DA MAN: By the way, can you tell us about the path you took to become part of, well, “The Path”?
Kyle Allen: I remember reading the script and being absolutely terrified. About five pages into the first episode, I said to myself, “S–t, I’m going to get it in this, aren’t I?” I don’t think I wanted to audition all that badly because it was such painful material for me. Needless to say, I went anyway. I think I made the right choice.
DA MAN: This is your debut as a series’ regular, right? What has been the most challenging part of this new work routine of yours?
Kyle Allen: We get such great material and it comes at us so quickly. I wish I had more time to work with it because that’s the only way for me to get all the layers into my performance. It’s hard to watch a scene while knowing there was more to do with it.
“If you start a project and it feels completely comfortable for you,
then it isn’t the right project for you”
DA MAN: You’re also set to appear in an episode of “XX,” which features a unique concept. How would you personally describe this new series?
Kyle Allen: I would describe it as blood curdling and unpleasant. Do not eat within two hours of viewing. If you are capable of the human emotion of fear, then you should probably let this one go. It’s pretty wicked.
Outfit and shoes by Coach 1941
DA MAN: Now, from what little we know, “XX” sounds quite thrilling, and even morbid at times. Were there any particularly memorable moments from your time working on the show?
Kyle Allen: I had the noble privilege of eating something absolutely rancid out of a bowl of raw eggs. I also got casts of my hands and feet made so they could design custom claws for me—which is a bit of a childhood dream.
DA MAN: And, of course, 2016 also marked your movie debut with “One Night.” How exciting was that?
Kyle Allen: It’s like burning a firework factory to the ground with your best friend on the same day they legalize having pet gorillas. [Laughs]
DA MAN: “One Night” might have had a limited release, but reviews for it have been universally positive. What was it, in your opinion, that made this movie so exceptional?
Kyle Allen: The people. That set was some kind of dream come true. I feel like the whole experience was a movie in itself. Every single day was a blast. It would be 4 a.m. and I would have been there for 12 hours, and I wouldn’t want to leave.
Outfit and sandals by Salvatore Ferragamo
DA MAN: After delving into feature film and TV production for the past year or so, how do you envision your career for 2017 and beyond? Or perhaps: What are your long term goals?
Kyle Allen: I feel like I have something to share. And if I am being honest, I have no idea how to put it into words. Some things take a lifetime to explain, and I plan to use my lifetime to do it. And also to be less of a philosophical prick. I plan on becoming a mashup of Eddie Redmayne and Jackie Chan.
DA MAN: By the way, you’re also trained in acrobatics and classical ballet, right? Can you tell us a bit about that?
Kyle Allen: I climbed the walls of my home as a child and my parents banished me thenceforth to the gymnasium and its sprung floors until I was rendered a lithe and agile ninja badass. I then spent five years training at the Kirov Academy of Ballet and tried to become the next Baryshnikov (one of the greatest ballet dancers in history) because I have “life-purpose ADD.”
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