Stefania, 15, plays Carrie’s (AnnaSophia Robb) rebellious sister Dorrit who is still trying to cope with the loss of their mom.
Meanwhile, Chloe, 21, plays mean girl Donna who seems to always have it out for Carrie and her friends, even swooping in on Sebastian (Austin Butler) as soon as they broke up!
JJJ recently sat down with Chloe and Stefania on set of the show to get the scoop on their characters and what we can expect in coming episodes!
Click inside to find out what Chloe and Stefania spilled to us about The Carrie Diaries…
Chloe Bridges – JustJaredJr.com Interview
JustJaredJr.com: What’s it like playing the “mean girl”?
Chloe Bridges: I think it’s fun, but I always think the characters who cause trouble are the most fun. Because you get to do all the exciting stuff and cause all the drama.
JJJ: What are some similarities and differences between you and your character?
CB: She likes pink more than I do. When I look at the similarities, the only thing I can come up with is confidence. I think we’re both pretty confident. But other than that, I like to think that I’m not very much like her when she’s being mean. My high school experience was more like Glee. I was in show choir. I don’t think anyone knew who I was outside of the 60 people in that program. I definitely wasn’t popular.
JJJ: What’s it like working with stylist Eric Daman?
CB: I was probably his biggest fan before I got here out of everybody. I was most excited to go to my wardrobe fitting. I was one of those people in high school who watched Gossip Girl to see what they were wearing. I was really excited.
JJJ: What can you tell us about Donna and Carrie’s relationship and how it progresses?
CB: It starts off as just enemy, me giving her trouble. But I think it develops maybe more toward frenemy. There are sides to Donna that come out later that aren’t as evil. It’s definitely a dynamic relationship that changes.
JJJ: Where did you draw inspiration from?
CB: Regina George [of Mean Girls], obviously. What kind of question is that? (laughs) I think subconsciously when I’m playing a mean character… because people always ask me, “Did you draw inspiration from an actual bully in your life.’ Probably all of my influences were from television and movie characters. Whether I mean to or not, there’s probably a little Blair Waldorf and there’s probably a little Regina George, all those classic mean girl characters.
JJJ: What are some of your favorite shows?
CB: Grey’s Anatomy, Gossip Girl… a lot of them got canceled. I watched Heroes in high school.
JJJ: What were your first impressions of the rest of the cast?
CB: Austin was the only person I knew before we started shooting. It was nice to have someone coming in, to have someone that I have been friends with for a really long time. AnnaSophia was sweet from the get-go. My opinion of her hasn’t changed whatsoever. She’s just genuinely really nice. The only thing I guess I noticed is that she’s a lot cooler and hipper, she’s not just nice. She’s really funny and spunky. Her sense of humor will come out and I’ll be like, “Woah, you’re funny!”
Katie [Findlay] is kind of a loud personality. I can be loud, but I think she trumps me (laughs). My first impression of Ellen [Wong] was I couldn’t believe she was as old as she said she was. I was like, “No way.” Brendon [Dooling], he’s from here. So my first impression of him was like he’s from New York and does that make him cooler than us LA people? (laughs) Oh, and that he’s a lot different than his character. He’s all about the Knicks and basketball. I don’t know if Walt follows the Knicks.
Stefania Owen – JustJaredJr.com Interview
JustJaredJr.com: What are some similarities and differences between you and your character?
Stefania Owen: We have a lot of differences, but there are similar aspects to Dorrit and I. We like to wear the same things. I have Doc Martens and I wear a lot of bracelets. But some differences, she’s out there smoking pot and getting drunk and that’s the opposite to me. I love school and go to the park with my friends, all those dorky things. It’s really fun to play Dorrit because I can go in and be this person that I’m totally not. It’s really fun.
JJJ: Is it hard to always keep a scowl on your face a lot?
SO: I’m always having a good time, but when I’m tired in the morning, it’s actually great to be Dorrit because you’re just slumping around. You’re kind of acting how you’re feeling in the morning, so it works sometimes. We’re all joking around and playing music all the time, so it’s from happy and dancing to eh. I guess that’s just part of it. But it can be really challenging.
JJJ: Is it fun to play a troublemaker?
SO: I think it’s so fun. A fun part about it is that a lot of people can relate to that trouble-making teenager because a lot of people were. They weren’t perfect. They did go out. That was their learning curves of life. It’s just great to almost experience all of those things through Dorrit, so I don’t necessarily have to go through them myself. I feel like I’ve gone through what Dorrit has and it’s so nice to have that connection.
JJJ: What was your audition process like? You knew AnnaSophia before the show, right?
SO: I put myself on tape because it was pilot season. It was just a fun audition because I didn’t think they would cast someone from New Zealand for a Sex and the City prequel. But a couple days later, they called and it was a straight offer. I hadn’t met them or anything. It was just so fast and quick. It was funny because later we found out AnnaSophia was playing Carrie and I’ve known her since I was seven. She had been to our house in New Zealand. We gave them pictures of us when we were little and they used them for set.
JJJ: Cool! Carrie and Dorrit seem to be getting along (for now). Will we see them bond even more in upcoming episodes?
SO: Dorrit and Carrie’s relationship is always up and down. It’s nice because you have those sisterly, grabbing of the hair, and hitting and biting, but you also have those moments when they’re so vulnerable. And it’s nice to see because you realize how much sisters and family need each other. It’s always up and down and I’m excited to see where it goes.
JJJ: Do you get to hang out with your fellow castmembers a lot off set?
SO: I’m the youngest on set, but I’m learning so much from everyone. We’re so close. We have sleepovers, we go shopping, we bake together. It’s like a big family and I guess I am the little sister of the whole group. I love it.
The Carrie Diaries airs Mondays @ 8PM ET on The CW!