"Love triangles seem to be a reoccurring nightmare in my work these days, particularly when they involve my girlfriend falling for my brother."
Falling Skies, Season 4 is a go! So, to whet your appetites for the hit TNT show even further, we thought we'd give you a taste of what's to come… straight from Hal Mason (a.k.a. Drew Roy) himself!
Yes, with the new episodes in full swing, we felt it was absolutely necessary to get the juicy details from the 28-year-old actor. What can we expect from his character this season? How will his relationship with Maggie be affected now that his brother(?!) is in the picture? (You know you've been dying to find out.) Oh yeah, plus we got him to dish on his upcoming film, Sugar Mountain, YA books turned movies, dating and even Miley Cyrus!
Q. First thing's first, how has Hal changed from the first season to Season 4?
A. We've seen on the previous seasons that Hal has a huge heart. As the fourth season gets started, we see Hal for the first time isolated from everyone he cares about. He's forced to step up, completely forget about his own safety and lead people to find the rest of the splintered 2nd Mass.
Q. We hear there's more love triangle drama coming our way. Care to elaborate?
A. Hal has always been a guy with no problems finding a woman. This season his confident foundation will be shaken when he finally reunites with Maggie and learns she has developed feelings for his brother, Ben. We'll see Hal doing everything he can for the love of Maggie. But, like most things on Falling Skies, there is an element of science fiction that plays into this "love triangle" that makes things even more complicated.
Q. What can you tell us about Sugar Mountain?
A. It's a story about brothers struggling to get by in Alaska. Due to poor decisions, they're forced to do whatever's necessary to make money. After many disagreements, my girlfriend and I convince my brother to help me pull off a hoax that makes everyone in our small town think I'm most likely dead so I can stagger out of the woods later and sell my "surviving death" story to the press. Unbeknownst to my accomplices, things actually do go horribly wrong on the mountain during the "hoax," and this dark indie drama gets quite interesting.
Q. Did you get injured at all while filming?
A. I became great friends with some local adventure guides and we did everything from riding out to uninhabited islands in a zodiac boat with orca whales all around us, to 4-hour mountain climbs where we would see moose and bald eagles. But one of my favorite things to do up there was ice climbing. We also filmed within 10 yards of wild bison, moose and even a grizzle bear with no trouble. Luckily nobody ever got hurt, but I did get a good shot of adrenaline pumping through my body when I fell through the ice of a frozen pond at one point.
Q. 'Selfies, just a horrible thing.' Spill, what don't you like about them?
A. When hiking alone at the top of an Alaskan mountain and the make-up team has put me through the works to look like I'm on the brink of death, I though it was an appropriate excuse to take a selfie. But I was also poking a little fun of so many of the serious faces people often use when taking a selfie. Selfies should be funny or fun, not you posing with what you think is a cool looking angle on your serious looking face.
Q. You got with work with Haley Webb, who Teen readers know from Teen Wolf. Have you ever seen the show? Are there any teen TV shows you can't help but watch?
A. I was lucky enough to actually have Haley play my girlfriend in Sugar Mountain. But I have to admit, I don't watch much television at all...
Q. Last year, you were a fan favorite to play Four in Divergent. Have you seen the film? Any books-turned-movies you would've loved to have been a part of?
A. I did see Divergent. It came out while we were shooting in Alaska, but we were two hours away from the nearest movie theater, so it took a few months to check it out. As far as movies to be a part of, I believe that the guy that gets the part deserves it. But I did thoroughly enjoy The Fault in our Stars when I watched it the other day.
Q. What's the last book you read?
A. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. Incredible story.
Q. You have an overwhelming fear of...
Q. How can a girl get your attention? Would you ever date a fan?
A. It's just a certain thing a girl has going on about her that is unique and completely herself. That quality lies somewhere in between confidence and a fun outlook on life. And there is nothing wrong with being a fan. We all are fans of someone.
Q. Knowing what you know now, what advice would you give to your teenage self?
A. Be proud of everything you do because you did it your best. Sometimes it doesn't matter how much you prepare for something, it just isn't going to go your way. But, even when it doesn't and you know you put your all into it, there is a huge personal reward you get to walk away with.
Q. Since you were on Hannah Montana back in the day and all, what do you think of Miley Cyrus' new style of music, appearance, etc.?
A. She's always had her own sense of style and take on life. I think she's doing what she loves to do, and if we are all that lucky, we'd have great lives.
Q. Finish this sentence: 'Drew Roy is __________.'
A. A bad speller. And hungry. Always... I'm not joking.