MYSTERY GIRLS revolves around two former TV show stars who played detectives. They may have lost their sparkle since their TV show ended, but not in the eyes of Nick (Miguel Pinzon). His desire to only tell his story to the Mystery Girls brings the two back together. Charlie (Jennie Garth) is now a suburban housewife and mother. Holly (Tori Spelling) is still searching for her claim to fame like she had when she was a television STAR. Together, these former friends must reunite and use their TV crime-solving skills in order to help solve this crime.
The Mystery Girls are back together…
not acting as detectives, but being detectives!
After a whirlwind breakfast and interviewing the cast of Young & Hungry and Chasing Life (those interview will be posted later). I joined 24 bloggers on a tour of the CBS Radford Lot where Tori Spelling (“Beverly Hills, 90210,” “Tori & Dean: Inn Love”) and Jennie Garth (“Beverly Hills, 90210,” “What I Like About You”) are back together in a new hit sitcom called MYSTERY GIRLS along with newcomer Miguel Pinzon (“A New York Love Story”).
We all quietly walked into the studio audience seating when I heard the distinctive voices of Tori Spelling and Jennie Garth. On the left side of the set, I saw Tori and Jennie taping a scene. They were both wearing chef outfits (stylish chef outfits). They explained to us that in this episode of Mystery Girls, the two girls decide to make a commercial for their business. So we got to watch a few takes of the commercial (which was very silly and well all giggled…even Tori and Jennie seemed to be having way too much fun on set). Thanks to Merlot Mommy for the amazing photo!
Out of the corner of my eye I spotted Miguel Pinzon. He was also on set and keeping us all smiling! He was tweeting us while working (but don’t tell his boss…we don’t want him to get into trouble). He even gave a little shout out to Merlot Mommy (Jana)!!!
After interviewing Tori and Jennie, we had the pleasure of speaking to Miguel.
He greeted us with a HUGE smile and bubbly personality.
I could immediately see what Tori and Jennie were talking about… he became our instant BFF! It was all jokes, smiles, laughs and fun…as our Q&A began!
Just as stylish as he could be, the bloggers immediately started asking about his pin. Miguel said, “It’s a heart and it says I love me.” He continued to explain that “if you can’t love yourself how the hell can you love somebody else? Can I get an amen?” Immediately 25 bloggers chanted AMEN!
One blogger asked about working with such a hunky detective…and Miguel said, “Ryan McPartlin is an absolute sweetheart, so professional. At the same time I get to be paid to feel him up occasionally. You know, to be paid and play is fantastic. And he also did this show with Fran Drescher and he’s got great Fran Drescher stories. I mean I’m in heaven.” I wish we could have heard some Fran Drescher stories…I adore her!
Miguel’s personality and willingness to talk to us felt like we were all sitting on a big couch hanging out…not conducting an interview.
While sitting in the audience, we found out that Miguel was nominated for a Teen’s Choice Award (Keep casting your votes!)…so we congratulated him. He was so humble and excited. Jokingly he told us, “I am very excited because like you know when you play that fantasy in your head about like things you want to accomplish. Like one of mine is like an EGOT. So it’s like if I can’t win a Tony at least I can win a teen choice award maybe? And then I was like playing a game like what if I can like replace a teen choice award, an Espy, and Obie, like anyway it’s fantastic. I haven’t prepared– it just happened this morning but I was just thinking how fun it is to be nominated for a character that’s queer and fun and vibrant. And I think that’s great that teens are getting to see every shade of human being and celebrate them. Yeah. So I’m super, super happy about it.”
So how were the Mystery Girls lucky enough to find Miguel?
At the time, Miguel was in San Francisco doing a non-acting job when his agent told him to send him a tape. At first Miguel was hesitant due to his “10 million things” he was doing at once (I bet you can relate to that situation). After a little persuasion of “please, please just do it”…Miguel said okay. Two weeks later the producers wanted to meet him. Miguel thought they were kidding and assumed it would stop after the first meeting…”And then it just sort of happened, which was amazing.” BUT what was really AMAZING is what happened to Miguel when he got the call.
Did you happen to see the pilot?
We did, but Miguel wanted us to really get a clear picture of the coincidence…”So, my character Nick is new to LA and the first thing he does is he gets on like the Hollywood tour bus and he stops to take a picture of Katy Perry’s mailbox and like witnesses a murder and that’s what like directly puts them in like the girls line. And when I found out that I got the job I was at my partner’s house and they called to tell me I had the job. And then a Hollywood tour bus went by like literally. And he stopped the bus and he was like come here. Come here. Come here. And I was like no no no what are you doing. I thought he was going to be just like me — do something embarrassing. But then after I hung up he pointed out like you have no idea like how cosmic this all is. He’s like that happens in your script and he liked you know whose house that is right there? And above his house is Katy Perry’s house and I was like wait, you’re kidding me? Just one of those really fantastically parallel moments.”
Life can’t be easy for an up-and-coming actor.
Miguel’s advice is to “make sure they’re in all sorts of classes and anything they can get their hands on to just make their gifts, their natural abilities as sharp as they can. Training. And then specificity. Like target, like looking at television and movies and seeing where they think they see themselves, people that are similar to them. And like they’re targeting like oh, I see myself like on Vampire Diaries, or whatever it is. And then all right, well who’s the director on that? Who is the casting director? Who, like the talent on that show, who are their agents? And then target them and whether it’s a blank submission or like sending a cover letter and they’re reel. Or whether it’s like LA has these funny things where you can pay to meet casting directors and agents and managers which I think is you know, you measure. I think it’s when you target specifically what you want that helps. Like if you say like oh, the casting director for Vampire Diaries is teaching a class, then take that class.”
Miguel was “birthed in South Florida, Fort Lauderdale. In the parking lot of the General Hospital in the front seat of a Toyota Camry on Thanksgiving Day.” (At least that is how his mother tells the story of his birth to him.) He moved to LA from New York. He dabbled in a few series like Law and Order and 30 Rock, but this is Miguel’s “first big rodeo.”
Miguel’s family is extremely supportive of his career. They text him often…like “oh my God I love this line” or “I think that’s so funny.” His eldest sister (former actress) loves to give notes, “has been surprisingly so supportive and not giving me a single note.”
In second grade Miguel was asked to describe his future. Miguel knew he wanted to be an actor. On his assignment he listed all the people he wanted to work with. “I’m like what an absurd list. I want to be in the movies with, my first-person was Whoopi Goldberg.” (Just a little side note from Miguel…”She’s an EGOT winner by the way.”) At the end of his assignment he said that if he didn’t act he’d love to be a veterinarian.
With Miguel’s fun-loving, spontaneous personality we wondered if he did any ad-libbing on set.
He told us that during rehearsals he would ad-lib and if “something funny sticks the writers would be like oh keep that. That’s funny. But the writing staff is so awesome. On tape nights which is the most amazing adrenaline high, will do a scene and then the writers will give us alternate jokes and the like all right, let’s be– what can change in what could be funnier and sort of, because you guys, the people who are actually like responding to the material is what we play towards. So it’s like oh wow, this section is getting a bigger laugh and we had assumed. Like we’ll tweak jokes here and there. So that ever-changing thing is one of the most exciting things of the job.” How cool that the writers really listened to their actors and used their ad-libbing to make the show better!
“There’s this ongoing joke that they have in the script of the characters which is like are you thinking what I’m thinking? And then usually Holly’s character… will say something completely off the mark and that’s always where the joke is. But they actually often are thinking what the other one is thinking. I just sort of love seeing how collaborative they are and the fact that they’re not only acting on it but are executive producers on it.”
Working closely with Tori and Jennie, Miguel is amazed at their relationship. He states, “Just seeing that relationship, that balance is inspiring because you got to make your own work. No one’s giving it to you. Something I keep trying to learn. And then at the same time on tape night the residual 90210 fan base is incredible. They are always here, so supportive and they like — their jaws hit the floor when it’s like oh my God it’s Donna and Kelly.” Tori and Jennie will always be remembered as Donna and Kelly…but maybe they will soon be known as Holly and Charlie?!?!
So what does Miguel think about his wardrobe…
“It’s wild. The color palette of the show is so vibrant as are the characters and the show is not about subtlety. So the wardrobe mimics that. It’s playful. It’s bright. Nick is very thematic. Like if he were to be going to like a murder mystery party he be wearing like a smoking jacket and like a mascot and like maybe have a prop pipe because like he really loves like playing the idea. Like I think he’s so, he’s an Aires, and he’s so fantasy-based. Like any time like he can actually I think like play into the world is living. So let wardrobe wise like it’s always, like it’s always like on the nose, yeah.”
Miguel’s favorite episode is the pilot “when the first time meeting the two girls, like any time someone gives you the allowance to like into the room like a hurricane and chew up scenery I’m a fan of. And that scene is so fun because it’s like me that initial explosion of like meeting your idols and like the goose bumps that you get from it. Yeah I think that was one of my favorite scenes.” Miguel certainly hit the room like a hurricane and it was at that moment I knew he was my favorite character on this show!
The character Nick Diaz is a gay, vibrant, over-the-top, and new to Los Angeles… and Miguel is PERFECT for this character… though he stated, “I think Nick is slightly more psychotic than I am.” Miguel likes “his authenticity, his lack of filter, his I think reaction to living in a world where no one’s telling him that he’s any different so he’s just who he is and there’s no apologies. They’re sort of reflection on like oh, I should really been. He’s a thing has come from like a place of being celebrated and like just supportive. So I think just being able to be completely 100% authentic him is I think one of my favorite things about him.”
After our group photo we got to walk around the set of Mystery Girls. Of course Miguel was more than happy to take selfies with each blogger! Again, his bubbly persona shined brightly. He got into the photos… he even grabbed a few props to take photos with.
We had a chance to see the set up close and personal. Walking onto the set, you feel like you are transformed into the show. I sat on the couch (which my shirt matched brilliantly) where Tori, Jennie and Miguel just sat. Acted like Nick at his desk (AKA: the chaise).
Be sure to tune in at 8:30pm ET/PT on ABC Family
Joe E. Tata (“Nat of “Beverly Hills, 90210”)
will guest star on Wednesday’s (7/23)!!!
Disclosure: Disney invited me on this press trip and paid for all of my expenses (except travel). All opinions are always 100% my own and honest.