Check out our brand new interview with Sinqua Walls!
The 28-year-old Teen Wolf actor currently plays the role of Boyd, a rather rabid werewolf who is still learning the ropes and may even be behind the recent mysterious murders in Beacon Hills.
JJJ caught up with Sinqua to talk about what we can expect from Boyd, how he gets into character, who he hangs with on set, and more!
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JustJaredJr.com Interview – Sinqua Walls
JustJaredJr.com: First of all, so much happened last week! We’re so confused! How do you keep up?
Sinqua Walls: It was funny because when I was reading the episode while we were filming, I had a lot of the same questions. Obviously, with Jeff [Davis, creator], he likes for the cast to be caught up in the suspense as well. You ask him and he’ll be like, “Well, we’ll find out.”
JJJ: How early do you find out certain things, for example, who is behind all these killings in Beacon Hills?
SW: Not until we get the scripts. The way it works is sometimes we’ll get a script maybe a week, two weeks, in advance prior to shooting the episode. And then they’re always rewrites and revisions so things change. So we kind of figure it out as we go along. And the way we shoot it, we have a block schedule of shooting where we’re shooting multiple episodes at a time, so even if we were to get the script ahead of time, we may be, on Monday, shooting episode one, and on Thursday shooting episode three. So you forget what happened in episode one that you shot. You’re like, “Oh, I forgot I did that. OK, so how does that affect my character?” As I’m watching all the episodes again, I’m like, “Oh yeah. I remember I picked up the house. I remember I chased those kids.”
JJJ: It has to be pretty cool having so much mystery surrounding your character though.
SW: I definitely think so. Even what we’re seeing right now is that internal rage that was tapped on when Boyd first became a wolf. You remember how he was always in the background and very timid, I think because that coaching, he’s just acting out on pure wolf tenacity and adrenaline. It needs to be honed into something better. All that stuff that lies dormant just came out, so I think that’s fun in a lot of ways to see how crazy he can get. I always think of the X-Men. If you don’t teach them how to use their powers, they go crazy. So that’s kind of the process he’s going through now.
JJJ: There have been several times we thought Boyd mayhave died. But the good thing about this show is that if you die, there’s still a chance you’re not really dead.
SW: That’s always a possibility. I would say more of an assuredness on Teen Wolf, you know, if you die for some reason in the beginning to be reincarnated with some mythical explanation, you come back later to explain how you transcended – even with Peter Hale how he transcended into this new level of power and what his relationship is with Derek to grow into a stronger alpha. So that’s one reason, theoretically because of the story, no one ever really dies. Especially if they have some kind of power that gives them an edge up on being a human. And then the second part of that is, because we shoot block scheduling, someone will die on Monday and then you’ll see them on Wednesday (laughs). You forget all about it. And then you watch the episode and you’re like, “Oh yeah, he died!” It’s kind of funny.
Even last year, I remember when Stephen Lunsford when he was drowned. I think that was episode 10 or 11, but we were still shooting episode six, so we came and shot few days of drowning him in episode 10, and then we had to shoot six, seven, eight nine, and 10 after that. So it was like he was still there (laughs).
JJJ: What’s it like actually playing a werewolf? We’re guessing it’s easy to get into character once you’re in all that makeup, right?
SW: That was the best part. Even though makeup took us probably an hour and a half to two hours every day, it was so realistic. As soon as you see the teeth come in and the contact lenses, I just feel that carnal rage. Especially for my character Boyd and what he was going through this season. You just feel more menacing and tenacious . It really brings it out in you. For me, how I think about it is, emotionally, just anger. A lot of actors use substitution, or method, using a little bit of all of those things. For me, substituting something where I was angry in my past. Maybe I got mad on the basketball coach or I was mad at a teacher, coach, or whatever. I substitute that and I’m mad at my coach again. And then I quickly turn it off because i”m really not trying to eat any kids.
JJJ: You guys film a lot of stuff at night and the show has a very dark tone. Do you find time to have fun on set?
SW: It’s fun. The great thing is that the producers set up a dynamic where we work really hard and really long, but they allow us to enjoy our downtime. We socialize with everyone from the crew, to the producers, to the actors. We all have a good community and family environment just because we are there so long. So I think they’ve done a great job of creating a dynamic and we enjoy being there. If we didn’t, obviously that would make the hours even longer and drag, so we have a good time. And we have time to have fun because everyone comes so prepared. We’re not rushing back to say, “Oh, what’s my line?” Everyone studies and it just makes it easier that everyone is always prepared.
JJJ: Who would you say is your closest friend on set?
SW: You have similar interests. It’s like high school where you have different sets of friends. You hang out with six or seven friends different days. I’m really cool with everybody and I’ve hung out with everybody. Tyler Hoechlin and I went to Australia this winter for a little break from shooting when we had down time. So he and I are really good friends. That’s probably one of my best friends. We always hang out and we both have sports backgrounds. We get competitive with sports and who’s going to win. But he’s probably my closest friend. Dylan [O'Brien] and I are really close, me and [Tyler] Posey are really close, me and Danny [Sharman] and really close. Those are the guys I hang out with all the time because we’re always challenging each other to work out, in anything, we have that competitive spirit that makes it fun. I think Danny and I joke the most because we have a similar sense of humor in how we do practical jokes and not tell anyone. All of the guys are really cool.
JJJ: Speaking of working out, we hear Teen Wolf workouts are pretty intense. What’s your regime like?
SW: I always try to stay in a constant space of being in shape, just because it’s easier and less to think about. But last season was obviously my first season, so I’m learning how to find time to work out and how to find time to sleep. Because our schedule was so erratic. So this season, I was really prepared. I got a trainer before the season started. I worked out three to four days a week. I really just got in the best shape I could to prepare to start the show, and then it’s almost like training for a basketball or football season. During filming, I just maintain. Jeff was kind enough to get a gym on set. So we can go in between lunch breaks. Tyler and I would go during our lunch break. He would do a lot of lifting and I would do a lot of body weight stuff, because I’m just naturally bigger than him. I don’t have to lift (laughs). It was so funny because we would be eating our chicken breast and broccoli in between takes. And people would be like, “Why didn’t you eat lunch?” And we’d be like, “Oh, we decided to work out during lunch.” You got to stay on it (laughs). So we found time. If you’re prepared ahead of time, which I was this season, it makes it a lot easier.
JJJ: As for the rest of the season, what can you tell us? What can we expect?
SW: There’s going to be a lot of stuff the fans can really get into. A lot of characters are going to expand. For Boyd specifically, you’re going to learn a lot more about Boyd and I think a lot of the questions that people have from last season are going to be answered this season, in a more in-depth fashion – his childhood, his upbringing, why he’s so quiet, why he internalizes all of his frustration and anger, how he values friendship. A lot of things are going to be explained about Boyd more than before, for sure.