Logan Shroyer, blue-eyed all-American boy, has become a TV heartthrob at the tender age of 19. “I’ve always loved stories. I was a bookworm growing up,” says the star of This Is Us.
Logan Shroyer is an American actor in NBC’s hit show This Is Us. The 19-year-old plays the role of teenager Kevin Pearce in the show, working alongside acclaimed actors like Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore and Sterling K. Brown. This Is Us was nominated for a Best Television Series – Drama Award at the 74th Golden Globes and for Best Drama Series at the 7th Critics’ Choice Awards. Having premiered in 2016, the show finished its second season last September. The third season is scheduled to premiere on September 25.
The blue-eyed actor was born in Torrance, California in 1999. He spent some of his childhood in Norman, Oklahoma before his family relocated to South Bay, Los Angeles. Prior to his acting career, Shroyer was lead guitarist in an alternative rock band, Liquid Glass, when he was 15. He starred in numerous TV commercials. Shroyer debuted as an actor in series like The Thundermans, Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street and Speechless.
Beside This Is Us, Shroyer plays in a supernatural indie series called The Relic, which he is also co-directing, writing and producing. When he’s not acting, directing or writing, Shroyer enjoys surfing in his free time. He was on the surf team in high school. Highlights of an exclusive interview with Prestige:
When did you decide to become an actor and go to work in the entertainment industry?
I started taking acting classes at 12, honestly just for fun. And after a couple years of that, I decided to get an agent. I thought maybe I had a shot at working on a movie or TV Show.
Tell us about ‘This Is Us’ and how did you get involved in the series.
This Is Us came to me by way of an audition. At this time in my life, I’d been auditioning a lot without much success and was really hoping to work.
We’ve heard that you almost missed the audition, is that true? Tell us more about it?
This is true! I had a dentist appointment at about the same time across town and I actually considered just forgetting about the casting. Thank God I ended up going.
You play the role of the younger Kevin Pearson, in his teens. What do you enjoy most about bringing this character to life?
I love how Kevin Pearson is more than the typical “High school Quarterback” he may appear to be sometimes. Honestly, every character in This Is Us is written with complexity, so there’s not a bad pick of the bunch. Kevin’s deeply troubled, but trying to cover it up. That’s what intrigues me about him. It makes him relatable.
Season 3 will begin this September and by the end of season 2 we finally knew how Jack died. What can we expect from this season? More tears?
I would expect more tears, this show seems to have built a reputation for that and I don’t see us disappointing! There will still be laughter though. You’ve got to have a little balance.
The show is a huge hit. How has your life changed?
I get to do what I love for a living! Also, I’ve learned so much from the older cast and crew. Not only have I gotten support in acting, I’ve been studying to be a director and everyone on the show has been extremely supportive of that.
How is it working with the other cast? Did you talk a lot to Justin and Milo?
I don’t see Justin that often, but he’s a great guy and we always have something to talk about. I’ve worked a lot with Milo and he’s definitely someone who I look up to, so naturally I find myself talking about a lot with him.
What is the most memorable or craziest thing that you experienced on the set of This Is Us?
We had to do somewhat of a stunt in season 2, where Jack teaches Kevin and Randall how to drive, and we nearly get into a car accident. This huge mail truck has to swerve out of the way last second and it was really cool to see the stunt team work their magic that day.
What about The Relic? Tell us more about it.
The Relic is actually written as a feature film, but we’re releasing it in parts on Instagram. Something about the one-minute time restriction seemed like fun – and challenging to experiment with.” This is the beginning of many projects I hope to be directing. The Relic was always something my friends and I did for fun, but I learned a lot from the experience. We aren’t done with this project yet, but for now it’s on pause.
You’re also directing it. Is that one of the thing you’ve always wanted to do, like so many actors? How was the experience behind the camera?
I’ve always loved stories, I was a bookworm growing up, so It doesn’t surprise me that I’m interested in different aspects of story-telling. I’ve wanted to direct for a while and The Relic was a great time for me to get my feet wet. Now that I’ve seen that side I can’t help myself but to watch and learn from the directors on This Is Us.
If you weren’t working on your career as an actor, what type of work would you do instead?
I’d imagine I would be doing something in the arts. I really loved English Class, especially in high school, so maybe I would be developing work as a writer. Who knows?
When it comes to fashion, which designers fit your sense of style?
I feel that my sense of style really fits Saint Laurent and also Gucci. They’re legendary brands and they’re both different, but I find myself consistently being drawn to their clothes.
Which actors work did you look to for inspiration to start and to continue your career?
I’ve always admired the work of Leonardo DiCaprio. But I also seriously look up to actors like Daniel Day Lewis, Gary Oldman, Benicio Del Toro and Phillip Seymour Hoffman.
When you’re not acting, what do you do in your free time?
Honestly, I spent a lot of my time developing other projects to direct, or going to the movies. I try and surf as much as I can, but it’s been a while since I’ve had the time to surf as much as I used to.
Any advice that you can give to aspiring actors?
Never be discouraged. Everyone is going to tell you why you can’t do it, so if you’re acting because you love it (and not for the fame and fortune) just stick with it. It’s not an easy path, but if you love it enough it’ll be worth it.
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