Eden actor Keiynan Lonsdale on messy roles, self discovery and being part of projects ‘offering real juice’

Eden actor Keiynan Lonsdale on messy roles, self discovery and being part of projects ‘offering real juice’

Keiynan Lonsdale is one of Australia’s better-known exports, attracting legion of fans across his projects on screen and in music, as well as to his convention appearances. His early career wins were on home soil, in the ABC’s Dance Academy series, but since breaking out in the US in roles in The Flash, The Divergent Series: Allegiant, Love, Simon and Legends of Tomorrow, the Sydney-born actor hasn’t worked much in Australia. That changed last year when he returned for one of the main roles in Eden, a new Australian drama that was filmed around Byron Bay during the pandemic. With a cast that also includes Sophie Wilde, Bebe Bettencourt, Samuel Johnson and Cody Fern, the moody Eden is centred on the mystery of a disappearance, but it’s really more a character piece. Lonsdale talked to news.com.au over zoom from Los Angeles, where he’s now returned after spending eight months in Australia, about his queer character in Eden, what it takes for him to board a project and what changed for him after his personal reflections during 2020. Eden is the …
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