Conversation Hearts: Keiynan Lonsdale

Keiynan Lonsdale; Actor + Musician; Sydney, Australia

Keiynan Lonsdale is a 27-year old Australian actor, singer, songwriter, activist and artist known for a myriad of talents and successes. As Wally West in the CW’s “The Flash”, “Supergirl”, and “Legends of Tomorrow”, Uriah in “The Divergent Series,” and most recently Bram from “Love, Simon,” Lonsdale has a stacked CV of acting experience filled with MTV awards and a Teen Choice nomination.

In the musical realm, Lonsdale has been turning out bops with “Higher,” “Kiss the Boy,” “Good Life,” “Lay it On Me” and most recently, “Preach”. Recently, Lonsdale has been proud to share his experiences growing into his sexuality, and really help challenge the binary by coming out loud and proud. Interviewing with major queer magazines, Lonsdale has opened up about his identity, activism, and outlook and we are so happy to have the honor of speaking with him and diving a bit deeper into how that ties into Valentine’s season!

This interview has been edited for clarity.

DN: How would you describe what you do?

KL: I'm always trying to make my work (whatever it may be) more like play. My goal is always to create magic... Hopefully, with my album I get to inspire and share that with as many people as possible. Music is the best way I can communicate how I feel about everything.

DN: What is your relationship with Valentine's Day? How do you celebrate, if you do?

KL: Hmm, I think it changes every year. Sometimes, I celebrate it, but sometimes, it feels forced and I don't. Then most times, I feel cute being alone. watching a movie and owning single life by eating all the chocolate I can find.

It just depends where I'm at romantically at the time. I def don't love the pressure that gets added to it, like for couples to do something to prove their love for one another on that day — just because others are telling you to. I think that's a bit strange.

DN: How do you see Valentine's Day, queerness and other marginalized identities intersecting? How do you wish Valentine's day was represented?

KL: It's definitely a great opportunity to promote equality. I think all the campaigns for V-Day should be focused on helping people feel proud and safe to show their love. I'd enjoy a lot of self-love campaigns, too.

DN: Since Valentine's Day is about spreading love, it seems like the perfect opportunity to give back to queer charities and organizations. Where would you recommend we can make the best impact?

KL: I'm a huge fan of GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network). I think it's important our queer youth are supported to become the leaders we all need.

DN: Any advice you would give to young queer artists that you wish you had heard earlier?

KL: If you want to be iconic, be yourself baby.

DN: Is there anything coming up that we can spotlight?

KL: Album, album, album, album, album. We're doing final touches. There's 15 songs, so it's been a lot of work. It'll be out this year — along with a lot of visuals — but I can't say when yet.

DN: Since Cherry is a fashion and beauty magazine, as well as a wellness magazine, we have to ask: what would your go-to Valentine’s Day look be?

KL: Ideally I'd be naked. That's a fun Valentine’s Day. :) 🍒

Lonsdale can be followed @keyinanlonsdale on Instagram, on his Twitch stream or his website.