Actress Alexandra Chandro

Celebrity Q&A, People
on December 1, 2011

I was a fan of Alexandra Chando when she was on As the World Turns, but now she is playing twins on the TV series The Lying Game. How hard is it to play two roles?

—Jessie Calla, Omaha, Neb.

Chando, 25, says acting with herself is a welcome challenge. The Lying Game, based on the novels by Sara Shepard, is the story of Emma, a foster kid who hasn't gotten a break, until she discovers she has an identical twin sister, Sutton. Sutton, unlike Emma, was adopted and seems to be living the ideal life—until Sutton has Emma take her place.

"The sisters are so different," explains the native of Bethlehem, Pa. "Sutton was adopted into a very wealthy, privileged family. And Emma was brought up in the foster-care system. So their surroundings have shaped who they are. It's just such a fun thing to explore, the two girls, and it's interesting."

After shooting the pilot, she had the chance to sit down and talk to the author. "I had done my own research as far as the characters go, my own development, but it was really enlightening to talk to Sara about it and get her take on it," Chando says. "Also, afterward, just reading parts of the book and what she wrote really helped me. It really helped to paint a picture of the life that Emma was living before she took over Sutton's life."