As the cast of “Surviving Sam” continues filming, they are excited to share information about their characters. The story line is based on Ben and Sam Gallo, a divorced couple still living together with their two daughters. Sam is close with her brother, who happens to be a widower raising his teenage daughter alone. On Dec. 29, the Chicago TV Examiner was granted an email interview with Victoria Hughes who plays Christina Caputo. She is close to her cousin Gerry Gallo, and the two could possibly get into some teenage trouble together.
The way a writer molds a character is important. From their background to the actual story line, if nothing stands out the character won’t be well received. When asked about what portion of Christina Caputo appealed to Victoria Hughes, she said; “My character and Gerry’s are cousins and basically best friends, and, in real life, she is one of my closest friends, who I consider family.” Writing a relatable character is also important, especially when appealing to a teenage girl. When Hughes was asked whether or not she could relate to Caputo, she responded; “In all honesty, sarcasm-wise, my character is much like how I am on a daily basis.”
Connecting with a character is important, especially when you are learning the back story. Victoria Hughes was asked about a defining moment that happened in Christina Caputo’s life that she could relate to and she replied; “Again, I’d have to say the closeness to her cousin. Plus my character has some surprises even I don’t know about! So I believe it will be interesting for everyone to see how things unfold.” When probed a little further about more information regarding Christina Caputo, Hughes playfully mentioned; “All I can say about her is that you’ll have to stay tuned for the teenage drama I create for my Dad and good ol’ Aunt Sam and Uncle Ben!”
Cast dynamic is important. If a cast can mesh together well, it comes across to the audience as natural. It looks like that is the case with the entire “Surviving Sam” cast. When asked about a favorite moment while filming, Victoria Hughes said; “I was extremely nervous in meeting everyone, but they are all so nice and I absolutely loved filming the intro when we were all ‘playing’ football.”
As of now, the tentative release date for “Surviving Sam” is February 2015. You can continue to get updates on the show and filming via the Facebook page or Twitter page. Fans are excited to see how all the pieces fit together and look forward to the premiere.