You may recognize Meaghan Martin from her starring role on ABC Family’s 10 Things I Hate About You. The talented actress is now set to star alongside Helen Slater in the Lifetime Movie The Good Mother, which centers on a specific type of child abuse.
Celebrity Teen Scoop recently caught up with Meaghan about her role, the lessons she learned from her work on the film, and what it was like to work with Helen Slater. She also revealed that she’s “kind of a grandma” when it comes to her hobbies!
CTS: You will star in the Lifetime movie The Good Mother. Tell us about the movie and your character.
Meaghan: “I play Melanie, a young girl who is dying of a mysterious illness. I got to be in pajamas the entire time we were filming, so that was enjoyable.” [laughs]
CTS: The movie centers on a specific type of child abuse, Munchausen by Proxy Syndrome. Were you familiar with MBPS prior to the film?. What are the greatest lessons you learned from your work on the film?
Meaghan: “I was familiar with MBPS, as I had just heard about it. Thankfully, I’ve never had firsthand experience with the syndrome. It’s a scary thing, and working on this film really opened my eyes to how something like that could be happening around you, and you wouldn’t even know.”
CTS: How were you cast for the role?
Meaghan: “I went into the audition and received a call several hours later, alerting me that they were very interested in me. It moved super quickly, which is always fun.”
CTS: What was it like to work with Helen Slater ?
Meaghan: “Working with Helen was great. She recently played the mother of a friend of mine, Allie Gonino, on The Lying Game, so it was nice to ‘share a mother.’”
CTS: How did you get your start in acting?
Meaghan: “I started doing commercials when I was very young. I stopped acting professionally for a while and focused on community theater in my hometown. In my freshman year of high school, I came back out to LA to pursue acting professionally.”
CTS: What advice do you have for young people trying to break into the acting industry?
Meaghan: “First, you have to make sure that it’s what you really want; it’s not an easy path and a lot of people will try to discourage you. If it’s what you see yourself doing, then train and get yourself out there! Don’t let anyone get you down!”
CTS: You’re best known for your role in 10 Things I Hate About You. Do you stay in touch with the other actors?
Meaghan: “I do stay in touch with most of the 10 Things cast. We all grew so close working together; your co-workers become your second family.”
CTS: You’ve played a number of roles that relate to the challenges of trying to fit in as a teenager. What’s your best advice for teens today?
Meaghan: “I think it’s really hard to be a teen these days. There are so many scary things that go along with the Internet. However, I think the best advice has been around for decades: Treat others the way you want to be treated and believe in yourself.”
CTS: Which actors and actresses would you love to work with?
CTS: What do you like to do for fun when you are not on-set or preparing for a role?
Meaghan: “I love to bake and read. I’m kind of a grandma when it comes to my hobbies.”
CTS: Do you have any other upcoming projects we can all look out for?
Meaghan: “I will be making a guest appearance on MTV’s Awkward and I have a film called Geography Club that will hopefully be in theaters soon!”
To watch Meaghan Martin on The Good Mother, tune into Lifetime this Saturday, June 8 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.