by Aimee Curran
On "Hellcats," Marti Perkins (Aly Michalka) is a straight-A earning, guitar playing, cheerleading, law student machine. Her tough exterior and no-nonsense attitude don't lend much to a soft romantic side. Sure, she had a brief relationship with her cheermate Lewis before ruining it with a drunk semi-nude make-out with her BFF Dan, but if you watched Tuesday's juicy episode, "Before I Was Caught" (or at least read our recap), you know Marti and her law professor, Julian Parrish (Gale Harold) finally stopped denying their attraction for each other and had a hot hook-up!
It's been a long time coming, but is this romance going to be as fleeting as Marti's flings with Lewis and Dan? Well, when we sat down with Aly just hours before the episode aired, we asked that very question and she told us why this fictional relationship has the potential to last.
"What I love about the relationship is that Marti and Julian have been denying this [attraction] the whole time," she said. "You see them kind of flirt with each other in and out of class and she always tries to maintain responsibility with being the student. She finally just gives into her feelings. It was funny, I was talking about this with Kevin Murphy, our creator, and he was just like, 'We need to do it! It's ridiculous. The fans want to see it. Marti wants it. Julian wants it.' so we ended up just going there and going for it full on."
It seems in most cases, teacher-student hook-ups end in disaster, but Aly said the dynamic between Marti and Julian goes deeper than just a couple of hot people (with an age gap) getting it on.
"There's a lot of heart between Julian and Marti's relationship," she said. "The fact that she's an intelligent girl and a lot more mature than you think she is especially for her age. It makes sense that she would be attracted to an older man like Julian and the fact that she respects him and looks up to him as a mentor."
We gotta give credit where credit is due. Marti gets an A+ in our book for snagging a hot older guy that's super-smart!
Do you like Marti with an older guy? Do you think the relationship will last? Do you think this will turn into the next Lancer scandal? Tell us what you think in the comments and on Twitter!