The Fosters' Maia Mitchell Previews Callie's Growing Bond With Brandon, 'Huge' Liam Reveal

The Fosters Season 1 SpoilersOn Monday’s episode of The Fosters (ABC Family, 9/8c), Callie’s troubled past comes back to haunt her in a big way.

The reappearance of the mysterious Liam sends the foster teen through the emotional wringer, leading her to rely on her new family — including foster bro/potential love interest Brandon — for support.

So will the sorta siblings cross the line? Or will Wyatt continue to win over Callie’s heart? And just what is the deal with Liam? Below, star Maia Mitchell answers those burning questions and more.

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TVLINE | What does possibly having Liam back in her life do to Callie?
It forces her to face things that she’s really shut away. She’s just been in survival mode. Everything she does is a survival mechanism. She gets through each day and can only deal with so much. She’s a young girl. Without the support of family and friends, she really had to deal with all of her misfortunes completely on her own. So Liam really forces her to face some big things that she hasn’t worked through and hasn’t really processed properly. She’s holding onto a lot of guilt and anger and upset. She learns that she can’t face those [things in her past] alone and she begins to really open up to the people around her. That’s a huge, huge, huge thing for Callie.

TVLINE | So instead of this threatening her and Jude’s placement, does it make her a little more ingrained in the family?
It does. It really does. She’s always going to be wary of that. I don’t think that you’re going to see Callie completely feel comfortable in that house any time soon. She just can’t get there yet. But it definitely does help her feel closer to the family. The way that they handle it and the way that they support her definitely makes her feel safe on a level that she hasn’t really felt before.

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TVLINE | We don’t know too much about Liam yet, and the mind goes to some really dark places when trying to fill in Callie’s backstory with him. What can you say about the trauma there?
It is something that is quite huge and definitely will give you some answers as to why Callie is the way she is, why she’s so callous and so harsh, but also as to why she’s so vulnerable. It definitely gives you a much bigger understanding of Callie.

TVLINE | According to the episode description, Callie confides in Brandon. Does this bring them closer together?
Absolutely. The romance is put on hold because of what Callie’s going through and dealing with. It’s so huge. What’s really amazing about Callie and Brandon’s relationship is the unspoken connection and trust. She really does feel safe around Brandon, whether it’s romantically or just in terms of friends and being there for her. She knows that he has her back. He’s the first person that she’s really been able to trust. He, in the episode, really does help her deal with what’s going on. He’s the first person she’s really been able to talk to about it and confide in. That’s huge for Callie.

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TVLINE | Talya said in the last episode that Brandon was interested in Callie, but it’s not the other way around. Do you think Callie has any feelings for him or is it all one-sided on his part?
I don’t think it’s one-sided. Because of the way the foster system works, you can’t have any kind of relation with a foster brother. Even if there were any feelings on Callie’s end, she’s not even able to face them because the risk of Jude not being in the foster house anymore is just too great. She would never do anything to risk Jude not being safe and that house and those parents. The Fosters Season 1 SpoilersLena and Stef are the best thing that’s ever happened to these two kids. It’s kind of irrelevant as to whether she does have feelings for him or not. It can never be romantic, so she brushes it off.

TVLINE | Callie also has another guy in her life. How serious are things going to get between her and Wyatt?
They’re definitely taking another step in their relationship. I think they can call each other boyfriend and girlfriend at this point. They understand each other. They’re the two outcasts, and there’s something very attractive about that to Callie. She can feel more comfortable around him.

Comments (16)

  • love this show!!

    Comment by Elyse – July 14, 2013 07:20 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This has turned out to be a really good show. I can’t wait for Monday’s episode!

    Comment by Mellie – July 14, 2013 07:24 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The Fosters has become my new favorite show. I am anxious to see what is behind the big “Liam” mystery.

    Comment by April – July 14, 2013 07:43 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Like Callie & Wyatt together.

    Comment by Jay – July 14, 2013 07:51 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Is that anything like an emotional wringer? Granted, “ringer” has greater ap-peal.

    Comment by the old proofreader – July 14, 2013 08:02 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This show is awesome!! Can’t wait for another episode! I love Callie; she’s so mature and responsible – but in a way that was forced on her too early in life

    Comment by liz – July 14, 2013 08:07 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • As much as I would like to see callie and Brandon together, I wish that they would explore their musical talent instead. They sounded so good! Love this show!

    Comment by kay – July 14, 2013 08:31 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This has turned out to be a fantastic show! Switched At Birth and The Fosters are so much better than Secret Life was.

    Comment by GS – July 14, 2013 09:16 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • So…Abortion?

    Comment by Cynthia – July 14, 2013 01:13 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Is Maia Mitchell really an Aussie?

    Comment by Jack Bauer 2.0 – July 14, 2013 03:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • She is. Her natural Aussie accent was in full effect when we spoke.

      Comment by Vlada Gelman – July 14, 2013 05:39 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Love this show! Love how Lena and Stef have made a safe home for Callie and Jude.

    Comment by Lisa – July 14, 2013 08:37 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Please, please TVLine, start doing recaps for The Fosters. It’s one of the best new shows I’ve seen and would love to have someone else’s insight about it.

    Comment by Tinemi – July 14, 2013 09:01 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I love the show but I think The Fosters,Twisted, and Pretty Little Liars is better

    Comment by Lauryn – July 17, 2013 02:34 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • i want callie and brandon together they look so cute!!

    Comment by – July 27, 2013 04:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Omg i love this show the kiss between brandon and Callie at the end was amazing i hope that Callie will come to her senses and come home if she does she may be able to date Brandon since Wyatt is gone

    Comment by Leah – December 23, 2013 04:55 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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