TWIST recently chatted with Australian actor Louis Hunter from The Secret Circle! Louis spilled about the show, his character Nick Armstrong and what it's like to be on the set. The Secret Circle airs Thursday nights at 9 p.m. on the CW, right after The Vampire Diaries!
TWIST: Tell us a little bit about what the Secret Circle is about.
Louis: The premise of the show is about this coven of teenage witches in this small town, and Cassie Blake comes into town and things start to go awry quite quickly because she happens to the be the sixth member of this coven, even though she doesn't know this. Things start happening that are bizarre and aren't meant to be happening. She brings in the connecting piece of the puzzle. Once this is realized among all of us, we have to act on that and do something about it, or we just risk hurting the people around town and ourselves.
TWIST: Tell us a little about what Nick is like!
Louis: Nick Armstrong is one of those kids who's quite estranged from the rest of his teenage buddies. He lost his mother and father when he was quite young, about 5 years old. That hurt him deeply. It scarred him. His older brother also left him a couple of years ago, so the people who are closest to him have just vanished out of his life, whether they wanted to or not. He takes it that people don't want to be close to him rather than [regarding it as] a series of unfortunate events. He goes out of his way almost to make sure that no one else will ever hurt him again in that way, so he keeps people at bay. He puts up those walls to protect himself, and it makes him a very lonely guy.
TWIST: Were you able to relate to Nick at all?
Louis: I think that in most characters you play, there's usually one or two things at least you can relate to. With Nick, I had rebellious phases obviously when I was 16 and 17, and I tried to go out of my way to be a bit of a dark and mysterious teenager, but in terms of not liking company, I've never been able to relate to that. I do like to socialize and I do like to have people around. I love my friends and family very much. I haven't been able to completely relate to him in every single way, but you understand him. He's not the typical brooding bad boy that you get who smolders at the new girl who comes to school. Yes, that does happen, but there's a whole bunch of other reasons behind it. It's not just because of, "Oh hey look, you can do an Edward Cullen look." I think he's a bad boy, but at the same time, he's almost trying to inflict pain on himself. He's not trying to make himself seem cool or anything like that. He's really genuine about not wanting people around for a good reason. That's what makes him interesting to me.
TWIST: What's the vibe been like off set for you guys? Do you get to hang out when you're not filming?
Louis: That's one thing I was really, really happy about when we did the pilot. I wasn't sure what to expect, but there's always a sort of inkling in your mind that there might be a couple of egos crashing and a couple of people being stuck up. I mean, come on, it's Hollywood. That's what happens. But every single person, and I'm not just talking about cast - the crew, the producers, the writers, hair, makeup, everyone - was so nice, so kind and genuine. They all were amazing, but me and Thomas Dekker especially - I don't know if maybe because he's the only other guy on the show - but he and I really clicked a lot. We spent a lot of great time together. I was happy about that.
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