It's been an eventful season for Jane's bubbly best friend Stacy, and actress April Bowlby stopped by to share her thoughts and answer some of your questions. Check out the Q&A below:
Linda asked, "Do you think Stacy will ever find love again?"
I think Stacy will certainly find love again. She's really been focused on becoming a better person. And super focused on her career. Now I think she is in the perfect place to find true love.
"Each cast member compliments the other," Andi said, "but behind the scenes, do you get along well?"
We are lucky to have a great cast. I like to think that we are one big dysfunctional family. There are ups and downs, but for the most part everyone is quirky and fun to hang out with.
Christine wants to know if Stacy ever get back into acting.
I think Stacy might be done with acting. I think she's found a very satisfying way to be creative through her pakery. Perhaps she would consider doing a play for the fun of it. But not for the same reasons she wanted an acting career.
Sam asks, "What gift would you bring to Jane and Owen’s wedding?"
Hmmmm. Perhaps a chocolate fountain. It's really something everyone should have. Super fun, and after a long hard day, it would cheer you up!
From Patricia: "Which case has been the most interesting to you so far this season?"
I would have to say Stacy's case with the patent troll. Who doesn't like a Pake-Off in the courtroom?!
It's time to rock out with your favorite "Drop Dead Diva" tunes. "Drop Dead Diva: Music From the Original Television Series, Vol. 2" comes out on iTunes on September 4, which includes the song "Make A Noise" by Katie Herzig and "The Last Thing We’ll Ever Do" by The Daylights.
What's your favorite song from Season 4?
You love to hate him! Jane's new guardian angel, Luke, (aka Carter MacIntyre) is tackling your questions about Season 4, Episode 10. Check out his answers below:
Olivia asks: "Why isn't Luke letting Jane talk to Grayson?"
Luke is on earth with a clear mission. He wants Jane to move forward with her life, to fully accept her fresh start. It's not that Luke has anything against Grayson, but I think Luke thinks he detects something in their relationship that is from Jane's old life as Deb and Luke sees this as a bad thing. Luke is fine with Jane falling in love, but that love has to be rooted in what she wants now, in the present.
Ramanda brings up a very good point. She posted on Facebook: "I thought the guardian angel couldn't date? So why is he taking Kim out? And why Kim?"
Well ... there are certain rules Luke is more than happy to bend for his own amusement. Enjoying the fairer sex is probably at the top of this list of breakable "rules." Why kim? I think Luke loves women. Period. But I think he finds Kim's strength and directness in going after what she wants irresistible ... and "she's hot."
"Luke just seems like he is not very 'angelic,'" Holly says. "Is there something up with his character?"
Luke is by no means whatsoever a perfect angel. And i can see why his drinking, teasing, womanizing and general tomfoolery could be viewed as not very angelic. But, I think Luke makes up for these possible personal shortcomings in his effectiveness in his job. Luke is very good at looking out for Jane. Even when it seems like he is being insensitive or even mean or devious, if you look closely and keep watching, I think you'll find that ultimately, Luke always leads Jane to learn about herself and to discover her path.
Ashley asks: "Who do you really want Jane to end up with?"
Who do I, Carter, really think Jane should end up with? Hmm ... I'll say ... Parker! Kidding. To be honest, at this point, I'm not sure Jane is quite ready to be with anyone. I think she might need to find some space to really figure things out before she is able to fully take the plunge.
And lastly, Rosita on Facebook asks: "How do you feel about the role your character plays in the story?"
The fun thing about the role Luke plays in the story is that he always provides something unexpected. I love that. I love that whenever I read a script, I am waiting to be surprised at what Luke will be up to this week whether it be studying karate, buying Jane's house, providing free slushies or giving some surprisingly sage advice for Jane. And I'm really excited about the next three episodes because Luke shows up in the most unexpected ways yet!
If you’ve been following "Drop Dead Diva" this season, you know that since Stacy invented the Pake by accidentally baking a cake in a pie crust, everyone has come down with Pake fever! Now that Stacy has opened her own successful Pakery and will be making Jane’s Wedding Pake, take a moment to find out what all the buzz is about and make your personal Pake at home! Stacy’s recipe is below for your enjoyment also a great option for the top layer of a wedding cake.
And don't forget Kim Kardashian returns to "Drop Dead Diva" on Sunday, August 26 at 9.8c to stir up more Pake drama!
Classic Pake Recipe
-Store bought frozen pie crust
-Store bought cake mix of your choice (we recommend Red Velvet)
-Store bought frosting of your choice (we recommend Cream Cheese)
-Eggs (as needed on cake box)
-Vegetable Oil (as needed on cake box)
-1/2 cup White or Dark chocolate chips (if desired)
-Preheat oven to 350°F.
-Leave the frozen pie crust out to thaw while you are mixing the cake batter.
-Prepare the cake batter per the instructions on the box.*Note: This will make enough filling for two Pakes.
-Gently poke a few small holes in the bottom of the pie crust, being careful not to poke through the tin.
-Pour half of the cake batter into the pie crust, until approx. 1/2” below the edge. *Note: the cake mix will raise above the edge of the pie crust during baking.
-Mix in chocolate chips if desired
-Place the Pake on a cookie sheet and place in the oven on a middle rack
-Bake for approx. 35 minutes at 350°F. After 35 minutes, turn oven down to 325°F and continue baking for another 12-15 minutes or until cake is finished. (You can test the cake by sticking a toothpick in the center and pulling it out. It should be relatively clean with very little cake crumbs stuck to it.)
-Let the pake cool completely.
-If desired, cut the top section of the cake off and place a layer of frosting (or filling of your choice) on the lower half of the cake. Replace the top section.
-Scoop the remaining frosting onto the cake and frost to the edge of the pie crust.
-Garnish with dollops of whipped cream around the edges, sprinkles, candy pieces or a cherry (as desired).
Now that you have the pake recipe, are you going to bake your own Pake? Tweet @DropDeadDiva photos of your sweet creations!
This weekend, the inaugural Drop Dead Diva: Official Games took place at The Grove in Los Angeles, bringing out cast members Carter MacIntyre, Lex Medlin, Brooke Elliott, Jackson Hurst and Margaret Cho. "Lots of fun!" Margaret tweeted about the event.
Participants competed in the ultimate wedding obstacle course while dressed in a provided bridal veil, gloves and wedding attire. Challenges included strategically tossing a bouquet, dressing a mannequin in formal groom wear, packing a honeymoon suitcase and more.
See more photos from the event after the jump!
Owen is back! And what better way to celebrate his return than having Lex Medlin answer your questions for this week's After the Episode!? Read his answers below:
Clara is curious: "Is your story line any way related to true life?"
Have I ever had a heart attack and heart surgery? Thankfully no. Have I ever fallen head over heals in love with someone? Thankfully yes.
Kelly from Facebook asks, "Is Owen really alive?"
Yea, I've seen all the different theories out there. I don't know how much I can say, but Owen is alive and there is much more to come.
"If Owen was so adament about calling things off, why did he change his mind so quickly?" Jamie asks. "And he seems to be flip floping on this marraige issue. Is he sure this time or are we going to see more cold feet?"
Always remember that all of Owen's actions so far come from being utterly in love with Jane (at least that's how I've been playing it so far). I think sometimes when people are crazy in love they do stupid things. I know I have in my real life. I think Owen really didn't want to hurt Jane, I mean he's not sure how long his life is going to be. Thankfully Jane stepped up in the end, which is so very Jane, and they have a shot at being together. I can't imagine Owen will get cold feet.
Amanda wants to know if you "want Owen and Jane to be together and get married? Or do you want her with Grayson?"
I love this question. The truth? I'm totally conflicted. Team Owen because I'm an actor and like being employed. Team Grayson because they are soulmates and that rings true to my heart. Team Owen because he completely adores and respects everything about Jane from the bottom of his heart. Team Grayson because he is soooo dreamy to look at (even in real life!). In the end, Jane is the heart and soul of the show and there is so much about the character that I personally find endearing. So ... #TeamJane
Nicole thinks you look handsome in the judges robe. She wants to know what was the most fun scene you've shot so far? And was it surprising that there are actually people enjoying the Jane/Owen relationship despite it being in the way of Jane/Grayson?
1) The basketball scenes were hard but fun. Jackson and I early in that day of shooting agreed to just go for it. We beat each other up pretty good. He was awesome.
2) I am completely shocked at the amount of support Jane/Owen has gotten. Jane/Grayson have a long history and many consider soulmates. I didn't think anything could sway people away from that. But hey, life isn't always black and white. Sometimes it's a messy gray.
3) JUDGES ROBES ROCK! I recommend everybody get one. They are silky/sexy and empowering at the same time. They get very hot though so I don't recommend wearing pants when you have one on. If we're ever in the courtroom and you don't see my feet during the scene? Assume I'm not wearing pants.
Uh oh! The Dance Diva herself, Abby Lee Miller, is taking on the courtroom in Sunday's all-new episode of "Drop Dead Diva"! In the episode, Jane discovers that Deb's mother has gone back to work as a dance instructor and is sued by one of the parents, whose child was injured in class. Abby plays herself and will be called to the stand as an expert witness during the trial to confirm if Bobbi was or was not negligent.
We asked fans on Facebook and Twitter to submit questions for Abby and without further ado, here are her answers! (Make sure to read the entire Q&A the last answer gives a hint about the Season 2 finale of "Dance Moms.") Remember, Abby's episode of "Drop Dead Diva" airs this Sunday, August 12 at 9/8c!Q: Why did you decide to have the girls audition for Drop Dead Diva?
Abby: I actually did not personally invite them to audition. The show was kind enough to extend the opportunity to the girls for the audition.
Q: How was working on "Diva" different than working on "Dance Moms"?
Abby: Better catering, bigger crew and everyone was very kind and respectful.
Q: Did you find it challenging to play "yourself"?
Abby: No way! It was fun to play myself and something I’m very used to doing.
Q: Do you want to do more acting?
Abby: I am not an actress. This opportunity fell into my lap and I welcomed the opportunity with open arms!
Q: What's been your highest high and lowest low since filming "Dance Moms"?
Abby: My highest high was proving the naysayers wrong. My lowest low would probably be when one of the kids forgets their routine on stage!
Q: What's your favorite group number the girls have done in season two?
Abby: In the season finale of "Dance Moms" Season 2, the group number is entitled "The Last Text." When the girls performed the number, the audience was silent everyone learned a valuable lesson.
Are you going to watch Abby Lee Miller make her acting debut on "Drop Dead Diva" this Sunday?
Jane’s getting married this season and to celebrate, “Drop Dead Diva” presents the Drop Dead Diva: Official Games on Friday, August 10 and Saturday, August 11 from 11 am - 4 pm at The Grove in Los Angeles. All divas are invited to compete in a wedding-themed obstacle course for a chance to win the Grand Prize, an all-expense paid weekend for four to Las Vegas courtesy of The Light Group.
Participants will compete in the ultimate wedding obstacle course while dressed in a provided bridal veil, gloves and wedding attire. Challenges include strategically tossing a bouquet, dressing a mannequin in formal groom wear, packing a honeymoon suitcase and more. Divas will also create a lasting memory as they strike their best pose for their own wedding photograph.
And "Diva" cast members will be in attendance to cheer you on! Brooke Elliott, Margaret Cho, April Bowlby, Jackson Hurst and Lex Medlin will be at The Grove Friday, August 10 from 11 am – 2 pm for the opening ceremony and to meet fans.
If you live in the Los Angeles-area, are you going to compete in the Drop Dead Diva: Official Games? If so, make sure to tweet @DropDeadDiva your pics from the event!
"After the Episode" may have disappeared for a bit, but it's only because I was working on a super-sized edition ... and Jackson Hurst is back! Jackson (aka Grayson) answered your Qs from Facebook and Twitter (and maybe even accepted a few marriage proposals in the process) questions about "Drop Dead Diva" Season 4, Episode 5, 6, 7 and 8!
Karen from Facebook got straight to the point: "Do you and Jane finally get together? "
It's a complicated relationship. They love each other, no doubt. But it's complicated. When he's ready, she's not and vice versa. I'm afraid with her current serious relationship, and Grayson being the respectful man he is, they will not get together at least not this season.
Speaking of Owen, Patti asks, "Is Owen coming back?"
Wish I could answer that one for you, but that'd be a spoiler. Let's just say... watch closely...
That must make Team Owen fans happy, right? FB Fan Julie asked a truly LOL-worthy Q: "How much does it suck wearing a suit in July while filming in Atlanta?"
"Suck" doesn't even scratch the surface. But hey, you can't have lawyers wearing mesh and tanks.
I don't think anyone would mind seeing you in tank, Jackson. Just saying... April asked, "If you could make your own dream sequence for show, what would it be like?"
Cage fighting. Next question.
Denise thinks that Grayson is "uptight." When is Grayson just going to let loose and have some fun?
Yeah, the guy can be a little stiff, but he's been through a lot so can you really blame him? Truth is, he has fun, but in a chill, sit-back-and-observe kind of way. The other male characters are a bit more overt.
Melanie is a big fan of the show's musical numbers. Would you like to do more musical numbers on the show?
Ha, no. I've joked with our creator about the dance numbers I didn't know I was signing up for a musical! I'm good without 'em.
And lastly, Flor, among many other women (and some men!) wants an answer to those four special words: Will you marry me?
Ha, I love it. Apparently, I do have a few weddings lined up it appears, but I also have an amazing lady, so they'll have to get in line :)
Kelly on Facebook was curious about how you think Parker has changed since last season.
Parker's having a late renaissance! Stepping up to the emotional plate and swinging for the fences... he just needs to focus on base hits ! Trying to figure out fatherhood and working hard to keep the Firm afloat, definitely has him on the run. Mainly, Parker's thinking with his heart more than his other parts. ;)
So do you think there's any hope for Parker and Kim?
Lotta hope for P&K. Who knows if they'll make it...
Ashley senses a "power struggle" between Parker and Luke. Is that going to develop further?
Yup, minor power struggle with Luke. Parker needs him, but is always ready and willing to let everyone now that his "name is on the door." He's always the boss, but even bosses have bosses... and they're rarely angels.
Claudia asked a fun question: "What kind of pake would Parker get from Stacy's pakery?
Parker would opt for a Parker Pake, of course.
And more importantly, what do you think of Parker's reaction to now being a dad?
I think Parker's thrilled about being a dad. He's definitely out of his comfort zone, but he has good instincts, lots of great help and a strong desire to be a good parent. He develops a real friendship, closeness and caring for Eric. It's looking like the best and biggest challenge of his life and he's up to the test... mainly.
View more photos from Episode 4 below: