We’ve been bringing you lots of coverage of ABC’s popular ongoing reboot of the series V as of late. Scott Wolf, Laura Vandervoort, and Joel Gretsch have all spoken with us about the show, and in continuing that trend, we recently got the chance to sit down with Logan Huffman, who plays “Tyler” on the show.
Logan doesn’t come from a big acting background or know somebody in the industry. He was picked to play the role on V because he was perfect for it, and he couldn’t be more humble about it. We were able to ask Logan lots of questions about things to come on the series, and he was more than happy to let us in on a few secrets.
The Flickcast: With things up in arms both planet-side and on the ship, what can you tell me about tonight’s episode of V?
Logan Huffman: Well, everything is building up on the world stage, when it comes to Anna and the Fifth column. Things are moving along with my character and Lisa (Laura Vandervoort). I don’t know what I can tell you, but it’s going to get pretty fun and intense in the weeks to come.
TF: Over the past few weeks, we’ve been getting hints at some big secret that has to do with Tyler. Even Anna has stated that he’s “special”. What can you tell us there, is it something genetic that makes Tyler special?
LH: [laughs] Well I’m not sure how much I can tell you there. I’m really happy because we’re starting to learn more about Tyler, and I can tell you that what we learn about him is very…good, but that’s all I can really say.
TF: Becoming a series regular on something as big as V kind of happened by chance for you, is that right?
LH: Actually, I worked with the director before, and unfortunately it’s always “who you know”, and sometimes more “who you trust”. I was living in New York and my brother from Florida calls me around midnight and tells me that Yves Simoneau, who I had worked with before, is directing for V, which I was going to audition for the next day, so I emailed him and asked for a few pointers for the audition. He asked if I could send him a picture to show the producers. After that, I auditioned and got a call back, so I guess I was just lucky. I’ve worked really hard, but I did the whole cattle call thing [laughs].
TF: We’ve asked just about all of your costars this question, were you a fan of the original series?
LH: I was mildly aware of it. I didn’t really watch it, but my parents and my truck-driving family all loved V. What I did watch was a lot of Twilight Zone, and when I heard about the show, I immediately thought about the episode “To Serve Man”, which I loved.
TF: Being apart of something like V, a weekly sci-fi mystery that’s meant to shock and keep audiences on our feet, are you taken back by some of the twists and turns in each script?
LH: I take it as it comes. Every week, we’re learning more and more about everybody in the show, and it’s very interesting. These new episodes since the break, there are roughly four new reveals every week, so it’s very action packed and fun.
What they’ve done with the writing really is meant to be quick with tons of new reveals to keep everyone on their feet. It’s a very fun show to watch because people can pick up every week and stay up to date with each character and all the stuff that’s going on with them.
TF: We noticed, in the pilot, Tyler was played as a very young and immature teen, and now he’s seemed to mature and grow up. Did you have anything to do with the change?
LH: Oh yeah. And thank god he’s growing up. He wouldn’t be very likable if he doesn’t. I’ve had some very big problems with him because he’s nothing like me. When we were setting up the characters in the beginning, I threw my opinion in there about Tyler. I should have been one of those kids that was very social and had lots of friends growing up, but I was a chubby kid who couldn’t read and had a lisp, which humbled me.
So Tyler needed to have something like that happen, and what it was for him was his motorcycle accident. Tyler is a “don’t judge a book by his cover” kind of guy and when this is all said and done, he’s going to be a completely different person. I know that for a fact. He’s going to evolve into a good direction.
TF: Does that mean that he turns out to be a Visitor?
LH: [laughs] No, I don’t think so. I have heard that, but I think that’s a bunch of mumbo jumbo. I wish I could tell you more, but I’m pretty sure that he doesn’t turn out to be a V.
Catch Logan and the rest of the cast of “V” tonight and every Tuesday night at 10pm ET/PT on ABC.