Jillian Rose Reed Dishes on Awkward. and Breaking the Chains.
Glitter Magazine recently sat down with the wonderfully talented, Jillian Rose Reed, to talk about the second half of the fourth season of MTV’s hit show, Awkward., her new project, Breaking the Chains, which is helping to change the fact of eating disorders, her involvement with DoSomething.org, her favorite thing she’s purchased at a vintage store, and her favorite one-lined from this season. “He’s Taylor Swifting me.” We die. Read on to find out more about this hilarious actress.
Glitter: What can fans expect from the second half of the fourth season of Awkward.?
Jillian: Fans who have been keeping up are really interested to see what’s going to happen with Eva’s pregnancy. We will dive into that and see what’s going on! As far as Jake and Tamara, we get to see where their newfound friendship is going to take them, and how they deal with that transition from boyfriend/girlfriend to BFF’s.
Glitter: What are your favorite witty one-liners from Awkward.?
Jillian: I love “He’s Taylor Swifting me” from this season! I thought that was so clever. I have so many favorites from all of the past seasons but this one really sticks out!
Glitter: What can you tell us about Breaking the Chains?
Jillian: I’m the spokesperson of a new non-profit and our goal is to change the face of eating disorders. We want to use art as a forum and a new sense of hope for people struggling with this disease. Right now, we are running an Indiegogo campaign to fund our launch project. It’s a music video I’m starring in, which we hope will help people who are having a difficult time.
Glitter: As a celebrity spokesperson and producer for Breaking the Chains, what do you do?
Jillian: Other than day to day tasks that myself and our other producers face, it’s my job to be a role model, a positive person for those who are struggling. I want to help create body peace by helping people learn to love themselves.
Glitter: Have you ever had an eating disorder or know someone with one?
Jillian: I haven’t been personally affected by an eating disorder, but yes, I do know people who have and who are struggling. Being in the entertainment industry, it’s so easy to fall into that trap. I’ve definitely struggled with body image issues, but I feel lucky that I’ve been able to make peace and find happiness.
Glitter: You’re also a spokesperson for American Diabetes Association Los Angeles Chapter. Does that hit home for you?
Jillian: It hits home for my entire family. My older brother was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes when he was 18. He’s now 30. My family got involved with the ADA when I was very young, but now that I’m in the position to help and give back, I really wanted to make sure I got involved in any way that I could.
Glitter: Tell us about your involvement with DoSomething.org. What did you do for the “H&M Comeback Clothes Campaign”? How can others help?
Jillian: I love DoSomething! I think giving young people the opportunity to make a difference is so special. For the Comeback Clothes Campaign, I ran a clothing drive on the set of Awkward. We had huge boxes all around our set, so the cast and crew were able to bring in all of their old clothes to donate! If you want to get involved in any current campaigns or if you have an idea for one, you can always check out https://www.dosomething.org to get involved!
Glitter: October was anti-bullying month. Were you ever bullied as a child and what would you tell someone who was being bullied to make them stronger?
Jillian: I think everyone was bullied a little bit and we’ve all struggled one way or another. When I decided to pursue my career, I pretty much lost all of my best friends. That was really hard but I learned that what I wanted to do with my life was way more important than what others thought. Realizing that opened up so many more doors in my life, and brought people into it who supported me and loved what I did. If you need strength to get through a tough situation with bullying, I think it’s important to remember how awesome you are! Some people aren’t meant to be in your life, and life has a way of kicking those people who aren’t meant to be in your life out. Remember you’re the best and what you’re going through now is only temporary. You have the power to be above it. Ignore it and show them you don’t care. Show them how awesome you are.
Glitter: Who would play you in your life story?
Jillian: I would like Sandra Bullock to play me. I feel like she would get me. I feel like we’re BFFs and I don’t even know her.
Glitter: What’s your favorite juice to make in your juicer?
Jillian: The greener the better! I love using spinach and kale, then adding my favorite fruit for some sweetness…strawberries are great!
Glitter: What’s your favorite thing you ever purchased at a vintage store?
Jillian: I have a really awesome, really huge vintage Italian velvet couch in my living room. It’s magical.
Glitter: What songs do you know how to play on your guitar?
Jillian: I know how to play one chord of one verse of “Bubbly” by Colbie Caillat. I’m not good at guitar. In fact, my boyfriend who is a musician, took it away from me. I’m that bad.
Glitter: What upcoming projects are you working on?
Jillian: I did a comedy with director Mark Brown recently called Sharon 1.2.3. I got to play a young mother of 3 kids, which was a stretch from anything I had done before! It was really awesome and you can watch out for that one soon!