Brant Daugherty Talks 'The Starving Games,' Pretty Little Liars and DWTS!

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You may know Brant Daugherty best as Noel Kahn from 'Pretty Little Liars,' but we caught up with the hunky star and got some scoop on his new movie 'The Starving Games' (which is a spoof of 'The Hunger Games') and how he's doing on 'Dancing With the Stars'!

You may know Brant Daugherty best as Noel Kahn from Pretty Little Liars, but we caught up with the hunky star and got the scoop on his new movie The Starving Games (a spoof of The Hunger Games) and how he's doing on Dancing With the Stars!

The Starving Games stars Maiara Walsh as Kantmiss Evershot, Cody Christian as Peter Malarkey and Brant as Dale. "I've never done a comedy before and I did always want to play Gale in The Hunger Games movies," Brant told us. "I never had the opportunity to and if I couldn't play him, I could at least spoof him."

Sometimes the funnier it is, the more challenging it can be. "They [spoof movies] have their own kind of tone to them. A lot of the scenes we played out weren't that funny when we were doing them cause you have to be so serious and over-dramatic," said the 28-year-old actor. He even needed some persuading! "The scene where Kantmiss is getting taken away to the starving games and we had this last conversation--I was convinced that scene was not funny at all. The directors had to talk me into it being funny."

Brant's comedic side is new to anyone who's been following the drama on PLL. Even though his mysterious character Noel has been MIA for a while, Brant's been keeping in touch. "I saw the Halloween episode with the cast at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. It was the first Halloween episode I haven't been in and it was so weird for me!" But don't worry, guys. "I have been in contact with the producers," Brant assures us, "and you haven't seen the last of Noel Kahn. Let's put it that way."

We know a lot of Cambio users have been fans of Pretty Little Liars (now in the middle of its fourth season) since day one, and it has gained a broad audience. "It's presented as a teen drama, but it's so much more than that. There are so many literary references to old great films," Brant told us. Though the show is built around a teen murder mystery, "I'm not even sure what the demographic of the show is anymore. I've seen so many different people come up to me and tell me they love it."

Brant is currently competing in this season's Dancing With the Stars with Peta Murgatroyd as his partner. "My dancing experience was limited to my high school stage, and even then I was in the background," he told us. "I think we should always challenge ourselves. It wasn't something I was confident in and they were offering to teach it to me." He's also using the reality competition to expand his resume. "As an actor they always want you to sing and dance, and I've had to turn down auditions because I'm not a singer or a dancer, so it expands my ability to performing."

While he loves to take on new challenges, DWTS is definitely one for the books. "Tuesday mornings are some of the most stressful days for me," Brant said. "We only get a week to learn a brand new style of dance and then we have to perform it on a professional level. Every single one that I see I get completely overwhelmed at first. They're all equally as hard as the last."

The Starving Games will be out in select theaters, VOD and Digital on Nov. 8. Don't forget to watch Brant on Monday nights at 8 p.m. on DWTS!


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