Dating Dealbreakers, + 9 More Secrets from Awkward’s Ashley Rickards
Like her character, Jenna Hamilton, on MTV’s Awkward., Ashley Rickards has gone through her fair share of awk stages and relationship drama. Unlike her popular character, though, she’s a famed TV actress, a total ‘power bitch’ (don’t worry, we’ll let her explain in a moment) and, most recently, an accomplished book writer.
This April, the 22-year-old’s book, A Real Guide to Really Getting it Together Really Once and for All (Really), becomes available, and it’s literally everything any growing teen needs, as it covers all the real-life topics young women have questions about: beauty routines, skincare, personal finance, self-esteem, and relationships.
While promoting the book in NYC, we caught up with Ashley Rickards to talk about basically all of those aforementioned topics. Here were the best parts:
WHAT HER BOOK IS REALLY ABOUT:
“A Real Guide is an honest, in depth, witty self help, advice help [book] for girls or boys — it’s neutral. It really starts from the core of who you are and works its way out. I think that all the subjects, even makeup, have a bigger meaning than just what you put on your face. It’s about highlighting what you have, instead of hiding what you don’t or what you don’t like or trying to have a completely different face with makeup.”
THE ‘POWER BITCHES’ IN HER LIFE:
“Any girl, I mean my fans, my friend Erin, Oprah for sure, my network head, Suzanne Daniels definitely. Being power bitches is about being the best version of yourself and I personally hate that guys can be a**holes and in the work force, be viewed as a hard-ass. The women are just the same way; they’re not being a**holes, but they have an opinion and they’re cutting through the bulls*** and they’re going to call you out on what you’re doing and be strong about it. They’re going to have ideas and opinions and then they’re a bitch. I wanted to disarm the word bitch and make it empowering.”
ON DIRECTING AN EPISODE OF AWKWARD.:
“The reason I think it was difficult for some of the crew was because, I know my assistant director and my director of photography so wel, so one of the areas I could improve in is communication. I communicated everything with them ahead of time, we knew this, we knew these shots and so sometimes when we would move on, it would appear that I wasn’t very involved in what the shot, [and what it] was going to look like. In reality, I set up the shot and had drawn it out, like, two months ago and communicated it in a smaller circle. This time around, I’m definitely going to Cc everyone on it.”
WAITAMINUTE — HOW MANY ANIMALS DOES SHE HAVE?
“I have one. Well, technically I have one, but I guess you can argue that I have two. I have a three-legged cat and a three-pound dog. I didn’t want to pay for two pets in my apartment building, so I’m like, ‘These are, like, one pet, total.’ [My dog] Princess is the most adorable thing and has so much energy. Her favorite thing to do is spin in circles and she can’t swim. I recently tried and out a life vest on her and she still can’t swim. I don’t know if it’s because she tries to spin in the water or if she’s just like, ‘I’m a Pomeranian; I don’t do this.’ My cat, they get along, and Princess will climb on her and they’re just really cute. Trinny is a rescue and was born [with three legs]. She gets acupuncture for her leg and I made the apartment very comfortable for her. Princess’ full name is Princess Duh. Like Princess, duh, look at the dog, like, of course that’s her name. It’s true. I’ll bring her outside and plop her on the ground and people are like, ‘Aww, princess. What’s her name?’ I’m like, ‘It’s Princess, duh.’”
THE BEST & WORST YEARS OF HER LIFE:
“The toughest for me was probably, 7, 17… looks like it happens every ten years. The best years are every day! The best years, I hope, haven’t already happened, I hope they keep getting better. 6 was a remarkable year because Santa still existed; 7 was a bit of a s*** show. I think 18 & 19 were fun.”
AS FOR HER ADVICE TO HER TEEN SELF:
“Don’t try so hard; just let it happen.”