BWW Interviews: Katie Tardif Chats New ABC Family Series THE VINEYARD
Katie Tardif stars in the new ABC Family series The Vineyard. Set against the idyllic backdrop of Martha's Vineyard, MA, and featuring the island's iconic Black Dog Tavern, the series follows a mix of locals and "wash-a-shores" working and playing together for the summer.
The actress spoke with reporters about the new ABC Family series, airing Tuesdays at 10:00 - 11:00 pm ET/PT.
This show The Vineyard is a little different than what's on the network now days. Could you talk a little bit about how you got involved with the show?
Katie I had done a photo shoot for a small company on Martha's Vineyard and I'm actually not entirely sure of how it was passed along, but someone involved with that had passed along my information to the producers. They knew I had summered there and spent a bunch of time there, and Yong Yam, one of the executive producers, called me and asked me if I'd like to be a part of it. It kind of all went from there. It was this past November she gave me a call, and that's kind of it.
What can viewers look forward to specifically from you on the new season?
It's pretty common for people my age to be confused about what they want to do with their life. I feel like people ten, twenty years ago they'd graduate from school and it was right to a job. Now I think people are spending more time trying to kind of figure out what they want to do. They're taking a year off.
They're going abroad to kind of get a grasp of the bigger picture and get a better feel for what they want to do instead of jumping right in to things. That's where I am in the show. I'm working in the city in fashion, but at the same time I'm traveling and I understand that there are more important things in the world. Then, of course, there's the relationship - I've been in a four year relationship and that's not easy either. People are getting married and I'm at a place where I'm asking, "Well, is this the person that I want to be with the rest of my life?" It's difficult. I met him when I was very young so it's trying to find myself, to sum it up.
Can you tell us a little bit about the show, so what to expect?
You can expect kind of a little bit of everything. The cast is beautiful. We lived it up all summer. It's a mix of doing amazing things all over the island to people's relationships, to infinite relationship, to best friends and trying to get over certain issues that people have with each other and the whole process of coming to a new place and meeting new people and kind of being forced to form relationships with them, which is always going to have an interesting ending to it. You can't expect to stick a bunch of new people together and not have something interesting come out of it - you'll have to watch.
Did you know anyone in the show before it started?
I knew a couple of people that I had met on the island beforehand. I had spent some summers there so I knew Jackie, Gabby, and Lou beforehand.
Are you guys all still close now that you guys are done taping?
Oh yeah! We have a group text that we're all always texting, sending pictures, and saying things like, "Oh my god, did you see this article?" So yes, we stay in touch and everyone is great.About THE VINEYARD
ABC Family's newest original docu-series, "The Vineyard," premieres Tuesday, July 23rd, at 10:00 - 11:00 p.m. ET/PT. Set against the idyllic backdrop of Martha's Vineyard, MA, and featuring the island's iconic Black Dog Tavern, the series follows a mix of locals and "wash-a-shores" working and playing together for the summer. Rounding out the cast is a Latin pop princess, a hopeless romantic, an aspiring writer and a pre-med player, just to name a few. As summer on the island gets underway, several people are at significant crossroads in their personal lives as they juggle new and old romances, friendships, rivalries and career choices. "The Vineyard" is created and executive-produced by Dave Broome ("Biggest Loser") and Brian Smith ("Masterchef").
About Katie Tardif:
Beautiful and gregarious, Katie arrives on the island at a defining moment in her personal and professional life; not only is she trying to reconcile her fashion career with her desire to make a difference in the world, but she isn't sure if her boyfriend of 4 years is the man she wants to be with for the rest of her life. Katie is using the summer to clear her head and figure out if her boyfriend is her true love or if it's time to move on.