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YA novel adaptations generate quite the passionate fanbase. Shifting to the comic book universe, comic book fans are just as keen when it comes to the details of film and movie adaptations. How have you been handling people’s expectations of your character? When the casting announcement was made, there were literally thousands of people commenting on the color of my skin and arguing about what that meant for the character of Wally. That was obviously a new experience for me. The comic book world has many versions of famous characters, Wally West being one of them, so fans can really grow a strong connection to one portrayal, and in turn, they identify with how that character looks. I can totally understand that. Wally is known for being a Caucasian dude with red hair, which is awesome, but I think sometimes people forget that they love him for more than those two physical qualities. Overall, I think people are really excited about Wally, which just gets me really hyped! In my mind, all that matters is that the audience of the television show wants Wally to survive every episode, to overcome life’s battles, and to be happy. If we’re achieving that, we’re doing our job.

@KeiynanLonsdale

Coming into the third installment of the Divergent franchise, do you feel any pressure? I feel much more comfortable this time around. I felt the pressure during Insurgent, because it was definitely my big break, so I felt like there was a lot riding on my performance. But shooting for Allegiant was really fun! I was more in my own skin and was able to relax and enjoy everything a lot more. Part of the training to become a Dauntless member is conquering your fear landscape. What do you think would appear in yours? Spiders, the open ocean with no safe land to swim to, and a really impressive fridge with zero amounts of chocolate. In an interview with Teen Vogue, you mentioned that you didn’t feel like you could ever be in Dauntless. Why do you feel that way? I mean, who really knows? Had I grown up in that kind of world, maybe I’d be different, but if I had the choice between fighting for the rest of my life or learning for the rest of my life, I’d go with learning. How did you receive the news that you were cast as Wally West? My team had informed me that things were looking good, but I don’t like getting my hopes up, even if something is 99% most likely going to happen. So technically, I found out when everybody else did—online in the announcement. It was a pretty great day for me! I had auditioned a bunch over an extended period of time, so it was awesome to have it become real.

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STATUS Magazine November 2015 feat Lucky Blue Smith  

STATUS Magazine November 2015 feat Lucky Blue Smith Plus: Teresa Oman Nick Brewer Mija Clairity Oh, Flamingo! Jerrold Tarog Keiynan Lonsdal...

STATUS Magazine November 2015 feat Lucky Blue Smith  

STATUS Magazine November 2015 feat Lucky Blue Smith Plus: Teresa Oman Nick Brewer Mija Clairity Oh, Flamingo! Jerrold Tarog Keiynan Lonsdal...

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