Many will recognise actor Keir Gilchrist as the penguin-obsessed, loveable teen with autism from the hit Netflix show Atypical. No. Not ringing any bells? Then where the hell have you been for the past four years? It’s only one of the most endearing, coming-of-age TV shows out there. If you need a little persuading check out the trailer below.
Amidst his family’s chaos, we at the HTVJ are pleased to report that Sam does experience love. He also experiences heartache, independence and all the other whacky, teen-crazed emotions that have led him to the fourth, and final series. We sincerely suggest you binge-watch 1‐3 if you haven’t already.
With the last season well and truly wrapped, we can’t help but wonder what’s next Gilchrist who won us over with his hilariously blunt and unintentionally witty portrayal of Sam?
You may find it hard to believe but baby-faced Gilchrist is actually 28-years old, yet it is his youthful looks that have boxed him in these teen-drama roles for most of his career. First his breakout role as Marshall, a gay teenager, in The United States of Tarafollowed by romcom, thrillers like Heartthrob where he played intense lovestruck teen Henry. Though Atypical provided a more intriguing lens from which to explore the role of the high schooler, Gilchrist is desperate to shake off those adolescent shackles and sink his teeth into more mature roles. In an interview with Vulture he admitted he is tired of these roles stating:
“I don’t want to feel like I’m doing the same thing again. I often get offers, or they want me to audition for stuff, and I appreciate they like my work in previous stuff but I don’t think people realise they are asking me to repeat myself.”
Of the Atypical role he said, “When I read that script for Atypical, I was hooked immediately. Not a lot of TV necessarily appeals to me, but it did have that indie sensibility.”
However, he later added that this will be his last foray down the high school halls.
“I don’t relate to it anymore,” said Gilchrist. “If you look at Sam, he’s a high-school kid, but high school wasn’t even a huge factor in the show. I know I look young and I can play 17, but I don’t relate to 17. I want a challenge.”
It seems, post Atypical, Gilchrist may just have found the mature role he was looking for. Judging by the teaser trailer of his latest project, An Intrusion (in post-production) Gilchrist has stumbled across a dark and edgy vibe that is a wide departure from his previous love-sick, puppy-dog roles.
The story sees main protagonist, Sam, and his family terrorised by a vicious stalker. However, as the investigation progresses, Sam fears his violent, secretive past may be responsible for these attacks. In the movie Gilchrist plays Layne and though we are yet to discover the character’s part in this twisted crime thriller it does suggest a grittier path for the actor.
Check out the teaser trailer. Tell us what you think of his darker career path?
The final season of Atypical is available to stream on Netflix now!
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