Dreama Walker has come a long way from busing trays at the Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. in Times Square. With guest stints on “Law & Order” and a recurring role on “Gossip Girl” as Blair’s frenemy Hazel Williams, Dreama has conquered fictional New York and is now the star of ABC’s biting new comedy, “Don’t Trust the B— in Apt. 23.” Tapping into everyone’s worst nightmare about finding a roommate on Craigslist, Dreama’s June moves in with Chloe, a woman whose welcoming grin and perfect apartment belie the fact that she’s actually a con artist more interested in stealing June’s money than becoming best friends.
We talked with Dreama about her favorite moments working with “Breaking Bad’s” Krysten Ritter (Chloe) and “Dawson’s Creek’s” James Van Der Beek (playing a version of himself that is probably best friends with Harold & Kumar’s Neil Patrick Harris), breaking into the industry, and of course, Capeside. “Apt. 23” debuts tonight on ABC and sneak peeks of episodes 1 and 2 are currently available on Hulu.
The interview contains light spoilers, so if you haven’t watched Episode 2, tread lightly.
What has been your favorite episode so far?
I think my favorite episode is actually this one called “Shitagi Nashi.” That’s Japanese for tall slut, no panties. [Literal translation: Without Underwear.] Chloe’s character has a comic book [made] after her. I get alcohol poisoning in it, I’m wheeled in on a gurney and I can’t drink with Chloe anymore. I can’t give away too much, but everything about the episode is hilarious and it was so fun to shoot. I got to have crazy hair and eye makeup everywhere and be really sick.
So would you say that Chloe is starting to rub off on June?
Absolutely. Chloe rubs off on June and June rubs off on Chloe. It just goes back and forth all over the place.
How has June changed from the beginning of the show?
There’s a definite evolution that I think happens to everyone when they move to New York City. They start off being like, oh, this is such an amazing city and it’s so great and everything’s going to fall into place and be so easy! And then it’s not. And then you’re kind of like, I don’t like this place at all. You know what, I’m going to slap a cab and say move out of my way. And then you turn into this kind of jaded sort of person. Then after some time you turn into somebody [in which] things kind of work out for and you learn to have a good head on your shoulders and be sensible and reasonable about things.
Was that your experience breaking into the industry?
I moved to New York when I was 17. I had no idea what I was doing. I got hired as a hostess at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. [I] was actually demoted to a busboy and fell carrying a large tray of glasses and was almost fired while wearing a hat with a shrimp on it. Not a good time in my life.
In real life, would you rather hang out with June or Chloe?
That’s a good question. I feel like I would want to hang out with June for a little while, because she’s obviously very good at cooking and baking and she’s very domestic and takes care of her friends. She’s very selfless. But at the same time I would totally want to party with Chloe, because she’d get into the best places and she would do crazy things and I’d love to watch that happen. So probably both. One during the day or one during meal time, and then one for party time.
On the show you’ve already hooked up with Chloe’s dad. How about [Chloe’s best friend] James Van Der Beek? Is that in June’s future?
You know, it’s funny, the relationship really evolves. You’ll see, it’s pretty funny, but in the first couple of episodes she’s definitely star struck and she’s definitely like, oh wow, the sun, moon and stars. But further on in the season he becomes more of a real person to her and she kind of sees him for all of his faults and his flaws. At one point she kind of looks at him and she’s like, I used to have a poster of you. So their relationship changes a lot, but for the most part they’re just going to stay friends. Unless June has some wild fantasy, of course.
Growing up were you Team Dawson or Team Pacey?
This is really embarrassing, but I actually wasn’t allowed to watch “Dawson’s Creek.” But had I been, I totally would have been Team Dawson because of those blonde flowing locks. And it’s James Van Der Beek.
Why weren’t you allowed to watch Dawson’s Creek?
My mom was super strict about that stuff. I wasn’t allowed to watch “The Simpsons.” I was slightly sheltered in that sense. But it’s good, because I only know James as my James. I don’t know James as Dawson at all. I think it would be really weird to go back and watch it now. I’m just going to keep him as my James.
So I’m guessing you wouldn’t have been allowed to watch “Apt 23” then?
You know, it’s funny. I actually think most of the jokes would have gone over my head and perhaps even my mother’s head, so I think it would have been okay, surprisingly. I don’t think she would have gotten some of the sexually explicit references.