Prune: You are a new face in the industry. Take me back to where it all began.
Froy: Oh my gosh, what a question. In middle school, I quit the swim team because I wanted more time to study, but ended up having too much free time. I signed up for a play, an agent saw me and it kind of snowballed. I did some small audition tapes, and now I’m on Teen Wolf.
Prune: It’s never an easy process. What was your big break?
Froy: I don’t think I’ve had that yet. I’m waiting for something to fall out of the sky and hit me. Every small event that I get to do and person that I get to meet – I geek out to expediential measures. Even character actors that most people wouldn’t recognize – I love to read books and I read The Dangerous Animals Club by Stephen Tobolowsky when I was in middle school, and I was on a show with him last year for Netflix, and that just blew my mind.
Prune: 2017 has been a busy year. One Day at a Time, A Cowgirl’s Story, and Teen Wolf. How do you balance it all?
Froy: I don’t feel like I’ve been that busy if I’m being totally honest with you. I’ve been working a lot, and pouring my heart and soul into it, and it doesn’t really feel like business – I don’t feel like I’ve been stressed or hammered with a loaded schedule. It’s been lots of fun and I’ve had the most enjoyable time getting to do it all.
Prune: Teen Wolf is on its final season. What has it been like joining such a well-known and well-loved cast?
Froy: It’s funny to me because in high school all of us misfit kids sat in the cafeteria and every Monday we would have a discussion piece about Teen Wolf. I think it is so fun to jump on a ship that is such a staple to not only my youth, but to a lot of people I know in my life and deeply admire. It’s very weird. I was definitely intimidated – I was expecting Godzilla egos and I got none of that. Absolutely none of it – they embraced me with open arms.
Prune: Talk to me about your character Nolan.
Froy: As you may have seen, Nolan has got some issues. Seeing him on TV for the first few episodes I think to myself, wow this guy is mean. As an actor, I had to find every single point where I could sympathize with him and love him. I distorted my view on him. He deals with some mental illness, he’s for sure depressed, anxious, and has issues with paranoia. This is before the supernatural parts pour in. When the fear monster comes to town, we start to see the issues and demons Nolan is wrestling with get way bigger.
Prune: Your characters thus far in your career have differed drastically. How does this help prepare you for future roles?
Froy: It’s funny that you say that. I feel as though as an actor, when you’re training, when you’re in theater, you play the weirdest arrangement of characters on planet earth. I played an old woman for a play one time, so there are plenty of experiences you use. When you get to Hollywood, every audition is “Jake: the jock with the nice smile – plays love interest – must be 5’10,” and that is why it’s been fun to play Nolan. Throughout my career, I’ve been typecast, which is ok, I love playing the fun jock. Nolan is such a step away from that and is such departure from other roles. It was liberating as an actor to show that I’m not just one type.
Prune: What actors do you look up to most?
Froy: I’m a big fan of actors who embrace both the commercial and artistic side of things. I’m a huge fan of Rami Malek, Evan Peters, Jared Leto, and Brit Marling – I feel like they all have such a unique capacity for elbow room with their characters. They’re capable of giving you the typical storyline but can go and disguise it with the strangest character that you could imagine. I find that very fascinating and admirable.
Prune: If you weren’t acting, what would you be doing today?
Froy: I’d be in college, studying political science and economics.
Prune: What is your favorite show to watch – besides Teen Wolf?
Froy: Mr. Robot, I’m such a Mr. Robot geek. I love Sam Esmail, he has a beautiful mind, and it has such a unique pacing and interesting perspective on the modern tech world.
Prune: We’ll finish with fashion. What is your everyday style?
Froy: My everyday style is going to the gym. I wear a lot of things from Target and lots of athletic shorts. A lot of Nikes. That is my fashion sense.
Prune: What are your three favorite fashion trends at the moment?
Froy: I’m a huge fan of jerseys. I’m not into sports, but I like looking like I’m into sports. I’m a big fan of Nikes of course, I love the logo, I feel like I’m going faster than I really am. I also wear my headphones everywhere, I don’t know if that’s fashion but I wear them like a necklace all the time.
Prune: And finally, pop culture pruning. What trend would you like to eliminate?
Froy: I don’t keep an ear to the ground for a lot of pop culture trends. I do have one – I don’t think it is a trend as much as it is engrained in our culture – but there is so much a desire to show off your new car, new jewelry, whatever it may be – I’m not a fan of that. I’m not a fan of valuing yourself or admiring other people based off what they have. I’d like to eliminate materialism.