From left to right: Lindsey Black, Chandler Massey, Lindsey Shaw and Susie Abromeit, a former Duke player. (Photo provided by 16-Love)
In the new tennis-centric movie 16-Love, Lindsey Shaw plays Ally Mash, a top-ranked junior player who is injured and forced to lead the teen life she never had before. (Jealous, Capriati??) While the movie is geared more to the ABC Family crowd than the TSF one, Shaw delightfully reminds us of a younger a Andrea Petkovic – as an actress, of course. The 22-year-old’s best known cred is probably her work in Pretty Little Liars and she co-stars alongside a shirtless-post worthy (don’t you worry folks, it’s coming!) Chandler Massey, who has done TV work on Days of Our Lives, One Tree Hill and other projects.
Shaw took time out of her busy sched to chat with TSF on email. Check out her hilarious musings below.
TSF: A lot of the tennis action was filmed at La Costa in San Diego, where a pro event takes place. What did you think of training there? Did you soak that in a little bit? See any big-time tennis players or teaching pros training?
Lindsey Shaw: La Costa was great, mostly because I could wake up and walk to set from my hotel room. It’s harder to be late when you sleep 100 yards away from the set. It was always fun to come to set every morning because there were always a variety of other guests that were out for their morning tennis lesson or game. There was a lot of active tennis energy around. The environment was immersed in the story, so to speak. The courts were so much fun to get to work on. I felt kind of epic walking onto the court every time because of how grand it all felt. Definitely soaked in the energy of past players and spectators who had been there. I didn’t see any big-time players or pros on the courts there, but being at La Costa and dressed in my tennis gear, I certainly felt like a big tennis deal most of the time … I think that counts.
TSF: Big deal, indeed. Another big deal is Chandler Massey, who is your co-star. What was the best part of working with him?
LS: His abs. Definitely.
TSF: We’re jealous. The worst part?
LS: The worst part of working with Chandler Massey was constantly battling the star power of his abs.
TSF: If you could use a tennis racquet to do something other than play tennis with, what would you use it for? Gardening? Air guitar?
LS: If I wasn’t playing tennis with my tennis racquet, I would assume/hope that the racquet would be infused with superpowers I could use for the world’s protection and occasionally my own amusement.
TSF: Who is your favorite tennis player?
LS: Roger Federer.
TSF: You’re not a tennis buff. What sort of tennis training did you do for this movie?
LS: I had no tennis training before shooting 16-Love. When I found out I booked it, I was both excited and anxious about portraying an athlete at the top of her game. I immediately started working with great tennis coaches a couple hours a day which continued all the way up to the first day of shooting. Unfortunately, as any tennis player knows, tennis is not mastered in the 15 hours of training I got. We brought in an awesome double for a lot of the big tennis matches. But I certainly got worked across the court as well! For every 50 shots, I think one landed where I intended it [to]. It was such a whirlwind, wonderful experience to be faced with such a physical challenge within a world I knew very little about prior to this project. I offer myself up to all tennis players out there, I did my best!
TSF: What’s the funniest moment you can recall in the shooting that involved tennis? A fall? A racquet to the head?
LS: The funniest moments shooting the tennis were the times when I had to be really intense and immersed in a match and I completely missed the ball. I looked like such a pro, and then it came crashing back to me every time I actually had to handle the racquet that I was not really a sports star. Also, all the tennis scenes where Chandler Massey had to downplay his real, mad tennis skills and I got to act like I was schooling him were pretty entertaining.
TSF: Imagine you’re given the chance to play Maria Sharapova at Wimbledon. What would you wear?
LS: If I were playing Maria Sharapova at Wimbledon, I would wear the exact outfit she was wearing to psyche her out.