VH1’s Hit the Floor gets extra interesting tonight with the return of Teddy, played by Stephen Colletti. What’s Teddy up to this time? And which show would Stephen say has more drama – Hit the Floor or the teenagers of One Tree Hill? LA Fan Cultures Examiner sat down with the actor last week to get the answers to a few burning questions – and don’t forget to use the media player included with this article to check out an exclusive clip from tonight’s new episode!
How much trouble is Teddy in now? “I wouldn’t say he’s in trouble as in, you have to look back at his history. There’s a little bit of a theme of being in over his head,” Stephen said. “[Being] a little overly enthusiastic that might get him in trouble. I think the beautiful thing about Teddy is he thinks he can do a lot, so he gets after it. You’ll see he takes on some responsibility in the next episode, and you’ll see how he handles that, which may or may not be good.”
Having appeared on the show going back to its very first season, Stephen explained that he tries to keep up with everything in the universe of Hit the Floor as best he can even when he’s not around. “I try to tune in and get up to date,” he said, “and talk with the other actors when I pop in. I like to keep up to speed. It’s always something that I’ve done from the get-go when I jump into a project. I like to actually go straight to the actors and see what their take is on stuff, especially the ones I’m working with, and be able to go from there.
“You’ve got to be informed,” he continued. “It’s like doing homework. The more you work on being informed, the more you get out of it. No corners are cut, you want to be informed and understand it. Even a lot of the stuff that’s not necessarily associated with my character, I think it’s important to know what’s going on in different scenes. It’s important to know what the tone is. The one thing that I do appreciate is that yeah, there’s a lot of juicy drama happening and Teddy is very much a part of it!”
He’s no stranger to drama, having been a part of The CW’s teen drama One Tree Hill from its fourth to ninth seasons. And if there’s any show with a ton of stuff happening in it, it’s a teen drama. So which of the two shows would Stephen say had more drama?
“I think the drama level is pretty deep. They’re both ten out of ten,” he laughed. “It’s funny, you have big characters and big situations as far as One Tree Hill, and where the characters are at at the end of the show and where they are in their lives and what they’re all doing. That was after a long run, after watching these characters grow up into being adults, and that’s where they found themselves.
“With this, it’s similar as far as you have high stakes and high drama,” he added, “and it’s definitely juicy if not crazy at times.”
And on Hit the Floor, you never know when Teddy might show up again. “The possibilities are endless,” Stephen told us. “You never want to try and assume, like I wonder if this fits the character, if there’s ever a time when he comes back. A show like this, people have popped in and out at any time. A most unlikely scenario might be a reality on the show. I think that’s what makes it so juicy and appealing.”
Hit the Floor airs tonight at 10 p.m. on VH1