Gregg Sulkin, Katie Stevens and Rita Volk at MTV's "Faking It" screening and panel discussion.
By Kaitlyn Vella
A great new television series is hard to come by these days, but a great cast along with it? The holy grail. Thankfully, "Faking It" has managed to accomplish both.
Last night I had the pleasure of attending a screening for the scripted comedy series, premiering tonight on MTV at 10:30/9:30c, at MTV HQ in Times Square. A crowd of lucky (okay, really lucky) people were packed into an intimate theater to watch the first two episodes WITH the stars (Gregg Sulkin, Katie Stevens and Rita Volk) and executive producer of the show (Carter Covington).
As the social media editor of MTV.com, I'd already seen the episodes, so I was mainly excited to observe the audience's reactions. (While fans on Twitter have been vocal about how much they love the pilot and how much they ship Karmy, I was eager to see what others thought.) The laughter, smiles and applause were enough to say it all – EVERYONE LOVED IT!
After the screening, there was a small panel where Carter and the cast got to answer audience and Twitter questions. It was humbling to hear how normal the cast truly is. Katie Stevens even talked about her high school experience and how kids weren’t always nice to her, following it up with some great advice from her parents: “Success is the best revenge.” So true!
But that wasn't even the best part of the night. Just when we thought things were wrapping up, the cast let everyone know that they’d be sticking around to mingle! Having never met them before, I was excited -- especially because they each seemed equally as excited to meet me and my coworker, Amanda.
When Katie Stevens spotted us, she immediately came over and started asking about our “Faking It” and “Awkward” rap. She and Rita said they listen to it all the time, and made us feel like the four of us had been friends forever.
Gregg Sulkin was no different. When he approached us, he told us that he listens to our rap while driving...and then he even started singing it! He also requested that we make more raps for the show, and, of course, we couldn’t say no. If Gregg Sulkin wants more raps, he’s getting more raps.
It’s safe to say I wasn’t the only one feeling special last night. Gregg, Katie, Rita and Carter spent the evening getting to know each and every person in the room. It was obvious that they care about their fans more than anything, and are incredibly impressed with the outpouring of support they’ve been receiving so far. Keep tweeting them, because trust me -- they read it all!
Check out a sneak peek of tonight's “Faking It” premiere, and make sure to tune in for the show at 10:30/9:30c.
My new BFFs.
Photos: Michelle Crowe, Kaitlyn Vella