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Awkward's Jillian Rose Reed Talks Tamara's New Guy, Dream Spinoff

After scoring a new best friend (Sadie!) and a new wardrobe (holy credit card debt!), Awkward‘s Tamara is ready for her biggest change yet.

“There is going to be another love interest for Tamara down the line,” Jillian Rose Reed tells TVLine. “He comes in kind of a funny way, and he really catapults her storyline for the rest of the season. He’s so cute. I think fans are really going to like him, so I’m really excited.”

Though Reed can’t reveal T’s new man (yet), she says he’s a “really good fit for Tamara. He brings out a lot in her that we haven’t seen yet, so that’s going to be an exciting way for her to grow.” (But before you start cooking up theories about a Jake/Tamara reunion, Reed says her character’s new love interest is not someone we’ve met.)

Below, Reed weighs in on Tamara’s new friendship with Sadie, strained relationship with Jenna and her desire to keep this show going for years to come.

TVLINE | I feel like I know the answer to this, but what was the biggest surprise for you when you got the first 5B script?
The biggest surprise for me — and it wasn’t a bad surprised — was the Sadie/Tamara friendship. I love that it’s happening; it’s one of my favorite storylines. Ultimately, Sadie is Jenna’s worth enemy, so for the two of them to be friends is the biggest change.

TVLINE | I love seeing them together in New York.
Well, you’re going to get a lot more. [Laughs]

TVLINE | So we can expect more flashbacks, or are we mostly sticking in the present?
A little bit of both, but now that we know what happened with Jenna and Matty, it’ll stay mostly in the present. Everybody’s figuring out how to deal with the new versions of all these characters.

TVLINE | If you guys don’t end up doing a sixth season, I’d take a Sadie/Tamara spinoff.
[Laughs] Well, tell MTV that. We’d both love it.

TVLINE | Let’s touch on the latest Jenna/Matty drama for a minute: What she did was unfortunate, but I don’t think she deserves all the hate she’s getting. What are your thoughts? 
As Jillian Rose Reed watching the show, it’s very real to me. I had a boyfriend all through high school, and we were on and off just like Jenna and Matty, but I got to a point in my life where I realized I was growing up and needed to move on from the relationship. That’s what Jenna’s going through now; she says pretty blatantly that she loves Matty, but she also loves where she is in her life. So as much as fans can say “I hate Jenna” or “I’m mad at her,” this is real life. It’s not the worst thing that could happen, but for these teenagers, it feels that way. When you’re 17 or 18 years old, everything is the end of the world.

TVLINE | On a happier note, I see from the trailer that you have some scenes with Jonathan Bennett coming up. I assume you’re a Mean Girls fan. 
[Laughs] Oh yeah, totally.

TVLINE | Had you met him before, or was this it?
This was the first time, and I did everything I possibly could to not make any Mean Girls jokes. A lot of people do, so I didn’t tell him he looks sexy with his hair pushed back or anything. I kept it super cool.

TVLINE | Do your characters spend a lot of time together?
There’s a brief little storyline where Tamara spends some time at IdeaBin. Something happens to her that affects her friendship with Jenna. We really test the limits of how far their friendship can go this season. As they grow up, are they going to be able to keep it together and remain best friends?

TVLINE | Lastly, I know it’s not 100 percent certain that this is the last season of Awkward. Where do you stand on that?
I want the show to last forever. I feel at home with the show and I’m still so in love with these characters and these people who I consider my family. I’d love to do a few more seasons or even a spinoff. I want to keep working with these people as this character. Tamara’s been in my life for six years now, and I love her. … We filmed this season as if it was the last, and I would be happy with the way things end for her if this is it. She makes a really important decision for her, and I’m very proud of her.

Awkward fans, what are your hopes for the rest of Season 5B? Would you watch a sixth season? A New York-set spinoff with Tamara and Sadie? Whatever’s on your mind, drop it in a comment below.

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14 Comments
  1. Amy says:

    I have been a fan of the show since the beginning! I would love another season I don’t want it to end. I love all of these characters I feel that there is more to be told and more growing up to do and I would love every minute watching!!

  2. rn8890 says:

    Love this show!! Bring on a new season!

  3. Leshae says:

    This show needs at least 2 more seasons! At LEAST!!!!!

  4. harley Cheyenne says:

    As of right now this show has so many loose strings, there definitely needs to be a season 6, if nothing else to at least wrap all the storylines up!

  5. Jessica says:

    There are so many loose strings HOW OH HOWWWW are you going to end a season with Luke walking into his bosses office. I screamed so loud when it ended I’m not happy with the ending as I hope to see much more of Luke and Jenna. Wahh there needs to be atleast 2 more seasons. If not more well already 4 because we’ll we went to highschool with them we can’t leave before they graduate college that just simply wouldn’t be fair I need more !!!!!

  6. Heather says:

    I’ve watched every season so far. There has to be more seasons!!!

  7. girlfight888@gmail.com says:

    There must be another season everyone here in China loves the show but we can’t help to get the ratings up and we really want to. Awkward is amazing! please the fans of awkward must all stand together and show our support for this amazing show!

  8. hidy says:

    i have been an awkward fan since the day it premiered, i love it every little bit. i love all the characters and the stories. i am really hoping for more awkward i literally can not get enough of it. please keep it coming i would love to see how the characters continue to grow! #hopingforseason6

  9. Michelle Garcia says:

    I AM SO SAD THAT THIS SHOW ISN’T COMING OUT WITH A SEASON 6..
    #COLDTURKEY

  10. Nadeau says:

    I would most deffinitly love to watch a 6th season, even if it wasn’t a spin off! I really wanna see more with all the characters. I’m hooked on all of them!!

  11. Heather says:

    I would definitely watch another season team Maddy & Jenna for sure :)

  12. Brenda says:

    I have been a fan of the show since the begging. We need more then just 6 seasons .MTV has has other dumb shows with more season.
    Bring on more seasons..

  13. Charlotte says:

    Yes I love awkward I’ve been watching it since the beginning I would
    Love there to be a season 6 and hopefully more and last forever that would be an amazing

  14. Jackie says:

    There has to be at least another 2 seasons to wrap up all the story lines! Jenna and Matty need to find happiness with each other as well! We need at least another 2 seasons