Seventeen: Caleb and Hanna recently had a very emotional breakup. What was it like to film that with Ashley Benson?
Tyler Blackburn: It was hard! We filmed it a bunch of different ways and to keep tapping into that emotion was draining. But Ashley is full of emotion and that helps me as an actor.
17: Have you ever gone through a breakup like that in real life?
TB: Yeah, it’s always the same thing. If you’re going to break up, it reaches a point where whatever is happening is not working and it all comes to a head. I think that’s a tough realization and it’s hard to communicate sometimes. You just have to think about your happiness and the other person’s happiness, and communicate really honestly.
17: How do you deal with breakups? Do you think you can still be friends with an ex or do you have to cut ties?
TB: I hope you can still be friends. I have exes I’m friends with and exes I’m not friends with. It depends on what you decide together. I do think that sometimes trying to maintain that bond can be healthier than walking away.
17: Can you give any hints about what is going to happen between Caleb and Hanna? Are they going to get back together?
TB: I can’t say a lot about that, but the rollercoaster ride will continue. Let’s put it that way!
17: You work with so many amazing girls on the show. Do they ever come to you for a guy’s perspective on dating ?
TB: They keep their romantic lives separate, which is good because I don’t want to hear about it all the time!
17: Tell me a little bit about your partnership with Acuvue. What made you excited to get involved?
TB: There are so many great aspects to teaming up with the Acuvue 1-Day Contest. I’ve been wearing contacts since I was about 12, so I’m very familiar with the brand. I love that the company has a mentoring program. I grew up a dreamer and it really just takes one person letting you know what’s possible. It was awesome to be that person to Courtney, the girl I mentored.
17: What was your favorite part about mentoring her?
TB: I loved observing her – not to sound creepy! She wanted to become an actor and when she came on set, she started to realize what she could have if she stayed focused on her dream. It was really cool to watch that transition.