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Q & A: Megan Park Talks About Her Role in A Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song

Star of ABC Family’s hit show, The Secret Life of the American Teenager, Megan Park took a break from playing her character Grace Bowman, to step into the wicked shoes of Beverly Van Ravensway in A Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song.

Megan Park - courtesy of ABC FamilyThe contemporary take on a well-known fairytale classic premiered last month on ABC Family and is currently available on DVD. The movie also stars Lucy Hale (Pretty Little Liars) as Katie, who dreams of becoming a recording star. When her stepsister (Park) takes credit for her voice, the guy of her dreams (Freddie Stroma) falls for the wrong sister. Katie has to battle the odds against her stepmother (Missi Pyle) and stepsister to take back her dream and let her voice shine.

Park recently took the time out to speak with various media outlets about her role in the movie, as well as what is coming up for her character on The Secret Life of the American Teenager.

What are similarities and differences did you find between this Cinderella and the original?

The original was more sticking with the traditional Cinderella-esque fairytale, and this one was sort of like a modern day take on it, which I thought was kind of unique and creative. Obviously there’s only one wicked stepsister and it wasn’t keeping with the fairytale. It was sort of a more relatable story to modern day teens today, which I thought was really cool. And then, making it about the music, which is another cool aspect, and the music is so great and it’s so poppy and refreshing. It was just sort of a really refreshing take on the whole story.

Did you draw inspiration from the stepsisters in the movie or is there another villain that you got inspiration from?

I talked to the director (Damon Santostefano) about whether I should draw upon the original stepsisters, and he really wanted me to like just take a fresh take on it. And I guess I could say that I probably drew on past people that I’ve met, [had] personal experiences with, because I really wanted Bev to be as realistic as possible.

And also the original wicked stepsisters are just purely, purely wicked, and Bev is not. She really does have a heart, and she’s insecure and she doesn’t have a great relationship with her mother and so many different things. I wanted to add a lot of steps to her, and make her not so completely one note. She’s not purely, purely evil, so I wanted that to show.

Where was Cinderella shot and can you tell us about your experiences on set with the cast, producers, and directors?

We shot the movie in Wilmington, North Carolina, which is a beautiful little town, and we had a lot of fun there. It’s a cute place. There are lots of cute restaurants and we all were staying out by the beach. It was just amazing. Every night we were sort of like going out to dinner and hanging out with each other, and I really got to bond with Lucy and Missi Pyle the most. And the three of us spent a lot of time together, and they’re both just really inspiring and unique in their own way.

I got to be goofy and silly with Lucy and just have fun and go out and be crazy. Then with Missi, I got to ask her a lot of questions and pick her brain and do lots of different things. It was really cool. We all had a really good time. Again, it seemed like I wasn’t really working, which is the best feeling.

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