Exclusive: 90210’s Freddie Smith Interview

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Teddy’s (Trevor Donovan) coming out story has been one of the highlights of 90210 this season and as we saw in the Valentine’s episode, he met a new man, the soccer playing Marco (Freddie Smith), who could be the perfect cure for his post-Ian broken heart.

Freddie Smith has been in Hollywood for about three and a half years, and while he has guest-starred in Medium and appeared in the indie film One Wish, being cast as hard-working good guy Marco is definitely his big break. He’s going to stay on 90210 at least through the end of the season, and judging from the sparks flying between Teddy and Marco in just their brief moments together back in February, it should be a fun arc.

Daemon’s TV talked to Freddie about how he and Trevor had to dive right into their first scene just hours after meeting, what we can expect from Teddy and Marco’s growing relationship, and how Freddie’s handling all the attention he’s getting because of the role.

Congratulations on the role of Marco. We haven’t seen much of him yet, but so far he seems fun for both you and the fans –

Freddie Smith: Yes, absolutely. We took that six week hiatus and so we have another week to wait until it comes back, but it’s going to be exciting.

Was it a tough audition process for you?

Freddie Smith: Actually, it was kind of easy because I only did it one time and they cast me off the tape. Usually you have to go back a bunch of times, but I went in and I did it and they just called me and said, ‘He’s the one we want,’ and I said, ‘Wow. Fantastic.’

Did you have to do a chemistry test with Trevor Donovan?

Freddie Smith: They had one set up. They were like, ‘We’re going to do a chemistry test,’ which I was guessing would be with Trevor and then two hours before I was supposed to do it my manager called me and said, ‘You don’t have to do it anymore.’ I’m like, ‘Why not?’ He said, ‘Because you booked it.’

That never happens –

Freddie Smith: I know. It’s very rare and I was really excited to hear that.

How was it to join a popular show with an established cast?

Freddie Smith: I was a little nervous at first to meet everyone because I didn’t know if I was going to be an outcast or anything, but as soon as I showed up we did a table read where we had to go around and read everything and everyone was so nice to me. As soon as I walked in they were very welcoming, like, ‘Hey, what’s up? Can I get you a water? What do you need?’ From that point on I was really comfortable and it was great shooting with them.

What can you tell us about Marco?

Freddie Smith: As you can see from the first episode he’s a soccer player, but what you’re going to find out, without giving away too much, he’s a very hard worker. He’s working a couple of jobs to put himself through school and he is out to his family and he’s very comfortable with who he is. He’s got a great personality and he’s a nice guy, very charismatic. He’s a great character and I really enjoy playing him.

He seems to be in a much different place than Teddy at this point since he’s already so comfortable with himself.

Freddie Smith: Yes, absolutely. He’s been out for a while. He’s very comfortable with who he is and what he wants. So it was great to play a character with so much strength.

Will that be complicated down the road for Teddy and Marco?

Freddie Smith: We’ll have to find out, but I don’t think it will be.

Did you and Trevor click well right from the start or did that take some time?

Freddie Smith: No, it really didn’t take any time. If you saw the first episode, we literally talked maybe two hours before we shot that and all that’s all I ever knew of him. So I came to set and we were all hanging out and I was watching the scene of him and Silver on the roof and I was just talking to him in between for maybe a couple of hours, getting to know each other and then we shot the scene. We just hit it off right away. I was really happy that the chemistry was there. It definitely showed.

Since you’re both out does it mean that this will be more of a fun relationship story than a story about being gay?

Freddie Smith: It’s definitely a fun relationship story. They’re both comfortable with being out and being with each other and they’re just focusing on their relationship. You’ll see that as more of the episodes come that it’s just accepted and everyone is very supportive and it’s a great story.

What can you tell us about prom?

Freddie Smith: It’s just going to blow you away. That’s all I can say. Even when I got to set that day I was like, ‘Oh, my God.’ It’s just intense. I’ll leave it at that.

Proms were always huge in the ‘90210’ tradition –

Freddie Smith: They went all out on this one and so it’s going to be exciting.

Can you tease any complications that there might be with Marco and Teddy?

Freddie Smith: There’s going to be a slight trust issue with one of us at one point, but that’s all I’ll give you. It’ll be a little conflict, but we’ll see how it all works out.

Are you done shooting?

Freddie Smith: We are, yeah. We wrapped at probably the beginning of March, almost like three weeks ago now.

Any plans on your hiatus?

Freddie Smith: I’m working on it right now, back in the whole auditioning circle. I’ve just been working really hard and have been super busy. So it’s been great. I’m working on getting something else and then I look forward to seeing what next season will bring for ‘90210’ as well.

So there’s definitely a possibility that you’ll be back?

Freddie Smith: There’s definitely a possibility. It’s not a for sure thing, but it’s not for sure out. It definitely has a really good possibility. I’m just waiting on that as well and hoping that they will because it was so fun working with everyone. It would be great to be back.

How has it been for you with this role–really your first big recurring role–attracting so much attention? Does it feel like everything suddenly changed for you?

Freddie Smith: It does, yeah. Everything changed. People always say, ‘Oh, you blew up overnight,’ and it kind of does feel like that, but the fact that I was here for so long that it kind of doesn’t. I’ve been working very hard to get this, but everything does change. You go from working a regular job to, ‘Oh, now I’m doing what I love,’ and you’re doing photo-shoots and interviews and people recognize you and you get fan mail, you’re all over the internet and on TV.

Your whole life changes and this is just from one episode so far with me. So I’m really looking forward to seeing the rest of them air and where everything else goes. I’m just looking forward to seeing where my career goes after this point. It’s so exciting and it keeps me on my toes. That’s the kind of life that I like to live where I’m never bored. It’s good to always be busy.

Are you looking for certain types of roles to expand into as you’re auditioning right now?

Freddie Smith: There are so many different things that I want to do in my career. I’ve always been interested in a bunch of jobs in my life like teaching or a lawyer or an accountant or a doctor. It’d be nice to be able to play all of those onscreen so I can at least for that little time of doing it that I kind of get a taste of what those jobs would’ve felt like. But with character things, too, I think it’d be fun to play all different kinds of roles to make it different. I wouldn’t want to do the same things over and over, but at the same time if it’s a good story then I would. So it all kind of depends.

Any shows out there that you’d like to guest star on?

Freddie Smith: Yes. I would love to be on ‘Modern Family’. I think it’s the funniest show on TV. If there was ever a chance for me to get on that I would jump at that chance in a second.

90210 airs on the CW Mondays at 8pm eastern/7 central. New episodes return April 18.

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