Hayden Szeto on FX’s ‘What We Do in the Shadows’ Pilot & Improvising with Taika Waititi

     April 11, 2018


It’s been four long years since What We Do in the Shadows delivered one of the most clever and downright hilarious takes on the vampire genre ever put on film. Unfortunately, we still haven’t gotten that We’re Wolves spinoff (Waititi and Clements have both been a little busy with Marvel projects Thor: Ragnarok and Legion, among other things), but folks who are eager to return to the world of hyper-polite bloodsuckers and trope-skewering comedy should keep their fingers crossed for the new pilot Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement just put together for the programming maestros over at FX.

The Edge of Seventeen star Hayden Szeto landed a role in the recently produced pilot and with his new film Truth or Dare arriving in theaters this weekend, Collider’s Christina Radish recently had the opportunity to sit down with the actor for a chat and she took the opportunity to get a few behind the scenes details.


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Szeto had nothing but good things to say about the experience of working on the project, and in particular working with Waititi, who returned to helm the pilot (it’s unknown if he or Clements will reprise their film roles at this time). In particular, Szeto praised the fun and freewheeling vibe on set and the way Waititi created an environment that fostered improv.

 “I had the most fun on that. I felt like a 10-year-old. Taika and I vibed, really, really well on set. We practically did our own writing, on the spot. There was so much improvisation. We would just start making up the scene, on the spot, and we’d see where it would go. He’d give us a bare skeleton of the scene and tell us where it needed to go, and then he’d just let us riff with all the other actors. It was just brilliant.”