Italia Ricci Talks “Chasing Life” – Read the Interview! (@italiaricci @ChasingLifeABCF)

ITALIA RICCIABC Family’s newest dramaChasing Lifeis almost here!

In honor of the premiere,Chasing LifestarItalia Riccisat down with press to chat about her role and what we can expect from the series this season.

Chasing Lifepremieres thisTuesday, June 10th @ 10PM ET/PT on ABC Family.

How would you describe your character April?

Italia: “Shes so many things. Shes just a regular girl. Shes a stubborn, smart, ambitious girl who just wants happiness and success in her career and love, everything that most people want. Shes written so well that I feel like shes every mans woman because shes not always in the same head space. She gets giddy and girly and goofy and then shell just be an angry drunk, were all a little bit bipolar [laughs]. Its just the way the world works, but shes so inspiring and she makes mistakes and then she relies on people to help. Shes not a hero. Shes definitely a role model, but she knows shes not perfect. I think thats really important for a character we want audiences to relate to.”

Will we see more of your characters chemo process? What sort of research did you conduct to prepare?

Italia: “You will see more of that, absolutely, because its all part of the horrible process that cancer throws at people, but you will see the stages. And the research — immediately after I booked the role, I thought I was going to learn everything I could about cancer, become and expert and be able to handle anything that the writers threw at me. But then I realized that my character doesnt know everything about cancer and so I thought it would be better for my performance if I didnt know more about it than April knew. So I wasnt anticipating anything that was going to happen to her.”

Do you think Chasing Life can properly portray what cancer patients go through?

Italia: “The show isnt all about cancer. From the people that Ive spoken to everybody goes through it differently, so theres no one way to try and show the world what somebody would be experiencing. So I did my best to play April as authentically as we can within the confines of entertainment television. Im sure there will be some people who completely disagree with how shes reacting to certain things physically and emotionally and then theres some people who might say thats exactly what they experienced, or what they saw somebody experience.”

Can you share anything about the new upcoming season?

Italia: “The season is going to explore how the diagnosis elevates all of the stakes in Aprils life. All of her decisions matter to her a little bit more than she thought they did at this point and how she handles that and the mistakes that she makes and the victories that she also accomplishes. Its interesting to see her whole world getting massaged because of this big awful thing, but people can expect to see so many things. I read the scripts and I get so into it like seriously, what, where, why? Its so cool.”

Do you think Chasing Life can properly portray what cancer patients go through?

Italia: “The show isnt all about cancer. From the people that Ive spoken to everybody goes through it differently, so theres no one way to try and show the world what somebody would be experiencing. So I did my best to play April as authentically as we can within the confines of entertainment television. Im sure there will be some people who completely disagree with how shes reacting to certain things physically and emotionally and then theres some people who might say thats exactly what they experienced, or what they saw somebody experience.I hope people can at least understand. Theyre going to know its still television. Its not a documentary, but at the same time being on set doing some of those scenes, it does get scary when you have to remind yourself that youre not sick.”

What will viewers be most surprised by when they watch Chasing Life?

Italia: “How funny it is. The pilot is always tough and general audiences dont always realize that you have to jam so many stories and so many characters and so much information into a pilot episode that a lot of the times its not like the rest of episodes. But even in our pilot, you feel that its not heavy. Its a feel good show. Its a feel good family show and I think that people are going to be surprised at how much more theyre going to laugh than cry.”

Written by Juliet Schroder

Juliet Schroder

Juliet is the founder and executive producer/host of Celeb Secrets and Celeb Secrets Country. When not reporting on the latest news in pop culture and country music, she enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family, and exploring the latest fashion trends.

Juliet holds a B.S. in marketing from St. John's University.

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