Photo 2: You may recognize her as the Pink Ranger, but if you run in to her in real life, cal her Alycia! Miss Purrott was actually the first person to audition for Syd, and she nailed it immediately. 300 other girls read for the part, but our conversations always came back to Alycia.
Photo 5: Alycia also worked really hard to portray the character. The show was months of grueling conditions, foul weather, long workouts, insanely early mornings bleeding into painfully late nights. And there was no ramp up period, either! It was just a few days into filming when I had the team shoot the obstacle course scenes for episode 3!
Photo 6: The mud was fun until everyone got really cold. But they had to stay muddy for continuity! But you know what I always say: If you're gonna shoot with Chris Violette, get'em muddy! (Sorry, that's actually a Labou joke!)
Photo 7: All the hard work paid off, though, and Aly, uh, or Syd, finally got to be the Pink Ranger. She had an opportunity to be the leader of the group, but she really preferred the color pink. I took this photo the very first time she tried her spandex suit on.
Photo 8: When you weren't working hard on set, you were waiting to work hard. Which is very hard. I personally would rather constantly be working that waiting around, and I think that is the very thought Alycia was having as I snapped this shot.
Photo 9: There were only a few breaks in the shooting schedule, but we all made the most of them when they arrived. One holiday weekend, everyone decided to take a trip up north. Most of the group booked flights, but New Zealand is such a beautiful place, Alycia and I decided to rent a convertible and drive across the North Island (on the wrong side of the road. And the car...). It looked like Jurassic Park! The view around every corner was straight out of a dinosaur book I had as a kid. Oh, and we stopped at "Sheep World". Yes, we did.
Photo 10: One of the main questions I get after any project is "How much is the actor like the character?" In the case of SPD, there are a lot of astonishing parallels. Partly because we searched the world over for the perfect actors to fill out the characters we created on paper, but mostly because the actors so strongly influenced the way the characters developed over the season. Like Syd, Alycia is strong willed, independent, amazingly beautiful inside and out, and determined to be successful at everything she does. She is, by all rights, a princess.
Photo 11: If I had to pick one quality Syd has that Alycia doesn't: A singing voice! She did not like having to record her song!
Photo 12: I know so many of you who read my blog are SPD fans, and I've posted a bunch of BTS pix before, so I thought it would be different to show you some more casual or unusual moments from our year in NZ. I'll never forget this one: Alycia and I were playing video games at a local arcade in Auckland, and her purse got stolen! She lost everything, keys, ID, phone. We ended up standing out in the rain for hours as she tried to get it all sorted out. She was like, "Why are you taking pictures!?!" I don't know, so maybe someday I can blog about it?
Photo 14: We had many an adventure together. Again, I could go on for hours, but I'll save some for the panels.
Photo 15: After all the fun, it was time to put the uniform back on and get to set!
Photo 19: Even after all the filming was done, there was still lots of work to do. Here's a rare photo of Alycia doing ADR for a Pink Ranger fight scene.
Photo 19: One of the statistics Disney gave me was that SPD raised female viewership in Power Rangers. I think Alycia and Monica were responsible for that. Girls always gravitate to the Pink Ranger, and I think Alycia gives them a real life role model they can look up to.
Photo 20: SPD was a great experience, and I had some of the best times ever with Alycia. It is an honor and a pleasure to have her in my life. I'm lucky to have ended up with her in the show, and I think we all benefited from her participation. She is true SPD. When it comes to Pink Rangers, Alycia is, as she would say, "My all time favorite!"