Fly guy: Former 90210 star Matt Lanter is the leading man in the sci-fi romantic series Star-Crossed, playing an extraterrestrial being. – J Squad Photography
Actor plays an extraterrestrial being in love with a human teenager in Star-Crossed.
IT’S hard to believe that the hunky Matt Lanter was once bullied as a kid.
“When I was young, I was really, really short, so I was always picked on for being short,” said Lanter, now a strapping 1.78m-tall actor.
The former 90210 star, along with Aimee Teegarden, were fielding questions from international journalists at a press conference on their latest TV project, Star-Crossed, in Los Angeles, California.
The 31-year-old Ohio-native continued: “It doesn’t have to be physical, it can be mental bullying. I think all of us have been in that situation to some degree, at some point. It’s something we can all relate to.”
Lanter was talking about his character, Roman, an “Atrian” (an alien species from the planet Atria) who faces discrimination by the humans on his first day of high school in the pilot of Star-Crossed.
This 13-episode sci-fi romantic series – which, unfortunately, will not be returning for a second season – is set in 2024 where the human race is gradually learning to accept the aliens into their fold. Ten years ago, the Atrians fled their planet and landed on Earth but as their arrival was met with a less than friendly reception from the humans, the two waged war.
Now, seven Atrians have been selected to attend a human high school for the first time in an effort to integrate the two species. Here, Roman meets a human teenager, Emery (played by Teegarden), and realise they have a shared history.
On the night the alien spacecraft crash-landed and the world was at war, six-year-old Emery discovered Roman who managed to escape and sought shelter in her family’s shed. As Emery fed and cared for him, they forged an unlikely friendship. But days later, military officials located Roman and took him away. As the series progresses, the two rekindle their long lost friendship ... and then some.