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    Elizabeth Gillies
    turns into a
    spunky singer on
    her new show

    A vast change from her former
    role as the antagonist
    o f V i c t o r i o u s o n
    Nickelodeon, Elizabeth
    Gillies has come a long way
    in the latest musical comedy
    Sex & Drugs & Rock &
    Roll. Taking on the task of
    playing Gigi, a precocious,
    sharp-tongued and streetsmart
    girl, she perfectly
    complements actor/writer
    Denis Leary’s character
    Johnny. He is a washed up
    singer who has squandered
    away his fame and fortune
    but dreams of getting it all
    back. And Gigi, his newfound
    daughter, might be
    his ticket. “I was sent the
    script, along with a long list
    of songs. As I like challenges,
    I picked the toughest
    song. But what really sealed
    the deal was the chemistry
    with Denis. It was a lot of
    improv,” explains Gillies,
    adding that their dynamic
    relationship translates
    onto the screen and brings
    to the fore the essence of
    the show – family. “While
    there is plenty of the musician’s
    lifestyle, at the centre,
    it is about a father and
    daughter. It has all the elements
    of that kind of emotion,
    plus the narcissism,
    ego and other cr*p which
    comes with being in a
    band,” she tells us.
    Speaking about the
    show, Gillies says it is great
    fun, because you get to see
    this really determined
    rockstar dad who wants to
    get back his fame, but has
    to do it through his daughter.
    “I find that Gigi and I
    are very similar. It almost
    freaked me out. We’re both
    walled up but strong,” the
    actor says, adding , that
    they are all very involved
    in the development of
    characters.
    Speaking of her transition
    from Nickelodeon to
    FX (the production house
    for the show), she says it
    was a liberating experience.
    “While I loved that
    character, this one is different
    and liberating. It was a
    platform for me to be
    myself. Being on a Nick
    show was restricting
    and I had cer tain
    boundaries. I’m 22
    and free on Sex &
    Drugs & Rock &
    Roll,” she says,
    signing off.
    Starts July 22,
    every Wednesday
    at 11.30 pm,
    on Star World
    Premiere.
    — Aakanksha
    Devi

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