‘Carrie Diaries’ Star Austin Butler: Don’t Label Sebastian a ‘Bad Boy’

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The CW’s The Carrie Diaries has set up a world in which young Carrie Bradshaw (AnnaSophia Robb) will be experiencing a lot of firsts. Of course, that means first love is a big part of all of that story, and that’s where Sebastian Kydd (Austin Butler) comes in.

Though when we meet Sebastian, we learn he has been kicked out of a few schools — which is how he ended up in Carrie’s halls of education — Butler doesn’t want his character to get a bad rap among fans.

“I have a hard time with the [term] ‘bad boy.’ They used it in a script one time, and I asked them to take it out because it characterizes him in such a complete pigeonhole. But, he’s got the image of a guy who’s been kicked out of three schools, and you end up finding out things about him that are maybe bad boy traits, but he’s sort of the bad boy with the heart of gold,” Butler told Celebuzz.

“You start to see more of his family life, a little bit, which sort of tells us why he is the way he is. I think the mystery comes from putting up walls, and I think if you take a step back, that’s from his mom leaving and his dad leaving him with a nanny. He hasn’t felt much love, so he’s put up a lot of walls and kind of had to fend for himself.”

Butler admitted that Carrie won’t be free of Sebastian’s guarded nature. And their relationship will probably inform a lot of her future dating and relationship neuroses.

“Because Carrie has gone through traumatic situations and is deeper, he connects with her on that level, but as she gets closer to him, he backs away and puts up a wall again. That dynamic happens over and over,” Butler said.

“Sebastian is sort of a pivotal part in [Carrie’s issues] because a lot of her firsts are with him, and those first scars that we have are there forever. I think that’s probably a reason why Carrie ended up with Mr. Big. It’s such a messed up relationship, but yet they still want each other!”

Still, Butler pointed out that Sebastian doesn’t mean to hurt Carrie. And when he notices his walls are pushing her away, he does feel badly about it and tries to change. But, there is a sense of pain and fear that stops him.

“You’re seeing the humanity in him, and you’re seeing his insecurities,” Butler said.

But not everyone wants to look that deeply into Sebastian, which will cause problems from the young couple as you saw on last week’s episode.

“Her dad doesn’t approve of me, and he has his own reasons, which we eventually find out. He knows of me in the past, and I don’t know that. But when I find out, it causes issues between Carrie and me because of that,” Butler said.

The Carrie Diaries airs Mondays at 8PM on The CW.

Can you root for Sebastian knowing that even if he doesn’t completely break Carrie’s heart, he’s not the one who will end up with her in the end? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

Danielle Turchiano

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