In the new alien invasion series Falling Skies, actor Drew Roy plays Hal Mason, the oldest son of Tom (Noah Wyle), who is the second in command of a regiment assigned to protect several hundred survivors. In the six months since the invasion, Hal has had to quickly grow into a man, fighting alongside his father, and proving that he is both brave and confident in the field. With his younger brother Ben (Connor Jessup) captured by the aliens and his littlest brother Matt (Maxim Knight) struggling to cope with the situation, he has come to appreciate how much his family truly means, and steps up to help in any way that he can.
At a press day for the TV drama, Collider sat down with Drew Roy for this exclusive interview, in which he talked about how excited he is to be part of a Steven Spielberg project, what he enjoys about getting to play such a grown-up teenager, how much he loves the physicality and stunt work, how creepy he thought the aliens were, and how they end Season 1 with two different directions they could go for Season 2. Check out what he had to say after the jump:
Question: How did you get involved with this series?
DREW ROY: Especially back then, I really was in no position to call the shots on what projects I get to work on. This one came to me through my agent, just like everything else. We even joked about the fact that it was a Steven Spielberg project. We were like, “Oh yeah, I might have a chance.” We were just joking. It was so cool to finally be auditioning for Spielberg. So, I went to the first round audition, and the second, and the third, and then the fourth. They tested me and they chemistry read me. The whole process went on for quite some time, and then towards the end, it was down to me and one other guy, and we were literally waiting for the word from Steven Spielberg ‘cause he had to watch the two audition tapes and give the okay. That, in and of itself, had me like, “Okay, even if I don’t get it, that’s just cool.” Fortunately, it went my way.