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‘The Fosters’ is something familiar for Caitlin Carver

Caitlin Carver has joined ABC Family's "The Fosters" for its second season. (Courtesy of Peter Svenson)
Caitlin Carver has joined ABC Family’s “The Fosters” for its second season. (Courtesy of Peter Svenson)

Caitlin Carver’s two worlds collided. Oh, and she’s just fine.

The actress was a huge fan of ABC Family’s drama, “The Fosters” during its first season.

When she got cast as Hayley Heinz for its second season, she was overwhelmed.

“It was something I never had expected,” she says. “It’s been nothing but good times on the set.”

“The Fosters” follows the lives of The Foster family, which consists of an interracial lesbian couple played by Teri Polo and Sherri Saum.

The couple is raising a blended family of biological, adopted and foster children. The series airs on Wednesday nights on ABC Family.

Carver’s character Hayley is a dancer — which isn’t a far reach for the actress.

“I grew up dancing and Hayley being part of the dance team is such a grea coincidence,” she says.

Coming into the second season as a new character also came with some nerves for Carver.

She says coming into the show as a fan, also gave her an edge.

“It was more about being anxious,” she says. “I knew the characters very well and wanted to make a good impression.”

As far as playing Hayley, Carver says it’s an interesting pairing.

Caitlin Carver gets to play bad girl Hayley Heinz on "The Fosters." (Courtesy of Peter Svenson)
Caitlin Carver gets to play bad girl Hayley Heinz on “The Fosters.” (Courtesy of Peter Svenson)

She says Hayley can be manipulative.

“This girl knows what she wants,” she says. “She’s also very hot or cold.”

As the season progresses, Carver says viewers will learn why Hayley is the way she is.

“I can’t say too much, but there’s a story to her,” she says. “She’s a complex character to play because she is all over the place.”

Carver began watching “The Fosters” during the first season because her friend, Maia Mitchell, who plays Callie Jacob was on the show.

“I would DVR it and watch it later,” she says. “It became part of my life and I often felt like I was in the show. It’s amazing how my real life has turned into working on this fictional series.”

A few episodes have aired in the second season and Carver says she’s feeling the love from the fans.

“They have bene so sweet,” she says. “They are liking Hayley but I’m sure that will change because Hayley is on her own journey of self discovery.”

“The Fosters” wrapped production nearly two weeks ago for the first half of season two.

“We had the wrap party at Disneyland,” she says. “It was fun to be a part of.”

While Carver waits for her next gig, she finally took some time off to have a small vacation with her family.

Caitlyn Carver grew up dancing and is now making her way into acting. (Courtesy of Peter Svenson)
Caitlyn Carver grew up dancing and is now making her way into acting. (Courtesy of Peter Svenson)

“We’re going to San Diego,” she says. “I never have allowed myself to vacation a lot. I think it’s really important to take some time off and I want to relax and spend some time away from the business.”

Carver was born in Monrovia, Ala. and had big aspirations to travel and learn about various cultures around the world.

She grew up dancing, acting and playing softball and got an early break on “Drop Dead Diva.”

After moving to Los Angeles, Carver quickly made a name for herself dancing and snagged a role on Disney Channel’s “So Random.”

She then has gigs as a back-up dancer for Beyoncé, Pitbull and Ne-Yo.

“It’s been really great for me to transition more into acting,” she says. “I’ve always wanted that and am so grateful for the things that have happened to me. I’m on a great show with some talented actors and it couldn’t be better.”

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