It was a merry, scary and hairy Christmas for April Carver on Tuesday’s Chasing Life holiday special. Needless to say, we’ve got a lot to talk about.
Below, star Italia Ricci touches on some of the bigger moments from tonight’s episode, including April’s “deeper” connection with Leo and that major Natalie twist.
THE BALD AND THE BEAUTIFUL | April shaving her head was, arguably, the biggest moment of the episode. Ricci tells TVLine that the three-hour process was “uncomfortable,” but it was vital to her portrayal of April in that moment. ” It made me feel so much more than I had to try and feel,” she says. “Just looking in the mirror, you feel it in your heart. I get to go home and take this off, but a lot of people don’t, so I offered to let ABC Family shave my head if that needed to happen again — but I don’t think they’re going to let me.” As for the blonde “Marilyn” wig, Ricci says she kept it.
#LAPRIL | Though Ricci can neither confirm nor deny Leo’s fate moving forward — yes, he flatlined during that operation — she’s thrilled about the direction in which their relationship appears to be going. “You can see how much they mean to each other, and how much deeper their connection is than we’ve previously seen,” she says. “I could not stop laughing during that montage in the kids’ room when he’s behind the bus. I was ruining takes because I was, like, snorting!”
#DAPRIL | And then there’s the other guy in the picture. Ricci acknowledges Dominic is “mighty selfish” for worrying that people will look down on him for dumping the girl with cancer, but she also knows the whole mess is sort of April’s fault. “She knows she jeopardized what she had with him by not telling him about her cancer earlier,” she admits. “He was justified in leaving her — especially after she slept with Leo — but if he wants to get back with her, he shouldn’t do it because he thinks people are going to think he’s a jerk. April regrets making that mistake, but she’s also found a different companionship, and maybe more, with Leo.”
#MUNCLE? | Sara and George briefly discussed their future this week, but Ricci thinks it might be best for them to cool their jets. “I think they’re good for each other, but I don’t know if that necessarily means it would be a good decision,” she admits.
SISTERLY SURPRISE | As for the Natalie reveal — apparently everyone knew about her existence, including April’s grandparents — Ricci says that storyline is leading “nowhere good.” Seriously, direct quote. “She’s around for a while, so you guys are going to love her and hate her, then love her and hate her again,” Ricci warns. “I’m not sure where I am currently.”
OK, let’s get your thoughts on Chasing Life‘s Christmas special: Do you think Leo is really dead? Do you share Ricci’s take on her mom and uncle’s relationship? Grade the episode below, then drop your full review in a comment below.