Wally West’s impending arrival on “The Flash” is no secret, but just about everything else related to the character is. Keiynan Lonsdale, who plays the newest member of the West family, offered a small preview of the character, who will appear in “Running to Stand Still,” season two’s midseason finale. He opened up about Wally’s dynamic in his new expanded family, his sibling rivalry with Barry, his hobbies, his dry sense of humor and more during an interview with Variety.
“One thing I can say is Wally’s really into drag racing, which is not the ideal thing when your father is a detective and your sister’s a reporter,” he said with a laugh. “So that’s going to cause some tension, and Iris, especially… she’s a fierce character so she’s pretty concerned over that, which kind of shows that she’s accepting him as a brother, really. It shows that the love is there, from both sides. From all sides, I think the love is there, but it goes to show that a lot more goes into creating a family than blood and love. It’s what you have to go through together.”
“For Wally, his walls are up pretty high. He’s quite defensive about who he is, what he does, and he doesn’t want a lot of those things to change, and doesn’t really believe that those things should be changed by newcomers in his life. Just because Joe is his dad, just because Iris is his big sister, doesn’t mean that he feels like they can control him in any way. So I think that’s going to be a pretty difficult dynamic for them to all overcome, but eventually, that will bring everyone together,” he added.
When it comes to Barry, the unofficial West son, Lonsdale shared how that relationship might be even tougher on Wally. “Well, Barry’s a good guy, and they’re all good people, but I think that that can sometimes be frustrating for Wally, because he’s trying to find his place in this family, but his place is almost already filled by this other son that Joe has.”
“So that’s another family member that Wally’s kind of forced to have, but Barry isn’t his blood, you know? And because Barry is such a nice guy, and a good guy, that can be even more frustrating for Wally,” he continued. “He doesn’t want to let a lot of people in, and… as cool as Barry is, Wally doesn’t want to let him in. So that creates this kind of cool little sibling rivalry, in a sense. At least from Wally’s point of view, without admitting it. I don’t think he would admit that to himself. It’s going to be quite funny.”
Lonsdale also teased Wally’s sense of humor, saying, “He is serious and he is reserved and defensive and he has an attitude, but at the same time, he can switch things up with his humor, which is sometimes kind of dry. [Laughs] I think that’s a big part of Wally, his humor, and obviously, more so in other versions where it’s more of a lighthearted kind of thing. I think that that could definitely be what comes out of it in the future, but while we’re dealing with these realistic, tough storylines with family, he is on the more serious side, although he’s still Wally, so there’s time for a joke, even if it’s not maybe the nicest timing.”
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