Italia Ricci reacts to THAT Chasing Life finale

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Now that Chasing Life has officially ended its freshman season on ABC Family, fans are left worrying over April Carver’s health until the show returns this summer. In the finale, April’s cancer returned and she readied herself for another round of chemotherapy while also accepting a proposal from boyfriend Leo.

We’re hopeful April will successfully beat cancer once again and are looking forward to seeing where life takes her in Season 2. But first, The TV Junkies talked with April herself, actress Italia Ricci, for more details on those emotional scenes in the finale and what we can look forward to when the show returns. Read on to see what she had to say.


The TV Junkies: You had some very emotional scenes in the finale. How did you prepare for those and which were the toughest to film?

Italia Ricci: When I’m reading them in the script I get very nervous that I’m not going to be able to do it justice because there are some days that you show up on set and you just can’t get there. It’s very frustrating, but luckily with the finale, it’s so well written, Wendy Stanzler did such a brilliant job directing it and everybody was so great that when I got there it just happened. I felt what April was feeling. I felt so bad. I felt so angry. I felt so frustrated and confused and resentful and scared. I was so lucky because those are the days you wish you can have everyday on set but I was lucky to be able to get through the finale because of the entire dynamic on set. It kept me there.

It was a real sledgehammer in the scene. We tried one take with a fake one and the weight wasn’t there. I feel like she needed that, so I tried to keep that scene as real as possible. I had to get a couple of massages after. I wanted it to look like it was too much for her, and it was literally taking every ounce of strength out of her, and with that pulling out all the emotions and tears.

TTVJ: Speaking of that sledgehammer and the relationship between April and Dr. Hamburg (Merrin Dungey), will she be back for Season 2?

IR: I’m not allowed to tell you.

TTVJ: In a way you guys didn’t end on a cliffhanger. April said “Yes” to Leo’s proposal. What do you hope to see for them in Season 2?

IR: I’d like to see April go into remission again ideally. I would like to see her try something different because after the first round of chemo she came back and was like “I’m going to live better and live harder and do what I want to do.” But I feel like she still ended up in the grind that she was in before because that’s all she really knows. I’d like to see her explore different avenues in her life that might make her a little happier than she’s been.

TTVJ: Any ideas on what she can do now that she’s quit the paper?

IR: I know everything actually. I’m looking physically right now at the first two scripts of the next season … and they’re amazing!

TTVJ: Are you looking forward to wedding planning on and off screen?

IR: Yes and no. On screen sure, because everybody’s writing it for me. Off screen no, because it’s so stressful. I feel like the worst bride-to-be ever because everywhere we go I’m like, ‘I’m going to throw up. I’m so stressed.’ Poor Robbie (Amell, Ricci’s fiancé) is like, ‘Great, that’s the perfect reaction, you’re really making me feel wonderful here!’

TTVJ: We’ve been trying to ask Sean (Smith, Chasing Life’s Executive Producer)  about a Grandma Emma focused episode. Are you with us on that?

IR: Yes, absolutely. It’s so hard because Rebecca (Schull) lives in New York so we have to fly her out. The back and forth is really tough. We could kidnap her and put her in a full Emma episode. You have my full vote.


What did you think of the Chasing Life finale? Are you worried about April’s health? Happy she accepted Leo’s proposal? Sound off in the comments below!

Chasing Life returns for Season 2 this summer on ABC Family and ABC Spark.