#MCM Wyatt Nash On What It’s Like Playing A Heartthrob In A Lifetime Movie
Mondays suck, we know. But we’re here to help make it better, and so is Wyatt Nash. In fact, it’s basically been his job for the past couple of years to become a heartthrob for all women across America, having starred in the Lifetime movie, Petals On The Wind, the follow up to the film adaptation of Petals in the Attic—otherwise known as the novel in which two siblings, Catherine Dollanger and Christopher Dollanger, get locked in an attic and then decide to bone.
Okay, okay, we know stomach churning, but be sure the plot line is intriguing and Wyatt is there to provide you with ample eye candy, even if it’s while he’s making out with his sister. And as it turns out, even though the character he plays is pretty #scandalous, Nash himself is as wholesome as they come. Before launching his career as an actor, Nash was a pre-med Biology major in college and graduated Summa Cum Laude. We sat down with Nash to talk a little bit about what it’s like being smart and playing “the hot guy,” life in LA, and what’s next for this rising star.
You starred as Christopher in the Lifetime film Petals on the Wind, what was it like playing a character that was in love with his sister?
Scandal, scandal, scandal. It was extremely challenging. Fortunately, Rose McIver is not my sister though, so that made my job a little bit easier.
Seems intense…have you read the whole series?
I wish I could have, but I was cast two days before we started shooting so it was a little bit of a rush. I was able to watch the first movie, Flowers in the Attic, and I did as much research as I could and I just had to run with it.
What’s your dream role?
Oh man, what would be my dream role? There’s a book series called Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss. It’s kind of geeky and nerdy, magic and dragons, you know. Rothfuss is an amazing writer. He’s really gifted and a lot of fun to read and he has a really interesting perspective and I’d love to play the main character in that series–Kvothe.
Back in the day, you competed on Survivor, what was the hardest thing about being a contestant on the show?
I didn’t have to eat anything gross or anything like that. Sleeping was hard for me. I would only get like two or three hours a night. You just can’t get comfortable on bamboo. I was pretty exhausted by the end of it.
Who’s going to be your #WCW this week?
Probably my girlfriend.
West Coast or East Coast?
West Coast. It’s not even a challenge for me. I love hiking and camping and exploring and between Oregon and Washington and Utah and all the national parks, there’s so much rugged coast line to see.
What’s the best movie you’ve seen recently?
The Martian. I really enjoyed that, Matt Damon did a great job and it was a lot of fun.
Yeah, that movie gave me anxiety.
Yeah, didn’t it though? I just sat there watching it and was like wow is this really happening right now in front of me. I got really sucked in.
If you had to give up one, which would you give up, cheese or oral sex?
I have to pass on this question. I plead the fifth. I really like cheese. I really do. That is a fact.
Is everyone in LA as obsessed with the Kardashians as the media makes it seem?
Oh man, I don’t know. How many of them are there? There’s a bunch. I don’t know if they’re just grasping more people into their clan, or what. But it seems like every time I turn on the internet there’s a new Kardashian, but they actually do seem like they have a pretty big following. I don’t know if it’s middle america that keeps them on the front page or what.
You were pre med and graduated from college Summa Cum Laude. Do you ever miss being in the bio lab?
I miss being in the academic environment and learning about what’s on the forefront of science. Being in the lab though? No. Organic Chemistry was pretty fun though. We would use acetone to clean out the beakers, and because it’s chemistry, you have to like get rid of all the water. So when we were alone in the lab, we would kind of just set things on fire. That was fun, I kind of miss that.
What’s your guilty pleasure?
I love reading and sometimes I can get sucked into books and I think like oh what did I do today? Oh I read for 8 hours. Um… also, I’m not even sure I feel bad about it but Taylor Swift is pretty awesome.
What do you miss most about your hometown, Nashville?
I miss the slower pace and the southern charm. It’s actually been growing like crazy and every time I go back home I don’t even recognize it, but what I always miss is my friends and family who are there.
What was your favorite part about filming The Bridge?
Katie Finley, I learned so much from her while filming.
Do you enjoy playing the hearth throb in Romance films?
It would seem that way wouldn’t it? I think it’s definitely something I enjoy but I’m open to anything ultimately.
How awkward is it filming sex scenes?
It can be really difficult and awkward because it feels so technical. A lot of times you’re more worried about not looking like you’re eating someone’s face rather than worrying about the cameras. But, I think there’s always a little bit of anxiety during the first take but you get over it eventually because you just want to get the shot.
What’s next for you?
Well… You know Hollywood is a beast and you just have to get out there and grind. I was out for about 2 and a half months filming The Bridge 1 and 2 and I think that’s about it for the year and then start going out on auditions again early next year.