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Q&A with Tyler Blackburn from “Pretty Little Liars”

Tyler Blackburn plays Caleb Rivers in ABC Family‘s hit show “Pretty Little Liars“. Now a series regular, we’ll be seeing more and more of Blackburn’s character.

In a recent Q&A with the press, Tyler answered all kinds of questions about the show, his character and if we might ever hear him sing on the show. Enjoy the interview below!

On who “A” is: Well, obviously I can’t say a whole lot about that, but I can tell you that by the end of this season A will be revealed.  So yes, I do know.  I do know, but I can’t give any hints or anything.

On what interested him about the show: Well, when I first auditioned and I got the sides for Caleb, I just thought he was a great character.  I got some backstory about Hanna’s character and she was sort of a spitfire, and I just felt like Caleb was able to keep up, and I liked that.  But, it’s funny, when I saw a big billboard for the show—I think right before it came out—and it looked sort of edgy and it was, like four beautiful girls, and I was like, “I could totally be on that show.”  So then I got the audition, and I was like, “Wow, this is very fortuitous.”  And I auditioned, and I just felt like it was a good place for me.  So it all worked out really great.

On similarities between he and his character Caleb: Similarities: I think I can kind of keep up with all different personality types, but I may be not quite as troubled as Caleb and his past are.  But I definitely have a brooding side, I think, that comes out sometimes but you know.  That’s probably how we’re similar and also dissimilar.

On if Caleb and A will be involved: I think that after this next week’s episode it does slow down a little bit for Caleb.  I think A definitely gives people these hurdles, and if they prove themselves and successfully jump over them—A doesn’t necessarily back off but gives a slight amount of breathing room.  So I think that’s sort of what happens with Caleb.  He’s put in some hot water, but he does prevail in some ways.  So I think that for the rest of the season after that, he’s focusing again on his relationship with Hanna, as opposed to all of this craziness.  So it does shift a little bit, but he definitely helps to facilitate finding out the mystery of who A is.

On a serious showdown between Caleb and Garrett: Well, Garrett’s just a creepy dude.  He’s also a cop, and Caleb has a bit of a sordid past with the law and I think that A knows that.  A sort of sets it up to where Garrett and Officer Wilden are able to basically charge—not charge but assume—that Caleb has done some hacking illegally and A sort of sets Caleb up in that way.

So you wonder is Caleb going to get in trouble with the law again, and the law happens to be Garrett.  I think Garrett also has some ulterior motives as well, so they’re definitely out for blood.  But Caleb is a tough dude, you know?  He has a lot of street smarts, and he can keep up pretty well.

On if fans will hear him sing on the show: Well, on the show, I’m not sure.  I mean, that would definitely have to be sort of like a decision for the character.  But I actually have recorded a couple songs, (one of them was for a web series that I did) and we filmed a music video for it.  So that’s actually available online.  That song is called “Save Me.”

On a favorite moment from filming: Oh man, there’s so much because it’s just this show allows you to explore different settings and stuff, you know?  I mean, I loved—well, just so many—but in one of the recent episodes where Hanna and Lucas are out on the rowboat and there’s this whole surprise party for Caleb, actually.  And I wasn’t even in it that much, but it was just so fun to be in this Warner Bros. backlot outside.  I mean, they literally just—the sets on the show are epic, and I love being outdoors.  I love being on-set, so it was just a … combination of the two.  So I really enjoyed that, but there’s just so many.  I just have so much fun while I’m there, so it’s kind of a hard answer to come up with.

On what it’s like working with the girls: It’s really fun, honestly.  I like that that’s shifted.  Obviously, I love working with Ashley, and I find that we have just really good chemistry and stuff.  But it’s been really fun working with everybody.  I mean, it makes me feel like I’m maybe like the fifth PLL or something.  But everybody is great, honestly, in their own way as actors, so it’s fun to experience that.  With acting, it’s like you form chemistry with different people in different ways, so it’s really added even more fun to work, you know?

On the number one song on his playlist: My number one song right now—there’s actually a guy named Matt Corby who I am obsessed with, and I just like pretty much any of his songs.  My celebrity crush—gosh, that’s just sort of difficult because there’s a lot.  Wow.  I don’t know.  I don’t know.  There’s just so many beautiful female celebrities out there.  I’m not sure.              And then, the most magical place that I’ve ever been- I really love the island of Kauai.  I’ve been there many, many times, and I just have a lot of affinity for it.  When I’m there, I sort of like turn into a jungle boy, and that’s fun to do sometimes.  But I am going to gear up next week for the first time ever, so I’m thinking that might be pretty high on the list after Kauai.

On his pick for best celebrity guest star to appear: There’s just so many though.  Whenever I get asked like, “What’s your favorite movie; who’s you favorite actor,” I’m like—it’s hard for me.  I’m not someone who has, like, a favorite.  I don’t have a favorite song or a favorite band.  I just love so many things, you know? Gosh, ideal guest star—let’s see. Literally, the first name that comes to my mind is Dustin Hoffman.  I don’t know why.

On a memorable fan experience: Memorable fan experiences—actually, over this last weekend, I met a bunch of teenage girls—and this is a little bit of a downer, maybe—but one of the girls had a condition called alopecia—that’s where you basically lose all of your hair—and she asked me to sign her head, and it was very touching, actually.  I would say that would probably be one of the most memorable.  I don’t know why.  I felt a lot of compassion for her, and she was so bold and awesome about it.  She was like, “Hey, I don’t have any hair.  Please sign my head.”  And I was like, “Absolutely.”  Very, very sweet.

On the coolest experience from being involved in the show: Oh my gosh.  Those are, like, countless to be honest because it’s been such a change in my life.  This show is amazing, and it’s just so successful that I’ve had the opportunity to do so many things.  Wow.  Gosh.  Let’s see.  Being a little bit more public figure, it’s sort of awesome when you can lend a hand to certain charities and that type of thing.

I’m now a global investor of Stomp Out Bullying, and I was able to go to—not the White House—but to Washington D.C. to raise awareness about cyber-bullying and bullying.  And that was pretty awesome just to have certain people there to listen to a little bit of my story, just talking to people who experience that and let them know that it’s—the world is a safer place than it seems—and keep pushing through because it’s pretty awesome out there.  The ability to have a voice like that, I think, is awesome.

Also, just to be able to act.  That’s really what I love to do.  I love being on set.  I love getting scenes and rehearsing them, and it’s just awesome to have that opportunity, so I’m just excited for everything.  I’m just an excited person, I guess.

On things he does in his spare time: I like to do a lot of things, to be honest.  I’m someone who likes to sort of grab life by the horns and just kind of do some stuff.

But some stuff I love doing these days: I love traveling.  My friend has a ranch up in Oregon, so I’ve been spending some time up there, and as I said, I’m going to Europe next week.  But when I’m home, I take a lot of hot yoga, which is really awesome, and I like hiking and just kind of getting some space.  I also loved cooking recently—well for a while, but I go in spurts—so I’ve been cooking a lot. Going to see live music and movies and stuff like that.  I’m pretty—not boring—but I’m mellow, I guess you would say.

On his reaction when he found out who “A” was: I kind of got giddy.  The finale episode is like—I mean, do you remember—I mean, most people would remember when Ian was hanging from the bell tower, and there was so much action.  That’s literally just a fraction of what goes on in this season finale.  So it’s adrenaline pumping.  I really genuinely was, like, biting my nails reading the script, and I was just so stoked when it all came to a close and the way it was done.  It’s awesome.

On his dream plotline for Caleb in season 3: Wow.  I just feel like there are so many options.  I feel like it could go so many ways.  I do feel like because of the big reveal— which they’re dubbing “A-Day” by the way—I feel like that’s just going to really open up a huge can of worms for everybody involved, everybody at Rosewood High, all the parts, Caleb, I think everyone’s going to start to get clued in, I would imagine.

So I feel like, obviously, Caleb wants to continue to help Hanna specifically, but also her friends.  So I don’t know.  I really don’t have a solid answer for it.  I just want him to continue to be there with them and trudge through the grind of A and all of the damage A has done.

On his favorite TV show: Well, I have guilty pleasures, but the truth is I don’t really keep up with shows like ritualistically, but I will say I enjoy watching—I’m sort of embarrassed to say it—I actually kind of enjoy watching Revenge.  I remember being younger and watching Emily VanCamp on Everwood, and I thought she was so cute, and so I really like her in general, and I think that show is just really, really juicy.  So sometimes my teenage girl comes out.  But I would say that’s it really—and I watch that on my iPad when I have a chance.  But when I sit down to watch TV, I love watching the Discovery Channel or—I said this in an interview yesterday, I love Man Vs. Wild. I want to go on an excursion with Bear Grylls.  I would love it.  So I like that kind of stuff, and I love Food Network.  I don’t, like, record shows and sit down and watch them.  You know what I mean?  I don’t really do that, unfortunately.

On spoilers leading up to the finale: In the next one, Caleb does have a huge storyline in the next episode.  A has really put their sights on Caleb and wants to destroy Caleb.  Caleb is getting a little too close for comfort, I think, and so he’s sort of accused of some false charges of hacking, and so he winds up in the police station and has to get out of a pretty sticky situation.

But after that, there’s only a few left, so things just get a little bit more—let’s see, what’s a good word for it?—obviously confusing.  I mean, the show, not confusing, but there’s just like, “What,” like your questions do not get answered.  So there’s definitely more of that.

I will say in one of the upcoming episodes, there’s a big masquerade ball, and Hanna and Caleb are sort of like a play on Romeo and Juliet, which I thought was awesome, and I think that fans will enjoy watching that because it’s just so beautifully done.  I can say that.

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