Kaitlyn Jenkins & Bailey Buntain: ‘Bunheads’ TCA Panel

Kaitlyn Jenkins & Bailey Buntain: 'Bunheads' TCA Panel

The ladies of Bunheads take over the stage during the 2013 Winter TCA Tour held at Langham Hotel on Thursday morning (January 10) in Pasadena, Calif.

Starlets Bailey Buntain, Kaitlyn Jenkins, Julia Goldani Telles and Emma Dumont joined Sutton Foster and exec producer Amy Sherman-Palladino for the panel.

“I had four very specific kinds of girls in mind. That makes casting hard,” Ms. Sherman-Palladino said of casting. “Boo had to be very specific, Sasha had to be specific. On pointe. That knocks out 50 or 60 percent of the people. When you go through the network process usually they like to bring in three or four choices to choose from. … These four girls were the four girls.”

FYI: Sutton wore a Philip Armstrong dress with Blue Candy jewelry; Bailey dolled up in a Nha Khnah skirt and top with Rebecca Minkoff shoes and Emma wore a Contrarian dress with Shoemint shoes.

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‘Bunheads’ Cast and EP Talk Show’s Pacing, Dancing and Growing Up

Ashley Benson, Shay Mitchell, Lucy Hale Tia Mowry Ashley Benson, Shay Mitchell Julia Goldani, Bailey Buntain Bailey Buntain

If you’ve noticed anything about the the pacing on ABC Family’s ballerina drama Bunheads, you’ve probably thought the show is a lot like Amy Sherman Palladino’s previous hit, Gilmore Girls, in that there is a lot of talk and not much action.

But Palladino isn’t worried. To her, pushing too much plot could damage the longevity of the show.

“We are the nihilistic, weirdo, crazy show that, you know, is the hour of, ‘Well, they are just talking.’ If you burn through all of your plot points in one episode, how do you get five years out of a show?” Palladino told reporters at the Television Critics Association Press Tour panel in Pasadena on Thursday.

“You know, longevity is important for somebody with my Neiman’s bills,” she joked. “It’s important this show continues for a while.”

Of the difference between her pacing and other current shows, the executive producer and writer said, “Well, you know, television has changed. I’m an old, tired broad. I do my thing. I know what I am. But television has changed, and I think that storytelling on television has changed.”

“It’s a very similar pacing to Gilmore Girls,” she said. “But now television shows are cut up. And I’ve never written to act breaks. It’s just not my style. It’s not my thing because I want the story to, sort of, unfold the way I hear it, the 20 voices in my head. So I think that it’s a combination of the structure of TV has changed, and there is just more plot now pushed into shows.”

Palladino was on hand, along with her cast, including Sutton Foster (Michelle), Kaitlyn Jenkins (Boo), Bailey Buntain (Ginny), Julia Goldani Telles (Sasha) and Emma Dumont (Melanie)  at the event to talk casting, “boot camp,” dancing, and what’s to come on the back eight episodes of Season 1. Here are some more highlights from the panel:

  • On casting the Bunheads: “I had very four very specific kinds of girls in mind, and that always makes casting harder. Like Boo had to be very specific, and Sasha I mean, they’re all very specific,” said Palladino of her cast. “It was like these four girls were the four girls. There was only Sutton. There was only the four girls. So the picking process actually was relatively easy because it was sort of like it was just a lot of like, ‘Oh, God. We’re not going to find her. Oh, God we’re oh, she’s here. Okay. Great. We’re done.’
  • Palladino likened the first 10 episodes of the season to “boot camp” for the girls making sure that the dancing was to “snuff.” In the back eight, is “the first chance we had to really sort of now meet boyfriends, meet parents, open open the world of the girls up, and now I felt like we pounded into them enough, like, ‘Here’s how you talk. Here’s how you dance, kid. Now let’s see you act.’
  •  The second half of Season 1, which began airing Monday, will focus on breaking down Michelle’s walls and growing up.”Now that she’s [Michelle] sort of gotten the ‘I’m running away’ out of her system, it is sort of that hunkering down and figuring out what’s next, because it is the letting go of old goals and old dreams and refocusing on what is the road ahead,” said Palladino. “As we learn more about the girls, as we learn more about their lives, … and they bring all that into the world of the dance studio, it’s even more interconnected of Michelle’s, a person who has a lot of, you know, gates and walls up. She’s smack dab in the world where she’s going to have people constantly trying to connect with her, and those walls are gonna be slowly broken down. That is sort of what our first season is is getting her deeply connected and entrenched into this crazy madcap world.”
  • Jenkins said the increased dance numbers on Bunheads are nothing like those on FOX’s Glee and very realistic. “I think it’s also — it’s not just like Glee – where it’s like you expect to see a dance number every single five minutes. It works. It actually is realistic. It’s not like, ‘Oh, and now we do our dance number.’” Dumont added, “What’s great is that  we do have dances that are part of the plot that we learn in our class and we perform, but we also have dances that mirror storylines that happen in the show.”

Bunheads airs Mondays at 8PM on ABC Family.

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‘Bunheads’ Cast and EP Talk Show’s Pacing, Dancing and Growing Up

Ashley Benson, Shay Mitchell, Lucy Hale Tia Mowry Ashley Benson, Shay Mitchell Julia Goldani, Bailey Buntain Bailey Buntain

If you’ve noticed anything about the the pacing on ABC Family’s ballerina drama Bunheads, you’ve probably thought the show is a lot like Amy Sherman Palladino’s previous hit, Gilmore Girls, in that there is a lot of talk and not much action.

But Palladino isn’t worried. To her, pushing too much plot could damage the longevity of the show.

“We are the nihilistic, weirdo, crazy show that, you know, is the hour of, ‘Well, they are just talking.’ If you burn through all of your plot points in one episode, how do you get five years out of a show?” Palladino told reporters at the Television Critics Association Press Tour panel in Pasadena on Thursday.

“You know, longevity is important for somebody with my Neiman’s bills,” she joked. “It’s important this show continues for a while.”

Of the difference between her pacing and other current shows, the executive producer and writer said, “Well, you know, television has changed. I’m an old, tired broad. I do my thing. I know what I am. But television has changed, and I think that storytelling on television has changed.”

“It’s a very similar pacing to Gilmore Girls,” she said. “But now television shows are cut up. And I’ve never written to act breaks. It’s just not my style. It’s not my thing because I want the story to, sort of, unfold the way I hear it, the 20 voices in my head. So I think that it’s a combination of the structure of TV has changed, and there is just more plot now pushed into shows.”

Palladino was on hand, along with her cast, including Sutton Foster (Michelle), Kaitlyn Jenkins (Boo), Bailey Buntain (Ginny), Julia Goldani Telles (Sasha) and Emma Dumont (Melanie)  at the event to talk casting, “boot camp,” dancing, and what’s to come on the back eight episodes of Season 1. Here are some more highlights from the panel:

  • On casting the Bunheads: “I had very four very specific kinds of girls in mind, and that always makes casting harder. Like Boo had to be very specific, and Sasha I mean, they’re all very specific,” said Palladino of her cast. “It was like these four girls were the four girls. There was only Sutton. There was only the four girls. So the picking process actually was relatively easy because it was sort of like it was just a lot of like, ‘Oh, God. We’re not going to find her. Oh, God we’re oh, she’s here. Okay. Great. We’re done.’
  • Palladino likened the first 10 episodes of the season to “boot camp” for the girls making sure that the dancing was to “snuff.” In the back eight, is “the first chance we had to really sort of now meet boyfriends, meet parents, open open the world of the girls up, and now I felt like we pounded into them enough, like, ‘Here’s how you talk. Here’s how you dance, kid. Now let’s see you act.’
  •  The second half of Season 1, which began airing Monday, will focus on breaking down Michelle’s walls and growing up.”Now that she’s [Michelle] sort of gotten the ‘I’m running away’ out of her system, it is sort of that hunkering down and figuring out what’s next, because it is the letting go of old goals and old dreams and refocusing on what is the road ahead,” said Palladino. “As we learn more about the girls, as we learn more about their lives, … and they bring all that into the world of the dance studio, it’s even more interconnected of Michelle’s, a person who has a lot of, you know, gates and walls up. She’s smack dab in the world where she’s going to have people constantly trying to connect with her, and those walls are gonna be slowly broken down. That is sort of what our first season is is getting her deeply connected and entrenched into this crazy madcap world.”
  • Jenkins said the increased dance numbers on Bunheads are nothing like those on FOX’s Glee and very realistic. “I think it’s also — it’s not just like Glee – where it’s like you expect to see a dance number every single five minutes. It works. It actually is realistic. It’s not like, ‘Oh, and now we do our dance number.’” Dumont added, “What’s great is that  we do have dances that are part of the plot that we learn in our class and we perform, but we also have dances that mirror storylines that happen in the show.”

Bunheads airs Mondays at 8PM on ABC Family.

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‘Bunheads’ Preview: Cast Teases Family Visits, More Dance and a New Bunhead in Paradise

Bunheads Cast Ashley Benson, Shay Mitchell, Lucy Hale Tia Mowry Ashley Benson, Shay Mitchell Julia Goldani, Bailey Buntain Bailey Buntain

When we last saw ABC Family’s Bunheads, dance teacher Michelle Simms (Sutton Foster) had fled Paradise after her unfortunate use of pepper spray infuriated parents and sent dancers to the hospital prior to the performance of The Nutcracker.

With her departure to Vegas and Fanny’s (Kelly Bishop) dance studio now defunct, the second half of the dance drama’s first season opens with the bunheads in very different scenarios than we’ve seen before. The next eight episodes also feature appearances from some of Michelle’s Family, including her brother played by Foster’s real-life sibling, Hunter Foster.

Celebuzz was on the set of Bunheads recently to get all the scoop from the ballerinas on what will go down when we return to Paradise, Calif.

Here are 9 things you can expect from Bunheads this season.

1. Michelle’s return to Paradise. The winter premiere of Bunheads will find Michelle returning to Paradise by episode’s end but what brings her there? “I think what brings her back is that people see worth in her,” Foster told reporters on-set. “I think Michelle’s pretty convinced she’s a loser and has nothing to offer. And I think that what you’ll see with Michelle is her finally committing to something. I think in the first 10 episodes she always had a pretty solid foot out the door, ready to jump at a moment’s notice. And I think now she’s like, ‘Maybe there’s something of real value here. Maybe, I can mean something here.’”

2. Hi Brother! Foster will make his debut on Bunheads as Scotty on the Jan. 28 episode in a storyline that has similarities to the real life siblings’ living situation. Not only is his character crashing at Michelle’s place on the show but he is also living at Sutton’s during filming. Hunter calls Scotty “a chronic divorcee” having been divorced four times.

“I fall in love easily. I get married, I get divorced. And then every time I get divorced I show up on her doorstep. And so again, I show up on her doorstep and I crash at her place. And immediately start looking for wife No. 5,”  he said.

3. Michelle’s brother isn’t the only Simms member coming to Paradise. In addition to the arrival of Michelle’s brother, the Simms matriarch will also descend on the small town. Lolita Davidovich will take on the role, first appearing on the Feb. 4 episode of the drama. The introduction of Michelle’s family on these back eight episodes will give us some insight into just who Michelle really is.

“I think Scotty represents sort of my past and is a pull against where I’m moving in my future,” said Foster. “He still is like, ‘What are you doing? You know, this isn’t you. Like you flee, you don’t make roots, you don’t have roots.’ And, so it’s fascinating. With the introduction of Scotty and with the mom character you really start to begin to understand why Michelle is the way she is. Why she’s so guarded. Why she has so many walls and defenses. And why she’s been such a floater throughout life.”

4. A love interest for Michelle? While Foster told us there isn’t anything happening in Michelle’s love life yet, she said she believes that a man is not the answer for her character. “Wouldn’t it be great to have a character who finds herself and then maybe love will come?” she said. “I really want her to find herself … and then find love. I think I’d like for her to have a little fun. She can have some fun while she’s finding herself. But you know, but those are longterm goals.”

5. The bunheads and Michelle. When their former dancer teacher returns to town, the relationships between the bunheads and Michelle will obviously change. “Sasha and I, we were cut from the same mold,” Foster says of Michelle’s relationship with Julia Goldani Telles’ character. “She needs somebody and I’m like, ‘I don’t know if that person is me. Or if I have the capacity but I’ll do what I can to help you.’ That’s the relationship right now that’s probably the strongest with me and the girls.”

Bailey Buntain, who plays Ginny on the show, told reporters that she also gets to bond with her dance teacher upon her return.

 

6. Ginny’s new gig? When Season 1B opens with Fanny’s dance studio closed, some of the bunheads have taken it upon themselves to get new hobbies. For Ginny this includes a stint taking over her mom’s real estate business, but how long will she keep it going? “It’s really dependent on how long her mom is in crazy town,” said Buntain. “And it looks like she’s there for a while. So she’s going to be pulling her weight in the family for a good bit. I think it’s good. I think it also kind of distracts her from what’s going on. It gives her something to do and focus on.”

7. A clash between the new bunhead and Ginny. When a new bunhead pops into Paradise — played by Jeanine Mason, the Season 5 winner of FOX’s So You Think You Can Dance – on the Jan. 14 episode, Ginny will be none too pleased.

“The relationship with the four girls goes through some stuff. We get an added girl. She’s not one of the four of us, but it switches dynamics a little bit. Some girls bond with her, some don’t,” Buntain told reporters. “And Ginny hates change, so she really resists it. I would hate to see that separate her friendships with the other three girls for too long. You know, if they ruffle her feathers, that’s OK. But I would hate to have that wedge stay there.”

8. New responsibilities for Boo (Kaitlyn Jenkins). Ginny isn’t the only character who is helping her family in the winter premiere. We’ve already seen that hilarious viral video with Boo from the premiere, but the red-headed ballerina will spend a lot of time care of things at home. With her pregnant mother on bed rest, her new responsibility “definitely starts to take over Boo’s life.” She added, “And it starts to affect her relationship with Carl [Casey J. Adler] a little bit. And definitely with the other girls. It kind of starts isolating her a bit from the other girls.”

9. A lot more dancing. In addition to all the drama, the cast of Bunheads told reporters we can expect a lot more dancing on the next eight episodes of the freshman drama, including a performance of Sleeping Beauty. Not only will the dances take place in the classroom and during performances, but there will also be some “out of context emotional dances” to look forward to as well. Buntain said the increased dancing has been “really fun” and that the “level that the nature dance was at [on the first half of the season], we’ve got some of that that surpasses that.”

Bunheads’ winter premiere airs Monday at 8PM on ABC Family.

Are you excited for the Bunheads to return? Let us know what you’re looking forward to most in the comments below!

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Kaitlyn Jenkins: ‘Pointe’ Cover Sneak Peek

Kaitlyn Jenkins: 'Pointe' Cover Sneak Peek

Check out this sneak peek of Kaitlyn Jenkins for Pointe magazine!

The Bunheads actress will grace the February 2013 issue and we can’t wait to see it!

Are you excited for the winter premiere of the ABC Family show? In “Channing Tatum is a Fine Actor,” it’s been several months since the Nutcracker fiasco, and the dance studio is closed down, leaving the students to keep busy on their own.

Ginny (Bailey Buntain) has taken over her mother’s real estate business; Melanie (Emma Dumont) has been caring for her grandpa, and Boo (Jenkins) is pulling her hair out taking care of her little brother while her pregnant mother is on bed rest. After a summer at Joffrey, Sasha (Julia Goldani Telles) returns but refuses to head back home, instead hiding out with friends.

“Channing Tatum is a Fine Actor” returns TOMORROW @9PM ET/PT.

‘Bunheads’: Two New Previews – Watch Now!

'Bunheads': Two New Previews - Watch Now!

Check out the two new previews for ABC Family’s latest hit show Bunheads!

The series, which stars Bailey Buntain, Emma Dumont, Julia Goldani Telles, and Kaitlyn Jenkins, is set to return on Monday, January 7th @ 9PM ET/PT on ABC Family.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics from Bunheads

In case you missed it, check out the latest stills from the upcoming winter premiere episode titled winter premiere “Channing Tatum is a Fine Actor.”

Check out the “Michelle is Back!” and “Make Your Move!” previews inside…


Bunheads – Make Your Move!


Bunheads – Michelle is Back!

‘Bunheads’ — First Look Stills!

'Bunheads' -- First Look Stills!

Julia Goldani Telles stands beside Sutton Foster in this first look still from Bunheads.

In the winter premiere “Channing Tatum is a Fine Actor,” it’s been several months since the Nutcracker fiasco, where Michelle (Foster) accidentally maced the young performers of Paradise Dance Academy. Now she’s crashing on her friend’s couch and working as a dancer for a small-time magician in Henderson, NV.

Meanwhile in Paradise, the dance studio is closed down, leaving the students to keep busy on their own. Ginny (Bailey Buntain) has taken over her mother’s real estate business; Melanie (Emma Dumont) has been caring for her grandpa, and Boo (Kaitlyn Jenkins) is pulling her hair out taking care of her little brother while her pregnant mother is on bed rest. After a summer at Joffrey, Sasha (Telles) returns but refuses to head back home, instead hiding out with friends.

“Bunheads” returns Monday, January 7th @9PM ET/PT on ABC Family.

‘Bunheads’ Cast: Winter Wonderland in New York City!

'Bunheads' Cast: Winter Wonderland in New York City!

The cast of Bunheads snack on some candy canes during ABC Family’s 25 Days of Christmas Winter Wonderland event held at Rockefeller Center in New York City on Sunday afternoon (December 2).

Bailey Buntain, Julia Goldani Telles, Kaitlyn Jenkins and Emma Dumont joined their ABC Family channel mates for some ice skating at the annual event.

“We take our skating very seriously. We brought only our finest moves to Rockefeller Center. I was only made fun of once. #25DaysofChristmas #ABCFamily,” Julia tweeted during the event.

FYI: Bailey wore a BCBG ensemble, Emma wore a Janey Lopaty vintage dress and Kaitlyn dolled up in a dress by Aqua.

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‘Bunheads’ Cast: Hollywood Christmas Parade 2012

'Bunheads' Cast: Hollywood Christmas Parade 2012

The young cast of Bunheads arrives at the 2012 Hollywood Christmas Parade on Sunday evening (November 25) in Hollywood.

The actresses — Julia Goldani Telles, Emma Dumont, Kaitlyn Jenkins, and Bailey Buntain — dolled up in their best holiday wear for the annual event, benefiting Toys for Tots.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Kaitlyn Jenkins

“And then there was a cheetah on the red carpet,” Julia tweeted along with a pic of the animal.

The 2012 Hollywood Christmas Parade will air on December 10 at 6PM ET/PT on Hallmark Channel.

FYI: Kaitlyn is wearing a Girlfriends Material dress.

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Emma Dumont & Kaitlyn Jenkins: New ‘Bunheads’ Poster!

Emma Dumont & Kaitlyn Jenkins: New 'Bunheads' Poster!

Check out the new poster for the upcoming episodes of Bunheads!

Starring Sutton Foster, Kelly Bishop, Bailey Buntain, Julia Goldani Telles, Kaitlyn Jenkins and Emma Dumont, the ABC Family show is back on January 7th!

“The first ten episodes set up the story and made people kind fall in love with the characters. The next eight are going to be really fun, and we reveal cliffhangers!” Julia recently told Teen Vogue mag.

Psst, did you know that Emma is still working on her dancing career? “Going to audition for @JoffreySchool for the 3rd yr and hopefully going to Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow next summer! #Bunheads #nervous” she tweeted earlier this week.

Crossing our fingers for Emma!


Kaitlyn Jenkins – JJJ Portrait Session!

Kaitlyn Jenkins - JJJ Portrait Session!

Kaitlyn Jenkins sparkles in a Jovani dress at our exclusive JJJ Portrait Session at Harry Morton’s Pink Taco Sunset Strip in Los Angeles.

The Bunheads actress was shot by Francis Bertrand, with hair and makeup by Tara Gray Lee and styling by Lawrence VonRumpf.

Bunheads will be back on ABC Family in January!

It was just announced that the hit series, also starring Bailey Buntain, Julia Goldani-Telles and Emma Dumont, is returning on Monday, January 7th @ 9PM ET/PT so mark your calendars!

Kaitlyn and Bailey are also pictured below with Angus T. Jones at the 2012 Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times Halloween Carnival held at the Universal Studios Backlot on Sunday (October 21).

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Kaitlyn‘s looks:
(Look 1): Jovani dress
(Look 2): Roger Canamar top, The Hellers skirt
(Look 3): Adrianna Papell dress
(Look 4): Brose Blazer, Jovani dress
(Look 5): Yigal Azrouel top and skirt
All accessories by Charming Charlie, Bloom and 31Bits.