A seasoned actress, Meagan Tandy currently has a lot going on.
Between working on the current shows UnREAL and Survivor’s Remorse, she still has time to pop in and out as our most beloved bounty hunter, Braeden, on Teen Wolf.
Having had the chance to chat with her, we talked about just how much of a surprise the role of Braeden was, and what working in Hollywood as an actress now-a-days is really like. An absolute sweetheart, you will not be disappointed in hearing what she has to say.
Kasara: Hi, how are you?
Meagan: I’m doing good how are you doing today?
KD: I’m good thanks. Thanks for taking the time!
MT: Absolutely, thanks for wanting to interview me, I really appreciate that.
KD: Oh yea of course, we’re big fans over here. I wanted to actually start off talking about Teen Wolf. Braeden has been a really fun character to have in the show because she kind of pops up when we don’t expect it. Originally did you know how long her role would last, and what it would become?
MT: No absolutely not because my role originally was the girl. That was literally the name of the character, it was the girl back in season three-a, and my only job at the time, literally, was to rescue Isaac. That was it, the girl is done, she dies at the end. Well, Jeff Davis switched it, he changed it just in the blink of an eye and I was kinda just sitting around waiting to find out what they were gonna do with the character. She just started popping up in different episodes and became Derek’s love interest, and so much just kind of came on a whim to be honest. I wasn’t prepped for any of it, I didn’t know a thing, I was just going with the flow. It’s been so much fun.
KD: That’s incredible, that’s so awesome.
MT: Yea it’s been really cool, so unexpected.
KD: When we first meet her, you can say that her actions were mostly self serving, but I think that’s changed at this point. Do you think that had to do with her relationship with Derek, or do you think something else had to do with that?
MT: As far as Braeden changing?
KD: It could be argued in the beginning that she worked the job and that was it, that she kinda just did what she needed to do for her. It feels like she has more care for other characters a little bit now.
MT: The thing is with Braeden, to me personally, I feel like she’s always about the job. It was really only until she was with Derek that you saw a completely different side of her. Both Derek and Braeden, they’re very strong, individual, kind of loner characters. When they found each other they kind of just melted into each other and just showed something completely different. But I think it really was only when she was with him that you saw that side. When it comes to the desert wolf and helping out Scott with the pack against the werejaguar, I think she was still all about the job, and still about getting the job done. As far as a softer side of her, that goes completely against her mission, so it was really only happening when it was with Derek. Maybe because [the pack is] also attached to Derek, she felt the need to help them a little bit more, but she’s always still about the money.
KD: Will we see you back in season six, or is that something you can’t talk about.
MT: I can just say that currently I’m on two other shows and it hasn’t made filming in LA very convenient. I don’t wanna say that I wont be there because it’s Jeff Davis, you really just honestly never know. Right now I am on two other shows so take that as you may. [laughs]
KD: I want to talk about UnREAL too so that leads me into that. I think it’s a brilliant concept for a show, a show within a show. It give this cool insight into the lack of reality in reality tv. Do you think it’s important to highlight the semi-scripted nature of reality tv?
MT: Yea I think it actually is, only because you have so many people who are literally just so convinced that what they’re seeing on television is real. I think what Sarah Shapiro, the showrunner, wanted to do was to just expose the fact that hey you guys, I know you’re thinking that this is real and that you want to go off and do these very same things, but just know that this is just for entertainment. I think once people just realize that ok, it may not be 100% real, then it’s kind of just up to them if they want to see it for entertainment purposes, or if they want to continue to believe in the fantasy. I feel like exposing both sides of it is completely fine, and at the end of the day it’s all about entertainment.
KD: Did anything in particular draw you to this show or was it kind of just that you got the audition and it went from there?
MT: This was actually my third time auditioning for this show and I was such a big fan before I even got on. I just loved how real the acting was, it just seemed very very raw and honest and genuine. I guess that’s just a testament to the acting on the show. I didn’t feel like I was watching a regular tv sitcom. I felt like I was actually right there with Rachel and Quinn going through this journey of Everlasting. I just thought it was really really good and authentic.
KD: That’s great. Three times auditioning, that’s crazy. How did that go?
MT: Yea it was actually a little insane because I auditioned for the pilot and then once the show got picked up, I auditioned for another character and it just never worked out. Finally this role with Chantal came around and you know, it totally was just right up my alley. I was like alright, this has gotta be it. Third times the charm and it finally happened.
KD: That is such a meant to be kind of thing.
MT: Yea definitely, and it definitely worked out the way it was supposed to. Compared to the other roles, this one was definitely the most on board for me.
KD: What made you want to make the shift out of doing pageant? [Meagan only participated in pageants for a short period between the ages of 19 and 21]
MT: My focus has literally always been acting, I was acting even before the pageants. It was kinda just something fun and something to do on a whim, to be honest. I say this humbly, but I kind of just ended up winning and I was just going along with it like oh ok, here we go. I had no desire to continue doing pageants after Miss USA because that’s the top of the line as far as pageants in the United States. I was like alright, I’m just gonna continue with my acting career and go at it full throttle. It wasn’t really a hard transition at all.
KD: What made you want to act? Is it just something you’ve always wanted to do?
MT: Yea, honestly I have no idea. I have literally had this passion to act since I was seven years old. I remember watching Little Women with Kirsten Dunst and Winona Ryder and just being so freaking drawn to the actresses. I remember loving Clueless with Alicia Silverstone. I would take my families video camera and I would reenact all of those movies and I would cut it, change clothes, and turn the camera. I would pretend I was the Stacey Dash character, and put it all together and it created a movie. I was just really enthralled by the business and the industry, and I knew that someday it was gonna happen.
KD: What do you find is the most challenging part of being an actress in Hollywood right now?
MT: Oh, oh my gosh there’s actually so many challenges. I guess mainly just finding roles that fit you, that fit myself. You’re never gonna always play roles that add up to your personal journey in your life, that’s why they call it acting. Finding roles that are written for your type, and that are written for your category, that can be a little difficult sometimes. I mean I’m not complaining at all because things have honestly been working out in my career, but as far as the amount of roles that fit my specific character or personality, it’s not always there. You just have to always go after what’s on the table and make it work for you.
KD: I know that you’re also in Survivor’s Remorse which is amazing, and it was renewed for a third season. What can you tell us about that and what’s coming up for you with it?
MT: Survivor’s Remorse has been such a wonderful highlight in my career so far. That was actually a surprise to be on that show. At the end of season two we left off on a huge cliff hanger with the uncle being in a really really bad car accident. Here’s the thing, the car accident that he was in, he was driving my car. Had I just driven my own car, the audience is left with, well, would I have been the one to get into the car accident? So in season three we start off literally with all of that drama, and people may or may not be blaming the car accident on me. It creates a lot of static between Cam and I, and our relationship. He’s sitting there trying to figure out well, had my girlfriend taken the car, maybe my uncle wouldn’t have gotten into this car accident. So people just see that he and I have a huge up and down throughought this season but you know, whether or not it works out in the end, people will just have to tune in and see.
KD: It’s such a cool show and there’s not a ton of episodes so it’s really streamlined well because there isn’t excess stuff.
MT: Right, it’s definitely specific. The writing is very specific and where they want the journey to go is very specific, that’s why I freaking love Mike O’Malley. He is such a genius and the way he’s crafted that show, I mean it’s amazing. I really have enjoyed being on that project.
KD: That’s awesome. Is there a role that you really want to do that you haven’t done yet?
MT: Oh man, it’s kind of weird because in a way, Braeden is kind of a hero, but I mean as silly as it sounds, I would love to be [in] some kind of Lara Croft, Tomb Raider role. I think everybody wants to be a superhero one day, that would be amazing. But on the flip to that, it would really be amazing to do something with a Viola Davis or a Meryl Streep where I can just play something that’s really deep, and you have to kind of go into yourself to really bring out the journey of this character. I would love to do something like that. Something that’s just really really raw and it really means something.
KD: Do you find you enjoy doing movies more or television more?
MT: Right now it’s definitely tv, especially with [how] everything seems to just be shifting to television. I actually really do love filming movies. That’s where my first passion was. My passion didn’t start with watching television shows, it started with watching movies. I’ve only done two movies in my career and both of them were really fun projects to do, but I do honestly hope that I can get more [films] going.
KD: It’s also just a different experience too because with tv you can grow with the character more. It’s probably hard to pick between the two.
MT: It is, it’s kind of crazy. Even with movies, you’ve gotta wait another year until the sequel comes out. They’re both really awesome though, and I’m hoping I get a chance to get back into film.
KD: I also wanted to talk about the fan aspect of acting. Teen Wolf has a huge fanbase and I know that they’re very vocal. What has that been like? Coming into a show and not even realizing that the role would turn into what it is, and to all of a sudden have this huge fanbase behind it… Has that been kinda crazy?
MT: Yea because it definitely evolves. When I first came onto the show as the girl, I would say I was very well received by a lot of the fans. As soon as I came back, there was still some support, but as soon as I became Derek’s love interest, there was definitely some hate being thrown at me from different angles. I think as people saw that my character really was there for good reasons, and only to protect those characters and to help and support those characters, it actually did bring about a great following and a great support system. A lot of people started to shift. I think with these tv shows, people just really don’t give the fans enough credit because they really do get so emotionally involved in the characters. They don’t want to see their characters getting hurt. You bring on these new characters like Braeden and it’s like ok, well what is she here for? Is she gonna kill our guy? I just think it took for them to see that I was actually there to support and to help their characters, that they actually started to gravitate a little bit more towards me. It definitely evolved.
KD: It is true what you say. They don’t want to see the characters get hurt but maybe they come at it from a kind of intense way.
MT: Oh yea, it was definitely very intense. If you threaten anything of what they want the characters to be or what they want the character to do, they may or may not like you. They have to see what you’re there for first, then they kind of gravitate towards you.
KD: I know that you’re filming these two shows right now, is that what you’re focusing on or do you have any other upcoming projects?
MT: No it’s actually just the two projects right now. I’m auditioning for very important projects but of course, I can’t say what those are until I actually get them. Hopefully this will be another situation where as soon as I [wrapped] on Survivor’s Remorse in February, I literally moved here and flew to Vancouver to start on this project. Hopefully I’ll have the opportunity to do that [again] and just keep the train moving.
KD: Thank you so much for taking the time to talk, I really appreciate it.
MT: Yea! This was fun.