How on earth does a kid from Indiana become one of the stars of a high profile network series?
Logan Huffman: It’s kind of a weird story. I like history a lot and I used to make gladiator weapons in my garage. My next door neighbour, who taught voice, movement and stage combat would come by, look at what I was doing and say, “You’re building that wrong!” He started telling me about what he taught, and not thinking about college much thought maybe that would be a good thing to do. It was Christmas and he had me over and I did a monologue for him. I later found out he thought I could take directions well so he sent me to a Master Meisner teacher, Katherine Gattely. I sold my car, moved to Chicago and lived there off and on for a year and a half. From there I moved to New York, had a manger who passed away, got the people I’m with currently and it’s all good. The hardest part for me is that I’m a nobody. I’ve got no family in this business, I’m not the son of casting director, I’m just a stupid kid from Indiana who likes what he does and it’s the only thing I’m good at. People took a risk on me. Yves Simoneau, who directed V’s first four episodes also directed me in my first big break, a lifetime movie called AMERICA with Rosie O’Donnell. Without Rosie, I wouldn’t have a career. She was the one who said, “I want that long haired boy from New York!”>
According to your imdb profile, V is your first series. Just how nervous were you knowing you’d be surrounded by an incredibly talented and accomplished ensemble?
We all have a great amount of respect for each other. From day one, Elizabeth [Mitchell] was constantly coming over and asking if I was okay with things and treating everyone as an equal. It’s been really lovely to work with this kind of group, especially for me, who would never have had enough money for college. This is my college.
Would it be fair to say that Tyler came off as somewhat of a petulant child during V’s initial four episodes?
Absolutely, I hated my character. At first I thought he was a whiny little b*tch! But I knew I had to play him and that’s the way the audience needed to see him. My main goal is I want the audience to not like Tyler but at one point — and this is what these new episodes establish — is you get to understand why he’s like that. What could have happened to him that made him such a loner and what happened that was so traumatizing that drew him away from people that he’s now seeking this beautiful new glory. Fans are going to find out stuff that will make them say, “Holy Sh*t!” No wonder he’s like that and has so many issues.
Would it be safe to assume that why Tyler is the way he is might have a little something to do with a lack of a father figure?
Yeah a lot of it has to do with that and the breakup, you find out why Tyler blames himself. Why it’s his fault and the burdens he feels and why. His dad [played by X-FILES alum Nicholas Lea] is a major part in sifting out and figuring out who this kid is. The audience is still wondering how he could so blindly follow the V, well it’s because he needs this more than anything. Everything in his life has fallen apart and the V are the one thing that have structure.
Anna seems to infer that there is something special Tyler? Is it genetic?
There is something very different about Tyler and I would say that you’re going to come to find out it’s a lot of things, but that’s in the right direction. If your read Joseph Campbell you’ll find out that Tyler meets some very strong requirements for certain type of roles and he meets the certain criteria of what he’s going to be asked to do and what his role is. Being on this kind of television show you don’t know everything, it’s always constantly figuring out. Even I don’t know exactly what it is, but I have a general idea of what makes him so important and where it’s all going. What we do know is he possesses something that the V need and that makes him extraordinarily valuable.
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