Brennan Clost is without doubt one of the breakout stars of Netflix’s latest hit ‘Tiny Pretty Things.’ HL spoke EXCLUSIVELY with Brennan about how Shane ‘resonated’ with him, Shane’s love life, and hopes for a possible season 2.
Tiny Pretty Things is Netflix’s newest binge-worthy hit that takes us into the extreme world of ballet. Brennan Clost performs Shane McRae, one of many Archer School of Ballet’s most proficient college students. Shane tells it like it’s and doesn’t maintain again with regards to his opinion.
HollywoodLife talked EXCLUSIVELY with Brennan about why this character was “perfect” for him and the way his personal childhood mirrored Shane’s. He opened up about Shane’s relationships with each Oren and Dev, noting that he thinks Shane will “always love” Oren irrespective of who they find yourself with. The actor and real-life dancer, who graduated from The Julliard School in 2016, additionally revealed what he’d most prefer to see in a possible second season.
What was it about Shane that actually intrigued you? Why did you wish to audition for the function of Shane?
Brennan Clost: Initially, all of us auditioned through self-tape. I truly was requested to self-tape for Oren initially for Toronto casting. I used to be thrilled. I simply needed to be on the present. It appeared like the right present for me to be on, this excellent mixing of the classical coaching in dance that I’d finished at Juilliard and my new ardour for appearing. I used to be thrilled to even get to learn for the present. But I had learn the Shane character description and what actually resonated with me was that he’s described as this tormented soul who grew up bullied for his love of dance, after which when he escaped this small city that’s when he flourished. That felt very autobiographical for me. I actually noticed myself in that, even simply in that quick description. That’s actually what I went by. I grew up in a smaller, extra closed-minded city and moved round for dance. But I acquired bullied actually badly rising up for being a male dancer, and for being totally different than my classmates at college. It wasn’t actually till after highschool that I actually discovered myself on the planet of Juilliard, the place I used to be surrounded by like-minded people. So studying that on this character Shane, that’s actually what he goes by rising up on this very conservative, closed-minded city. When he goes to this artwork college, he finds himself. for talked about for being totally different after which goes to this artwork college and finds himself. Shane is somebody who’s very expressive, so I used to be actually interested in the character due to that.
Did you already know who pushed Cassie from the start?
Brennan Clost: While we have been filming, we didn’t know who pushed Cassie. So all of the episodes when it type of switches who the suspected killer is, we didn’t know. When Shane is getting interrogated by the cop, I used to be like, oh my God, did I do it? We didn’t truly discover out till we acquired the ultimate script. They have been fairly tight-lipped about it. Obviously, the one who pushed her was informed originally so they may type of construction their character that approach. But the remainder of us weren’t informed, and we didn’t know that that they had been informed. It was type of like anybody might have been the killer as we have been filming it, which was enjoyable for us but additionally type of traumatic.
One of the important thing elements of Shane’s journey within the first season is his relationship with Oren, whether or not they’re simply mates or one thing extra. By the tip of the season, they’re each with different individuals. Do you assume that Shane nonetheless harbors a love for Oren? Do you assume there’s part of him that’s nonetheless in love with him? Because I really feel like Shane was…
Brennan Clost: I believe in order properly. I believe all of us have this kind of past love, and there’s nothing that actually finally ends up trumping it in a approach. Even although you do transfer on, you rationally understand it’s not best for you. They at all times maintain a chunk of your coronary heart, and I believe that’s actually true for Shane. Shane’s additionally so younger. I believe he’s 16 and to have this one who is just not solely his greatest good friend and his roommate, however he’s been his household since they moved to the college at round 10 and have been roommates ever since. So for like six years, they’ve been one another’s household and greatest mates. And then they blurred the road. Shane continues to be in love with Oren, and I believe in a approach Oren loves Shane a lot, too. I believe as a lot as I like Shane and Dev collectively, I believe if Oren referred to as, Shane would go to him. I believe he at all times will love him.
What do you concentrate on Shane’s relationship with Dev?
Brennan Clost: I root for Shane and Dev. I like them collectively, and I like Josh [Pyman] who performs Dev. We turned greatest mates whereas filming. And I don’t need them to interrupt up. I need them to be collectively simply to maintain appearing with Josh, however they’re additionally actually not a wholesome couple. Dev has plenty of his personal demons about his closed-minded upbringing, and he’s nonetheless fairly closeted. Shane seems like he has to vary for Dev. He has that superior monologue within the final episode the place he says, “Last time, I was too angry for you. This time, I’m too soft. What is it? What fine line can I ride with you?” There is kind of this altering of himself that he has to do to be sufficient for Dev in a approach. So despite the fact that Dev is seemingly more healthy for him than Oren, it’s nonetheless fairly poisonous in a approach I suppose. Oren by the tip actually reveals up by Shane the best way Shane confirmed up for him all season. I keep in mind watching the episodes as a result of I clearly wasn’t on set when Barton [Cowperthwaite] was filming these scenes with Dev the place he actually reveals up for Shane. It’s good to see perhaps there’s a glimmer of hope for them in potential future seasons.
Shane is unapologetic about his sexuality. What was it like exploring that side of the character?
Brennan Clost: I had a chat with our showrunner the final week of filming. All of us had these one-on-one debrief conferences. I began crying within the assembly as a result of I simply stated thanks for this function. It pressured me because the actor to be so courageous as a result of I noticed it was developing in opposition to so many factors of resistance inside myself whereas taking part in Shane for issues that I acquired bullied for in my very own life. That Shane is so uninhibited and so unapologetically himself and so brave in the best way that he lives his life, it pressured me to be courageous. I keep in mind standing in my trailer, sporting a sequined skirt, eyeliner, and crying in my trailer as a result of I used to be so nervous to stroll out. All of my classmates, in fact, are very accepting and understanding and even the crew was, however the crew was like 150 straight males. I used to be shy to exit and work all day. It pressured me to be actually courageous, and I believe I grew a lot as an individual taking part in Shane. It was simply the largest present.
The season ends with Ramon’s homicide. What would you prefer to discover in season 2 with Shane?
Brennan Clost: I’d love to fulfill Shane’s mother and father. I believe that will be such a posh relationship in that he does get out of that small city and turns into his household’s best hope. There is kind of this stress that I’m positive he feels to make a reputation for his household. Shane’s whole household is out and in of jail. They’re simply all screwups. They don’t actually have their lives collectively, and he kind of has this glimmer of hope. I believe it’d be actually attention-grabbing to fulfill them. I additionally would like to discover his relationship with Bette. Cash [Casimere Jollette] and I dance collectively. We’re seen a lot collectively on digital camera, however we actually don’t have that many appearing scenes collectively the place it’s simply the 2 of us. We have just a few, however actually once you see our characters collectively, we’re dancing. Cash and I have been inseparable whereas filming. I believe our writers and the showrunner noticed that and would like to deliver that into extra seasons, however not in the best way that they develop into greatest mates. I believe they wish to discover, and I’d like to see them discover, this frenemy dynamic between them. I believe it’s actually attention-grabbing that within the studio they’ve one another’s backs, after which outdoors of the studio, all bets are off. But now they each even have this heartbreak over Oren that I believe they type of bond over and even Shane kind of confirmed up for her when she will get arrested. He goes and finds Matteo and tells him to go and save her. We’re going to bounce for her. Shane in a approach additionally has a coronary heart for her, and I believe she has it again for him.
Now that Cassie is again, I really feel like Shane and Bette might actually bond over that as a result of they each have a really tense relationship with Cassie.
Brennan Clost: Both Shane and Bette acquired in full screaming matches with Cassie the evening that she acquired pushed. They each have this sizzling goal for her, and I’d like to see them staff up and take her down. That could be so thrilling.
I’m so curious to seek out out what occurs now that Cassie is again at Archer. I really feel like everybody goes to be much more on the sting of their seats.
Brennan Clost: She says to Neveah within the final episode, and it didn’t even click on for me till watching it again, that everybody was going and visiting Cassie despite the fact that we didn’t see it in season one. I’m positive Shane was going and visiting her and all of them have been utilizing her as a confessional. What secrets and techniques did they pour into her that now Cassie is aware of? There are so many potentialities for story there of those darkish secrets and techniques that characters might have informed her in confidence considering she couldn’t hear. The entire Monique incident on the finish… what’s going to occur to the college? Who’s going to take over? I’d like to see Brooks type of take over the Archer School, however then there’s Katrina Whitlaw and he or she’s type of gunning for it.