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Jonathan Keltz has been winning over audiences since he took over the desk of 'Ari Gold' on Entourage. So it should come as no surprise that he is now stealing the hearts of fans with his portrayal of 'Leith' on The CW's popular Reign. His honest and sincere portrayal of a man who will risk everything for the woman he loves is definitely a reason to swoon and the reason why audiences everywhere are wanting more 'Leith' in their lives.
The Reel Spin: Was it hard transitioning from the desk of 'Ari Gold' on Entourage to the castles of Reign?
Jonathan Keltz: They're very different shows and genres so there was definitely some research and homework to make the transition, but honestly, the hardest part was inventing time travel.
TRS: Speaking of the castles, both the sets and the wardrobe on Reign are incredible... do you find it helps you get into character when you step onto the beautiful sets in costume?
Keltz: Absolutely. One of the most amazing things about being an actor is getting to live countless lives and play all kinds of people. The detail in the set and beauty of the wardrobe make escaping into this world much easier and even more fun.
TRS: "Greith" fans are obviously quite happy right now with the way things are going with 'Greer' (Celina Sinden) and 'Leith'... have you been getting a ton of excited tweets from fans of the show? Do you feel a lot of pressure being half of one of the show's most exciting couples?
Keltz: [Chuckles] This is definitely one of the happier moments for us, and I think the fans feel it's long overdue. We are one of the only happy couples on the show right now, so I think we are a bit of sunshine on a gloomy day. The fans are amazing. The love and support we get from them is really touching, and I love getting to interact with them in social media. I'm just trying to live this guy’s life and make his lady happy -- that's plenty of pressure in the 16th century.
TRS: One of the things I love about your character, 'Leith,' is that he is unafraid to fight to be with the woman he loves, regardless of the obstacles. Is that something that you can identify with... fighting for what you believe in?
Keltz: Thanks for that. It's definitely something I've tried to imbue the character with. I'm a very fortunate guy. I get to do what I love, and I have a woman I love by my side. I get to have the two loves of my life. I've worked hard to have it; I respect both dearly, and I certainly would fight for them. Thankfully, I've had my girlfriend there for me in the times acting has been more of a fight. I don't know where I'd be without her.
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TRS: The cast of Reign is quite an eclectic group... who would you say is most like their character and least like their character on the show?
Keltz: You're trying to get me in trouble. I’d say we all try to bring as much of ourselves to the characters as we can and then turn up and down the internal equalizer where we need to.
TRS: Have there been any behind the scenes pranks?
Keltz: I feel like the Ocean's 11 cast has given actors a reputation as always pulling pranks. I wish we did some, but aside from the occasional line gags and bloopers, we're just focused on making the day.
TRS: I would imagine after doing an accent on set all day, it can be hard to turn it off... Do you ever catch yourself breaking out into an accent when you're not filming out of habit?
Keltz: I start doing the accent as soon as I get in the van to set, and I don't drop it until I'm wrapped for the day. Since it alters my speech patterns and rhythms, it can definitely be hard to drop at the end of the day. Don't worry, I get teased when it slips out at home.
TRS: What would fans of the show be surprised to learn about you?
Keltz: Like our friend 'Leith' I used to work in the kitchen. I worked in the kitchen of a restaurant called Terroni in Toronto in high school and then worked the floor when they opened out in LA. Even though I'm not cooking anymore, it's still the best Italian food you can get outside of Italy.
Reign airs Thursdays on The CW 9/8c.
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Interview by Pamela Thomas