Lyle Lettau In The Land Of Lights

“I’ve been obsessed with LA ever since I was a kid,” Lyle Lettau says as he takes a bite of his filet mignon. We are having dinner and a chat at the historic Chateau Marmont in West Hollywood, where Lyle has become quite the regular. “Even before I started acting, something always drew me to Los Angeles. There was one thing I knew about the city- all the stars ate at Chateau Marmont. I was 10 and thought I was a star, for no reason, really, and knew one day I would eat here.
The Degrassi star lives in Los Angeles in between filming and is happy to call the land of lights his second home. “Everyone out here has a dream and is fighting,” He says. “And even though there are millions of people fighting for the exact same thing, in the exact same city, people still give everything they have for a chance at their dream. It’s beautiful.”


Who are some of your icons?

Quentin Tarantino is a huge icon to me. Every time I watch one of his movies I get lost. Movies don’t do that much anymore- completely absorb you into a different world. Movies are all about target audiences & what will make a shit load of money- which makes sense, but they’ll never be iconic. No one does it like Quentin. Marilyn Monroe has always intrigued me. I really like her poetry. Also, Andy Warhol. He made pop culture his bitch. 

What would be your dream role?

Playing Patrick Bateman would be really cool. OH! Mickey Knox too! Yeah. Make me a serial killer. 

What are some of your guilty pleasures?

I watch a lot of reality shows. I feel like reality shows are so simple & you can do other things while watching them because you don’t really have to pay attention. A lot of wedding shows. Oh god. So many wedding shows. I don’t even like weddings. ugh. 

What television shows did you grow up watching?

I think one of my first words was “Bundy”. My dad watched “Married With Children” every day. It’s still my favorite sitcom to this day. Also; Buffy The Vampire Slayer (Buffy + Angel 4ever), Three’s Company, & Are You Afraid of The Dark?

What music are you currently listening to?

I’ve been listening to a 90′s girl punk rock band called Bikini Kill, I just got their album “Pussy Whipped” & it’s rad. Speaking of riot girl bands, Bratmobile is really good. When i’m not being an ‘angsty’ teen from the 90′s, i’m listening to Lana Del Rey. 

If you weren’t an actor what would you be?

Funeral Director.

What do you enjoy most about being on Degrassi?

Degrassi will always be special to me. It was the first show i said “i’m going to be on that show”, & i did it. It feels great being a part of a family that has had generation after generation. Not many shows have that.

What has changed the most in your life since being on Degrassi?

Everything has changed. Not just because of Degrassi, but I started the show when I was 16. I’m going to be 20 this year. Those four years feel like a decade. People tell me they don’t even recognize me anymore. I don’t even recognize me. 


Photos: Katie Sadie
Creative Direction: Katie Sadie and Trishelle Esposito (SWIFT ONES)
Location: Griffith Park, Los Angeles, California
Interview: Trishelle Esposito 

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