It’s not easy being Ashley Rickards—it wasn’t particularly easy being One Tree Hill’s Sam Walker, who had to suffer through suddenly learning that she was adopted, but as the star of MTV’s biggest hit of the year Awkward., Ashley plays Jenna, a high school girl struck by the worst bad luck when she is mistaken for attempting suicide. Because apparently, you can mistakenly attempt suicide!
Ashley Rickards has a request for the chef at Deluxe in downtown Wilmington: Would you mind sharing a recipe?
The actress, now starring in the quirky high school comedy “Awkward” on MTV ( 11 p.m. Tuesdays), spent about eight months in the Wilmington area a few years ago playing foster kid Sam Walker on the locally filmed drama “One Tree Hill.”
And during her stay, she fell in love with one of Deluxe’s menu items.
“I am still trying to recreate this salad that I had there,” she said last week while promoting “Awkward” at the Television Critics Association summer press tour. “It was a bunch of root vegetables baked to a perfect, sort of, a little bit crunchy, a little but soft. And it had a sweet marinade but with bleu cheese on it. It was the best salad I have ever had. And I can’t find a recipe, I don’t know how to make it, and I’m about to fly back to Wilmington just to go interrogate that chef. I need to know!”
Rickards stayed at the Hilton and Riverview Suites during her stay, and spent a lot of her time off set working out while watching another popular show about young people.
Ashley Rickards: OTH alumni Sam
On last night’s series premiere of Awkward, you met Jenna Hamilton. Things got off to an awkward start, and they only got more awkward from there. In real life, she’s Ashley Rickards and she’s quite the changemaker. Get to know Ashley, her character Jenna and how you can help her stop sex slavery with Project Futures in her guest blog post below.
By: Ashley Rickards
“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” –Gandhi
One to two million women and children worldwide are sold into sexual slavery every year. The world is suffering, and in order to end the suffering, the people of this world must come together. Your help, your commitment, your desire for a better world are what will help finally end sexual slavery and human trafficking, forever.
When reading Somaly’s book, A Road of Lost Innocence, you cannot help but be completely affected, and as such join the fight to end sexual slavery. I met with many people at the organization and traded ideas back and forth about how we could spread awareness in a younger generation and start chapters across the country and, hopefully, the world. Later, I had the pleasure of meeting Stephanie Lorenzo at one of our fundraisers. Stephanie was in the process of running a wonderful organization, which she built from the ground up, Project Futures. In the two years since, Project Futures has partnered with the Somaly Mam Foundation to form a new sector: Somaly Mam Foundation Project Futures.
MTV has been all over the place in the scripted department this year. “Skins” was a trainwreck. “Teen Wolf” is solid but a little toothless. But “Awkward,” premiering at 11 p.m. Tuesday, could be MTV’s most solidly entertaining show in years.
Ashley Rickards, who locals may remember seeing around town when she played Brooke’s foster kid in the sixth season of “One Tree Hill,” plays 15-year-old Jenna Hamilton, whose summer camp inaugural sexcapade with her long-time crush kicks off a series of unfortunate events that has her whole school thinking she tried to commit suicide. Oh, and it leaves her left arm and shoulder in a cast, leaving her physically and figuratively in an awkward position. (No one said metaphors had to be subtle.)
Actress Ashley Rickards may only be 18, but she’s got a wisdom and maturity about her that is all too rare for young Hollywood and quite recognizable when speaking with Rickards. Rickards, a Florida native, began making her on-screen…
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