In tonight’s midseason finale of The Lying Game, long-lost, life-switching twins Emma Becker and Sutton Mercer finally find themselves in the same place at the same time. EW chatted with Alexandra Chando, who plays both twins in the ABC Family show, and she had plenty to say about what’s about to go down. “Sutton and Emma are reunited, face-to-face, and that causes tons of drama,” she teases. So what does she share about Emma’s relationship with bad boy Ethan Whitehorse? What about the deliciously creepy Alec Rybak? Read on!
Of Emma’s will-they-or-won’t-they relationship with Ethan (Blair Redford), Chando promises, “The roller coaster of Emma and Ethan continues.” After a rebellious kiss during the homecoming episode five weeks ago, Emma has been torn about pursuing her feelings for her twin’s boyfriend. “She goes back and forth,” says Chando.
But queen bee Sutton is pretty clear: She has a serious ax to grind. “She’s a 17-year-old girl who is extremely emotional,” Chando spills. “What kind of pushes her over [the edge] is going into the house and seeing how Emma has truly taken over her life. She sees a picture of Emma and Ethan, and there are other things that happen as soon as she gets into Phoenix, and it kind of makes her decision for her.”
All that’s without throwing Ethan’s feelings into the mix. “Once Sutton comes back into play [when she and Ethan see each other]. It’s kind of a reality check for them,” says Chando. Will Ethan reconsider his feelings for Sutton? And how will that affect his relationship with Emma? Chando keeps mostly mum but does say, “I think fans will hopefully be happy with what goes on between the two of them.”
As for Alec (Adrian Pasdar), the mastermind behind the tangled web of lies and secrets that drives Lying Game, Chando agrees, “I definitely believe that he is running the show, and he has some of these people as his puppets — certainly [Sutton’s father] Ted.” Chando says her characters don’t “have too much interaction with Alec,” but that doesn’t mean he’s not lurking in corners and pulling strings. Chando promises, “There’s an insane cliffhanger that I can’t share but is definitely one to tune in for!”