Get ready for some possible Awkward heartbreak.
Jenna finally got the hunk of her dreams this season, but her relationship with Matty has been far from perfect. And now that she’s found herself in a flirtation with classmate Collin, Tuesday’s midseason finale (MTV, 10/9c) promises to be very dramatic.
So, will Jenna and Matty’s love survive? Will her boyfriend ever clue in to her wandering eye? TVLine went to his portrayer, Beau Mirchoff, to get answers about his character’s rocky romance with Ms. Hamilton.
TVLINE | It really has been a great season for Matty in terms of them giving your character more of an inner emotional life. What’s been your favorite part about his journey this year?
There’s been a lot of favorites for me. It’s actually been a great experience. First off, it’s nice to see the evolution of Matty. The first few seasons, he was still pretty immature in figuring himself out as a young man. And now there’s a lot of chaos going on in his life, but he’s able to deal with it in a mature way. That’s been fun to play. And also, it’s fun to do the emotional scenes. Like when I read that in the script, I go, “Oh, yes!” and I get excited.
TVLINE | The scene in the bathroom when Jenna sees you crying was so good. When you got that, was that a little bit scary, knowing you have to go to that place?
No, not scary, especially when they just open the door on me and then I’m crying. You can prep however you need to. But yeah, it definitely takes concentration. I guess it’s a little daunting because it takes energy and you get in a little funk and a little bit of a mood.
TVLINE | Without giving too much away about Tuesday’s finale, I love that your character brings up the family issue again.
Me, too. I definitely do. I don’t think he would have brought it up last season. Matty is honest about how he feels and he lays it on the table and says that Jenna is not fulfilling his needs the way Matty fulfills hers. [It's] a beautiful moment for the two of them.
TVLINE | That scene was just so long overdue.
[Laughs] Yeah, absolutely. Sometimes, it just feels like there’s just a lot of misleading or they’re just not on the same page. And finally they kind of get on the same page.
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TVLINE | I have to be honest with you: I feel like Matty loves Jenna more than she loves him.
Yeah, you might be right there. I don’t know if I can say you’re wrong at least at this point in time. Maybe she still loves Matty, but something’s amiss. She’s growing up, too, and she’s figuring herself out. If that means she has to kind of experience other [laughs] things in life to realize that Matty is the right one for her, then that’s what she has to do.
TVLINE | From the first episode this season, she sort of started to sabotage the great thing that she has with him.
Yeah, a little bit. Matty’s a little bit oblivious to it. He sees the best in everyone. And now that you mention it, yeah, possibly. I don’t think she’s cognizant of it though. But it does seem like that, doesn’t it?
TVLINE | What does the midseason finale hold for them as a couple?
They go through a large event together, the whole crew does. Something goes wrong, and they might not be able to… Who knows if they’ll be able to stay together after it? I’m not saying what happens or who’s at fault, but they’re both going to have to take a look at their relationship and see if it’s what they really want to do.
TVLINE | So far, Matty’s been pretty oblivious to what’s been going on between Jenna and Collin. Is that going to change?
I think it will change a little bit. The signs have been prevalent, and I don’t know how long… [Laughs] It’s right in front of Matty’s face, and he hasn’t been able to pick up on it. I hope he does. I think most people would pick up on it. [Laughs] So yes, I would say he does eventually.
TVLINE | Why do you think he hasn’t?
He’s in love. He has no reason to suspect any deceitfulness going on. It’s his first real relationship. And why would he be the jealous type? He has no reason to be. He only thinks the best of Jenna. So that’s why he thinks Collin’s a good guy, and he’s smart, and he’s different, and he’s a good friend to Jenna.
TVLINE | At this point, do you still think Matty and Jenna belong together? Are you rooting for them?
Yeah, I’m kind of rooting for them. I mean, Jenna’s got to get her act together, honestly, because Matty doesn’t deserve someone who’s not completely committed to him. So unless she can promise that and honestly do that, then Matty’s got to find another love.
TVLINE | That moment in the car when she asks him what he likes about her, and he gives her this really genuine, thoughtful answer, and she can’t come up with one, that was so telling.
[Laughs] I haven’t seen it yet. I obviously know the scene. There’s a lot of hints, but they’re not very subtle. You can pick up on them. Maybe Jenna’s heart’s not in it right now. And that’s sad, but that happens. People fall out of love.