Andrew Liner on Enjoying Mason in Peacock’s Vampire Academy

In our Q&A collection “ Crush,” we get to know a few of our favourite celebs’ extra intimate particulars — from their perfect first date to their most romantic gesture. This month, we’re crushing on “Vampire Academy” star Andrew Liner.

Andrew Liner is relishing within the success of “Vampire Academy,” which premiered on Peacock in September.

“I really feel so many superb, constructive issues,” the 22-year-old actor tells of taking part in Mason Ashford, who’s a Dhampir, or half-vampire/half-human, within the present. “Mason is a candy, loving individual, and to get to leap into that man for round eight months was one thing particular and taught me quite a bit about what I must study and observe in my life.”

Primarily based on the ebook collection by Richelle Mead, “Vampire Academy” facilities on the friendship between Rosemary “Rose” Hathaway (Sisi Stringer), additionally a Dhampir, and royal Moroi princess Vasilisa “Lissa” Dragomir (Daniela Nieves). It follows the 2 pals as they navigate relationships and battle adversaries that threaten their lives whereas finding out at St. Vladimir’s Academy. And, in fact, there’s loads of romance, together with Rose’s difficult love triangle with Mason and Dimitri Belikov (Kieron Moore).

“I wish to be a face for among the little children on the market that have not seen themselves earlier than and haven’t got that illustration.”

Because the present nears the tip of its first season run, Liner says viewers ought to get able to “see some issues.” With out giving an excessive amount of away, he teases, “I feel that you will get to see numerous who Mason is in these ultimate two episodes because the story sort of involves — I would not say an in depth, however extra so a cliffhanger. We’ll get to see who he’s in essentially the most pure in-your-face kind of approach.”

Whereas Peacock has but to formally renew “Vampire Academy” for a second season, Liner says he’d “like to return” for an additional. He provides, “The place we’re at within the season proper now with episode eight, I feel the world we’re residing in, there’s numerous turmoil, there’s numerous conflicts, and it’s totally unsettling. So to illustrate the season ended there — I feel there could be quite a bit I’d be wanting ahead to seeing within the subsequent season, like what kind of issues change, how Mason modifications, how Dhampir change and who they begin backing. … However I feel that we’re in a really attention-grabbing place and it is going to be fascinating to see the place everybody goes.”

Though Liner has beforehand appeared in “Higher Issues” and “Grown-ish,” his portrayal of Mason marks his greatest function up to now. “It was my first collection common,” Liner notes. “I actually discovered quite a bit as an artist and an actor. And I am simply going to proceed to study and apply these issues into the following and the following job.”

And as a mixed-race actor, Liner’s greatest purpose is to proceed inspiring underrepresented children. “I wish to be a face for among the little children on the market that have not seen themselves earlier than and haven’t got that illustration,” Liner explains. “As a result of I feel that is crucial, particularly for combined children not feeling that they’ll slot in — not being Black sufficient, not white sufficient, not Latino sufficient, no matter it could be. I would like them to know it is OK. I would like folks to have the ability to see themselves and smile at that.”

See what else Liner needed to say about “Vampire Academy,” courting, and a lot extra forward.

Are you Workforce Mason or Dimitri?

I am Workforce Mason. I feel that he is the great man, he is a proper alternative — nothing towards Dimitri [Kieron Moore]. Dimitri and Mason respect one another as a result of they arrive from the identical background, however on the identical time, Mason’s such man. He is such a sweetheart.

Who’s your favourite vampire couple of all time?

I preferred Damon and Elena [from “The Vampire Diaries”]. That is in all probability not a preferred opinion, nevertheless it’s simply extra attention-grabbing that approach.

What’s your favourite vampire mission up to now?

I am actually wanting ahead to the brand new “Interview with the Vampire,” as a result of I preferred the [1994] film with Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt. And I like the actor who performed Gray Worm [in “Game of Thrones,” Jacob Anderson]. He additionally makes music beneath the identify Raleigh Ritchie and he is one other combined man in leisure. And as an actor, there’s not many people, so I am at all times rooting for him.

What’s your favourite type of self-care?

I am somewhat bizarre. I like having a packed day, like I’d have tennis within the morning, practice for 2 hours, eat, loosen up, possibly watch a film, after which work out for 3, 4 hours or one thing like that, simply one thing loopy, as a result of I am a loopy child. However that sort of is my self-care whenever you’re getting after it.

What’s your go-to espresso or tea order?

I do not drink espresso, so I suppose my tea order could be . . . if I am feeling sick or I am prepping for a present and my voice just isn’t there, then I’d do Throat Coat, with half of it being honey. Or, if I am simply doing a pleasant tub and candles, then I would do a mint tea.

What’s your signature scent/go-to cologne?

I do not put on cologne or any scents as a result of my mother is often allergic to all of them. So I am at all times telling folks like, “Hey, do not put on something as a result of my mother’s going to get mad at me for not telling you, however then I did let you know. And so it is going to be an entire factor.” However I suppose if I needed to choose a scent, it could be a heat marshmallows-by-the-fire kind of candle.

What would your courting profile say about you?

It could in all probability say one thing alongside the traces of, “I am an actor; I am an athlete; I am 22; I am on this new TV present known as ‘Vampire Academy’; I am a gentleman; and I wish to discover the world.'”

What’s your perfect first date?

I feel you’ll be able to by no means go fallacious with dinner. So I suppose my perfect first date could be a pleasant early dinner. And we’re simply on the restaurant for possibly 5 hours, nonetheless speaking and attending to know one another. After which possibly — as a result of I am a film buff — watch certainly one of our favourite motion pictures.

What’s your greatest turn-on/turn-off?

Ardour and drive is the largest turn-on for me. I like folks which are simply go, go, go, tremendous passionate, love what they do, and pushed. That is at all times actually necessary to me. I grew up in an atmosphere like that, and it means quite a bit to me. Flip-off, I suppose, is the [opposite]. Not having that drive or simply being like, “Oh, OK,” people-pleasing, or simply probably not having that fireplace, as a result of I attempt to be the toughest employee within the room at all times. And I would like my accomplice to be attempting to beat me at that. And I feel that is necessary. Once you’re with somebody who’s not matching your power like that, it is not essentially perfect — at the very least for me. Generally it really works for different folks, however for me I might slightly it not.

What’s the most romantic factor that you’ve got ever accomplished?

Nicely, it is sort of pathetic, however I feel it is romantic in a approach. I drove six hours to provide this lady a letter that I wrote her.

“Vampire Academy” drops new episodes on Thursdays solely on Peacock.

Picture Supply: Raul Romo

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