‘Carrie Diaries’ Star Brendan Dooling Previews Walt’s ‘Path of Self-Discovery’
“He doesn’t know [that he’s gay], and he’s not comfortable with sharing the fact that he doesn’t know. He is hiding things from people, but it’s not the fact that he is gay,” Brendan Dooling, who plays Walt, said to Celebuzz.
Walt is a character with an “introspective vibe,” per Dooling, but also one who “doesn’t have that great a support system at home.” That, along with his shared interested in fashion and pop culture, is partially why he bonded with Carrie and Maggie (Katie Findlay) so quickly.
“He’s so into Interview Magazine. I feel like if Walt was growing up in this day and age, he’d have a Twitter for himself, a Twitter for his sweaters, and a Twitter for Interview Magazine. He is very trendy, and so to be wearing the newest fashion and to be up on all the pop culture, that’s something he’s really interested in because he doesn’t have a lot of outlets,” Dooling said of Walt.
As episodes go on, Walt will be given new ways to explore those outlets — and potential new ones, as well, as his friendship with Carrie intensifies, deepens, and expands to allow him into her new world in Manhattan. In fact, on the next all-new episode, “Fright Night,” Carrie takes Walt to an important party in the city, and that opens his world and his mind in a bunch of new ways.
“He doesn’t go of his own volition out [there] to explore new [romantic] possibilities, though. Things sort of happen to him, and then he’s able to gauge where he is in life in terms of his sexual orientation and in terms of him and what he wants to be.”
But, because Walt is still questioning a lot of things in his young life, he may find himself running back to Maggie sooner than you’d expect given his abrupt breakup with her in the last episode. After all, she is a safety net of sorts for him, and as Harris told us “There’s a lot [more] Maggie and Walt coming. There’s some choices Walt makes to sort of drag Maggie back in that might be a mistake.”
“Maggie is comfortable; and they truly love each other, so they’re always going to be together, in a sense, even if it isn’t in a romantic situation,” Dooling said.
But Dooling was a bit more optimistic about things:
“I think part of high school is being self-centered and a little bit selfish. I mean, that’s just growing up, right? So I think the decisions that each person in the core group makes, they definitely affect each other, but I wouldn’t say they’re negative or positive,” Dooling said.
“We show the loyalty between them — between the core four — so no matter what the decision, no matter who disagrees, they’re always going to be there for each other.”
The Carrie Diaries airs Mondays at 8PM on The CW.
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