Exclusive interview with Kyle Gallner

Foto: Kyle Gallner, InfeCtiON - Copyright: Luc von Ferkel
Kyle Gallner, InfeCtiON
© Luc von Ferkel

Sadly Cassidy Casablancas can not be in the "Veronica Mars" movie, but did you follow that amazing Kickstarter campaign and what do you think about it?

Yeah, I think it's great. It's not a comic book but it follows that cult following where again it goes to show like how powerful that following is and I'm happy for ‘em. I'm pretty sure it's something they've been talking about and I'm glad they got it off the ground and I think for something like that it's really cool for the fans to be able to say it's really their movie. Like they're the reason it was made and they're the reason they get to see it. I think Kickstarter is a great thing in that aspect especially for the "Veronica Mars" movie because the fans are the reason the movie is being made.

There is a "Veronica Mars" spinoff in talks focussing on Dick Casablancas. Any chance Dick is gonna be haunted by his little brother?

I didn't even know that was real [laughs]. I had never heard that. I didn't know that they were talking about that.

It will feature Ryan Hansen as a version of himself trying to put together a Dick Casablancas spinoff.

Oh cool. I didn't know.

You didn't know? So maybe...

...maybe, who knows? Maybe I'll be getting a phone call [laughs].

At what point in the development of the second season did you know, that Cassidy was responsible for the bus crash?

I had no idea up until right before we shot the episode. They wouldn't tell me. The only reason I found out was the wardobe guy had gotten the script and he was like "Do you wanna know?" and I was like "What?" and he kinda spilled the beans actually. So I had no idea. I thought it was more along the lines of I was younger than everybody so I wasn't going off to college. That's why I was only in one season, I didn't know it was because that whole thing was gonna happen. So I literally didn't know until probably about a week before.

Foto: Kyle Gallner, InfeCtiON - Copyright: myFanbase/Nicole Oebel
Kyle Gallner, InfeCtiON
© myFanbase/Nicole Oebel

Did you then maybe talk to the producers on why you were chosen for that, if they saw something in you?

No, I actually never had that conversation which is kind of funny because my character in the season before that, there was nothing malicious or nothing evil about him that it was like for them to take that turn I was just as surprised. It was a surprising thing to read that and feel "wow, they made him really evil" [laughs].

You tweeted a little bit about "Dear White People" and your Sundance experience. Can you talk a little bit about that?

"Dear White People" is a really good indie film. It's about racism in what should be a post-racist world. There still is racism within the ivy league school system. It's kind of about being a black face in a white place. It's all about how these prejudices still exist within a world where they shouldn't exist and follows this character Sam through her ivy league experience. I'm kind of the antagonist to her character. It just opens up a really really great dialogue between people about the way the world is right now. I think it's an important movie. The director, Justin, he took a really long time writing it and it's very personal to him. There's a little bit of everbody in all of the characters. I think it's a pretty powerful movie actually and I hope it gets out and people get to see it because I think it can open up a lot of really cool discussions.

And being at Sundance?

It's great. I've been up there a couple of times. You basically get a huge chunk of the film and entertainment industry all in one place. Being amongst your colleagues and your peers, seeing actors and really cool up and coming directors making their debuts. There's a good energy about it and it's a really great place. It gives people an opportunity to show what they can do and give ‘em a chance to break out because you never know who's gonna be the next big director or next big actor and I think it's important. Film festivals are very important.

What are your favorite TV shows?

I do watch "The Walking Dead", I like "Game of Thrones", I loved "Breaking Bad" when that was on. I like "Parks and Recreation" – a little bit of comedy thrown in there – there's a lot of good TV on which is cool.

Did you try to be on "The Walking Dead" because it was one of your favorite shows?

I just got called. It wasn't one of those things that I actively persued because there's such a set cast that it's one of those shows that you're like "I'll never get on that show [laughs] because everbody is already cast" but it came around and they asked me to read for it and when I ended up booking it I was actually really excited cuz it's one of the few times I've ever been a part of a show that I actually really watch and know everbody and know the characters and know the sets and it was just a fun experience for me.

Thanks, Kyle, for having this little chat with me!

Thanks. Totally!

[***And just because I loved Kyle's answer to my questions in the panel so much I'm adding them here.]

If you could spend one day with any living or dead person who would it be and what would you do?

You know it's funny how the answer changes when you grow up. It would probably be my kid. He's kind of my favorite person anyhow [laughs] so I'd probably just play with him in the house or take him out and just hang out a little bit.

Do you maybe picture one day when he's like 20, something that you would wanna do with him then?

I don't wanna picture him as 20 cuz he grows up so fast already that you kind of don't wanna think about that so... To me he's still just a baby and I kind of wanna keep him there for a little while. But yeah, when he's 20 we'll talk. We'll figure something out then.

Nicole Oebel - myFanbase

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