Harvey Guillen Interview, Part 1 -- JJJ Exclusive!

Harvey Guillen Interview, Part 1 -- JJJ Exclusive!

Harvey Guillen keeps close with on-screen sister Ashley Holliday and mom Lucy Hagan in this new still from Huge.

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 he’s clinging onto what we all had at one point cause we’re all born pure. He’s always thinking that everyone’s nice and that there’s kindness in everyone so I like that a lot. Holding onto that and being optimistic – thinking the best thoughts about somebody but that’s not always the case. People don’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 that’s really cool.”

On his on-set BFF Nikki Blonsky and the rest of the cast: “She IS my BFF on set. She’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 that’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 they’re literally walking around outside looking for snakes while we’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 Ari’s holding it by the tail and she turns around and she’s talking and then she’s like, ‘Jesus Christ! What’s wrong with you?’ She started screaming and the crew was like laughing hysterically and then she’s like, ‘Sorry. The New Yorker got out of me.’”

On other weight-loss shows: “I feel like we’ve started this wave now. We heard that there’s pilots on Fox and different networks that are doing kind of similar things. We’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. You’re drawn to the stories because you’re rooting for the underdog and you want them to succeed. Then you have our show and you’re rooting for the characters not necessarily because they’re dealing with just their weight issue but they’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, that’s a taboo or I can relate to Alistair and questioning things. I can deal with Chloe… It’s just everyone can relate to any character and we all carry extra weight every day. It’s not just physical weight but it’s the weight of work and the stress of work and the weight of a relationship that’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!

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Credit: Bruce Birmelin; Photos: ABC Family, JJJ
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