JJJ caught up with the up-and-coming actor about his character Alistair, working alongside Nikki Blonsky and not loving snakes at all. Check it:
On what appealed to him about Alistair: “The idea that heâ€™s clinging onto what we all had at one point cause weâ€™re all born pure. Heâ€™s always thinking that everyoneâ€™s nice and that thereâ€™s kindness in everyone so I like that a lot. Holding onto that and being optimistic â€“ thinking the best thoughts about somebody but thatâ€™s not always the case. People donâ€™t always do that. But I like that about Alistair, he really genuinely thinks that about people. He really thinks the best about people so thatâ€™s really cool.”
On his on-set BFF Nikki Blonsky and the rest of the cast: “She IS my BFF on set. Sheâ€™s like, ‘Harvey. Get in my trailer’ during lunch. Hayley [Hasselhoff] has pool parties at her house and we get to hang out with the Hoff so thatâ€™s pretty awesome. We just do all kinds of stuff together.”
On wrangling snakes on set: Everyone hates snakes on set and we have snake wranglers in Malibu. So theyâ€™re literally walking around outside looking for snakes while weâ€™re shooting and they found one actually — a Diamond Head snake. They leave the bucket of snakes on set because at the end of the day they drive like 30 miles into the wilderness and they dump it out. One day Ari [Stidham] brought this fake snake that looks real to set and Nikki probably hates [ snakes the most so [Ari] is walking behind Nikki while she’s doing a scene. They cut and Ariâ€™s holding it by the tail and she turns around and sheâ€™s talking and then sheâ€™s like, ‘Jesus Christ! Whatâ€™s wrong with you?’ She started screaming and the crew was like laughing hysterically and then sheâ€™s like, ‘Sorry. The New Yorker got out of me.’”
On other weight-loss shows: “I feel like weâ€™ve started this wave now. We heard that thereâ€™s pilots on Fox and different networks that are doing kind of similar things. Weâ€™re the first show to ever have a full cast of plus size actors who are actors, not reality show actors like on Biggest Loser. Youâ€™re drawn to the stories because youâ€™re rooting for the underdog and you want them to succeed. Then you have our show and youâ€™re rooting for the characters not necessarily because theyâ€™re dealing with just their weight issue but theyâ€™re also dealing with life issues. So everyone can relate to it.
“You can say I relate to the Amber with an older love interest, thatâ€™s a taboo or I can relate to Alistair and questioning things. I can deal with Chloeâ€¦ Itâ€™s just everyone can relate to any character and we all carry extra weight every day. Itâ€™s not just physical weight but itâ€™s the weight of work and the stress of work and the weight of a relationship thatâ€™s failing. We all have to carry that weight.”
Check back soon for more of our interview with Harvey and don’t forget to catch the mid-season finale of Huge TONIGHT on ABC Family!