​10 things you need to know about keiynan lonsdale

We catch up with the Australian actor to talk playing the villain, doing his own stunts and why he wants to work with Christian Bale

by Tish Weinstock
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24 March 2015, 4:40pm

Keiynan Lonsdale is all singing, all dancing, all acting sensation who has just made his US debut in the hit new action movie Insurgent. With a stint as an MTV presenter and roles in iconic musical Fame and Aussie dance drama Fame Academy already under his belt, the 23-year-old is well on his way to international success. And thanks to his being cast in the Divergent trilogy, he'll be guaranteed a second appearance in the film's final installment next year. In the meantime, you can catch him on the flip side in soon-to-be released thriller The Finest Hours, alongside acting super stars Casey Affleck and Eric Bana. To get you clued up on the down under dreamboat, here are 10 things you need to know...

1. He wishes he was as cool as his character in Insurgent...
"I play Uriah. He just sees the world in a slightly different way. He's got this really young, fun energy about him. He's also really passionate and sensitive at the same time as being really cool. He's a cool dude; I wish I were as cool as him."

2. He was pretty stoked about landing a Hollywood blockbuster as his first US role...
"I was so happy and excited that I had the opportunity to work on such an amazing film. After a week I started to get a bit more comfortable and really started to enjoy the work. I want to make sure I see it before any of my friends or family do, just because I don't want to watch it for the first time with them. I need to be prepared. I'm excited though. There's nothing I can do about it now."

3. He always dreamed of being a dancer..
"I started dancing when I was four years old and that continued until I was 19. In high school at 14-years-old, I realized I wanted to try new things. I wanted to sing and do acting. It was really difficult at first, as everyone knew me as just a dancer."

4. Now that he's an actor he's pretty in love with what he's doing...
"When you're an actor, you get the opportunity to do things that you would never normally do. You get to play all these different job titles. As a little kid, I always loved the feeling of switching and becoming something entirely different. That's what I really enjoy."

5. He used to be in Fame...
"I was 18 when I got into a musical called Fame. The lead guy in it unfortunately got injured so I had to take his place. It was the acting part that came most naturally, I just thought, 'I really like this!' That's when I decided to do less dancing and focus on acting - which was quite hard saying goodbye to dancing. That was my world."

6. He also had a stint at MTV...
"After I filmed Dance Academy, I got to be an MTV presenter for two years. Which was awesome. I'd be pretty nervous though. Whenever I was asking questions I'd always be thinking about what I'm saying. Now that I'm on the other side I'm still thinking about what I'm saying, haha."

7. He finds being an actor quite tough...
"There's almost no security in what you're doing. You have to rely on working really hard. While I was doing MTV in Australia I was also teaching dance classes four days a week so that I could keep stable. It's just about being smart with your money. There might be a year that you make nothing or another where you make lots."

8. He'd love to play a badass villain...
"I would love to play a villain; like a really twisted, psychotic character. I think that's part of my personality, haha. No, I just think it would be fun to play the bad guy."

9. Failing that, he'd settle for playing the hero...
"I think everyone wants to be a hero at some point. We'll see what happens. That would be cool, though. You'd get to do all these stunts - it would force me to go to the gym. I just want to play as many roles as possible."

10. He has a big list of people he wants to work with...
"I'd really like to work with Christian Bale; he'd be an amazing person to work with. There's so many others; Robert Downey Jr., Michael Fassbender…I also really like Cate Blanchett, she's an Aussie and such a powerful woman. She's played so many different roles whether they're Australian, American or English. I'd like to work with Baz Luhrman too, who is also Australian, but he's also got that musical element and the whole big production. I also love Shailene Woodley's work and it's awesome that I got to work with her. I think the cool thing about the industry is that it's full of incredible talent in all different aspects."

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