“Each girl has a struggle that’s very unique to a particular type of teenage girl,” Bunheads co-star Julia Goldani Telles explained during a junket here in Los Angeles to promote the show.
“Sasha has a really turbulent home life, and that affects her performance at school and in ballet and how she deals with people. We start to see how those relationships really do have an impact on young girls. We see each girl growing up in their own way, whether it’s about their body type or about dealing with guys, just feeling confident in their own skin.”
And Goldani Telles’ character of Sasha certainly has some of the biggest issues to tackle. Growing up with the perfect ballet dancer’s body may put some pressure on her when it comes to her instructors or the other girls, but internally Sasha is dealing with a lot of deeper, darker issues, stemming from her home life situation.
“My family in the show is much more my girls, the four girls, than it is at home,” Goldani Telles explained, noting that Sasha really has no boundaries or discipline but a lot of anger at home.
“My dad in the show is gay, and it’s something that I struggle with because he’s still married to my mom… in episode five, episode six we start seeing how much they fight. They fight a lot, and [we see] how much that affects Sasha and how Sasha’s friends are used to them fighting. The fights are really dramatic and crazy, and it explains a lot of why Sasha is the way she is.”
With a mother who Goldani Telles sarcastically crowned “Mother of the Year,” Sasha finds a common bond with Michelle (Sutton Foster) that summaries as two “lost souls…looking for home” finding each other.
“Michelle is literally looking for home, and Sasha’s figuratively because she has these essentially negligent parents, so Michelle, I don’t want to say she’s like a mother figure for Sasha, but she’s a role model. And she teaches Sasha more than anybody else in her life has,” Goldani Telles considered.
Despite finding reluctant solace in Michelle, Goldani Telles teased some rebellion from Sasha coming up, though despite all of the specifics that make her unique, she certainly sticks to the typical teenage trouble!
“Sasha dyes her hair,” Goldani Telles laughed. “A lot of [her rebellion] is physical because I think she’s…just trying to get into her sexuality a little bit more, trying to get into her body…She’s trying to figure out who she is, and I think a lot of that, especially at an age where there’s a lot of insecurity about appearance, is trying to look more mature. And she goes through that. She crushes on an older man.”
An older man who is also a bartender (played by Nathan Parsons), which could spell more trouble for the girl who has already proven she likes her liquor.
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As the season edges to its close in ten short episodes, though, Goldani Telles said that everything will culminate for the girls.
“Episode ten is kind of the peak…and I think it is for all the girls and their friendship and their relationships outside of ballet and with guys and in their home lives. And at this point, we’ve seen a lot of Sasha’s home life, and it’s really sad. And episode ten, kind of, we see even more of it.”
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