Debby in Paper Mag. Something people don’t know about you? I went through a few phrases of finding myself: I dabbled in musical theater, chess club, dance troupe, splatter-painting, school mascot (go Wildcats], babysitter,
..photojournalist, drill team girl, emo kid, and not one of them defined me, but every single one will always plays a part in who I am. I’m also a fan of proper written English, but I don’t like to capitalize my name. Three favorite websites?
Twitter, YouTube & BrainyQuote.com. Your three most-treasured possessions? My mascot head, this jazzy upright piano from the 30s that I adopted and my notepad that holds some of my lowest lows and my highest highs, knitted and contorted into lyrics, sketches, reflections, collages, quotes, etc.
How did you gather all of the energy to play Bailey? I adore Bailey, but to be honest, she was a bit tiring to play! It became a running joke with my family and friends; I’d love having people over, going to the movies, or out to dinner after work.. but after playing Bailey for a bit, I’d wrap out of filming, put on my black jeans and combat boots, cuddle my dog, and fall asleep.
When I’m playing a role for a long time, I tend to balance my character out in my personal life. What’s your method for getting into a new character? When I work on a sitcom, I feed on sitcoms: Friends, Laverne & Shirley, Family Matters.
I’m watching a lot of The Nanny right now, even though it’s a different balance. For Jessie, she grew up in a military family, I’m watching a lot of strong female characters, and she’s taking care of these kids, so I’m studying things like Step By Step.
On her new music: I tend to write bluesy, alt music, or throwback rock, so I really wanted to do something different and expand myself, play around with all of our cool electronic options. Chase has a heart for producing good pop so he and I are working on a very 2011, zeitgeisty, top 40 summer song!
We have stutters in chorus, Dr. Luke-style laser transitions, a catchy vocal hook, a dynamic pre-chorus and fun, fast rap verses. It’s gonna be a collaboration with a buddy of mine who’s an insanely talented young rapper, that’s quickly gaining some recognition in young Hollywood, so I couldn’t be more excited.
Musical influences? Grace Potter, The Hush Sound And Greta Salpeter’s other project, Gold Motel. Nate Ruess of Fun & Jon Foreman, Ryan Tedder. I like that they’re involved in writing, production, tour structure, the art, but also the science of it all. Foundation wise, I dig Bob Dylan, Elvis Costello, Freddie Mercury and Debbie Harry. Do you have a celebrity crush? Peter Pan