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Dreama Walker Talks 'Seven Deadly Sins'

by Michael D. Ayers, posted May 23rd 2010 10:30AM
Best known as Hazel Williams in 'Gossip Girl,' Dreama Walker's career is taking off lately.

With guest spots on 'The Good Wife,' ,'Law & Order: Criminal Intent' and 'Mercy,' she's certainly primed to make those next level career steps young actresses need.

In doing so, she stars in her first leading role as Harper Grace in 'Seven Deadly Sins' (Sun., May 23, 8PM ET). The TV movie takes the notion of the "seven deadly sins" and weaves them in a modern high school setting-the film has the look and feel of modern day teen dramedies such as 'Gossip Girl' and 'The O.C.,' with fast dialogue, a group of kids who might think they're a little too grown up than they really are. And as you might suspect, some trouble goes down.

TV Squad spoke to Walker from her home in Manhattan about high school backstabbing, her own recent exploits with the seven sins and her future projects.

With 'Gossip Girl' and 'Seven Deadly Sins' under your belt, I was wondering: Is high school really this backstabby?

You know, it's been awhile since I've been in high school and to be honest, I don't think I ever remember it being this eventful. But its definitely way better when it's written. That's why we watch TV right? I don't think I was cool enough to be involved in what was going on. I was always an innocent bystander.

Tell me about your character Harper Grace.

She's pretty cool, pretty complex. She comes from a very wealthy family -- the wealthiest family in town and all of a sudden they've lost everything. They owned a hotel, they owned a bank and a cleaners and are beginning to move everything. Her parents are getting a divorce and everything is pretty much crumbling around her. In the mean time, she's in high school and it wouldn't be a great place to be if you've lost everything. There's also a new girl in school named Kaia Sellers, played by Rachel Melvin ('Days of Our Lives') , and basically throws her popularity from her as well.

At least in the beginning, she seems very disillusioned about all of this.

She doesn't want to believe it at all.

And this Kaia character, she seems pretty hot to trot.

Yeah, pretty not in high school at all, emotionally. Way ahead of her years.

But the boys don't seem that scared of her. The confidence these high school boys have these days.
I know, it's unbelievable. I don't know where they get it from. Maybe maturity wise, they catch up to girls way later but have this confidence that girls don't have at all. I don't know what happens.

What's the main problems she faces throughout the film?

I think it's the whole transformation she does from the beginning to the end. At the beginning, she starts off as a materialistic, manipulative little girl. And throughout the story she goes through so much and experiences a lot of tragedy. She becomes a woman. It's an interesting story of transformation that's way more exciting, more sexual and fun.

Over the years, what's been your most active sin from the seven sins?

I heard a statistic the other day that on average Americans eat 300 cookies a year. I eat that in a couple of months. When we shot the film in British Columbia, and there's something about the food there that's magical. I couldn't stop eating during the whole thing. It was really weird that I was experiencing gluttony during that, but it was awesome. And the sloth afterwards.

How do you feel about getting into character around these more seedier side of relationships?

I guess that's what the fun in acting is. Some of the things I've said on TV or in movies are things I'd never say in real life. So it's funny to try and believe that and try to come from a place where it's totally fine.

As you get older, what roles do you see yourself pursuing.

I've always loved comedy and playing characters like Harper. They come really naturally to me. I like characters that are dynamic. It's harder for me to play characters that are one sided. There's not a lot of texture and not a lot you can do. But when you have characters like Harper, you can make her really really horrible and at times really really lovable. So you're cheering for her at the end. If I could play characters like that, I'd be fine with it.

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