Burkely Duffield on Freeform’s ‘Beyond… by Uinterview

Burkely Duffield, star of the new Freeform series Beyond, opened up to uInterview about the show, his character and petrifying stunts he had to perform on set. “Beyond is centered around my character Holden, and he goes into a coma for a dozen years and miraculously wakes up when he’s 25,” Duffield said of the show’s premise.

When Holden awakens, he not only has to adjust to an unrecognizable world, but has to get used to new superpowers he has somehow been endowed with. It’s unclear what Holden’s exact superpower are, and Duffield was relatively tight-lipped about his character’s abilities.

He did, however, give us some clues. “Through these surges of emotion, he’s able to manipulate the energy and world around him in these certain ways,” Duffield said somewhat cryptically, before adding: “I won’t give away exactly what he can do, but it does get pretty intense.”

Which superpower does he wish he had?  “If I could grab the remote from across the room, or click my fingers and the dishes are done, that’d be pretty cool,” said the actor.

The show required the 24-year-old Duffield to perform various difficult stunts. “I had to do a stunt once where I had to jump off of a, I think it was like a dozen to 15 feet, so it was this platform, and I had to run off the side and go onto this big crash mat at the end, so that was pretty cool.”

He wasn’t afraid to admit, however, of freezing up from fear before doing some stunts. “You get up there, and you look down, and your body goes, ‘Nope! That’s not me.'” Duffield said, laughing. “It’s completely safe, but it takes you a little minute to get adjusted to it.”


Q: What is the premise behind the show "Beyond"? -

"Beyond" is centered around my character Holden, and he goes into a coma for a dozen years and miraculously wakes up when he's 25, and is totally fine, gets up and walks out of bed pretty much. And unfortunately for him, he does not recognize anything in this world that we now live in because he's been asleep for 12 years. So there's a lot for him to adjust to, and as well he's now got these abilities that he's coming to terms with and seeing what they are for him.

Q: What are your character's supernatural abilities? -

At first, Holden really doesn't understand what they are, and let alone, he didn't actually understand that he had these abilities to begin with, and through these surges of emotion, he's able to manipulate the energy and world around him in these certain ways, so it's definitely something we dive into on the show. I won't give away exactly what he can do, but it does get pretty intense.

Q: If you could have a superpower, which would you choose? -

He does have sort of a telekinetic energy, which I think could come in handy. He doesn't really know how to control it, which gets him into some dangerous situations. If I could grab the remote from across the room, or click my fingers and the dishes are done, that'd be pretty cool, so I think I'd choose one of those.

Q: Did you have a favorite moment this season? -

We did ten episodes, and wow, there is a lot that we cover in our show, which I think is one of the reasons I love it so much too. I had some favorite moments of seeing Holden grow up as a character, he had some really cool moments just sort of drama-based with his relationships with characters, whether they be friendships, love, even hate for some of the antagonists, which are some cool emotional sides to him. But as well, we have some cool stunts and action and really cool sequences that we get to do and I got to dive into some of those as well, so there are a lot of cool features in our stuff.

Q: What was your favorite stunt? -

The physical endurance stuff I loved. We do some rain stuff at night which always looks so cool on camera. I had to do a stunt once where I had to jump off of a, I think it was like a dozen to 15 feet, so it was this platform, and I had to run off the side and go onto this big crash mat at the end, so that was pretty cool.

Q: Do you ever get scared before a stunt? -

You look at something when it's about fifty feet behind you, and you think that's like, that's totally cool. But you get up there, and you look down, and your body goes, "Nope! That's not me." But we have some very talented, like our stunt coordinators and our stuntmen, and they make sure it's all safe and prepared, so when you actually do it, it's completely safe, but it takes you a little minute to get adjusted to it.