(This story was published in the Life section of The Oklahoman Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011.)
Randy Wayne is a man on the move.
When I talked to the actor/producer/writer and Moore native, 30, who has appeared in shows such as “True Blood,” “Sons & Daughters” and “The Secret Life of the American Teenager” during a recent phone interview, he relayed his busy schedule.
“I just flew in from Austin back to L.A., and I’ve got a couple auditions, so I’m doing that, and then I get to go back to Austin, and then I get to come back to L.A. on Tuesday and shoot the TV show ‘Hot in Cleveland’ with Betty White.”
“Hot in Cleveland,” which also stars Valerie Bertinelli and Wendie Malick, has its third season premiere at 9 p.m. Wednesday on TV Land. Wayne’s character in a later episode of the series is a blind man who enters into a romantic relationship with Jane Leeves’ older character, Joy. She lies about her age, but then finds out he’s going to have reconstructive eye surgery and will be able to see her.
“It’s a really fun character,” Wayne said.
Meanwhile, Wayne’s travels to Austin involve the filming of the second half of the first season of the ABC Family drama “The Lying Game,” which will begin airing Jan. 2.
This series revolves around long-lost twin sisters Sutton Mercer and Emma Becker, both played by Alexandra Chando, who secretly reunite, with Emma covertly taking Sutton’s place while Sutton tries to find out the truth about their background.
Wayne plays Justin Miller, the boyfriend of Sutton’s adopted sister Laurel.
“I never knew how big my character was gonna be in the show,” Wayne said. “I didn’t know he was gonna be around more than a couple episodes, but it’s looking like I’m not going anywhere … indefinitely.”
And, Justin has some secrets of his own.
“Yeah, there’s definitely some secrets. They don’t like to tell us too much, so I’ll get the script and be like, ‘I don’t understand. Why am I doing this?’ and they say, ‘Well, we can’t tell you yet,’ and I’m like, ‘But I need to know. It’s not fair,’ so as much as the audience is dying to know, so am I,” Wayne said. “I can tell you that the relationship between Justin and Laurel has been going pretty well. She’s been there to get his back for several occasions, and they obviously really like each other, and this second half, it’s gonna start getting a lot more difficult. There’s going to be some obstacles and things that are gonna make our relationship really put to the test, so I don’t want to say what they are, but there’s definitely going to be some problems in their relationship.”
On the film front, Wayne stars in the dance flick “Honey 2,” which will be released on DVD in February and the faith-based movie “Hardflip,” which will be in select theaters in February, as well.
Another movie he has coming up that’s in preproduction is “The Persecuted,” a political thriller involving the separation of church and state, which also stars Kevin Sorbo and Stephen Baldwin.
Wayne said “The Persecuted” will be filmed soon in Oklahoma City. The movie also features Academy Award winner and fellow Oklahoman Gray Frederickson as an executive producer.
Despite his hectic schedule, Wayne does make time to come home.
“I go back as much as possible. All of my family’s still in Moore, so it makes it easy. I try to get there between L.A. and Austin when I have time, you know, and stop over for a couple days. Normal people get to see their family all the time, but I have to see them on occasion, so that’s the only bummer about it.”
– Melissa Hayer
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