Former "General Hospital" star Lindsey Morgan talks about her new web series, "Destroy the Alpha Gammas." In this interview, the actress discusses how she came to join the project and why she enjoys working on the series.
"Destroy the Alpha Gammas" is a new musical web series that's taking the internet by storm. From the mind of actress/producer Leah McKendrick, the series is part "Glee," part "Mean Girls" and all attitude. The series follows a group of misfit girls in an outcast sorority, embroiled in a long-time war with girls from a more popular sorority. Fed up with being treated like second-class citizens, the girls of Delta Phi flip the social norm of their university on its head when they decide to beat the Alpha Gammas at their own game.
Former "General Hospital" star Lindsey Morgan was asked to join the series soon after departing the soap. "It just kind of fell into my lap. Another girl that was playing Lauren had to drop out because she had booked a pilot. And so they were three days from beginning production and this girl I met in this new acting class that I was taking is one of the producers and just came to me and asked if I'd do it. It was at the perfect moment too. I had nothing going on and it seemed like a really fun role.
Initially, Lindsey had reservations about doing the project. The idea of doing a non-paying gig wasn't the issue for the actress, as she had done work for free in the past. Though she experienced past projects where people didn't seem to care about the treatment of those donating their time, she didn't feel she'd encounter such issue with "Destroy the Alpha Gammas."
"I remember when I first started out, one of my college professors said to me, 'Learn to say yes and you'll be surprised what happens.' Even then I was like, 'I don't know. It's a free gig, I just met this girl. I don't really know," said Morgan. "Finally I was just kind of like, 'Yeah, let me just distract myself from leaving 'GH' and do this.'" It turned out to be a great decision!
"It is a musical web series and it's kind of like 'Revenge of the Nerds' meets 'Glee' and a little bit of 'Greek.," the actress said when asked to describe the vibe. "There are two sororities at college [that are at war] – The Alpha Gammas and the Delta Phis. The Alpha Gammas are the hot, popular sorority on campus. The Delta Phis are like the nerds, the loser sorority. So there's a little bit of The House Bunny in there; how the kind of dorky sorority finds their own. They're the underdogs, the outcasts; a group of misfits trying to fit in in caste-like Greek society in college and where they find themselves and what they want to represent."
Lindsey plays Lauren, the sardonic frenemy of Gamma President Autumn. "She's like the Gretchen Wiener in 'Mean Girls.' Like, 'I'm gonna be your best friend and second in command but I'm really waiting so I can kill you in your sleep.' I just love that she has a secret agenda all the time."
Lauren's one-liners and personality is part of what drew Lindsey in to the project. "Sometimes it's fun to just be that person who just says whatever they hell they want and doesn't care about the repercussions. That's who Lauren is. She says some really rude things that I would never say. You may think them in your head, let's not lie, but I would never say that out loud, you know what I mean? It's liberating playing someone that free who like seriously gives zero – you know the rest. She doesn't give a f---," said the actress laughing.
Joining a musical series was a more than a little daunting for the actress, who hasn't liked singing in public since she was in the sixth grade. Lindsey's audition for her school musical went horribly awry when she sang "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" two octaves higher than she needed to. It was an experience she wouldn't forget…and neither did her peers. The actress was reminded of her ill-fated audition every year during her school's annual musical production. Scarred by the incident, she's had reservations about singing in public ever since. Luckily for Lindsey, she wouldn't have to sing at all for "Destroy the Alpha Gammas." "It turns out that the role of Lauren, even in the original script, didn't have any songs. So it kind of just worked out perfectly. Like, I don't sing. I'm only in one dance number and I'm in the back, hiding," said the actress laughing.
It wasn't easy, being surrounded by such a gifted cast. "When I said yes to this, I was like 'Oh my god. This is kind of scary and challenging. I'm not a singer, I'm not a dancer and I'm surrounded by all these immensely huge talents who are.'"
Lindsey was able to channel her fear and uneasiness into a learning experience. "It made me grow," said the actress in a proud tone. "I'm taking dance classes now in Vancouver since I have all of this time on my hands." She says working on "Destroy the Alpha Gammas" helped her explore a new art form. "Maybe in the future I'll sing a few bars," said the actress jokingly. "With some intense training [of course].
She recounted the enjoyment she felt working with co-stars Anastacia McPherson (who plays Autumn) and Christie Burson (who plays Mary). "They were just so funny and we would improve with Scott Brown (the director). Sometimes we'd have a two-line scene, but we'd make it five minutes long and they'd take what they wanted."
Even though Lindsey booked a role on The CW's new series "The 100," she says she'd love to continue being a part of "Destroy the Alpha Gammas." she hopes to be able to continue doing "Destroy the Alpha Gammas". She doesn't foresee a conflict in her schedule that would prevent her from working on the series in the future. "Sometimes it's tough because if you're under contract with a certain network, they won't let you do certain things, but because this is a web series, I think they'd be more lenient. I'd love to do both when I'm not working. I think this web series has so much potential. Scott Brown did such a good job. Leah is so talented. The entire cast is amazing. It's just so fun. Being on set with everyone, we just had a blast. It was like a giant sleepover. I would love to be able to do that."
As Lindsey reflected back on the experience of working on the series, she says she'd do it all over again. "I made some great friends and had a great blast doing it. Leaving 'General Hospital,' I feel, made me really grow a lot. It made me explore myself and come out the end of it a little bit stronger."
New episodes of Destroy the Alpha Gammas are published every Wednesday on YouTube. To learn more about Destroy the Alpha Gammas, visit DestroytheAGs.com. Interact with the cast and producers of the show on social media by visiting Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
This interview was conducted for TVSourceMagazine.com