South of Nowhere Heartthrob Matt Cohen Speaks Out
Matt Cohen, South of Nowhere
On The N's South of Nowhere
(Fridays at 8:30 pm/ET), Aiden seems like the dream boyfriend — loyal and giving, a gent who treats the women he dates with respect. Alas, he gets little in return. He's got Madison, who dumped him like a hot potato for the new kid last season, and who now sabotages his relationships to win him back; Kyla, the pretty new girl in town who conveniently forgot she had a boyfriend; and Spencer and Ashley, who left him to... be with each other. TVGuide.com caught up with Aiden's equally sweet portrayer, Matt Cohen
, to find out what could possibly be next for him in this dramatic but convoluted teen drama.
TVGuide.com: There is some really insane stuff going on right now on South of Nowhere.
Matt Cohen: It is craziness. I can tell you from here on out that it gets a little wild.
TVGuide.com: And we recently got to see you dancing.
Cohen: Yeah, I don't know how I feel about that. I really have next to no dancing skills. The editors and everybody made it look OK, and I'm happy with that.
TVGuide.com: It looked like the dancing of a very natural teenage boy.
Cohen: [In the story line, Kyla] was teaching me, so I guess it didn't matter that I looked not so great at it.
TVGuide.com: Are we going to see you on Dancing with the Stars next season?
Cohen: It is so funny, because a couple of the cast people meet at one of the producer's houses on Fridays to watch [South of Nowhere], and she always TiVos Dancing with the Stars. I'm like, "Man, I would love to try to do that one day."
TVGuide.com: Right now on the show, you are going back and forth between Madison and Kyla. Is that going to continue?
Cohen: Without giving too much away, I can just say that Aiden ends up being just this guy who has a great heart and wants everybody to be happy in their lives, and it takes a toll on him in a couple more episodes. He soon tends to break down somewhat. In the second-to-last episode, it really hits the fan with him, and some drama goes down. He's trying to make it work with the girls, but I'm not promising anything.
TVGuide.com: Tough job you've got, being surrounded by all these pretty girls.
Cohen: Tell me about it. I work with the most beautiful women on television and I am in awe every day that these girls are so talented and so beautiful. It is ridiculous.
TVGuide.com: Are you anything like Aiden?
Cohen: I'm very similar to the character, just in the fact that he cares so much about everybody else, and kind of wants to help them before he helps himself. You see the high-school jock and people are quick to judge what he's like, assuming that his personality will resemble his looks. But I am all heart, and I would love to help somebody else... to make them happy before I make myself happy.
TVGuide.com: I kind of miss Aiden, Ashley and Spencer hanging out. Will that return?
Cohen: The triangle between us is pretty crazy, and it comes back into play very largely towards the end of the season. There are extremely dramatic moments for the three of them together. It might put their friendship at risk somewhat.
TVGuide.com: Are you surprised by how popular South of Nowhere is?
Cohen: I feel privileged to be on a show that addresses content that is real. Because of that, I'm not surprised that it is doing as well as it is. I'm pleased that people are reacting to the show and enjoying it. I think it is good television and is a voice for teens, one that puts topics out there that some kids [aren't] comfortable addressing with their parents and friends.
TVGuide.com: Watching the show, I get the sense that you all actually like hanging out. Is that the case?
Cohen: Absolutely. There is no ego whatsoever on the set. We just have fun. We take our moments seriously when we get [them], but when we are not in a serious moment, we are a bunch of fools. It is a group of friends that have become family, and that makes going to work at 4 am wonderful.
TVGuide.com: Any particularly funny moment in your mind?
Cohen: I have this thing on set where I am always slamming people's doors with my hands, and scaring them inside their trailers.
TVGuide.com: You sound like you are a little bit of a prankster.
Cohen: I am. I feel vicious when I do it, like I'm scaring a little kid, but it is just so damned funny that I can't help myself. Everybody gets mad at me, but we just all laugh at the end of the day.
TVGuide.com: I don't want to stir up too much trouble since you seem so happy, but when I talked to Mandy Musgrave a few weeks ago….
TVGuide.com: What, do you know what I'm going to ask?
Cohen: I don't know, but I'm sure it is something good.
TVGuide.com: I asked her who the better kisser was between you and Gabrielle Christian, and she picked Gabrielle. Thoughts?
Cohen: Oh, um, well.... [Laughs] If she had said me, there would have been rumors flying around about us having something more than a work relationship. I don't know. [Still laughing] I don't know. Gaby is a girl, and maybe a girl knows how to kiss a girl better. I really couldn't tell you. Not to brag, but I think I am an OK kisser.
TVGuide.com: She did say that you had improved a lot between seasons.
Cohen: Oh, man. [Sighs]
TVGuide.com: I think you might need to think of a prank to get back at her for that one.
Cohen: You know what? My first TV kiss was with her and Gaby. I was a bit nervous my first time. Meeting these two gorgeous girls and hearing, "Hey, you have to make out with both of them in the same scene." It was nerve-racking, so it might not have been the best palate to judge me on.
TVGuide.com: What do you watch on TV?
Cohen: I'm not huge into the scripted television show. I am a crazy man about the reality.
Cohen: Not the reality you are thinking of. I like the reality car shows, like Overhaulin' and American Chopper, the motorcycle show. Ultimate Fighter has got to be my favorite show that I've ever seen. And there is this new show on MTV called Rob & Big, about pro skateboarder Rob Drydek and his relationship with his 390-pound security guard. It is just funny.
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