the audition room. Most people don’t normally do that, but it was a long wait, and we were there for a couple of hours. She was sitting next to me, so we just started chatting.
She was, obviously, super lovely and sweet. We exchanged information and became friends. She ended up doing Pretty Little Liars and I ended up doing Secret Life. And then when we got to go to Wilmington, we just picked up where we left off and really got to know each other really well, which is really cool.
That’s so crazy.
I know. And then we both ended up on shows. I mean, obviously, she was really happy for me to get Secret Life, and I was really happy for her to be on Pretty Little Liars. So it really worked out for everybody, and both shows are still going strong.
A Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song premieres on ABC Family on January 22 at 8 p.m. ET/PT
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