You may recognize Kelly Blatz from his role as Michael in Prom Night, opposite Brittany Snow, but now he’s taking over the title role in Disney XD’s debut series, Aaron Stone.
JustJaredJr.com caught up with the 22-year-old actor at the NY Comic Convention last week to chat about his crime-fighting character, his Valentine’s Day plans and his Baby Girl (it’s not what you think!). Check it:
JJJ: Are you familiar with JustJared.com?
KB: Somebody sent me something just last week about it! Or, I think it was JustJaredJr.com. I don’t read blogs too often. I think they’re great, but I haven’t really gotten into it. There’s so many out there now, but when you find a good one… I’ll definitely be checking out JustJared.com more! I just need to find out [which blogs are good]!
JJJ: How do you keep up with entertainment news then?
KB: You know, it’s funny, I don’t watch too much TV. What I’m interested in is the production of films and who is a part of that production. I’m always on IMDB to see who’s doing what next, who’s a part of what. That’s like the hub of where I get most of my information. All the gossip stuff, you’ve got to stay away from, especially when you’re a part of it. You just try to get it out of your mind.
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JJJ: What’s going to happen when people start Kelly-bashing forums?
KB: (laughs) I will not be on the Internet! Everyone always has an opinion, and I feel like there’s no reason [to look for information on yourself on the Internet] because then you’re either searching for validation or you might find something you don’t like, and that will make you feel [bad]. Just avoiding that, in general, is a good idea.
JJJ: How did you catch the acting bug?
KB: In high school, I was into film and we made a lot of student films. We didn’t have a lot of actors, so we would always have to hop in to act. There was just something about it that I enjoyed. I started reading a bunch of books and I decided not to go to college right away and to take (acting) classes. After I realized what it was, I just fell in love with it.
JJJ: What was your first acting experience?
KB: I did this independent horror movie, low…low budget, called The Oakley Seven. It was about kids getting attacked by chupacabras in a cave. Awesome experience, ridiculous movie and script. But because it was [my first acting job], it was exciting.
JJJ: Aaron’s very physical, plays a lot of sports, does a lot of stunts. Were you into that kind of stuff growing up?
KB: Yeah, I’ve been into sports my whole life. Skateboarding, snowboarding, all that, so a lot it definitely came easy. But the fighting, I’d never done that before. It was a whole new experience to train in martial arts and do fighting sequences.
JJJ: On the show, what percentage of the stunts do you do yourself compared to your stunt double?
KB: I do a lot of it actually! If it’s a fight, they usually do one whole fight with the stunt double and one whole fight with me. If there are any big stunts in there, like flips or crazy things, he does it. It’s just how they cut things together. They might cut to me close up, and then they’ll cut to him doing a big crazy kick that they want to feature. He definitely does a lot, he’s amazing!
JJJ: Have you injured yourself on set yet?
KB: No, thankfully, I haven’t! I have little cuts and bruises and bumps but I haven’t been injured the whole season (21 episodes). They keep me very very safe.
JJJ: What’s your workout regiment like?
KB: Especially during filming, cardio/running is very important. I bike everywhere. I don’t even drive a car! I bicycle everywhere. As for eating, I try to stay away from a lot of sugars, I like to keep it organic and natural. I lift some weights, but I don’t want to get bulky, so the biggest thing for me is getting the heart rate up.
JJJ: Do you cook?
KB: Yeah, I live on my own, but I’m not very good at cooking. I’ll make oatmeal. I usually go out and buy food. I’ll learn to cook soon.
JJJ: What’s your favorite prop on set?
KB: If there’s a skateboard around, and there’s a skateboard around a lot, I’ve got to get on it. It brings back my childhood. Anytime there’s something with wheels like a skateboard, you’ll probably see me running around with it.
JJJ: Do you play a lot of sports currently?
KB: I grew up snowboarding and I’ve worked at snowboards and skate shops in high school. I still go. One of my favorite things to do is snowboard!
JJJ: You have a younger brother (Jason) on the show, do you have any siblings yourself?
KB: I do! I have a younger brother who’s three years younger than me. We have a similar relationship like the one on the show, so it’s very easy. David [Lambert]‘s kind of become like a little brother to me. And I have an older sister as well. We’re all very very close.
JJJ: Are any of your siblings into acting too?
KB: No, none of them have done any acting. I don’t know why I have an interest in it. But they’re very excited to see the show and they’re very supportive.
JJJ: How far along are you in school? Did you graduate from high school?
KB: I graduated high school and I was going to go to film school at Loyola-Marymount. I had roommates and everything! I got to campus and it didn’t feel right, so I backed out. I decided to go to acting school and continued for three years. I’m going to go back when I have time.
JJJ: Who do you look to for acting inspiration?
KB: Some of my favorites are Sean Penn, Robert Downey Jr. and Ryan Gosling. They’re on the top of my list. Tom Hanks, too. They’re all just amazing amazing actors.
JJJ: Which TV shows do you watch regularly?
KB: Mad Men is an unbelievable show, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia is hilarious. Those are some amazing and talented guys! I have to say, I don’t watch too much TV. Oh, True Blood! I started watching that.
JJJ: What kind of music do you listen to?
KB: I love everything, but especially classic rock. Anything from the 60s and 70s — Zepplin, Hendrix, The Doors.
JJJ: Do you have a favorite Disney Channel show?
KB: Growing up, I definitely loved Boy Meets World.
JJJ: What about a favorite Disney Movie?
KB: Johnny Tsunami! When I was in middle school, Johnny Tsunami was a Disney Channel movie that I always watched because I was really into snowboarding.
JJJ: Are there any funny on-set stories that you can remember from filming Aaron Stone so far?
KB: Towards the end of the season, they played a prank on me! One of the directors was playing a stunt guy and he went out on this whole tangent during a scene. It wasn’t in the script or anything and everyone was in on it! They definitely pulled a huge prank on me. It was really funny. It was a nice way to end a crazy crazy season.
JJJ: Tell us about the Aaron Stone suit…is it constricting? Do you feel silly wearing it?
KB: (laughs) Some of it is pretty constricting but they made it really comfortable. They vented it and it’s flexible — very high quality stuff. To do the fights, it does get hot in the summer in any type of suit in the humid east coast. But it’s very comfortable and I got used to it.
JJJ: Are you friends with any other Hollywood actors?
KB: Yeah, I have a lot of friends that I’ve worked with, I’ve worked on a movie with Brittany Snow, who’s like my sister, and bunch of people from that movie and other projects.
JJJ: Do you have any pets?
KB: I have dog named Baby Girl. I don’t know what kind of dog she is — she’s black and she’s small and she’s crazy, but I love her to death. We adopted her when I was really young. My mom showed up one day and there were all white dogs and one black dog. We decided we were going to get the one black one.
JJJ: Do you have any tattoos?
KB: I do not.
JJJ: Do you have any Valentine’s Day plans?
KB: Sadly, I have no plans. Maybe go to dinner with my mom or my grandma.
He’s single, girls!!!! Aaron Stone premieres TONIGHT @ 7PM ET/PT on Disney XD.