EXCLUSIVE: Bianca Santos Talks 'Happyland' & What It Was Like to Kiss Jake T. Austin

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Bianca Santos is quickly rising to the top!

The Cuban and Brazilian American actress, who most recently played Lexi Rivera on ABC Family's The Fosters, is getting ready to take the lead on MTV's new series, Happyland.

A soapy teen dramedy, Happyland explores one of the country's most popular theme parks, going behind the scenes to reveal the not so magical reality of the park workers. The series centers on Lucy (played by Santos), the cynical teenage daughter of idealistic park princess mom, Elena. Having grown up in a world of manufactured happiness her whole life, Lucy wants to get out and experience something real. Then Ian, the new park owner's son, arrives and sweeps her off her feet, leaving Lucy wondering if fairy tale endings exist after all.

Santos recently stopped by our offices to talk about her new MTV series, leaving The Fosters and kissing Jake T. Austin, her upcoming big screen debut, and more.

Read it all in our exclusive interview below:

We’re such huge fans of The Fosters — will Lexi ever come back to the show?

You know, I spoke with the executive producers. Part of the reason why Lexi has to go away was because of the MTV show that I’m on — being the lead of that show you can’t really be on two networks. But they always said if things don’t work out with Happyland, Lexi can always come back. They’re great, great people and you know, I can always grovel back [Laughs].

Sure they would be more than happy to write you back in! On another note, we have to ask…what was it like kissing Jake T. Austin?

Ahh! [Laughs] Oh my gosh, I haven’t been asked that question in so long. What was it like kissing Jake T. Austin…you know, it’s so different when you’re working, right? I mean I watched Jake on Wizards of Waverly Place and totally love that show. But it’s so different when I’m working alongside someone. I don’t know! I guess it’s a totally different experience. It’s not like I’m going to be like, oh it was good. It’s just like…you’re working.

So would you say in a way it was awkward?

What was so funny was that I literally didn’t meet Jake until the table read, which is strange because usually a show will do like a chemistry read. So there was no testing our chemistry and one of the first scenes we did was a kissing scene. I was like, hi nice to meet you, let’s make out. But it worked out, you know. And obviously people see some chemistry there, so I don’t know what you get from that.

Okay, fair enough. Now speaking of Happyland, let’s talk about your character Lucy.

Lucy Valez is a responsible, smart, witty, and sarcastic teenager, and I love that about her. I think part of the reason her personality just fits with who she is, is because she has this single mother who was a park princess for 15 years and that totally buys into the whole Happyland fantasy land of dreams come true, and she thinks every guy she’s going to meet is prince charming. Lucy on the other hand is like, okay mom but have we to pay our bills. You know? She’s like that grounded girl that just has her head on straight and she takes care of a lot of people. She takes care of her friends, and her job at the park is taking care of the characters and making sure that they’re safe at the park. So that’s who Lucy is.

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