Aly Michalka of Easy A, The Roommate and Hellcats fame plays Peyton, the best friend of Rose McIver’s character on The CW’s new “zomedy” iZombie, which premieres tonight (March 17) at 9PM on The CW.
We spoke with the former Hellcat about her character on the show, and how she relates to the many situations we will see within.
KSITETV’s CRAIG BYRNE: Can you talk about the history between your character Peyton and Rose McIver’s character of Liv?
ALY MICHALKA: Peyton and Liv have known each other for a very long time. They’ve gone to college together; they were sorority sisters… they also grew up as kids together, so there’s definitely a long history between the two of them. She’s always been there for Liv; they’ve always done double dates, and after school activities, and woking out, and obviously, now, a lot has changed, so she’s had to get used to this new version of Liv that she hasn’t grown up with at all.
How is Peyton relating to Liv’s sudden changes in attitude and style?
I think she takes it hard. I think you’re going to see throughout the show that there are definitely moments of her feeling like she’s connected to the Liv that she always thought she really knew, and that you’ll also see her kind of revert back to being confused and frustrated with the fact that Liv is different, and she doesn’t have the same energy or the same enthusiasm as she once did, because of being a zombie, although she doesn’t know that.
What was the most fun of Liv’s behavior changes to play against?
There was an episode that we did where Liv plays, like, a cheerleader kind of stoner girl, and it’s really funny, and there’s a moment where she comes in and she wants to help fix my hair, and it kind of brings Peyton back to old times. But then, she’s asking for weed and all these weird out of the norm things that Liv would never normally ask. That was a funny character that she was able to play, and that Peyton plays against. (more…)