‘Parenthood’: Lyndon Smith Says Drew & Natalie Are ‘Looking Up’

Thu, November 21, 2013 10:00am EDT by Add first Comment
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Lyndon gives HollywoodLife.com a look into Drew and Natalie’s future together — which may or may not include mud wrestling.

It takes a lot of woman to handle Drew (Miles Heizer) on Parenthood. He may not be the smallest Braverman, but he’s got the emotional stability of an Autumn leaf, which is why some fans aren’t too crazy about Natalie, the girl-next-dorm who’s been messing with Drew’s head all season. Lyndon Smith spoke to HollywoodLife.com about Natalie’s future with Drew, their upcoming love triangle, and the time she totally fan-girled over Lauren Graham.

Q&A: Lyndon Smith Talks ‘Parenthood’

>> Why is Natalie messing with Drew? Doesn’t she know how fragile he is?

Yeah, she’s not being too nice. It’s not her nicest time. But you know, there’s a time and place for selfishness, and I went to college myself, so I know those first few years can be kind of crazy.

>> So it’s a lot more relatable for you than, say, your role on 90210.

Oh my God, 9-0 was just the craziest thing. I remember getting the whole [surrogate-mom/pop-star] story line, then talking to Jessica Stroup, who was like, “I just don’t know what we’re doing anymore.” There’s nothing more fantastic than a surrogate pop-mom, who’s supposed to be 20 years old.

>> OK, yeah, this is much lighter stuff.

It is, thankfully. In a few episodes, not to spoil it, there’s actually going to be a cool love triangle forming. A girlfriend of mine is actually going to come back to the show, and we decide we’re going to do mudwrestling to get his attention. … I guess things are looking up for Drew!

>> Tell me about working with Miles.

Oh, he’s amazing. And what’s funny is that I guess his IMDB page hasn’t been updated in a few years, so his main photo is of him when he was 12 or 13 years old. He was a child. So when I went to research the show, I pulled up his page and was like, ‘Oh my God, I can’t be a love interest to him. He’s a child!’ But I went and met him at the chemistry read, and he’s very much a grown man. He’s so grounded and cool, and he’s got a great head on his shoulders. Wise beyond his years.

>> Natalie is starting to interact with the other Bravermans. How’s that for you?

It’s really great. I grew up watching Lauren Graham on Gilmore Girls. That was my jam growing up; I’ve seen every episode. So when I first got to do a scene with her, which I think is episode 10, that was like Christmas morning. I don’t get starstruck very much, but it’s surreal when you grow up watching these people on screen … and one day you grow up, and you find your trailer next to theirs. It’s a dream come full circle, so meeting her was so cool. And Craig T. Nelson? Come on, he’s a legend! And Ray Romano is, I think, putting out some of the best work he’s ever done on this show.

>> So you get to work with the whole family?

Yeah! I’ve done two scenes now, I think, with the entire gang. When the whole election thing culminates, we get together and I get to meet everybody. I’ve worked with Mae Whitman a couple of times now, and Dax Shepard.

HollywoodLifers, are you pulling for Natalie and Drew? What else are you hoping to see this season? Drop a comment with your Parenthood wish list below!

— Andy Swift

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