'Honored to have played a small part of this incredible project.'
A glimpse of 'Matt' from When We Rise
Although interested, I really hadn't planned on watching When We Rise. There were a lot of actors in the cast I loved, but wasn't sure I wanted to invest in the 8 hours of the four part mini series. Writer Dustin Lance Black however, hooked me from the get go, introducing in part 1, three main characters to follow. I found myself involved in each of their stories right away, especially with Black's writing and Gus Van Sant's direction. It was also great seeing so many familiar faces including Spring Awakening's alum Austin P. McKenzie, Sam Jaeger and Fame alum Michael DeLorenzo as Jose.
Next two images of Tyler by Paul Smith Photography
In one of the productions first scenes, we're introduced to the young Cleve Jones character, (McKenzie) hanging out shirtless with the incredibly hot Matt. Matt wasn't named, but I recognized the amazing face (even with the longer hair) of actor Tyler Young. Tyler looked incredibly with his beautiful eyes and curly hair. I was really hoping to see more of the character, but it appears some of Matt's story with Cleve were sadly cut due to time.
Tyler first caught my eye during an appearance on Empire, and he has guest starred on a few prime time shows as well as starring in USA networks Eyewitness. I have read a bit about Eyewitness, and Young's character and his relationship with Lukas (Bill's son James Paxton). Sadly, I don't get USA so have not found a way to watch...yet. Tyler certainly caught my eye in When We Rise, and I look forward to watching Eyewitness, and will be keeping an eye on his future roles.
Tyler and Eyewitness co-star James Paxton
Besides wondering why didn't get more Matt, my main question about Part 1 was whether Whoopi and Rosie were on the same set for their scenes? They were certainly in a few group scenes together, but the editing made it seem they may have been shot at different times...
When We Rise (Part 1)