You play Hayley Heinz on ABC Family’s The Fosters. You are a member of the dance team on the show, but you are a dancer in real life, too, right? Tell us about your dance background…
I am a dancer in real life! My mom put me in ballet when I was two, and then when I got a little older I started jazz, contemporary, tap, hip hop, and pointe. I have not stopped since. Dance is my first love!
How about the dances you have to learn for the show? Do you meet often for practice, like a real-life high school dance team?
Yes, we definitely feel like a team! And we all get along really well, which is a little different from how the team is portrayed on the show. We have several days of rehearsal together before we film the dance scenes. Each rehearsal usually lasts around 8 hours!
On the show, your character is good friends with Mariana and dates Jesus. Some fans call her the “bad girl” of the show. She definitely does some manipulative things, but do you place her as a “bad girl,” a “good girl,” or somewhere in-between?
She is definitely not a “good girl,” though I wouldn’t necessarily label Hayley as a “bad girl” either. She just manipulates her way into getting exactly what she wants. Is that always bad? 😉
What is your favorite part of being on set for The Fosters?
My favorite part would have to be working with such genuine and talented people. Between the cast, crew, directors, writers, and producers, I leave the set every day completely inspired.
Who is your best friend on set? Do you hang out with anyone outside of filming?
I love them all. I can’t choose one best friend, haha. I hang out with Amanda Leighton and Jordan Rodrigues the most.
Decision time: If you, Caitlin, could date any of the characters on the show, who would you pick? Wyatt, Brandon, or stay true to character and pick Jesus?
I really love Wyatt right now. He is an attentive and patient boyfriend. It doesn’t get better than that. OH, and that hair… yes, please!
Do you have any special skills or hobbies we don’t know about?
Sports. I think I’m secretly a tomboy. I love basketball, softball, and soccer. And I’m surprisingly good at them.
Describe your perfect day, from waking up to going to bed.
I’d start with a LARGE cup of coffee, go for a morning hike with my best girlfriends, film all day, have dinner with my family, watch a cheesy romantic movie, and drink sleepy-time tea before going to bed.
If acting could take you to one place in the world, where would you want to go? What would you want to do while you were there, and who would you take with you?
Greece! I would reenact Mamma Mia with my mom, haha! I am dying to go to Greece.
You describe yourself as a coffee addict. What is your favorite coffee drink? Favorite café?
I love black coffee! Sometimes I’ll add a pack of Stevia for a sweeter taste. LA has the cutest cafés. Some of my favorites are Aroma, Intelligentsia, and Lamill.
Do you have any upcoming projects that we should look out for?
Yes! I have two movies in the works. I can’t say too much yet, but they are both very exciting and totally different. Keep an eye out next year!
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