Like most Pretty Little Liars fans, we were upset when we heard Tyler Blackburn would be departing the series for the upcoming spin-off, Ravenswood. However, given this new intel on the supernatural spin-off, we’re more excited than ever to see Caleb enter Ravenswood! (Although, our Haleb-shipping hearts are still breaking.)
But will Caleb’s big move mean it’s dunzo for Haleb? Wetpaint Entertainment caught up with Tyler at the Inaugural Oceana Beach House party in Santa Monica, Ca., over the weekend, and he dished on Haleb’s sweet goodbye, Ravenswood, and Caleb’s bromance with Toby (Keegan Allen), which we here at Wetpaint are now calling Taleb.
Wetpaint Entertainment: We know Caleb is leaving Rosewood in the Season 4 Halloween episode, but will Haleb have some sweet moments before he leaves?
Tyler Blackburn: Yes! We filmed one of them last night actually.
What can you spill?
It’s interesting because it kind of leaves the relationship hanging. I mean, we don’t break up so we’ll see where it goes.
Is there a possibility she might come to Ravenswood?
We never know! We never know until we’re told, and I have no information! But that would be great and I think it allows for that, the script allows for that.
Let’s talk about your bromance with Toby this season!
Yes! We had the best time shooting together because we had never shot together. We’ve done so much press together, we’ve done so many things together, but never actually shot together. We never got to act together, so we had the best time. We never stopped laughing from start to finish.
In a chat with THR following Tuesday’s episode, Blackburn says of the Hanna-Caleb romance: “They are pretty strong this whole season, miraculously so, even though they’re dealing with a lot.”
[Warning: Spoilers from Tuesday's "Dead to Me."]
Did Caleb meet his biological father?
That’s one of the looming questions introduced in the latest episode of Pretty Little Liars. “He definitely has mixed emotions,” Tyler Blackburn tells The Hollywood Reporter about his character’s mindset at the end of “Dead to Me,” adding, “He’s rejecting the idea because it opens some doors for him being hurt. When Hanna says that, it’s like opening old wounds.”The season stays pretty dramatic and dark.”
In the fifth installment of THR’s weekly postmortem with Pretty Little Liars cast and producers, Blackburn discusses lingering family questions, Caleb’s team-up with Paige and the state of his relationship with Hanna.
The Hollywood Reporter: What did you find people responding to from last night’s episode?
Tyler Blackburn: They were surprised to see Emily (Shay Mitchell) possibly the one who could have killed Alison (Sasha Pieterse), people definitely thought Uncle Jamie was Caleb’s dad and Wesley (Gregg Sulkin) and Aria’s (Lucy Hale) maybe romance. Obviously “Spoby” is now broken, that was a big topic of conversation.
Maranda Pleasant: What inspires you the most?
Tyler Blackburn: I know this might sound a little cliche but, I feel like everybody is searching for the same thing, and that is truth. I think that’s sort of the journey to define that which is most inspirational. Even in acting, when I watch an actor who I find to be so truthful in their craft, or a musician who gets up there and sings so truthfully—I like that. I really like individualism based on truth. That’s something I try to think about. What do I actually think about that, what do I actually feel right now? As opposed what should I feel.
MP: Love that. Powerful. What is it that makes you vulnerable?
TB: I’m very sensitive. It’s always been something I’m very in tune with. I am very emotional. Sometimes to the point of where I just want to hide away, because I can’t get a handle on myself. I don’t mind that idea. Vulnerability is kind of one of those things of, how do I really feel in this moment?
Wow, this is when I’m the most vulnerable. Obviously when I’m put in a situation where there is a lot of attention on me, it’s this weird dichotomy—I like it, because I feel like I’m a natural born performer. But I do feel the most vulnerable.
As life goes on I’m learning to trust myself more, so I am more comfortable— you have to be, doing things in front of people, especially when there’s lots of pressure. I have to make decisions. When you’re put in a position where you’re having to decide, Is this a good decision? Is this the right decision for everybody involved?—it makes me feel a little unsteady, unsure.
After a harrowing Halloween special, Pretty Little Liars returns to ABC Family Tuesday, Jan. 8, with all new episodes. Series stars Keegan Allen, 23, and Tyler Blackburn, 26, stopped by Us Weekly’s New York City offices Jan. 2 to dish on the winter season premiere.
“A lot of the insanity that happened in the Halloween episode, it gets touched on throughout the season,” said Allen, whose character, Toby Cavanaugh, was recently revealed to be part of the villainous A team. “There’s a lot of secrets that happen on the train and we find out a lot more of what’s tormenting the girls and pushing the girls toward their breaking point.”
Blackburn — who plays Hanna Marin’s boyfriend, Caleb Rivers — added, “Everybody has their own secrets on the show. I think it’s sort of a reflection of life. As life goes on, everybody’s dirty secrets are revealed.”
Tyler Blackburn could be Johnny Depp’s kid brother. The 25-year-old actor and singer shares Depp’s boho sense of style, precisely disheveled chestnut-hued hair, and affinity for good music, from shoegazing sounds by Active Child to nostalgic hits by Oasis. But unlike Depp, Blackburn is a high school hacker with a checkered past—or at least plays one on TV. He stars as Caleb Rivers on the teen drama Pretty Little Liars, which returns for its third season next month. We spoke to Blackburn—who is one of our Primetime Heartbreakers—about his soap opera origins, the qualities he looks for in girls, and his crush on Katniss.
You have tons of fangirls. How do you handle it?
It’s the weirdest thing! It feels like validation in a way, but it’s different because they don’t really know you. It’s a very weird dichotomy. There are elements of it that I like and elements of it that I don’t like very much.
It comes with the territory.
Yeah, but you can’t be prepared for that, you know? You don’t really know what to expect until it happens.
Before Pretty Little Liars, you were on Days of Our Lives. Did you pick up any suave moves from the experience? Soap operas are obscenely romantic.
Everything’s over the top. My character, luckily, was not one of those sappy dudes. He was a computer hacker, so he had that nerdy edge to him, which –
Which can be sexy, too. Girls like a little vulnerability.
[Laughs] Exactly! The experience was really great training because soaps are shot very differently. There are three cameras set up and very specific marks that you have to hit. You really only get one take to do the entire scene, so you have to be on top of your shit. And you have to have all your lines down because they’re not going to let you do it again unless you really mess up, and if you really mess up, they’re going to be mad.
It sounds cutthroat.
It is! But it was great because when I went to Pretty Little Liars, it takes around four hours to shoot a scene. I felt very prepared. I have no problem improvising lines now.
You can read the rest of this interview at BullettMedia.com.
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But unlike last year’s inaugural October installment, The First Secret, this year’s episode actually fits in chronologically with the series, meaning the finale’s closing shock — Toby is working with “A” — will factor into the PLL’s horrible holiday.
To see what other secrets we could dig up, TheInsider.com camped out at Teen Vogue’s Young Hollywood party last night in Los Angeles and caught up with stars Tyler Blackburn, Lucy Hale and Keegan “I Have A Beard Now” Allen to talk all about This Is A Dark Ride!
And stay till the very end for a hilarious story about Keegan’s odd real-life encounter with “A!”
Pretty Little Liars’ Halloween Episode airs October 23 at 8 p.m. on ABC Family.