YE Lets Jonathan Keltz Take the ‘Reign’s

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With all our favorite royals returning to the CW October 9th, YE got the chance to sit down with Reign hottie Jonathan Keltz to talk about his process as an actor and his thoughts on what’s in store for his kitchen commoner character Leith.

YE: Tell us a bit about your process, how you get in to “the groove” for a scene.

Jonanthan: “I think at the end of the day the two most important things I have to do as an actor are breathe and listen. Breathing is about relaxation and opening the self. If I’m not listening, I’m not present. I have to listen to my scene partner and everything around us with all of my senses. Listening to what they’re saying, what they’re not saying, their body language, the weather, how many people are around, even the bird flying by above me, and then try and allow it to affect me and ground me in the present moment. I feel being an actor, like being alive, is all about being present. I want to react as organically and truthfully as I can and be as grounded as possible. The parameters shift project to project, scene to scene, and take to take but once I know what my boundaries are and what needs to be defined, I try to have as much freedom and spontaneity within it.”
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YE: Tell us about what it feels like in Leith’s skin. Where do you see the character going?

Jonathan: “Leith is a fun character to play. He grew up outside of court dreaming of honor and love and he’ll fight for them regardless of the cost. I’m lucky that love is a large part of my life so to play a character so motivated by it is fun. He’s at a moment in his life where he is being faced with what dreams he’s going to hold on to and what he’s going to have to let go of to move forward into the next stage of his life. He’s had such a clear vision of what he wants and has asserted his will to make it happen, but after separating with Greer, everything that defines him, his purpose is now up in the air. I’m excited to see where it lands. At the end of the day, I think he’s too stubborn to listen to anything but his heart. That, I can absolutely relate to.”

Jonathan as Leith will be following his heart on Reign Fridays this fall on the CW.

Photo Credit: Brian Higbee
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