Keiynan Lonsdale Talks Kid Flash And Being An Introvert

The Flash Season 3 may be over, but Keiynan Lonsdale, a.k.a. Kid Flash, is keeping busy. He was just cast in the upcoming Greg Berlanti directed film Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda and recently filmed a music video for an unreleased song, possibly one he performed at a recent concert at The Roxy in Los Angeles. But considering Barry Allen vanished into the speed force in the The Flash finale,  fans aren’t wondering what the Australian actor has been up to. They want to know if Kid Flash is going to trade in a yellow suit for a red one.

“It’s not something that’s on my radar,” Lonsdale told Newsweek, explaining why it’s not in the show’s best interest to skip Wally West’s character progression.  “I feel as though there is so much story to tell and Wally has so much growing to do. I’d like to see that journey continue. That’s what I think is important. We need to see how these characters realistically get to where they are headed for.”

Keiynan Lonsdale became Kid Flash in The Flash Season 3.

If it’s any consolation, Lonsdale is fairly anti-spoiler. There’s no question his lips are going to remain sealed, especially after a slip up in Season 2.

“I accidentally revealed that Rick Cosnett was coming back. I was with Candice and we were freaking out because it was a livestream and I hadn’t done that before. I didn’t completely reveal it but smart fans caught on and I freaked out because I had only been there for a month. I was like, ‘Oh my god, I ruined everything!’”

Right afterword, he called executive producer Andrew Kreisberg to apologize. It wasn’t a big deal, but Lonsdale does believe spoilers take away from the journey of the viewer.

“I had a situation with a friend recently who spoiled a major thing for me and they didn’t’ realize they did it. As much as I’m still going to watch the show and enjoy it, I didn’t get to have that journey and the surprise and ups and downs and questions. It’s like if sometime tells you your entire future for your life, suddenly you’re not as invested in the moment,” Lonsdale said, also warning fans if you’re behind by a season on something, you probably shouldn’t follow the actors on social media.

But if you’re caught up with The Flash, do follow Keiynan Lonsdale on Twitter. Lucky fans got a chance to meet and shoot a music video with him in Los Angeles. While there’s no word on when exactly Lonsdale is releasing an album, he did just perform his first show in the United States.

“I hadn’t performed in years and never to a crowd that had bought tickets. They didn’t really know who I was or the song I was singing because it was Louis Futon’s show, a producer I’ve been working with. He had me come out at the end and I did two songs. At that moment when I was onstage I really wasn’t sure whether I was going to be good or not, but it was really the ultimate feeling,” he said.

Lonsdale said he was extremely nervous before he got onstage, and that’s because he considers himself and introverted extrovert. It’s something he’s felt since he was a kid and still feels today.

“I’ve always had these big dreams and wanted to be on stage, but as soon as I got off stage I didn’t want anyone looking at me or talking to me because it made me feel sick. I suffered a lot from social anxiety and being on set was really scary to me,” he said. “That fear can cause limits in your art and your performance because you’re not going all in because there is this little thing in your head.”

Between Dance Academy and The Flash, you wouldn’t think Lonsdale struggled with social anxiety, but he has found ways to work through it on set. He recently asked Flash co-star Tom Felton for advice and the Harry Potteractor recommended a book called “Innocence, Knowledge and Wonder,” which he says had a life-changing effect on him.

“I actually just recently made a lot of breakthroughs. It’s actually kind of fun because you always have your mind and it’s a safe space but at the same time because, I recognize that and I have a lot of love and care for myself now, I’m able to be proud of that and show it however I want without fear,” he said.

Lonsdale encourages fans who may be going through the same thing not to let fear hold them back, but recognizes going through these experiences has taught him a lot of lessons.

“I think what’s really important is valuing friendships and family a lot. Knowing that you’ve got people you can be honest with and say, ‘I’m really nervous or scared.’ The more you open up about that, the more those people open up to you as well and you can have that thing in common. Then you help each other get through,” he said. “When you realize you’re not going through it alone it helps you push forward.”

Higher,” a single released in late 2015, is a representation of how far he’s come.

“It was an emotional song. I had gone through a lot and I was finally writing about that,” he said.” Some people think Higher is about literally getting high and other people think it’s more in a spiritual sense. To me it’s all that. To me it was like i need to escape from this down state, emotionally spiritually, mentally, everything. I want to be above this. Wherever we are now. I need to go up.”

Lonsdale said the songs he’s writing now are a lot more colorful and he’s going to release them very soon. As for The Flash, he teased Season 4 in one word: “changes.”

Published on Newsweek June 24, 2017.