Who What Wear interviewed Liz as one of the "must-watch ladies" of the summer, asking about SDRR, her personal style, and more. Read the interview below:
As if Elizabeth Gillies’s piercing blue eyes and covet-worthy pout weren’t enough to catch your attention, the actress happens to be a total powerhouse on stage, too. For proof, check out FX’s new series Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll, premiering July 16, in which Gillies stars as an aspiring singer hoping to make it big with the help of her washed-up rocker dad, played by Denis Leary. You can also catch Gillies on the big screen later this month in the modern-day reboot of the National Lampoon film series Vacation.
Who What Wear: Tell us about your character on Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll.
Elizabeth Gillies: Gigi is a super-determined aspiring singer who comes from Ohio to New York to find her burnt-out ex–rock star dad, Johnny Rock (Denis Leary), in hopes that he’ll make her famous. At first, she seems completely focused on her career, but it’s clear as the series progresses that she really wants this relationship with her dad to work. There’s a real struggle between adult and child that was fun for me to play with her.
WWW: What’s your favorite original song from the show?
EG: There are so many good ones. I’d have to say my favorite is “Complicated.” It’s in the final episode of the season. It’s a ballad, and it really sums up everything that’s going on with Gigi and the rest of the gang. It’s one of the only songs in the show that we play in its entirety, so it’s highlighted in a special way. It’s emotional and really ends the season on a perfect note.
WWW: Who would be your dream duet?
EG: Oh god, I don’t know. Probably Steven Tyler—doesn’t get much cooler than that.
WWW:What do you like to do in your free time?
EG: I listen to a lot of music, take pictures, and shop around. I love going to thrift and vintage stores. I get most of my clothes there. Unless it’s a wardrobe staple, I feel weird about buying something that a million other people already have.
WWW:How would you describe your personal style?
EG: It’s hard to describe. Overall I’d say I dress for my body, and I try to only wear what looks good on me. I definitely have curves, and I play into that. I don’t take many crazy fashion risks, although I would say I have a rocker/vampire essence to my style most of the time. I also like being comfortable. Having said that, I would suffer through a painfully tight dress and killer pair of heels in a heartbeat if I knew it looked good.
WWW:What’s your summer wardrobe staple?
EG: A great pair of flattering shorts. I hate wearing shorts, but it’s somewhat inevitable in summer. I have a few pairs that I feel good in, and they’ve definitely become a summer staple for me. If I’m not in a shorts mood (aka if I don’t have a spray tan), I also love a great pair of lightweight, ripped jeans. I have a pair of Mother jeans that I’ve pretty much ripped to shreds. Oh, and an awesome pair of sandals with a heel and an ankle strap. They're my favorite. I think a pair of those with some great shorts or cuffed ripped jeans can be very sexy.
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When in doubt, blame the drugs. Meet Johnny Rock, the quintessential rock star. Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll premieres July 16 on FX.
Denis Leary and Liz recently spoke with The New York Times about their upcoming FX show Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll. You can read what Liz had to say below and check out the full interview on the NYT website.
In the show, which has its premiere July 16, [Denis Leary] plays Johnny Rock, a drug-and-booze-guzzling singer who fronted a band in the early ’90s called the Heathens; the group seemed poised for greatness until it broke up on the day its debut album was released. Twenty-five years later, Rock is contacted by Gigi, a daughter he never knew he had (played by Elizabeth Gillies, formerly a star of the Nickelodeon series “Victorious”), who is an aspiring singer with enough family money to get the Heathens back together to support her attempt at stardom. [...]
Mr. Leary, who is the show’s head writer and an executive producer, said that while much of the comedy on “Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll” comes from the dynamic of an aging band, the emotional core of the show is the relationship between Johnny and Gigi. “I have a daughter who’s the same age as Liz,” he said. “I know what that negotiating process is when they get to be teenagers, the way the buttons on a dad get pushed.[...]
In order to get a sense of the Heathens’ sound then and now, Mr. Leary started by writing the show’s theme song as well as a song that Gigi sings in the pilot. When the show was greenlit, he added five songs — some co-written by his longtime collaborator Chris Phillips — and went into Electric Lady Studios with Greg Dulli of the Afghan Whigs as producer. Some of Mr. Leary’s old friends, including Adam Roth (the Del Fuegos), Alec Morton (Raging Slab) and Charly Roth (Ozzy Osbourne’s band), were assembled to play behind Mr. Leary and Ms. Gillies.
“Liz is a fantastic singer, but she’s coming out of a Nickelodeon show, so I wanted her to get down and dirty a bit,” said Mr. Leary.
By telephone Ms. Gillies explained that she comes from a musical theater background, “where you hit every note and enunciate every word.”
“The first day, I was singing and Denis came in and said, ‘I can hear every word,’ ” she recalled. “I said, ‘That’s great,’ and he said, ‘No, it’s horrible! You’ve got to blur them and rock it up.’ It took me a minute to get into that messier side of singing.”[...]
Because Mr. Leary’s approach leans heavily on improvisation by the actors, Ms. Gillies observed that fiction and reality sometimes collided on the set. “We were always getting into arguments, fighting, hugging each other,” she said. “The chemistry and the banter never ends, and there were definitely blurred lines between being a band, a family, a cast.”[...]
With Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll premiering in just two weeks, most release dates for the songs & their cover art have been revealed! Check out the tracklist below, but keep in mind that it is most likely incomplete! Songs featuring Liz are highlighted:
Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll (feat. Denis Leary): July 16th
Animal (feat. Elizabeth Gillies): July 16th
Die Trying (feat. Denis Leary): July 23rd
Desire (feat. Elizabeth Gillies): July 30th
New York 2015 (feat. Elizabeth Gillies): July 30th
Die Trying (feat. Elizabeth Gillies): August 6th
Sinner Baby (feat. Denis Leary): August 6th
Johnny Cash Said (feat. Denis Leary): August 20th
Baby It's Late (feat. Callie Thorne): August 20th
One Old Broad (feat. Kelly Bishop): August 27th
Put It On Me (feat. Denis Leary & Elizabeth Gillies): August 27th
Fire and Gasoline (feat. Chris Phillips): September 3rd
What's My Name (feat. Elizabeth Gillies): September 10th
What's My Name - Edm Remix (feat. Elizabeth Gillies): September 17th
Complicated (feat. Elizabeth Gillies): September 17th
Check out the cover art in our gallery:
Movie & TV > 2015 > Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll > Season One > Music > THE HEATHENS > Cover Art
Season One of Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll is now available for pre-order on iTunes! You can get a season pass for $24.99, which will automatically get you all episodes of the season as soon as they're released! You can also download 30 seconds of the Die Trying music video for free! Click here to view SDRR on iTunes.
Also, the first episode of the show will be available for free for a limited time after the premiere on July 16th, so make sure to download it!