MR: You’re starring in the Facebook series, Five Points. What is it about Five Points that sets it apart from other teen dramas? MP: It’s the cast and the writing. I’ve had the best time working with everyone on set. The cast is comprised of people in their twenties who I now call my friends and it’s so much fun to work together. Hayley Kiyoko is amazing. I’ve had the best time working with her. The writing is what drew me to it initially. Adam Giaudrone is so talented. When I first read just a few pages of it, I really connected to how he captured teenage life and how we really talk. Adam has such a nuanced way of showing what is below the surface of these stereotypes. The whole series surrounds one dramatic tragic event. Watching my cast mates perform these super emotionally raw scenes and give incredible performances is so inspiring creatively and such an honor. They inspire me to perform at my best. I believe we did the series justice. I think the popularity comes from the characters’ relatability. The story is told from the perspective of five different characters’ points of view. It’s the jock, the geek, the popular girl, but people get to see so much
more than that and realize people are so much more than the boxes we place them into. The show features deep problems and hardships and forces the viewer to empathize because it is so real. One of my favorite messages from the show is that you never know what other people are going through behind closed doors. Even if someone’s life looks perfect from the outside, chances are it’s not. Everyone is struggling with something so you should always be kind to everyone. MR: What do you think of Facebook as a platform for TV series? MP: I think people are still getting used to social media as a platform for consuming television narratives. It’s still a new platform. This short form content is very different. People are watching a huge storyline unfold during just these short ten-minute episodes on Facebook. If you binged it, it would be about 120 minutes to watch the entire season. I think being on digital platforms like that — like Apple and Disney — it’s becoming a bigger trend. In general, social media is a huge part of my career that allows me to keep up with my fans and has actually allowed me to grow up with my fans.
“Even if someone’s life looks perfect from the outside, chances are it’s not. Everyone is struggling with something so you should to everyone.”
always be kind
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