Soap Opera Weekly: How has the ATWT experience
been so far?
Alexandra Chando: It's been great. It hasn't quite hit
me yet, but everyone's amazing.
Weekly: What projects were you doing before?
Were you in school?
Chando: I was studying communications at Manhattan
College. I will be in my sophomore year this year. But I did a pilot, some
guest roles and commercials.
Weekly: Are you going to do the show and
Chando: I think I'm going to take a night class. I would
like to stay with it because I think it's important. I want to take it day by
day and see how much I can handle.
Weekly: Is acting something you've always
wanted to do?
Chando: Ever since I was little. I started community
theater and worked my way up and always wanted to do it.
Weekly: What's Maddie like?
Chando: Maddie is outgoing and bold. She's a schemer.
She really cares about her brother and has a great sense of humor.
Weekly: She sounds like Henry.
Chando: There's some similar qualities between Maddie
and Henry. They're both witty. [The writers have] given me some funny lines.
He'll say something, and I'll say something smart back.
Weekly: What's it like working with Trent
Chando: We get along so well. It's like we're brother
and sister in real life. He's a big help, and I feel very comfortable with
him. It's great. He's so good. It helps.
Weekly: Has Trent showed you the ropes?
Chando: He showed me the ropes from day one, then I
learned a little bit more from Mark (Collier, Mike) and Terri
Weekly: Who did you screen-test with?
Chando: I had two screen tests, with Trent and Zach
Weekly: What brings Maddie to Oakdale?
Chando: She has a rough family life. She doesn't get
along with her mom, and Henry is the only one who has been there for her. Her
intentions are to stay, but Henry doesn't know that. He thinks she's only
coming for a few days to hang out and see him because it's been a while.
Weekly: Do they have any other siblings?
Chando: Apparently there's eight in the whole clan!
Henry's the oldest, and I'm the youngest. He's a good big brother. He looks
out for Maddie and reprimands her a little bit. He's more of a father figure
to her, because he is so much older.