We met actor Kelly Blatz who stars as Charley Landers, a character who becomes his game avatar, Aaron Stone, in the new Disney XD TV show "Aaron Stone."
Did you do all the stunts yourself like on the skateboard?
I didn't. They had stunt doubles to do all the fighting and skateboarding stuff. I used to skateboard when I was a kid but I hadn't done it for a while and definitely could not and was not that good, so if you just see me skating on the ground, that's me -- but if you see any cool tricks, flips, that is somebody else.
Is it fun to play Aaron Stone?
Oh yeah, so much fun. With this show I get to play two different things, I get to play Charley, who's a normal kid, plays sports hangs out with his family and stuff and then also to be Aaron Stone, Superhero, putting on the suit, doing all the fights and having all the gadgets. Just so much fun and a dream of mine. I was always into Batman and it kind of very similar to Batman with all the gadgets, the black suit and the armor and stuff like that.
Do you go to school or college?
No, I put off school to study acting, I went to acting school for the last two or three years and I definitely want to go back when I have some time.
Do you really like video games?
I love video games, I grew up playing video games when Nintendo first came out. I am just amazed at the technology they have now. I've been playing recently a lot of Rock Band, Guitar Hero. I don't know if you guys have played that and stuff like that.
Did you know how to skateboard or did you have to learn?
I knew how to skateboard, I skateboarded growing up as a kid -- that's all we did after school. It was fun to be able to get back in that mode and get back on the skateboard again.
What would you being doing if you weren't starring in "Aaron Stone"?
I would be playing music. I play in a band, sing in a band, and that's my other passion, and if I wasn't doing that right now, I'd would be definitely playing and singing in the band, touring, stuff like that.
Where do you shoot the show?
What is your favorite part of being on a TV show?
My favorite part, I would say, just being able to work with so many people, you kind of have this whole family of people, over 100 people that you are working with on the crew. To be there every day working toward something you guys are passionate about, it's such a fun thing and it's a lot of work. But to create, to have the whole experience of creating something with so many people and getting to see the finished product is just so rewarding.
Is it hard to act and memorize your lines?
Yeah, definitely, with this show there was a lot of dialogue, and I've trained as an actor for a while and it just comes with training and doing it a lot and having to memorize a lot, your memorization gets a lot better. I continue to study and learn and do the show and the experience and memorizing a lot of lines in a small amount of time and doing a lot of scenes. It all comes with practice.
Are you excited about acting in a TV show?
Oh, very excited. It's always been a dream of mine to be able to be a part of a new show, a new series, something on Disney, a cool action show, and to play like a superhero is a complete dream, still just can't believe that I was able to do it. Definitely a lot of fun, very exciting.
Did you ever star in any movies or shows?
Yeah, this is my first TV series, but I've done about four or five movies before this. I'm always just used to working on a movie, so TV is a whole different medium, a whole different way of working. So it definitely took a bit of getting used to, but definitely a lot of fun. This show is shot similarly to a movie, single camera, and takes a lot of time, but I] definitely learned a lot of things.
Do you have any plans to be in other movies, TV shows?
I don't have any plans but would absolutely love to, I like to take things as they come and I love acting and I love working in movies and on television. As things come along, I'll just have to take it step by step and I would gladly do
In the first episode, the game you were playing, was that real?
It isn't a real game. I think they are going to make it a game, it's called "Hero Rising." I'm pretty sure they are going to make it a video game.
Was it fun acting with other cast members?
So much fun. JP, David, Tanya, we all get along. David is now like my little brother, we have that kind of relationship anyways, so it's lot of fun, everyone's great, we all hang out and are friends and we just have a good time, we like to keep it fun and light on the set.
Do you have any brothers and sisters?
I do have a little brother who's about three years younger than me, so it wasn't that hard to get into that younger brother /older brother relationship, and I have an older sister who is 23 and we're very close as well. They are great, very supportive. Very close my whole family.
What is your favorite place to visit?
My favorite place to visit, that's a tough one. I would say New York City where I am right now. I would have to say I love this city and I get to come here every couple of, three or four months. Just love it, an amazing city, so much, so many things to see, you can't see it all in a lifetime. I would say New York. I'm very excited to be here with you guys right now.
What did you enjoy most about acting in the show?
I enjoyed the most, I would say maybe doing a lot of the stunts. I'd never done stunt work like that before and to be able to do stuff like that every week, fights and just a bunch of crazy things that I never thought I would ever do I my life . . . So I'd say definitely like doing martial arts, which I'd never done before.