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'Awkward' Actress Nikki DeLoach Talks Season 4, Growing Up

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'Awkward' Actress Nikki DeLoach Talks Season 4, Growing Up
'Awkward' Actress Nikki DeLoach Talks Season 4, Growing Up

Anyone who watches "Awkward" knows that Jenna's mother is a little ... out of the ordinary. She's young, hip and anything but strict. As a plastic surgery-loving, ex-popular girl who would love to re-live her high school days, Lacey Hamilton may not be the world's most capable mother, but that just makes for entertaining television.

Lacey has come a long way since we first met her. She's no Carol Brady, but she is definitely not the same mother who wrote Jenna the infamous Care-frontation letter.

HuffPost TV spoke with actress Nikki DeLoach about how her character has changed and matured over the series' first three seasons as well as what we can expect to see from her in the upcoming fourth.

What's next for Lacey in Season 4?

She's really coming into her own. She’s wondering, “When Jenna’s gone, what does that mean for me and my life? Where am I supposed to go and who am I?" Just as her daughter has pondered the question, “Who am I and who do I want to be?” Lacey is now where her daughter was in previous seasons and she’s wondering that for herself."

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Was Lacey previously trying to live vicariously through Jenna or was she just trying to encourage Jenna to have the same happiness she had in high school?

All of the above. High school was so great for Lacey and she experienced a fall from grace when she got pregnant and became a teen mom. While she loved her daughter, she also felt a big burden because she had so many dreams and so many things she wanted to do with her life, and now she had a child and her whole life became her child, so she had to leave that all behind and leave college behind.

She was giving Jenna advice through the lens of what she had experienced in her own life instead of letting Jenna figure out who she was outside of who Lacey was.

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What frustrates you about Lacey?

Sometimes she gets very superficial and only sees things on a surface level. But at the same time, no one changes overnight; sometimes we take five steps forward only to take 10 steps back, because patterns are really hard to break.

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Give me a quick and easy summary of what's coming up in Season 4.

It's supersized. Everything’s a little bigger. We’re at more locations, there are new cast members and there’s lots of stuff going on with senior year.

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Supersized high-school drama? Yes please.

"Awkward" Season 4 will premiere on MTV at 10 p.m. EDT on April 15.

Photo Credit: Rick R Photography; Hair and Make-up: Allison Noelle

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