Your worst day has nothing on the Murphys – bad luck follows them everywhere.
In Jinxed, Nickelodeon’s new original TV movie, the Murphy family suffers from a 100-year-old curse that’s made them unlucky for generations. They get sick all the time, trip and fall over anything in their way, and are endlessly pelted with zany hijinks. But instead of going along with the curse for another century, they’ve grown tired of their bad luck and seek to turn that around.
Big Time Rush star Ciara Bravo leads the film as Meg Murphy, a 14-year-old who just can’t take the family’s bad luck anymore – especially after she meets Brett, a local cutie (Jack Griffo of The Thundermans). At the same time, though, Meg is about to enter the ultimate bad luck magnet: high school, and according to Bravo, this means the story isn’t just about reversing the curse, but about characters growing up.
“[Meg] starts off a little self-conscious in the classic ‘just heading into high school, typical teenager problems’ way, with not knowing who you are,” Bravo tells EW. “Towards the end, she realizes she’s been blessed.”
Still, Bravo says, the film sees plenty of action, considering the countless dangers the characters face every day. During the month and half spent filming in Vancouver, the cast switched regularly with body doubles who pulled off eye-popping stunts.
“[Meg is] blown out the basement, and they had the stuntwoman hooked up in all these harnesses, and they just launched her out of the cellar,” she says of her favorite. “It looked so cool, and I was like, ‘Dude, in my dreams!’ Maybe one day.”
But Bravo doesn’t regret having to play bystander during those sequences. “I got to fall down quite a bit [in the film], which was fun,” she says. “In real life, I trip quite often. I find myself getting tangled in my own legs.”
Despite all the calamities her character faces in the film, the 16-year-old actress says she’s no stranger to bad luck. After all, she once had a bike accident where she ended up cutting her liver. ”I was just riding my bike and I ended up on the pedal,” Bravo says. “But it ended up fine, I just had to not run around for a month or so. It sounds a lot worse than it was!”
Jinxed airs Nov. 29 at 7 p.m. ET. Check out the trailer below: