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Andrew Liner on Playing Mason in Peacock’s Vampire Academy

In our Q&A sequence “POPSUGAR Crush,” we get to know a few of our favourite celebs’ extra intimate particulars — from their supreme first date to their most romantic gesture. This month, we’re crushing on “Vampire Academy” star Andrew Liner.

Andrew Liner is relishing in the success of “Vampire Academy,” which premiered on Peacock in September.

“I feel so many amazing, positive things,” the 22-year-old actor tells POPSUGAR of enjoying Mason Ashford, who’s a Dhampir, or half-vampire/half-human, in the present. “Mason is a sweet, loving person, and to get to jump into that guy for around eight months was something special and taught me a lot about what I need to learn and practice in my life.”

Based on the e-book sequence by Richelle Mead, “Vampire Academy” facilities on the friendship between Rosemary “Rose” Hathaway (Sisi Stringer), additionally a Dhampir, and royal Moroi princess Vasilisa “Lissa” Dragomir (Daniela Nieves). It follows the 2 pals as they navigate relationships and battle adversaries that threaten their lives whereas learning at St. Vladimir’s Academy. And, in fact, there’s loads of romance, together with Rose’s sophisticated love triangle with Mason and Dimitri Belikov (Kieron Moore).

“I want to be a face for some of the little kids out there that haven’t seen themselves before and don’t have that representation.”

As the present nears the top of its first season run, Liner says viewers ought to get able to “see some things.” Without giving an excessive amount of away, he teases, “I think that you’re going to get to see a lot of who Mason is in these final two episodes as the story kind of comes to — I wouldn’t say a close, but more so a cliffhanger. We’re going to get to see who he is in the most natural in-your-face type of way.”

While Peacock has but to formally renew “Vampire Academy” for a second season, Liner says he’d “love to return” for one more. He provides, “Where we’re at in the season right now with episode eight, I think the world we’re living in, there’s a lot of turmoil, there’s a lot of conflicts, and it’s very unsettling. So let’s say the season ended there — I think there would be a lot I would be looking forward to seeing in the next season, like what sort of things change, how Mason changes, how Dhampir change and who they start backing. … But I think that we’re in a very interesting place and it’s going to be fascinating to see where everyone goes.”

Although Liner has beforehand appeared in “Better Things” and “Grown-ish,” his portrayal of Mason marks his largest function so far. “It was my first series regular,” Liner notes. “I really learned a lot as an artist and an actor. And I’m just going to continue to learn and apply those things into the next and the next job.”

And as a mixed-race actor, Liner’s largest objective is to proceed inspiring underrepresented children. “I want to be a face for some of the little kids out there that haven’t seen themselves before and don’t have that representation,” Liner explains. “Because I think that’s very important, especially for mixed kids not feeling that they can fit in — not being Black enough, not white enough, not Latino enough, whatever it may be. I want them to know it’s OK. I want people to be able to see themselves and smile at that.”

See what else Liner needed to say about “Vampire Academy,” relationship, and a lot extra forward.

Are you Team Mason or Dimitri?

I’m Team Mason. I believe that he is the nice man, he is a proper alternative — nothing towards Dimitri [Kieron Moore]. Dimitri and Mason respect one another as a result of they arrive from the identical background, however on the similar time, Mason’s such man. He’s such a sweetheart.

Who is your favourite vampire couple of all time?

I favored Damon and Elena [from “The Vampire Diaries”]. This might be not a well-liked opinion, however it’s simply extra fascinating that means.

What is your favourite vampire project so far?

I’m actually wanting ahead to the brand new “Interview with the Vampire,” as a result of I favored the [1994] film with Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt. And I like the actor who performed Grey Worm [in “Game of Thrones,” Jacob Anderson]. He additionally makes music beneath the title Raleigh Ritchie and he is one other combined man in leisure. And as an actor, there’s not many people, so I’m all the time rooting for him.

What is your favourite type of self-care?

I’m a bit of bizarre. I like having a packed day, like I might have tennis in the morning, practice for 2 hours, eat, calm down, perhaps watch a film, after which work out for 3, 4 hours or one thing like that, simply one thing loopy, as a result of I’m a loopy child. But that type of is my self-care if you’re getting after it.

What is your go-to espresso or tea order?

I do not drink espresso, so I assume my tea order could be . . . if I’m feeling sick or I’m prepping for a present and my voice is just not there, then I might do Throat Coat, with half of it being honey. Or, if I’m simply doing a pleasant bathtub and candles, then I would do a mint tea.

What is your signature scent/go-to cologne?

I do not put on cologne or any scents as a result of my mother is often allergic to all of them. So I’m all the time telling individuals like, “Hey, don’t wear anything because my mom’s going to get mad at me for not telling you, but then I did tell you. And so it’s going to be a whole thing.” But I assume if I needed to decide a scent, it will be a heat marshmallows-by-the-fire sort of candle.

What would your relationship profile say about you?

It would most likely say one thing alongside the strains of, “I’m an actor; I’m an athlete; I’m 22; I’m in this new TV show called ‘Vampire Academy’; I’m a gentleman; and I want to explore the world.'”

What is your supreme first date?

I believe you’ll be able to by no means go flawed with dinner. So I assume my supreme first date could be a pleasant early dinner. And we’re simply on the restaurant for perhaps 5 hours, nonetheless speaking and attending to know one another. And then perhaps — as a result of I’m a film buff — watch considered one of our favourite motion pictures.

What is your largest turn-on/turn-off?

Passion and drive is the largest turn-on for me. I like individuals which can be simply go, go, go, tremendous passionate, love what they do, and pushed. That’s all the time actually essential to me. I grew up in an atmosphere like that, and it means loads to me. Turn-off, I assume, is the [opposite]. Not having that drive or simply being like, “Oh, OK,” people-pleasing, or simply probably not having that fireplace, as a result of I attempt to be the toughest employee in the room all the time. And I need my associate to be attempting to beat me at that. And I believe that is essential. When you are with somebody who’s not matching your power like that, it is not essentially supreme — not less than for me. Sometimes it really works for different individuals, however for me I’d quite it not.

What is probably the most romantic factor that you have ever carried out?

Well, it is type of pathetic, however I believe it is romantic in a means. I drove six hours to offer this lady a letter that I wrote her.

“Vampire Academy” drops new episodes on Thursdays solely on Peacock.

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