Awkward with Beau Mirchoff

Beau Mirchoff stars in the MTV series Awkward. Supplied by MTV.
Beau Mirchoff stars in the MTV series Awkward. Supplied by MTV. Elisabeth Caren

WHETHER you're going through it or old enough to look back and laugh, almost everyone has experienced those universally awkward moments of teenage-dom.

No matter how talented or well adjusted a person may be, it's impossible to get through high school without those moments of embarrassment and self-consciousness.

Where My So Called Life tackled the melancholy of the teenage years, Awkward tackles the cringe-worthy moments that shape and sometimes scar us.

The series is MTV's successful foray back into scripted programming after years of domination by reality shows like Jersey Shore and 16 and Pregnant.

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It follows Jenna Hamilton (Ashley Rickards), a 15-year-old who gains immediate, yet unwanted, popularity at her high school when the student body mistakes an accident she has for a suicide attempt.

"It's probably the most enjoyable filming process I've been a part of," said Beau Mirchoff, who plays Jenna's on-off love interest Matty McKibben.

"There have been a couple of times where I couldn't control my laughter. There are some ridiculous things that happen on the set. Once the cameras are going we've all been at it long enough where we can get into the zone and get it done."

Right from the start of the series, Mirchoff and Rickards are re-enacting clumsy, rushed teenage passion. But Mirchoff said filming the scenes, including one in a cubby house, was anything but awkward.

"Ashley has been acting forever, so we both had done these similar scenes in the past," he said. "We always laugh about it and make it a fun time."

MTV has given the green light to a second series of Awkward, which averaged 1.7 million viewers a week in the US.

"When I first read it, I loved it," said Mirchoff.

"It was kind of refreshing to read a script that was that good, and I think Awkward has an identity.

"It's not trying to be uber savvy, or dealing with teen pregnancy and the melodramatic. It keeps it honest for the most part with relatable characters. I don't think it's over the top. It's pretty silly sometimes, but it's genuine. I think that's why people have accepted it. It's real, it's funny, and it's not trying to be something it's not."

Through the first series, Mirchoff's character has been slowly revealed as more than just a popular athlete.

"I think every episode Matty's character kind of progresses," he said.

"You see why he's the way he is; he's more sensitive than you may think."


Awkward - MTV - Mondays at 8.30pm Qld, 9.30pm NSW.

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