LIFE IMITATES ART FOR LONSDALE
FOR Aussie actor Keiynan Lonsdale, shooting his first scene as Wally West in The Flash was bittersweet. In the show, which returns this week, Wally – a beloved DC character who later becomes Kid Flash – meets his father Joe ( Jesse L. Martin) for the first time.
In a case of life imitating art, Lonsdale also didn’t meet his absent father for years.
“I hadn’t met him until I was 10,” Lonsdale says. “He’d come back to Australia from Nigeria and … I got to meet him.”
The 23- year- old from St Marys in western Sydney says he “felt the freaky” as he was shooting the show.
“I was like, ‘ This is so surreal, this is so strange’,” he says. “It’s been really interesting playing a character going through something I went through when I was younger [ and] how differently he handles it.”
He also says he’s often mistaken for an African-American when he’s in Los Angeles and Vancouver, where the show is filmed.
“People often expect that I should know a lot of things because I’m black,” he says.
“I don’t really explain it to people, but it’s like: I’m from Australia, my mum’s Aussie and I grew up with five other Aussie brothers and sisters.”
And some fans are more than a bit surprised when he speaks.
“I think younger fans can’t quite grasp that’s what you do as an actor,” he says. “They’re like, ‘ It doesn’t make sense, how can he talk like this when he talks like that on the show?’”
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