Character Interview with Landry Albright from the young adult series, Landry's True Colors
Do you and your author have a lot in common?
We both look icky in navy blue. She tells people we both overthink stuff, but I think that’s more her than me.
Do you have any annoying habits your author did not share with us in your book?
Yes, but I have enough dirt on her that she won’t EVER reveal them.
Did you fight much with your author or did you two see eye-to-eye?
Well…I would have preferred she not share that part about what Manny said about me and also the Nik thing. That was kind of embarrassing And it would have been nice if she made it so Vladi was like, obsessed with me or something. But she and I basically get along. If you talk to her, could you pass on the fact I’d like a bigger room and maybe they could go back and let me win the American Ingénue contest? I’m not saying Talisa Milan and I have to become model besties, but I wouldn’t hate that idea.
Did your author listen to you when you tried to redirect her?
Of course, she listens to me. She has no choice…wait…is she going to read this?
Is your love interest the way you pictured him?
Vladi is all sorts of adorable. I’m not sure I’d really say he’s…well, that, but I’m hoping that maybe he starts texting me or something.
Are you planning to make an appearance in a third book?
Yeah, she’s still writing about me. She keeps asking if I have a journal. Like I’d let her look at that.
Are you happy with the setting?
I’d definitely like a bigger room and one I didn’t have to paint myself. Painting is boring.
Who was your favorite supporting character?
I can’t pick just one. Ashanti and Peyton.
Were you happy with your wardrobe in the book?
No, the Hillcrest Academy uniform is super gross and Krysten could have at least picked colors that didn’t make me look like a dead goldfish.
What else you’d like us to know, Landry?
Yeah, I really think she should make it so Colin, the soap star guy, is really younger, and he asks me out.
Krysten: This is why I don’t let you do interviews.
Krysten: Get in the car.
Landry: Seriously? Whatevs. Now I won’t let you look at my journal.
Krysten: Wait…you said you didn’t have one…umm…who wants to get in the car to go to Ignatowski’s Ice Cream Palace.
Landry: That’s what I’m talking about.
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What’s the worst thing that’s happened in your life? What did you learn from it?
When my friends all got mad at me—first when Ericka and Tori stopped speaking to me after we all tried out for the American Ingénue reality show modeling competition and I made it to the next round and they didn’t. But I learned who my true friends were after that.
Tell me about your best friend.
I have two or three besties. Tori used to be my best friend, but after she got mad at me over that modeling thing…I just don’t trust her the same way. Ashanti Russell is one of my closest friends. We became closer after getting to know each other better. She always has my back. Peyton Urich is another of my best friends. We met when Tori and Ericka weren’t speaking to me. She’s been such an amazing friend. And Devon and I have best friend bracelets together, but…sometimes she gets a little controlling.
What is one strong memory that has stuck with your character from childhood? Why is it so powerful and lasting?
I was in a dance recital when I was four years old. We were supposed to be little ballerinas and have scarves attached to our tutus, but my mom was still in school at the time and she came home late and forgot to give me my scarves. So all the other little girls pulled out their scarves, and there’s a video of me looking on either side of my tutu for my scarves and then bursting into tears crying “Mommy!” as I ran off the stage. My grandmother said I was adorable, but I don’t think it was any coincidence my grandfather died two weeks later.
What is your greatest regret?
That I messed up my introduction during the American Ingénue competition. All I had to do was say, “Hi, I’m Landry Albright from Grand Rapids, Michigan,” and instead I said, “Chicago, Illinois,” my old state and when I went back to correct it, I totally slammed into the next contestant, made the microphone shriek and embarrassed myself. If I could go back in time, I’d totally choose that moment to change.
Do you ever lie?
Well, I don’t outright lie, but when my dad asks about my math grades, I do point out how awesome I’m doing in English and hope he changes the subject.
What do you like best about yourself? Least?
Best? I think I’m a nice person and a good friend. Least? My hair. I’d much rather have Devon’s dark, curly hair or Peyton’s dark red hair.
What is in your refrigerator right now?
Leftover butterscotch and vanilla pudding from the variety packs my mom and I eat all the chocolate out of.
What’s on your bedroom floor?
Dirty clothes—like my Hillcrest school uniform that makes me look like a dead goldfish, my mom’s favorite sweatshirt that I borrowed and got something blue on (when did I have fruit?), and some magazines.
What’s on your nightstand?
Magazines, YA mystery novels, gum wrappers, and my favorite lip gloss.
Imagine you’re doing intense spring cleaning. What’s easy to throw out? What is difficult to part with?
Did my mom put you up to asking this? I hate cleaning my room, but whatever. I guess the easiest stuff to throw out would be all the candy wrappers and to put my soda cans in the bin to take back for a deposit. What’s difficult to part with would be my magazines. I like to hang onto them and look at them at night before I go to bed. And I would never part with my stuffed animals—especially the blue mouse my dad got me when I was little.
If you could spend the day with someone you admire (living, dead or imaginary), who would you pick?
Talisa Milan, my favorite model who won the American Ingénue competition. She’s so busy that I doubt I could keep up with her, but I’d love to see what it’s like to be her just for one day. She hosts a video show, does makeup and hair care commercials, goes to school, and she’s dating a member of the band, The Puking Baby Dolls.
Did you and your author agree on the storyline?
Well, at first she told me I had no say in any of it, but she can’t really control what I say or do. I’m just me and she has to figure out what to do with that. She calls it, “frustrating,” but hey, I told her, “You’re the one who became a writer. What did you expect, genius?” So whatever. She’s got to deal with it.
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