When he isn’t playing a paragon of popularity at multiple high schools, Michael J. Willett can sing — and he’s not faking it.
In an interview with Star 94.1, Faking It’s “resident cool kid” talked about the show’s second season—which premieres Sept. 23—and the music he’s been working on that he describes as “alt-pop” and at the intersection of glam-rock and pop (do we detect some Adam Lambert influence?).
Willett, also known for his roles in G.B.F. and The United States of Tara, plays Shane in Carter Covington’s Faking It. In the first season he nominates two girls for homecoming queen who then fake being lesbians as a way to stand out and become popular. He promised character development, drama, and romance in the sophomore season.
As an ode to one of his first gigs — singing The Temptations’ “My Girl” for a Little Debbie commercial — Willett sang a few bars and replaced some lyrics with the names of Little Debbie snacks. It seemed oddly intimate since most people sing to their pastries in private.
As if that wasn’t enough reason to love him, Willett closes the interview by “talking nerdy,” and recites classic sci-fi catch phrases in a sultry voice while he stares into the camera. Talk nerdy, talk dirty, talk flirty — just talk to us forever, Michael J. Willett.
Faking It Season 2 premieres Sept. 23. Watch the full interview with all the hijinks below.