Keiynan Lonsdale is the triple threat who is dominating Hollywood
If we had to choose one young performer in the entertainment industry who epitomizes Hollywood's coveted triple threat title, we would hands down choose Keiynan Lonsdale. The 24-year-old Aussie made a name for himself in America with his incredible performances in "The Divergent" series, alongside Shailene Woodley and Theo James, and CW's hit show "The Flash". He has quickly been dubbed "one to watch" this year after landing starring roles both on television and on film.
But Lonsdale's social media presence proves that he has more to offer than just his acting chops. Everything from self-choreographed routines to viral cover songs can be found on his Facebook and YouTube pages. They all are a testament to the fact that Lonsdale has spent the better half of his life learning the ins and outs of performing arts -- a passion of his that clearly isn't going anywhere.
As a result, Lonsdale's diverse training has made him one of the most versatile performers of our generation. Whether it's performing a soulful rendition of "Hotline Bling" or embodying a complex character like "The Flash"'s Wally, he always seems master whatever comes his way with finesse and an infectious swagger. And after meeting the down to Earth actor in real life, we think it's safe to say that in a few years time, Lonsdale will become a household name.
So whether you've been keeping up with Lonsdale on "The Flash" every Tuesday or are just starting to get to know the rising actor, be prepared to see Lonsdale in a brand new light. Recently, we had the exclusive chance to sit down with Keiynan Lonsdale and get to know him on a more personal level. Ahead, find out when he first realized he wanted to be a performer, the career advice he wished he had received, and more!
And if you want even more Keiynan Lonsdale news, head over to AOL.com at 12 p.m. ET to see more exclusive features, including the incredible connection he shares with The Flash character Wally.
When did you first realize that you had a passion for being on-screen or being a performer?
Straight away, when I was two. I've never not wanted to be a performer or be in the performing arts. I think I saw Michael Jackson on the television when I was two and my mom was like, "This is the only thing he's ever focused on." So she just started buying me MJ music and I would dance constantly in the living room and it just went from there.
What was your experience like growing up -- were acting classes big for you as a kid?
No I actually took a lot of dance classes. I just wanted to be a dancer and that was what I was confident doing. I would write songs every now and again, but I didn't really think that I could sing -- I couldn't actually back then. And I wanted to do TV but I didn't think that I could act. I went to a performing arts high school and we mainly focused on dancing, but we kind of did acting and music on the side. When I was sixteen I felt like I could really get into acting, it felt good at the time, and I thought exploring it would be a good next move. A couple years later I was able to book my first role and it just grew from there.
What does the audition process look like?
It's different in Australia than it is in America -- the only difference is that in Australia when you get an audition you have to know all of those lines back to front straight away. But in America you can hold the script, which is kind of strange. So every Australian that comes here will know all of the lines and hold the script because you're nervous and you don't know what to do with your hands. The audition process is nothing too crazy usually. You wait in line either by yourself or with other people and you do a couple scenes and it's either really quick or could take a long time. You're not really sure what that means. Sometimes I can be in and out in one take and then get a call back. Another time I could be with them for a half hour and think, "This is great!' and I don't hear anything. It's really hit or miss.
Have you noticed any major differences in acting techniques from country to country?
I think when I started working on TV in America there were a lot more things that I had to be aware of versus [in] Australia. I guess technical things you kind of pick them up since you're working so fast. At some point it's not just about the scene or about acting, it's about three cameras and being able to know your cameras -- and that's an artform in and of itself. And I'm still learning.
What is one piece of career advice you wish someone had given you?
There's nothing to be afraid of, just go and do it.
You're doing a lot right now career-wise between acting, dancing and singing. Where do you hope to see yourself in five years?
I'm always going to be looking to push my career to go further and I want to continue to do all of those things. But in 10 years from now, I hope to get away from it and focus on other things and other people. My family tries to tell me that this is my dream and I shouldn't feel bad about it, but sometimes I feel selfish because all I care about and all I focus on is my job, my career, and my music. It's all me. At some point, it has to not be about that. I think you get sick of yourself. I know for me, I need to help someone else in order to feel good myself because it fulfills a part of me. Hopefully in 10 years time I can be in a position in my career where I can take a lot of time off and I can have a strong influence on other people.
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