You've probably seen the movie, so you probably know the story. (And if you read this site often enough, you know how much I love it.) But 10 Things I Hate About You isn't just a ripoff of the movie with the same name. It's got sharp dialogue peppered with references to current events, witty, tension-filled banter, and a ridiculously attractive cast that includes the sexy-as-hell Ethan Peck. Oh, and did I mention that this show is on ABC Family?!
When we last left off (nearly seven months ago—take that, Glee!), Cameron (Nicholas Braun) was trying to get over Bianca (Meaghan Jette Martin), who had secretly started dating Joey (Chris Zykla), her best friend's ex-boyfriend; and Kat (Lindsey Shaw) was ditching school to jump on the back of Patrick's (Peck) motorcycle. What's up with Kat and Patrick now? We chatted with Lindsey Shaw and Ethan Peck to get a few clues.
TV.com: It seems like Kat and Patrick are keeping their relationship a secret. Will they ever make it official?
Ethan Peck: They may never.
Lindsey Shaw: That's true, they may never make it official. Really, it goes day-to-day with Kat and Patrick. One day, they want to save each other, and the next day, they want to push each other into harm's way.
Ethan: They just wanna claw each other's eyes out! [laughs]
Lindsey: Yeah, it's day-to-day. And whether they ever make it public... I don't know. I don't think it matters to either of them.
Will theirs be an on-again, off-again type of relationship?
Lindsey: Absolutely. Every other word that comes out of their mouths is contradicting [the other]. They just really know how to get under each others' skin!
Besides Mandella, does Kat have any other friends?
Lindsey: [laughs] I'm glad somebody finally addressed that!
Ethan: Yeah, they're a little "poor" in the friend area.
Lindsey: As Carter [Covington] and Robin [Schiff], our two executive producers, like to say, "We need to populate your world!"
Ethan: [laughs] That's an awesome way to put it!
Lindsey: This season I actually have a lot more scenes with Nick Braun, who plays Cameron, so there's the silly dynamic of me ordering him around and him just doing it. ... Also, I do a yoga class, so there might be a new friend coming up from there, which is cool. But that's about it.
Ethan: No, no. Patrick has no friends. I don't know what his problem is.
Lindsey: He's with Cameron sometimes!
Ethan: Yeah, I guess. He starts to buddy up with Cameron a little bit, which is really awesome because the characters are so different from each other, so it creates a really interesting dynamic. Ideally, I would like to see Patrick take Cameron under his wing. But really, it's Cameron taking Patrick under his wing, because Cameron will show him what it is to be kind and how rewarding it is to be good and caring.
10 Things has done a great job of nodding to the movie without copying it exactly. But I noticed that the show has yet to refer to the title, which comes from the poem that Julia Stiles reads in the movie. Will the show ever address the title?
Lindsey: That is so interesting! I actually had not given that any thought.
Ethan: I do know that Carter Covington, the wonderful executive producer and creator, has approached this television show with the utmost respect for what has been done in film. I don't think we can really say if those things will come back, since they were such wonderful moments from the film that should probably stay in the film, but who knows?
Do you get to improvise any of your lines?
Lindsey: Only when working with Larry [Miller] or Nick. Larry actually comes in with his own printed-out version of the scene with your lines and his lines—his new lines—so that's such a treat to work with.
Ethan: Unlike Patrick, I am a good boy and I stick to the script.
Lindsey: I do too, it's a little terrifying!
Ethan: I've had a couple of scenes with Nick, and he really likes to create little moments and funny little things. Mostly physical improvisations, as opposed to vocal improvisations.
Lindsey: Anytime we can call ethan a "man-boy," that's pretty sweet.
Ethan: Aw, shucks.
10 Things returns Monday, March 29 at 8 p.m. on ABC Family.