Interview With Beverley Mitchell of The Secret Life of the American Teenager

April 10, 2011

The lovely and talented Beverley Mitchell is the newest addition to ABC Family’s hit show The Secret Life of the American Teenager. I had the pleasure of interviewing Beverley the other day and let me say it was great to speak to the woman who I watched grow up as Lucy Camden on 7th Heaven.

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Many of you are like me and know Beverley from her days as Lucy. Her current character is well different from the one she grew up playing and it is a welcome change for the actress. I had the fantastic opportunity of getting to know Mitchell when I took part in the Q&A interview with the actress the other day. Let me just say that she is as fabulous as you would think.

One thing I was surprised to learn was that a lot of the same crew from 7th Heaven are working on Secret Life. Plus if you didn’t know it Secret Life is also a Brenda Hampton show just like 7th Heaven. A little tid bit Beverley is so close with Brenda that Mitchell even revealed she Hampton is the type of woman she aspires to be as grown up, pretty high praise if you ask me. Of course Beverley is loving working with people whom she calls family to her. It is very rare to have the opportunity to say the least and Mitchell calls it like coming home. All that and plus she was also reunited with Mackenzie Rosman who played her younger sister Ruthie on 7th Heaven. Oh yes there is quite the connection between her new show and the one that made her a household name but don’t worry that is not all we talked about. I just had to get it out of the way.

Before we get too much more into Beverley’s new role let me share with you the specific questions that I got to chat with her about.

Rachelle: How did you get involved in acting? I know you’ve been doing it since you were a child.
Beverley: I got involved in acting when I was four years old. I’m a person that is very food based. I was with my aunt and she was shopping, and she felt the need to keep shopping and not feed me. I then followed what the other kids were doing, and they were throwing temper tantrums. So I threw myself on the ground, fists and all, and screamed at the top of my lungs, and apparently, someone thought that was cute, and a manager came up and said that I had spunk and I should be in the business. Meanwhile, my aunt wanted to kill me. Who knew that it would turn into a career path at the age of four, but I’ve been in the business ever since and never looked back.

Rachelle: What advice would you give to young actors and actresses starting out on a show or in the business about the age you were when you started 7th Heaven, especially when it comes to growing up in front of the camera.
Beverley: I think my biggest advice for young people is to not get caught up in the hubbub around actors and this praising that goes on. I feel like being a young teen, you can easily take that and your ego can blow up, but I know that my mom always kept me super grounded. My friends were the same friends that I had before 7th Heaven, and I still am best friends with all of them now. I knew what was real and what was fake, and that was easy to discern for me, and I always grounded myself in what was real. The show was a job for me, but it didn’t make me any better than my friends who were studying at school, and I think that made a big difference. I’ve never fallen into the Hollywood trap, but I also had a phenomenal mom who was ready to knock me down if I ever thought I was too cool to do my chores or to clean up after the dogs. So, my life changed only in the fact that the hours of the day I was at work, but when I went home, I still had rules. I still had chores, and I still had to get good grades and do my school work. My mom always said she’s not going to lose her daughter to the business, and she didn’t. I really feel like parents need to be strong and to not treat their kids any different just because they’re in Hollywood, doesn’t give them license to do whatever they want.

Rachelle: Do you have any interest in doing anything behind the scenes: directing, writing, producing?
Beverley: I absolutely do. I have been doing a lot of writing. I’ve got a few TV shows that I’m finishing up. I’ve got a pilot written. I’ve got a few films that I’m working on, but I absolutely will pretty soon start moving on into the producing and directing side as well. I think I’ll always be in front of the camera as well. I’ll definitely continue acting because I can’t imagine my life without it, but I definitely have an interest to start creating and producing and being on the other side because that’s also fascinating and exciting and totally different but so fulfilling and amazing. I’ve gotten to do that with Pennhurst, the film that we’re producing and that kind of has tapped to a side that is excited and wanting to do more. So, you will definitely see a lot of projects with my name in a few different spots, hopefully from the producing and directing because I would love to start moving on into the directing side as well.

Rachelle: If you weren’t an actress, what is it that you think you would be doing?
Beverley: Oh my gosh, that’s such a hard question because you know what’s funny is everyone when they’re four years old kind of has an idea, like they want to be firefighters. The funniest thing is, my whole entire life I’ve always wanted to be an actor, so I’ve never even thought about doing anything else. I think the only thing that has kind of peaked my interest, which was when I was going through college, was maybe psychology and helping people and kind of working people through things that they’re going through, maybe that would be. But again, that’s a hard question because ever since I knew what an actor was I would tell my mom I wanted to be in the TV. It’s pretty ingrained in me.

See I told you she was awesome and that wasn’t even all she had to say. Mitchell is thrilled to be a part of the ABC Family hit show that deals with what young people in today’s society have to deal with. It is an amazing opportunity for her to bounce back into the TV world, especially since it is a show that touches peoples lives. As for her guidance counselor character Katelyn well Beverley says she feels right at home playing her. She describes her alter ego as a fresh out of college girl who is excited to come in and touch the lives of young people, which is actually some the actress can relate to. She also adds that the character has a huge heart. Although she is not entirely sure how long the character of Katelyn will be around we are assured she will be seen throughout the season.

Fans of Beverley’s I am sure noticed that this is really her first acting gig since 7th Heaven well there is a very good reason for that she has been producing a project. It’s a film that she did with Hailey Duff called Pennhurst. They’re working on reshoots right now, and hopefully, they will have something out by this fall. Since she was on a show for 11 years, she gave myself a little freedom to go be goofy and figure out what she wanted to do next. Can’t really blame her can you?

Speaking with the oh so talented Beverley Mitchell was freaking fantastic. She is a wonderful woman with a great head on her shoulders who proves that not all child actors in Hollywood go off the deep end. Be cure to check her out on Secret Life, it is different character for her be she kills it!

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4 Responses to “Interview With Beverley Mitchell of The Secret Life of the American Teenager”

  1. 1
    OST Says:

    wow- I haven’t seen her in a long time!

  2. 2
    Jeanette Says:

    I can’t believe that she’s 30 years old! She still looks like a teenager!

  3. 3
    Sandy Says:

    She does look so young!

  4. 4
    sarah Says:

    That’s cool that most of the 7th Heaven kids are still around and acting! I grew up on that show!