Interview with Gigantic's Malcolm David Kelley (aka Walt)
How do you feel about Finn's wardrobe?
That's one thing about Finn's character that I love, is that he's not shy about his clothes. His fashion sense is like -- he's all in his own world. Whatever he sees that catches his eye he'll go get it and wear it. And he can pull it off! I couldn't go out in half of the things he wears.
Could you pull off the red plaid windbreaker in real life?
Oh yeah, I could pull off the windbreaker! That's the one thing I had to make sure to take home, 'cause I really like that windbreaker. That's in my closet right now!
So, when Walt was at that party and was trying to neg on girls... please tell me that that doesn't actually happen as much as I worry that it happens.
(Laughs) No, that doesn't happen that much. That was such a fun thing to shoot, Tony and I were dying the whole time. 'Cause Finn was just crashing and burning talking to those girls.
I know there have got to be guys who take it seriously... do you have any guy friends who actually believe in it?
No, none of my friends believe that negging works. But when we were shooting it, the writer Marti Noxon gave me a negging book, and it's some funny stuff in there! People really take that stuff serious!
While Finn is not awesome at talking to girls yet... when you were his age, were you any good at it?
No, I was pretty much almost the same. Trying to figure out where to start the conversation or what to talk about. That awkward stage. I know all males, when they go back to like 16, 17 -- they're gonna remember that. They're gonna know how that feels. I remember that phase.
What's your dream role?
Hmm. I really want to do an action movie. That's been in the back of my head for a minute now.
Would you want to do your own stunts?
Oh yeah. Oh yeah ,I love doing my own stunts. 'Cause I might get to do something I would never be able to do again -- just to say that I'd done it! I wouldn't do the extreme things, I'd let the pros do what they're supposed to do. But I like it; one time when we were doing LOST I was supposed to be getting carried from one boat to another. And I was scared, 'cause we were way deep in the ocean, but it was fun.
So, when you were on LOST, did they send you to like, media training boot camp with cattle prods? Because it seems like every interview you did, people were trying to get you to tell secrets.
Almost every interview, I swear! But I held my ground. I didn't go through any boot camp or anything; I just kept it real under wraps.
OK, I hope you're not sick of talking about this, but there's so much online about how you had a growth spurt while you were on LOST. And like... as a teen guy, I'm sure you were psyched that you were growing, like "Yes, I'm getting taller!" But as an actor... was there any weird pressure or did you ever just feel bad that you were growing?
I mean, especially being young... I really didn't know what was going on. You know, my character's being kidnapped and I didn't really know the whole reason behind everything. And I was hearing different stuff, like it was my growth spurt, and my voice -- which I understand. But just at the time, it was like, "I hope I wasn't doing anything wrong." I definitely get it now, but at the time... no one ever wants to leave a show like that. I wasn't mad, but I was definitely kind of sad that I left. But hey, it also led me to Gigantic!