Our interview with talented young actor Kyan Zielinski who can be seen as “Liam McKenna”, the eldest brother in the McKenna family, in the comedy series “The Dangerous Book for Boys”, created by Bryan Cranston and Greg Mottola. The six-episode, half-hour series is based on Conn and Hal Iggulden’s book, “The Dangerous Book for Boys”. The series will follow a young boy named Wyatt and his brothers Liam and Dash as they deal with the death of their father.
Kyan will next be seen in the horror film, They Reach and the comedy-drama, Small Things both set to release in 2019.
Hi Kyan, please tell us a little about yourself.
Hi, I am 13 years old and a big brother to my 9-year-old sister, Mikayla. We live between Washington State, California & New York. I love acting, vlogging, videography, video production, photography, watching movies & TV, and spending time with my family & friends.
Describe yourself in 3 words.
Ambitious, dedicated, thoughtful.
Who has been the biggest influence in your life?
No question, my parents.
How and when did you start acting?
Well, I was playing around acting every movie out starting at age 3. My parents recognized my talent and signed me up for acting classes at age 4 and then I was on stage on the 5thAvenue Theatre in Seattle, WA in my first professional musical theatre production at age 8.
Name one your strengths.
I have a big heart. I care deeply about the people in my life & the people I meet in an honest way.
What is the best advice you have followed?
Never give up, take risks and follow your dreams.
Now tell us about the new Amazon series “The Dangerous Book for Boys” project.
“The Dangerous Book for Boys” is about a middle-class family that loses their patriarch, a father of three, Patrick. The show is a dramedy as it has a perfect blend of drama & comedy. The youngest brother, Wyatt, has fantasies that are fresh & fun that add a lighter dynamic to the show. Also, adding some quirky comedy, is Tiffany, Patrick’s Mom and Terry, Patrick’s identical twin, who comes back into their lives after the passing of his brother.
And about your role as Liam McKenna.
Liam is the oldest of the three boys in the family. He is a mature kid who is smarter than his brothers and he reminds them of this often. He has business plans already in the works for his future company, is very structured and put together, but does engage in sibling rivalry as he is still a kid.
Did you read the TDBFB book before starting the project?
No, but I had heard of it. And of course after getting cast, I bought the book and enjoyed reading through it.
What is your favorite healthy food?
Sushi & Salmon
And your favorite cheat food?
Fuego Takis chips and Kettle brand chips
Which project is still on your bucket list?
In the near future, “Stranger Things”, and in the distant future, Star Wars.
In five years from now, where do you see yourself and your career?
Continuing to follow my passion of acting and vlogging.
What’s your favorite music?
I love Imagine Dragons, so I would say pop-rock.
Do you support any charities?
Yes, I support Special Olympics and Cancer research due to close family situations.
3 things you can’t leave home without.
My Mom, my cell phone, and my camera.
Idea of a perfect Sunday?
Sleeping in, bacon, vlogging, bacon, movies and bacon.
What do you think of Social Media?
I really enjoy it because it’s a way to keep connected to your friends, family and fans.
Where we can follow you?
PHOTOGRAPHER: Patrick Chai
STYLIST: Shannon Komsky
GROOMER: Patrick Chai