We love all the characters and relationships on “The Fosters,” but one relationship we’ve loved seeing grow is the friendship between Connor (Gavin MacIntosh) and Jude (Hayden Byerly).
Ever since Connor painted his nails to support his pal, he’s worked his way into our hearts. Tensions will rise in tonight’s season 2 mid-season finale as the drama between Connor, his dad, Jude and the Fosters reaches its peak.
We had the chance to chat with Gavin about the big finale and where he’d like to see Connor & Jude’s relationship go. Check it out and be sure to tune into the mid-season finale tonight at 9pm on ABC Family.
-We love Connor on The Fosters. What has been your favorite part about playing him.
Gavin MacIntosh: Thank you! My favorite part about playing Connor is how he breaks stereotypes and he isn’t afraid to show his softer side. He’s such a caring friend to Jude, despite his father’s disapproval. I believe Connor’s character sends a positive teen message out to viewers, which makes this role extra special.
-The finale is big for Connor and Jude. What can you tease, without giving too much away.
G: Yes, the finale will have some very intense moments for Connor and Jude’s relationship. The tensions will mount between Connor, Connor’s dad, Jude and Lena. I wish I could say more, but I can’t spoil the finale! I am really excited to watch the finale with you all next Monday!
-In the second half of the season, what would you like to see happen with Jude & Connor? Do you think Connor will ever stand up to his dad?
G: I think it would be an interesting twist if the writers sent a message to the audience; in a form of the seemingly straight, athletic kid questioning his sexuality, and the seemingly feminine kid, who everyone assumes is gay or transgender, may actually not be. It would be an excellent opportunity to break stereotypes. I do think Connor will stand up to his dad, and will not accept his dad’s judgmental actions.
-What has been your favorite Jude/Connor moment so far on the show?
G: My all-time favorite Jude/Connor moment on the show was the blue nail scene. Although no words were spoken in that scene, it affected so many people’s emotions, including my own. Standing up for someone in need – everyone understands how important this is and can relate. It was a defining moment in the Jude/Connor relationship.
-The Fosters has had such an impact on many people. Do you have a favorite message or moment/story from a fan?
G: The Fosters has had a profound effect on so many people, many who connect with the show on very personal levels. Some of my favorite messages from fans are the ones that say they have gained courage to be themselves. If my character can help one kid get through a tough time, that makes me so happy. Hearing the stories of so many viewers – about bullying, racism and sexism – I definitely see things in a different light now and I have even more desire to help stop this hurtful behavior.
-Do you have a favorite behind-the-scenes story from working with the cast?
G: The wrap party for The Fosters at Disneyland, we had a whole bunch of us at one time in one small area of Disneyland. Maia Mitchell, David Lambert, Jake T. Austin, Hayden Byerly myself and a few others from the show. The fans were literally chasing Jake T. Austin, and screaming for him. It was absolutely amazing to see the huge fandom for Jake. He handled it all like a seasoned pro though!
-What would be your dream role?
G: My dream role would be a psychological thriller including a cast of Vera Farmiga, Dane Dehaan, Ryan Gosling, Jude Law and Emile Hirsch.
-What are three things fans/people might not know about you?
G: When I was younger I was considered shy. The reason why I am an actor today, is my mom put me in theater when I was 9 to help with my shyness. What my parents soon realized is I wasn’t shy on stage, lol, (or behind a camera). As I have gotten older, I am not shy, but just a bit reserved and most people say I have a calm demeanor- more of a listener than a talker.
I am an avid reader. I have read hundreds of classic novels, war history and survival stories. Lastly, I am basically nocturnal, my creativity and energy skyrockets after 10 pm!
-Do you have any message for your fans?
I want to thank all my fans for their support. I appreciate you all so much, and I am so grateful for the creative photo edits and messages you send me! I wouldn’t be who I am if it weren’t for you guys to be quite honest, you all inspire me to do better.
Photo Credit: Sierra Prescott