When we last spoke with Sloane Siegel, he was starring in the Amazon series Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street. Sloane can now be seen as the title character in Dwight In Shining Armor, a series now in its fifth and final season on BYUTV.
We chat with Sloane about what viewers can expect from the new episodes of Dwight in Shining Armor, his experience filming with the cast, and his dream role in the upcoming video game Gotham Knights.
Read on for our exclusive interview with Sloane Siegel below:
It’s been almost 4 years since we last spoke with you! Life has certainly changed a lot over the past year. How have you been coping with all of the changes in the world? What’s been your favorite way to pass the time when you are stuck at home social distancing?
Well first of all, it’s wonderful to speak with you again. A lot can happen in four years. Luckily, I adapt well to change. It was terrifying at first, but as the year progressed and we learned more about Covid, it became less scary and more about just trying to be as safe as possible. I live very much in the present and I can entertain myself easily.
So, every day has been an adventure of self-discovery and indulgence. I write a lot, stories and poetry. I’ve played countless hours of video games, watched movies and binged TV shows. But, the best way I coped, was it gave me more time to go hiking and explore different trails. Getting outside, away from people is incredibly refreshing. I was raised on a farm 30 minutes away from the nearest grocery store. So, I find a lot of peace surrounded by nothing but nature.
You can next be seen starring as the title character in Dwight In Shining Armor. Can you talk a little about your character Dwight and viewers can expect from him?
Dwight is your average over-achiever. He always on a schedule for everyone but himself. He’s kind and understanding and dorky. He lives with his grandmother, who he is very close with. He volunteers at pet shelters and senior centers and when anyone needs him, he makes time. His whole life changes however when he’s on one of his many tasks for a friend and he falls into a buried and forgotten castle. He lands lip-to-lip with a warrior princess and wakes her up from a thousand-year-old spell. He becomes her spellbound champion to defend her from her hordes of enemies that wake up with her, as medieval times clashes with modern day. You can expect him to be a classically unlikely hero, who saves the day in his own way. He never resorts to violence and usually finds a way for everybody to end as friends.
What would you say attracted you to this series? How would you say the experience compares to your previous work?
The story. I remember reading it for the first time and thinking: “How has this story not been done yet?” So I jumped at the possibility to do something that was a very welcome twist on a story that has been told before. It was a lore-rich plotline that you could do endless things with. And it was written well. The characters were interesting and funny. The pacing was good. It was just a really cool script.
It has been different in the way that; I’ve never been a series regular on a comedy before. So it was a challenge learning how to make the jokes land, and keeping up with the other more experienced in comedy actors. Ultimately, it turned into an incredible learning experience. I learned about myself as much as I did my craft. I’m very thankful for the experience and now I get to use it for whatever’s next.
How was the experience working alongside the cast? Was it fun to shoot during “Medieval Times?”
It was incredible. Not to say what you’ve heard a thousand times before, but we really became a family. You spend that much time with good people and it’s hard to not want to spend time with them off set too. I learned a lot from the cast and made some unforgettable memories. I could say one word to any of them and have them burst out laughing. When we would go to certain sets in the show that were more medieval than modern it was pretty fun. Because the comedy lies in Dwight not knowing what’s going on, when he’s in a fully immersive place it’s even more fun to play with. I love the costumes and props and crazy things we get to say. It was just a bundle of fun working on this show.
What can you tease about what viewers can expect from Dwight In Shining Armor? What are you most excited for them to see?
I can tease that there is a character that has been missing memory since season one. Macklyn the Fox has a major part to play in the coming battle against the Memory Thief. You can also expect plenty of laughs and quotable moments. Also, some pretty amazing fights scenes from our incredible stunt team and who knows maybe a little bit of romance.
Are you able to tell us about your upcoming voice work as Robin in the highly anticipated Gotham Knights? What do you enjoy most about voice work when compared to live action acting?
All I can say is, it is a dream come true. I’ve always wanted to work on a video game, considering how much I actually play them. And I’ve been reading comic books since I could look at pictures. I never thought I’d play a superhero, let alone the boy wonder. I love that I can be anything as long as my voice can reach the range. Something about voicing a character that doesn’t share my face is really cool. Becoming just another piece in the many layers that go into an animated character. I would love to do It again and again. I wish I had a better explanation for you, but really, it’s just super freakin cool.
What are your favorite ways to keep in touch with the fans? What else can they look forward to from you next?
I usually take a day every now and then to respond on Instagram. I’m @sloanesiegel if you want to follow me! For now, the final season of Dwight and Gotham Knights. But, who knows what things are to come. You can watch me on season 5 of “Dwight in Shining Armor” on BYUtv Sundays at 8:30/7:30c, on the free BYUtv app, and stream seasons 1-4 anytime online at Byutv.org/dwightinshiningarmor.
Thank you so much to Sloane Siegel for taking the time to speak with us! Don’t forget to tune in to Dwight In Shining Armor on BYUtv on Sunday, March 21st at 8:30/7:30c.