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.
The 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.