Q: You were the first person cast in Suburgatory. I imagine it must have been exciting to see it taking shape around you? A: It’s been that whole way through this entire project, every month I’m delightfully surprised by something. I’m so new that in a way it’s a blessing because I don’t have any expectations about stuff but at the beginning I was like, ‘ What? I’m going to be on a pilot? What? What?’ Every time someone signed on I would think ‘ Oh my God’, and then once the pilot got picked up it was another ‘ Holy crap’. Then once I saw the episodes and saw they were so much better than I ever thought they could be, well, that’s how this whole process has been. I am thrilled more and more as time goes on. FOR too- cool- for- school teenager Tessa Altman, being yanked away from the concrete jungle of New York City and placed in the cookie- cutter lifestyle of suburbia by her over- protective single dad is her version of hell. Hence the title of the sitcom that documents Tessa’s trials and tribulations as she tries to make the most of her shiny, happy, new surroundings: Suburgatory. Q: Nervous too, I’m guessing? A: Yes, I was extremely nervous. I remember after the first day, and I know this sounds crazy, I was convinced to the point that no one could convince me otherwise that I was going to be fired. I was so certain I had messed everything up. The whole beginning of this process was so crazy and made me so nervous that I didn’t have a sane outlook on things. But now that I’m starting to settle in and I’ve learned so much it’s becoming fun. Q: You do realise that most actors don’t just arrive in Hollywood and start working immediately as you did, right? A: Yeah, I know. Of course it’s about luck. Q: So how would you sum up Tessa and her situation? A: My character is really a fish out of water. I think she’s smart and funny and trying to find her footing in this crazy world but I also think she’s wise enough to know that her dad means well. I don’t think she’s just ‘ I hate this place’. She loves her dad, he’s the only family member she has. And even though she’s upset and she feels so out of place, she trusts him.