-Tonight is the night! ABC Family’s new comedy, “10 Things I Hate About You” premieres tonight at 8pm EST. The show is loosely based on the 1999 movie and is one of our favorite new summer shows. We recently had the chance to visit the set of the show where we had the chance to watch filming, chat with the writer and some of the cast. Before we headed out to the set in Santa Clarita, we had the chance to eat breakfast and chat with Ethan Peck who stars in the show as “Patrick Verona.” Learn more about this 23 year old former NYU student below.
When did you start acting? I was offered to be taken to an audition when I was about 8-years old. And I was a very energetic kid and really open to anything. And I was like, “Yeah, let’s do it. Sure.” And I wanted to have an amazing time because it’s like playing make-believe. [That’s what you get to do], of course, which is kind of amazing. And the audition went really well. I almost got cast, and I’ve been doing it ever since. When I was about 8-years old, did a film when I was ten for Showtime called Marshal Law. And then I had a couple experiences doing commercials, guest stars on television. I played Young Kelso on That ‘70s Show. I had a small cameo on The Drew Carey Show, I mean, little things here and there.
Where are you from? Right here in Hollywood. Born and raised at Sunset and Fairfax.
What’s your favorite trait of your character, Patrick Verona, and what part of your personality do you use most in portraying Patrick Verona? My favorite trait about Patrick is that he’ll give attitude and be, like, flat—I guess the humor that we’re arming Patrick with is, like, flat sarcasm because that’s who he is as a person and that’s, like, what makes him a badass because he’s like—there’s a scene where Cameron—it’s the scene where he’s, like, waiting at a vending machine and the soda won’t fall down, of course. And he’s like, “What the heck?” And Patrick comes up and Cameron’s like, “It won’t drop.” And I’m like, “Your testicles or the soda?” [Laughs]
And the great thing about Patrick is, like, he won’t be like, “Oh, I’m just joking,” which is what I would do. And I love that kind of humor that Patrick just is that. And it’s only funny from an outside observer as opposed to the people involved. But I’d like to think that I have a hold on that sort of flat humor with my friends, what we use.
Read the FULL interview HERE. Check back later today and this week for more cast interviews.
Be sure to tune into “10 Things I Hate About You” Tuesday nights at 8pm EST on ABC Family.