Janel joined Brant at his house for a Ustream on February 2, 2012.
BD: Who’s your favorite person to work with on PLL?
JP: Definitely not Brant Daugherty. He’s so annoying. BD: I know, that guy is such a dick. JP: I hate working with him. Um… actually probably him. (hugs BD) BD: Aw, shucks! JP: I do love him. BD: (laughs) JP: He’s one of my favorites. He’s one of my faves. BD: So sweet, so sweet. JP: Yeah. BD: I would have to say my answer is, is definitely Janel as well, and I’m not just saying that ‘cause she’s right here.
Brant and Janel participated in the NOH8 campaign on April 11, 2012.
They shot one photo together and two individual ones each.
Is there a cast member that you've like really bonded with behind the scenes... you like hang out with and go bowling with or something? Brendan and I, we've become good friends; Chuck, he's a really good guy who plays Sean; Janel, who plays Mona, is a really great girl.
Who have you hit it off on the show — who do you hang out with outside of work? I love shooting scenes with Ian Harding. He's amazing, and the classroom scenes we do together are some of my favorite things ever. He's so much fun to challenge, and we're always trying to one-up each other on set. In one take, I'll pull the pen out of his hand instead of pulling it off his desk just to see what he does. We have a lot of fun riffing off of each other. Off set, I've made a lot of really good friends: Chuck Hittinger, who plays Sean; Brendan Robinson, who plays Lucas; Janel Parrish, who plays Mona — they've all become really good friends of mine.
A lot of the other cast members, like Lucy and Janel and Tammin, are all vocalists in some capacity. Are you a vocalist, or a dancer, or do you have any other secret talents you can tell us about? I just discussed this with Janel the other day. She brought up the fact that they taught me how to play guitar for one scene this summer. I didn't have much experience — I had a working knowledge of it, but I wasn't great by any means. But they taught me the whole song and we played it live. The joke was that my talent isn't actually playing guitar — it's just picking things up quickly. No, I wish that I was a good singer, but my real talents lie behind the camera in writing and directing.
What was your reaction when you read that Mona was meeting Noel at the restaurant? Janel Parrish, who plays Mona, has been a great friend of mine since day one, so we had a good laugh about it. The best thing I can tell you about it is that when we did the table read for the premiere after just getting the script, so many of us were reading it for the first time — and we got to that scene, and it reads, “Noel walks in and kisses Mona” — and I remember Lucy Hale audibly gasped, “Oh my God!” If we can get [Lucy Hale] to gasp, we can get the fans for sure.
Can you reveal if there will be anything ongoing between Noel and Mona? I can say that they become pretty close.
Especially now that he's "interacting" with Mona! I was shocked, were you? Janel [Parrish, who plays Mona] is a faster reader than me, so she got there before I did and frantically called me: “oh my god, Brant! Skip to this page, you are gonna die!” [laughs] Janel was my first friend on the set, so I think the world of her. I realize it’s kind of a shock to the audience, but Mona and Noel are good friends, it makes sense when you think about it.
Plus, it really works to both of their advantages socially speaking. Oh, absolutely. They both have a lot going for them: Mona steps up and is the new It Girl at school and Noel is captain of the football team. Plus, now that he’s back from suspension, he’s got even more of that bad boy thing going for him. They both can be pretty intense characters at times, so think it’s a good fit. They balance each other out very well.
It's like when two super villains team up to take on Batman! [laughs] With their powers combined! I think if they put their minds to it, Noel & Mona could bring Rosewood to its knees!!!
Do you think they're using each other or legitimately attracted? I don't think there are necessarily ulterior motives, but things shifted for him – he was out of school and could have potentially lost his friends, his popularity, his spot on the team ... I think Mona stepped in as a savior, in a way. Kind of brought him back into the fold and ulterior motives or not, I think he genuinely likes her.
[J] So back to Mona, something really shocking has already happened in season 2 and that's that Mona is dating the creepiest guy ever, Noel. [D] What is up with that? [J] What's the deal? Well, it's kind of interesting because me and Brant Daugherty are really good friends.
[D] He's so cute by the way, in real life. He's a sweetheart. I mean, he's whatever. You know, not much to look at, but... But yeah, he was like my first really good friend on set and we get coffee all the time and just hang out and like, have a ball when we're on set together, we're just like laughing laughing laughing. People probably get really irritated 'cause we're just in the corner like...
[D] The two of you. Yeah, exactly. But um, so it was hilarious because we kind of joked about it before, like, wouldn't it be funny if like Mona stole Noel from Aria, like she would do that. And then like a year later, when the script came out and I saw it and I called him and I'm like, so guess who you're kissing in this episode. And we just laughed about it forever. So, it's actually just really hilarious. It's fun.
[J] Well, it's funny 'cause when we talked to Keegan Allen he said that, you know, obviously his character is on together with Spencer now and he was saying he kind of think it's because they're such good friends, you know, off the clock too. I think the chemistry, you know, really does show on camera, not that I've had a lot of scenes with him for that to be seen. But you know, I mean I do believe like maybe the writers saw that we had a good chemistry as friends and are like, actually this would be kind of interesting. You know, these two kind of popular characters who are sort of always could be possibly shady at times, if they got together.
[J]Yeah, exactly. [D] So, what's going to happen to the future of Mona's love life? Do you think she might stay with him for a little bit or might there be some other boy? Mona, with Mona, you never know. She could change her mind like that. So, it would be interesting to see where it goes.
I want to see more of Mona and Noel. Will I get a Mona and Noel fix when the show returns with new episodes? My fingers are crossed. Talk about a perfect couple. You will definitely get some more Nona, as our twitter fans have dubbed us. So just keep watching, you'll see lots of drama and it'll be interesting. But yes, they are definitely on paper the most perfect couple. So, you'll just have to see what goes!
On clue’s about A’s identity during season 1 and 2 of Pretty Little Liars: I think once you look back now that you know who’s “A” you’d definitely find some sly little hints in there. Definitely the scenes where I’m helping Emily hack into the vice principal’s system to find out that he was bribed definitely shows that Mona had some technical skills that people didn’t know about. It also shows that she has a little bit of a devious side. There is a scene where Mona finds out that Jenna is dating Noel and I saw in the script they wanted me to have a moment where I just looked very angry. I remember it said something like, “Mona is …, and not just in a ‘you stole my boyfriend' kind of … off way,” and that was kind of telling to me that they wanted me to show a different side. I think, yes, if you go back and watch some of the episodes you’d find some hints.
Which is his typical M.O. When he was with Mona, they just suddenly just showed up together one day. And now... Yep. I think the last time I talked to you, my goal was just to get Noel a girl. I think Aria said it best when she said that Noel was going through the girls like Kleenex.
He broke Mona! I like to think he did! [Laughs]
Have you shot any scenes with Janel [Parrish, Mona] yet? I have not, and I am dying for it. She is absolutely one of my favorite people in this cast and we hang out all the time, so we have even talked about this, like 'when are we gonna get to that?' Because I unceremoniously dumped her, we never talked again and then she turned out to be "A." So did Noel know that? How much did he know? I want to get into that.
Could Noel’s rejection have anything to do with Mona’s? That’s a little trickier. I think Mona had her own motivations to be A. I do think that Noel really hurt her and their breakup gave her the push to take action at the end of season two, but I think she had a separate reason to do what she did.
We're in the cemetery. How is it? Is this creepy or what? I know! I'm a little creeped out... Well, the sun's still kinda out, so when it goes down, I'm gonna be a little scared. Thankfully, I've got... I see Brant over there... He'll protect me.
From having talked to Marlene King [creator] and Oliver Goldstick [Executive Producer] before I know they keep things close to the vest but how much do you know? It’s never enough, that’s for sure! I really don’t get information ahead of time unless it’s something I need to know for a scene or an arc. For example, I was told I would be dumping Mona last season and getting together with Jenna on the show so I had time to prepare for that but they didn’t tell me who ‘A’ was so you only hear what you need to hear.
What do you guys think of Nona?[K] Who's Nona? [J] Aw, I liked Nona. Oh come on, you didn't ship Nona? Noel and Mona! Come on, my only boyfriend on the show. [K] I love, I love Nona. [J] I think Mona should have a boyfriend again, I'm just saying. [K] Oh look, it's like a little, you guys have a little... [J] See, that's Nona! [K] Oh, can we... We're gonna... [J] We Miss Nona, thank you! [K] We're going to pull up a picture here of, of, of this. [J] Uh, if it wants to. [K] Can we, can we see it? [J] That's us repping NOH8, me and Brant Daugherty. [K] It's Brant and, and uh... [J] Or Nona. [K] And that's Nona being like very, very dashing. [J] We are dashing, Keegs!
And your costar Brant is on Dancing with the Stars, have you been cheering him on? How's he doing? He is! I, he's doing amazing. He's never danced, ever, in his life and he's just killing it. Um, think I'm gonna go watch him tape next week, so I'm very excited. We'll go cheer him on. And uh, yeah, he's doing amazing!