It may not be a textbook reality series, but My Life as Liz tells it like it is for millions of teens, thanks to star Liz Lee.
Interviewed on Somewhere in Vegas, Liz discusses how she draws inspiration from her own life in bringing her MTV alter-ego to life.
“I wasn’t one of the super-popular girls,” she tells host Marq with a Q. “I didn’t sit at the ‘popular’ table at school. I sat with all the nerds.
“And I think the nerds and the outcasts and the underdogs are the silent majority.
“When it comes to dealing with bullies, I feel that nerds—maybe if the don’t win the battle, and get shoved into a locker or stuffed into a locker or bullied at school—I think they usually win the war. I mean, because you’re getting shoved into a locker by someone who’s peaking in high school,” adds Liz.
“The popular kids usually give up their reign outside of high school—and give it up to you. That’s pretty much as far as their power goes: high school.
“So it’s four years of them controlling you, then it’s the rest of your life of you controlling them.”
My Life as Liz, which debuted in January, is edited like a typical reality show, but blends in scripted monologue, for what the Los Angeles Times calls “quasi-reality-real people, in their real environment, leading lives that are being in some way dramatized.”
Set in Burleson, Tex., the show revolves around Liz, a non-conformist thinker, and her motley crew of pals during their senior year in high school.
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