Austin Butler Dishes On How Much He Related to 'Shannara Chronicles' Wil

Austin Butler Dishes On How Much He Related to 'Shannara Chronicles' Wil

You might not know this about Austin Butler, but he was once a loner, just like his character Wil on The Shannara Chronicles.

Because of that, Austin says it was easy to relate to him.

“Season 1, he’s very much the fish out of water. He’s the outsider where he’s never felt at home, really. I’ve definitely felt that,” he shared recently at NYCC.

Austin continues, “I remember, growing up before I met any actors, I was like, ‘I don’t fit in with the sports kids.’ I just didn’t feel like I fit in. I was very much a loner.”

But then he found where he fit in, and found a “tribe”.

“That was such a nice feeling. To not feel alone. So, that played into it a lot,” Austin adds. “Feeling uncomfortable in my own skin for years and then having to dig down inside and find where the strength is. … For Wil, it really started when he lost his mom.”

“I’ve gone through some really close things and that caused me to have to dig in and say, ‘What am I living for?’ When you experience that sort of pain, what’s life about? It sounds super-deep and weird. It’s, like, we’re talking about a fantasy show, but that’s what I always look for.”

Stay tuned for sneak peeks at this week’s Shannara Chronicles episode!

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