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Interview with Hayden Byerly of "The
ABC Family 5/22/14
ABC Familyís Q&A with Hayden Byerly
Moderator: Whatís it like working on set of The Fosters?
Hayden: The Fostersí set is probably one of my favorite sets
Iíve been on. Iíve worked on just a few, but itís by far my
favorite. The people that we work with are fantastic. All
the actors and actresses are very professional and theyíre
very experienced and very fun to work with. The crew, they
work very hard and theyíre great at what they do. Itís a
great crew. Itís a great experience. Itís a wonderful set.
Moderator: Whatís the craziest thing that has happened on
Hayden: Itís actually, believe it or not, pretty calm.
Moderator: How do you get into character?
Hayden: Jude is a separate person. Jude is me but Iím Jude,
but Iím not Jude if that makes sense. Getting into character
for Jude is basically creating another person, thinking
about every little detail. Who they are, why they do what
they do, why their hair is brown, all of that. You think
about your character and who he is. Itís an interesting
process but I guess everyone has a different way of getting
Moderator: How does it feel to be an inspiration for so many
young viewers that are watching the series and connecting
Hayden: It feels super special, especially as a kid my age,
at 13 years old for people to say that they really connect
with me, and really understand my role. Itís super cool. It
means a lot. Itís very special and important to me. I think
itís a very big thing to be able to play something on T.V.,
but have it be so real that it connects with so many
different people on such a personal level.
Moderator: How has the fan support been since joining the
show? Are you enjoying connecting with your fans?
Hayden: Yes, I am. I definitely love meeting different people
who watch the show and getting to talk with them and hear
what they think about the show and what they like. Itís been
super fun, I like it a lot.
Moderator: What are you most passionate about outside of
Hayden: Iím very passionate about school. I love school. I
love learning, but I love learning in school which sounds
like a typical thing, ďOh I love school,Ē but I really do. I
love learning and I love math and science and reading and
writing. I love all sorts of that type of stuff. But other
kid activities that I do is try to get out and play sports.
Sometimes Iíll play basketball or ride my bike. Iíll do a
lot of that stuff as well.
Moderator: What can you tell new viewers about Jude?
Hayden: Jude is a very quietówell, when we first watch The
Fosters we see that Jude is a very quiet, sensitive-type of
shy kid who comes from a very rough past who has been in
several different foster homes and has gone to several
different schools in over just a couple years. He goes
through these foster homes with his older sister Callie and
they have a very rough time and havenít really been in a
good home. He just wants to keep the peace and stay happy.
He just wants to find a good home. He wants to be able to
have a family, he wants to have a mom and a dad, or in this
case, a mom and a mom. He wants brothers and sisters. He
loves all of that.
Moderator: What quality of Judeís relates most to you in real
Hayden: I definitely think that heís very sensitive. I feel
like I am kind of sensitive in a way. I feel like a
sensitive quality is good to have and I feel like I am very
sensitive as well as Jude. Jude is also very aware of his
surroundings and I feel like I try to make sure that Iím
aware of my surroundings and know whatís happening around
Moderator: Do you think Jude finally feels like heís a part
of the family now that the adoption has gone through?
Hayden: Jude definitely feels like heís permanently there,
like heís going to stay there forever now that the adoption
is finalized. Before, he was having some issues with if they
were going to keep him or not and he really wanted to stay
there, but now that the adoption is finalized Jude is very
comfortable. He feels safe.
Moderator: How did you get started in acting?
Hayden: I got started through a showcase, which is kind of an
interesting story because I never went to that showcase for
acting, I wanted to do it just to try to gain some
confidence or maybe make some friends along the way and I
had a very fun time. I won first place in my age group and I
had a bunch of different agents and managers in Los Angeles
who wanted me to come out and just try some acting for a
So I came out and I signed with my commercial agent that I
still have and while I was there they have a theatrical
department that asked me to go on an audition. I never had
any experience, I didnít really know what to do or what I
was expecting and so I went there and I booked it as a guest
star on a Disney show. And it started from there. I kept
coming out time after time every time I had a spring break
and every time I would come out I would book something
before I would leave. So itís just become a thing where my
mom, brother and I now have an apartment out here and we
stay out here and I act.
Moderator: What was it like auditioning for The Fosters?
Hayden: It was very official but it was very quick, it was
very fast. It was in and out, but it was definitely,
probably one of the most nerve-racking auditions Iíve ever
been to because itís in this very nice building and you go
up the elevator and thereís this wide space and not many
people; especially when you go in for the testing when
thereís 11 people standing on one side of the table and
youíre on the other. It was very exciting. I definitely was
super excited to hear that I had booked the job.
Moderator: How will Judeís adoption affect his relationship
with Callie this season, and if the family dynamic will
change at all?
Hayden: Thatís definitely an issue that Jude faces. He feels
as though, you know, especially finding out that they donít
have the same dad that it gets a little weird for Jude and
it gets hard for him to kind of handle. We definitely see
that in the Season 2; we watch as he struggles to take that
in. But he still feels very close to his sister, but youíll
have to watch. Youíll have to see to find out!
Moderator: Can you tease anything about the upcoming season?
Hayden: Brandon wants to do a risky hand surgery. Mariana is
struggling with her heartbreak with Zac. Jude goes through
struggles with Callie about her real dad.
Moderator: What do you think is most different about your
character Jude and you as a person?
Hayden: Jude and I both have a good home. We both have a
great mom who loves us and Jude [now] has great moms who
love him. Jude has brothers and sisters, I have a brother.
Jude has some struggles with school, as weíve seen, I donít
struggle with school too much. I find it pretty simple. I
feel like Iím pretty good at it. Thatís just some of them.
Definitely a lot of similarities, though.
Moderator: If you could play any other character on the show
who would you want to play?
Hayden: I would want to take a crack at Brandonís character.
I love the role that David plays. I love the scenes that he
does and I love the way he acts. David is such a great
actor, heís a very smart actor and I love working with him
and I love working with everybody. Everybodyís great. But I
just feel like I love his role very much just because he
plays this kid whoís very confused about if he loves this
girl who turns out that sheís going to be his sister. He
goes through a lot of different struggles that arenít just
romance, that arenít just about teens loving each other. He
goes through a lot of stuff playing piano and having to
focus on school and we have some gossip about Mikeís
girlfriend and him. David goes through a lot with his
character and heís extremely talented.
Moderator: Whatís your favorite story line so far?
Hayden: My favorite story line, especially for Jude is the
Blue for Jude story line. That has to be my favorite one; I
definitely think thatís an important episode.
Moderator: Whatís it like working with Maia Mitchell, Jake T.
Austin and David Lambert?
Hayden: Oh, itís great. Theyíre amazing. Theyíre really great
actors and actresses. Everyone is super professional on the
show. We definitely like to have fun. Weíre definitely a
very fun cast. Maiaís great to work with and she has a
brother so thatís kind of a good reference for her when she
goes through those issues with Jude because she can use
Jake is a very cool, nice dude who definitely loves playing
the role of Jesus. David is a very, very smart, very cool
guy who plays Brandon very well and I think heís a very
Moderator: Are there any developments in your character with
his father that we should look forward to?
Hayden: Not too much. There are some things that happen with
Callieís new father, but not Judeís father. We donít see
much of him. We donít see much happening with his real
Moderator: Did you watch any of Jake T. Austinís shows or
movies before you acted on The Fosters with him?
Hayden: Not too much. I donít watch a lot of TV and if I did
I would watch the History Channel. I was always big into
learning about history, but I definitely knew that he was on
Wizards of Waverly Place. Iíve seen some of the movies that
he has acted in, but I never really watched him as kid. I
definitely love his acting now. Heís a very cool, kind guy.
Moderator: Who are some actors/actresses you look up to?
Hayden: One of my favorite actors is Leonardo DiCaprio. I
love his work and I love a lot of the movies that heís in.
Heís actually in my favorite movie, Catch Me If You Can. I
like Tom Hanks, which is another great actor that I
definitely look up to.
Moderator: Where would you like to take your career as you
Hayden: I really would just love to continue acting on all
levels. Iíd love to keep doing commercials and I definitely
want to do a big movie. I think that would be very fun to
do. I loved doing motion capture, I did motion capture for a
video game and that was super cool, it was super fun. So I
definitely want to continue to do everything I can.
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