Behind the Blinds


Although Wyatt Oleff is only 19 years old, he could be considered a speleologist of the human mind, to be more exact, of its darkest and most complicated corners. Since his beginnings more than a decade ago, the young actor has become known for performances in highly complex projects. His roles have always had a complicated tone, having to face hard dilemmas or deepest fears. The world has always been a cold and cloudy place for the lonely hearts that Wyatt has brought to life, but he has always managed to bring them tenderness and sensitivity. From the tormented Stanley Uris in both films of the adaptation of Stephen King’s It, to the sweet and complicated Charlie on Josh Schwarz and Stephanie Savage’s new hit show, City on Fire, Wyatt continues to prove his courage with roles that revolve around the insecurities and fears that make us human. There is no challenge that he can resist or gloom that he cannot light, Wyatt Oleff is the most indomitable outsider of all..

You started your career very early, at only five years old. Could you tell me your first memory of a movie set?

I think my first movie might have been an independent called Someone Marry Barry. That experience was fun because I remember the point of my character in the movie was that I was being influenced by the main character who’s this guy who says whatever he wants. So I was just saying a bunch of swear words, and the crew was asking my parents, “Can he say all this?” and they were like, “Yeah, it’s fine.”

A lot of actors have always known that cinema was their true passion growing up. Having started so young, I am curious if you ever thought about putting acting aside and doing something different?

Absolutely. I think there’s been plenty of moments in my life where I thought maybe this is just a phase or something, or I wasn’t exactly sure if this was something I wanted to keep doing. That said, I don’t think there was ever a point where I was like, “I’d rather be doing this.” Acting is the thing that I always really wanted to do and the thing that I wanted to continue doing. If there was something else I could do, I would hope to be some visual artist in terms of creating a comic book or a graphic novel or working on games or movies as storyboards or something still related to creating art.

You worked during your high school years. Did you ever feel like you were missing out on experiences that your friends or classmates were living?

There were a few summers that I missed out with school friends because I was going off and filming things, but I didn’t really view those situations as missing out. It was more of me doing my own thing during the summer. And I’d say the thing I missed out most on was caused by the fact that I was working with adults from such a young age and that’s who I was more used to hanging around. So I felt like there were a lot of times where I just didn’t click with people my own age just because I just didn’t talk to them as much. I don’t want to sound pretentious here, but there’s a sense of maturity that I was forced to have at a younger age that was required for me to work with adults and that just didn’t translate to interacting with other kids.

No one better than someone who was a child actor can truly answer this question – do you think it is advisable to start working in this industry so young?

I think it has its advantages and its disadvantages. Starting so young, it works as almost a hobby where you can go to auditions and balance school with it and you’re not stressing out because this isn’t your income. It’s not the only thing that you have going on, it’s not your career yet. If elements of it become ingrained into you early, like the auditioning process, it all just becomes a part of your life. It’s easier to comprehend and easier to go to thousands of auditions. I think it’s also tough because you are losing a part of your childhood and you are losing time that is usually spent at school or with your friends. Those are still things I did while I was on set, but it was just very different.

What advice would you give to someone who wants to start in the industry at such a young age?

The number one piece of advice I always try to give is to never give up. It’s cheesy, but it’s true. You’re going to hear a lot of “noes”, and that’s just the nature of the industry. Especially now, with the way that the landscape for auditioning keeps moving and changing. Now, it’s just all auditions via self-tapes and there’s going to be thousands upon thousands of people who are going to send in stuff. You just have to get used to sending in a tape and not hearing anything because that still happens to me. That is very discouraging, but it’s just a part of the process and you have to keep getting back up. So being prepared for that, I think, is very important.

Do you think that working as an actor makes you better at managing rejections in your personal life?

In some cases, I believe so. I think the rejection that you get all the time from acting is not the same as asking out someone who you like. That’s a very different rejection, but it’s similar in terms of how vulnerable you are. You’re showing a very naked version of yourself to a lot of people, and you’re just giving them all you have. I think it helps in terms of your confidence and being able to take no for an answer and being able to bounce back from putting yourself out there and getting struck down for it. I think it has helped me a little bit.

You’re a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe – what is your relationship with the superhero genre? Are you a fan?

I definitely used to be a lot more. I think when I first got the part in Guardians of the Galaxy, I was so excited. I got to be a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and that was awesome – it was everything I could have wanted as a kid. And I think as it’s become such a mainstay genre, it’s become even really something that is beyond it. It’s just what defines a modern blockbuster and that’s half of all the movies that are successful in the box office right now. I think to an extent, it’s gotten a little oversaturated. I’ve seen a lot of them. They were definitely more effective when I was younger and as I continue to get older, I feel like I’m almost growing out of it. But I still respect them. And there are always those ones that surprise you. Every time I hear good reception about one, I’m like, “Okay, yeah, I’ll go see that.”

If you could choose to play any superhero, which one would it be?

I don’t really want to go with the basic answer, but I think I will. Actually, I’ve heard people telling me “You would make a great Spiderman or Superman.” And, yeah, I think I would. I guess young Superman is still possible, but Spiderman is definitely taken. But I don’t need the responsibility of being the face of a superhero. I don’t know if I want that.

Oh my God! Spiderman and Superman! You got a thing for outsiders!

Yeah, absolutely.

It’s time to talk about poor Stanley Uris, the character you played in It. Why do you think you were a good fit for that role?

I think I related to him on a lot of levels, especially his fears and his general insecurities. I think he plays that role in the group that’s trying to make sure everyone stays out of trouble. I very much adapt to that role when I’m with my friends in real life as well, I try to hold them back from doing something stupid. Or at least I did. That’s not me anymore. But definitely, at the time, that was why I related to him and fell into that character so easily.

It talks about our intimate fears. Stanley was a very fearful young man tormented by a Modigliani-inspired painting of a woman. Didn’t participating in that movie make you wonder about your own fears?

Sure! I mean, all the characters in the script have their own fears that Pennywise turns into. And I think we all had a moment where we were like, I wonder what would mine be? It would probably be something like spiders.

Spiders? Really?

I’d like to not be afraid of them. I’m trying to get that fear down and expose myself to it more.

Tell me about a movie that really, really scared you.

The ones that really scare me are the ones that lean more into psychological horror. Anything Ari Aster has done, for example. His movies are about keeping you on your toes and making you feel uncomfortable rather than just scaring you. Also, one of my favourite movies is The End of Evangelion, which is definitely a psychological horror that messed me up for a while. It changed my brain chemistry a little bit.

I feel you with The End of Evangelion! If I had to spend the rest of my life with a crying baby like Shinji Ikari, I would be terrified.

Us by Jordan Peele is also a very good horror movie. The concept of the doppelganger coming to kill me kept me up at night for a little bit.

Horror cinema is experiencing a new golden age, would you like to continue exploring this genre in the future?

Yes! They’re a lot of fun. It would be my answer to any genre, but I got to like the script and who’s writing it and the director. It’s got to be very intentional. I want something fresh, something new and something that really gets me going.

You have just released a new series City on Fire on Apple TV, the show developed by the creators of iconic teen dramas like The O.C. or Gossip Girl. Have you seen any of these series? What type of television interests you as a viewer?

They were kind of before my time, so I never got into them. But I did know of Josh and Stephanie [Savage]. They’re legends in this industry and to be able to work with them was so cool. They’re just so genuine, fun, sweet and so professional.

My God, you must watch The O.C.

I actually did a bit. Josh invited me to do a table for a Variety reading where I read for Adam Brody’s character. It was super fun. It was my first time watching the show and I was like, “Oh, okay. I see. I get the appeal and why it’s popular.”

In City On Fire, you play a shy and lonely boy living in New York City. Have you ever felt like an outsider?

Oh, yeah, all the time. I think that’s what attracts me to these characters. I’m very used to being an outsider and being different from how everyone else is feeling. I think that stays true as I get older and as I become more of an adult and people want to go out and party. That’s very rarely something I want to do. I just find myself unsure because everyone else is doing this thing, so why can’t I like doing that? It’s a feeling that still continues as I grow older. So playing this role is somewhat cathartic. The fact that the outsider is the protagonist makes me feel better about myself.

I think that we’re living in a moment when being an outsider is a cool thing.

But you have to own it. You can’t just be like, “Oh, I’m lonely and I’m an outsider”. You have to be like, “I’m an outsider, and that’s fine, and that’s cool, and I’m cool for that.”

But I think if you make being an outsider the cool thing, it’s going to lose its essence.

Oh, yeah. Because if everyone becomes an outsider, then no one becomes an outsider. But I don’t think outsiders will get oversaturated.

City On Fire presents the problem of classism which is palpable in a city like New York, but also in Hollywood. After working as an actor for so many years, have you ever been in a situation where you felt there was a class system in the industry?

You have to build your reputation as you go throughout the industry. And the goal, of course, is to be at a point where people are offering you roles and you can just pick and choose what you want to do. But that’s at the end of your journey. You have to climb this big ladder to get to a point where you’re able to be respected and well-known enough to be wanted by a director. That’s obviously the goal. I remember when I was younger going into auditions and the casting director would come out and say hi to someone next to me and they’d have a conversation. And then all of a sudden I would be intimidated because I didn’t know this casting director and I didn’t know what was going on. Then years later, I would be the one saying hi to that casting director and intimidating someone else. That’s just the nature and cycle of things, I think.

I have a feeling you are a restless spirit. Do you like to explore other facets such as directing or writing a script? What can the audience expect from you in the coming years?

I love the creative process and I love creating stories. I think for me right now, I’m young and my brain is not fully developed and it’s unsure of exactly the stories it wants to tell. But I would hope to be in five years or so in a place where I’m like, “Okay, I’m going to throw some stuff together and create a little movie.”


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“It” Star Wyatt Oleff Weighs In On “City On Fire”

Wyatt Oleff has had an interesting career trajectory. He starred as a boy battling a killer clown not once but twice in the big screen adaptations of Stephen King’s “It,” (and “IT: Chapter Two”) as as a young Peter Quill’ in “Guardians Of The Galaxy” and “Guardians Of The Galaxy: Vol. 2.” His latest efforts include the Tribeca Film Festival release “The Year Between,” selected in the US Narrative Competition category, and AppleTV+’s”City on Fire” from “Gossip Girl” show runners Josh Schwartz and Stehpanie Savage. The show follows Charlie’(played by Oleff), whose friend Samantha (played by Chase Sui Wonders) is shot in Central Park on the fourth of July. Already grieving the death of his father from the 9/11 attacks two years earlier, Charlie stops at nothing to unravel the mystery of what happened to Samantha. As he digs deeper, the mystery reveals Samantha’s crucial connections between a series of mysterious citywide fires, the downtown punk music scene, and a wealthy uptown real estate family fraying under the strain of the many secrets they keep.

How did you get your start in acting? What was your first ever job?

I started acting when I was about seven, after continuously begging my mom to let me try it. My first ever job was a Coldwell Banker commercial when I was probably around 8 years old.

Any memorable audition stories that have stuck with you?

There have been plenty but my most memorable one was probably that time I went into an audition and I got so nervous that I messed up my lines 10 times before being able to get through the whole scene. My mouth was so dry that I couldn’t speak properly.

Can you tell us a bit about your role in City on Fire? Walk us through that metamorphosis that your character experiences.

I play Charlie, a lost soul who doesn’t know his place in the world after his father passed away. Through Sam, he’s able to feel like he belongs and finds solace in her. He starts out frail and timid but through the inciting incident of the show, he forces himself to grow and change to find out what happened to Sam.

Did you experience any challenges in tackling this role?

Absolutely. As an actor, any good role should challenge you and push you to your limits. Those are the most satisfying roles to play. There were plenty of scenes where I had to take myself to a dark place and keep myself there the entire day. Honestly that entire summer filming the show I had to stay in a more somber space. When we finished filming the show, I felt this weight come off my shoulders.

Was there anything new you discovered about your own process while becoming this character?

Yes! I’m not going to try to explain it because if I do it’s gonna sound super pretentious but through Charlie I was able to change my process to more fittingly play him, and to express the depth of character that he has.

Is there a particular genre that you gravitate towards more as an actor?

No, not necessarily. I like good stories with creative and inspired people behind them. I like dramas a lot for the deep, emotional scenes. But also it’s always fun to do something with a more comedic tone to just have fun with it.

In your experience, what has been the difference in preparing for a TV role as opposed to a film? Is there one process that you prefer over the other?

City on Fire was the first time I worked on a TV show that was actually structured like a TV show. I think it’s very different. On a movie you have 2-3 months and you’re going all over the place in the script, from the end, to the beginning, to the middle. On a show, you’re shooting the episodes in order, so you have time to evolve alongside your character and experience things as they’re happening, which helped a lot in my process. I don’t prefer one over the other, at least not yet, but I definitely enjoy both for what they bring to the table.

Over the course of your career, is there one character to whom you’ve related a lot? Or do you try to find pieces of yourself in every character that you play?

All the characters I’ve been cast to play I think are similar to me in some way. I felt like my journey last year as an actor and as a person mirrored that of Charlie’s a lot. I kind of grew alongside him. Sometimes I also try to take things from my characters as well, like Stanley Barber’s confidence and sense of style.

Were you afraid of clowns before “It”? If not, are you afraid of them after?

I was moderately afraid of them before but I’d say after I’m less scared. Exposure therapy.

What’s next in the pipeline for you?

All episodes of City on Fire are now streaming on Apple TV+! An independent I worked on called The Year Between came out on Peacock recently. And another independent I worked on should be coming to streaming sooner or later, and it’s called Stay Awake!


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V People: Wyatt Oleff
Hollywood’s newest hotshot is headed for the big leagues

The first thing you notice during a conversation with Wyatt Oleff is that he cares about acting. A lot. It’s not forced, either. It’s genuine. He talks about the luck of landing an early background part with the same enthusiasm as when he’s describing his latest leading role-playing the nerdy, insecure Charlie in the highly anticipated Apple TV+ series “City on Fire”.

Oleff doesn’t dabble. He commits. It’s this full-force approach that’s earned the Chicago native an enviable array of film and television credits, all before turning 20. His diverse filmography includes the 2017 horror blockbuster “It”, the irreverent superhero flick “Guardians of the Galaxy”, and Netflix’s cult-favorite dark comedy series “I Am Not Okay With This”. He notes a trend of working with directors who have strong, singular visions—and Oleff has proved his adeptness at shape-shifting to fit those visions. “It rubs off on you when you work with those people. You become passionate like that, too,” Oleff reflects. “That’s something I look for in a project, is people who really care about it.”

“City on Fire”, an adaptation of Garth Risk Hallberg’s electrifying 2015 debut novel of the same name, boasts such a team. At the helm of the intriguing crime drama are Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, the creative duo behind ‘00s classics like “Gossip Girl” and “The O.C.” Oleff’s character, Charlie, must untangle the mysteries surrounding the shooting of his friend, Samantha Cicciaro (Chase Sui Wonders), uncovering the secrets of NYC’s elite and the truth behind the city’s recent fires in the process. As the show is set in 2003, Charlie also struggles to process his father’s passing in the 9/11 terror attacks. The complexity of the character presented a new challenge for the young actor, but he was eager to take on the part.

“I’ve never done a character with such a clear, big arc as Charlie has. He goes from being this nervous kid to one who’s confident,” Oleff shares. “Charlie’s still scared, but his ability to push through it is what makes this arc, I think, so interesting. Not only is there a physical transformation, but there’s a look in his eyes that has to change.” While the 19-year-old can’t relate to the dramatic events of Charlie’s life, the role still resonates with him on a personal level. Like Charlie, Oleff is reckoning with the transition from teenager to young adult.

“It’s interesting, going into this stage of my life and being able to play a character who inhabits that sense of nervousness and fear of growing up and moving on,” he says. Oleff copes with this uncertainty by continuing to push himself out of his comfort zone. Besides “City on Fire”, he recently participated in two buzzy independent films and even tried his hand at directing a short film. With each job, he’s given it his all—and his advice for aspiring creatives is to do the same.

“If you’re passionate and if you’re creative, and if you have an idea, people will see that,” he says. “People will see that you just cannot stop doing what you love.”


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Hemispheres Magazine

Wyatt Oleff Goes from ‘It’ Boy to Leading Man in ‘City on Fire’

Meet the rising star of the new Apple TV+ series
How did Wyatt Oleff get his start?

Wyatt Oleff doesn’t remember the exact moment when he decided to become an actor; he was so young at the time, he has to take his mother’s word for it. “She told me that when I was about 5, I was like, ‘I want to do that,’ pointing to the TV,” he recalls. “She said absolutely not, but I just kept asking and asking.” His family’s coincidental relocation from Chicago to Los Angeles when he was 7 made that seemingly far-off dream become a lot more plausible. “Through some lucky connections, I was able to get a manager,” he says, “and I just started going out on auditions.” His first gig? “A commercial for Coldwell Banker.”
Which projects has he worked on?

Those auditions eventually led to more interesting projects, including the role of the young Peter Quill in Guardians of the Galaxy. Oleff’s big break, though, was getting the part of Stanley Uris in 2017’s It, which had the additional benefit of giving him a Hollywood support system. “I met some of my best friends through It,” he says. “Having people who understand what it’s like to be a part of something so massive when you’re so young is really nice.” Today, Oleff often finds himself going up against those friends for roles, but he classifies it as healthy competition: “It’s just like, Oh, they got that part, and we can all be happy for each other.”

What is his role in City on Fire?

Starting this month, Oleff stars in the Apple TV+ crime drama City on Fire, based on the bestselling novel of the same name. He plays Charlie, a Long Island teenager who finds himself embroiled in the aftermath of the mysterious shooting of a friend in Central Park. “Throughout the show, we see him slowly go through this metamorphosis,” Oleff notes. “I find that so exciting.” The series features its fair share of pyrotechnics, which made the set a lively place. “It’s so exciting when they do practical effects, especially explosion work,” Oleff says. “Everyone’s getting ready to do the scene, but everyone’s really just looking forward to seeing the big explosion.”

What’s next?

Oleff has also worked with several indie filmmakers, including Jamie Sisley, whose latest movie, Stay Awake—which tells the story of two brothers attempting to navigate their mother’s opioid addiction—premieres this month. “People with that singular vision are really inspiring,” Oleff says, “and I want to be that person someday.” The 19-year-old has even taken a few small steps of his own toward directing. “I love talking to everyone on set and seeing what they do. There were a few moments on City on Fire where I got to pull focus for some of the shots. I don’t know if they’re gonna use those shots,” he adds with a laugh, “but it was fun.”


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In ‘City on Fire,’ the New York of the Early 2000s Burns Bright

A new TV adaptation of the celebrated novel moves the story from the 1970s to the post-9/11 era.

On the rooftop of the InterContinental Barclay Hotel in Manhattan last summer, a small group of people gazed awe-struck at an unremarkable morning sky, hemmed-in by Midtown skyscrapers. “Oh my goodness, look,” one said. “My whole life, never seen anything like it,” said another.

To the younger actors there to help recreate the night of Aug. 14, 2003, what they “saw” required a leap of imagination. But thanks to postproduction wizardry, viewers of the new series “City on Fire,” debuting May 12 on Apple TV+, will see what for New Yorkers during the regionwide blackout that night was so extraordinary: a night sky dotted with stars.

The 2003 blackout had a distinctly communal energy compared with the blackout of 1977, which features prominently in the Garth Risk Hallberg novel “City on Fire,” on which the Apple series is based. But for the show’s creators, Stephanie Savage and Josh Schwartz, the ’03 blackout was one of several historical parallels that made them confident they could transpose Hallberg’s 900-page mystery about punk, young love and anarchy from one period of intense change to another: the post-9/11 era. As in the late ’70s, New York City’s future then seemed uncertain and its underground rock scene was vital.

It was the time of the Strokes and Friendster. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs and the beginning of Mayor Bloomberg’s controversial rezoning efforts. It was also … 20 years ago now, making it ripe for the nostalgia cycle.

“I totally romanticize the early 2000s,” said Chase Sui Wonders, 26, who plays the young femme fatale Samantha, an N.Y.U. freshman who takes analog photos, publishes a fanzine and is obsessed with a fictional downtown band called Ex Post Facto. “It was so fun to play the no-technology aspect of that time period where you just, like, call someone on their home phone, like: ‘Meet me in Tompkins Square Park at noon, and if you’re there, great. If not, I’ll find someone else around there to hang out with.’”

That period also, crucially, has been mostly unexplored by modern scripted series. The challenge Savage and Schwartz faced, then, was twofold: Could they do justice to the novel’s chaotic ’70s spirit while shifting the timeline a quarter-century? And could they, in turn, do justice to the spirit of 2003 in a way that resonated today?

Wyatt Oleff, who plays the young male lead, Charlie, seemed to think so. A naïve Long Island kid whose father died in 9/11, Charlie is only just discovering the city, following his crush, Samantha, from one record store and music venue to another — and ultimately into the criminal underworld. Like Charlie, Oleff is a newcomer to New York. He was born in 2003.

“That transitionary feel from one era to the next, I think, is, like, so fascinating for me, because I feel like I’m in a very transitionary time in my life,” he said. “And I feel like the show encapsulates that feeling of growing up and changing.”

The year 2003 is a North Star for Savage and Schwartz, but not because they spent it bouncing between Brooklyn loft parties. That was the year Schwartz’s hit Fox drama “The O.C.” debuted. (Savage was an executive producer and writer, and the two later created “Gossip Girl” together.)

Although “The O.C.” was set in Southern California, its buzzy soundtrack helped bring the era’s independent music — including New York acts like the Walkmen, Interpol and LCD Soundsystem — to a mainstream audience.

As they began brainstorming series ideas with Apple, “City on Fire,” was on a long list of “dream projects,” Savage said. The book had drawn enormous buzz leading up to its 2015 release, and it was optioned by Scott Rudin for a film before it even had a publishing deal. Savage and Schwartz were surprised to learn that the screen rights were available again.

Still, they weren’t sure the world needed yet another show set in ’70s New York, Schwartz said, “and also the ’70s now, for an audience — it was 50 years ago. So it starts to get a little abstract.”

Less abstract was 2003. But it carried other risks.

“We were nervous to talk to Garth,” Savage said, aware that the change “was pretty substantial.” Hallberg liked the idea. According to Savage, he “talked a lot about the fact that he was using the ’70s to write about the contemporary period that he was living in and writing in.”

She and Schwartz hope their show might similarly relate to the present day.

“That period of the ’70s was a time when people were questioning if New York City was going to survive as a city,” Schwartz said, adding that in the years after 9/11, when Hallberg began writing the novel, “the same questions were being asked.” In another somber echo, much of Manhattan was shuttered because of Covid when production on the show began. That also raised “a lot of fears about New York City surviving,” he said.

“The O.C.” had taught Savage and Schwartz the value of getting the music right — but if anything, that was even more crucial with “City on Fire.” Scenes are set in grimy clubs where Karen O (spliced in using archival footage) howls onstage. One of the main characters, William, played by Nico Tortorella, is the former singer of Ex Post Facto, who becomes embroiled in a shooting that may involve his estranged Upper East Side family. (His sister, Regan, is played by Jemima Kirke.) Fittingly, the soundtrack is killer. Music is ever-present.

“Post-9/11 music in general, I think, we’re kind of, like, experiencing something similar to that right now, just post-pandemic music,” Tortorella, 34, said. “There’s this just, like, fight for life that exists in the sound, this freedom.”

Bringing Ex Post Facto to life — and its later iteration, Ex Nihilo — was its own musical side project. For that, the music supervisor, Jonathan Leahy, pulled together a small group of songwriters to write and demo original songs, which the music producers Abe Seiferth and Jason Hill turned into the fully fleshed-out recordings and live performances in the show. (Hill also composed the score.) Tortorella and Max Milner, who plays William’s replacement in the band, did the vocals. Apple plans to release the songs online and on limited edition vinyl.

“It’s an impossible task to make the music sound like this very specific time and place but also: Do not make it sound, at all, like you’re ripping somebody off,” Leahy said. “So we tried to thread that needle.”

For anyone who was in New York in 2003, the memories have gotten a little dusty. (For the record: That was the summer I moved here, at 24.) But certain moments remain crisp — sealed, perhaps, by the tensions of the moment. When the lights went out, there was no widespread looting and arson as in ’77. But as Hallberg reminded me by phone, there was “a sharp, sharp punch of panic,” where everyone thought, “Oh my God, is it happening again? Is this a terrorist attack?”

What followed, as he put it, was a “long tail of this sweet relief.” Much of the city turned into a kind of street carnival, as bodegas and supermarkets scrambled to empty their warming beer and meat coolers.

Some things haven’t changed a lot since 2003, which the show suggests in its attention to issues like class, race and gentrification. “These are themes that will honestly probably carry on throughout human history,” said Xavier Clyde, 29, who plays William’s boyfriend, Mercer, a young Black man who is suspected falsely in a shooting. “No matter what time period these things are presented to us, they’re always going to resonate.”

But if the view through “City on Fire” is a little rose-colored otherwise, that’s a New York tradition. In 2003 the cool kids complained about how derivative the new music was — Ever heard of the Stooges?! — and how tame Manhattan already seemed compared with the halcyon days of CBGB and frequent muggings.

Today appears to be no exception.

“If we can all agree on one thing, it’s that technology is bad a lot of the time,” said Sui Wonders, laughing as she reflected on her own time compared with ’03. One of the most inspiring parts of the show for her was the way it asked, as she put it: “How did people connect before the digital age?”

“Whatever ensues, chaos or connection,” she continued, “at least people are connecting.”

So maybe the kids are all right. At the very least, Oleff — at 19, the youngest member of the main cast — seemed too wise to get into the kind of trouble his character does.

“There’s always a cycle,” he said about his newly adopted city. “People are going to come in and change it. And that’s also kind of what I’m learning is the beauty of New York: There is a tradition here, but there’s also so much room for experimentation that it becomes an entirely different city every few years.

“And that, for me, feels like what New York is.”


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And last but not least, I also uploaded almost all photoshoots and magazine scans of Wyatt to the gallery until now. Click on the gallery link below to see all photoshoots and magazine scans!

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Welcome to Wyatt Oleff Fan, the latest online resource dedicated to the talented actor Wyatt Oleff. Wyatt has been in films like "Guardians of the Galaxy", "Someone Marry Barry", "It", "Stay Awake" and "The Year Between". He has also been in TV Shows like "Once Upon a Time", "Scorpion", "I Am Not Okay with This" and "City on Fire". This site is online to show our support to the actor Wyatt Oleff, as well as giving her fans a chance to get the latest news and images.
Site Info
  • Maintained by: Veronique
  • Since: 3 April 2023
  • Layout Photos: JSquared Photography, Maarten De Boer & Willy Sanjuan
  • Hosted by: Host4Fans
  • Contact: Email Veronique
Official Wyatt Oleff Links

Current Projects
City on Fire
Wyatt as Charlie
An NYU student is shot in Central Park on the Fourth of July, 2003. Samantha Cicciaro is alone; there are no witnesses and very little physical evidence. Her friends' band is playing her favorite downtown club but she leaves to meet someone, promising to return. She never does. As the crime against Samantha is investigated, she's revealed to be the crucial connection between a series of mysterious citywide fires, the downtown music scene, and a wealthy uptown real estate family fraying under the strain of the many secrets they keep.

Hi everyone! Veronique, the owner of Wyatt Oleff Fan, here!

Do you visit Wyatt Oleff Fan frequently? Do you have any photos, screencaps, magazine scans, photoshoots etc that aren’t on this fansite yet and you would like to donate? You can EMAIL ME. Also let me know if you would like to be credited and how.

What can you donate?
Fanart, Candid + Event Photos, Film Stills + Screencaps, Magazine Scans and Photoshoots. Or even money.

Normally I’m not someone who asks money from people, so that is NOT what this is. Donating means that it is OPTIONAL. I’ve been getting a lot compliments about this site and all the great content. Thank you so much for all of your warm words, it makes it so much easier to keep this fansite as updated as possible!

As many of you may already know it isn’t easy to keep a fansite like this one updated with the best and most recent content. Up to this point I’ve always paid for all the HQ picture content in the gallery! As well as the domain name and the hosting.

Unfortunately it has gotten more difficult for me to finance everything. So that’s why I wanted to try a DONATE button on the website.

Again, donating is optional and all you have to do is click on the button below to be redirected to the donation page. You can choose to either pay with PayPal or with Debit or Credit Card. And you can, of course, choose the amount you want to donate.

All donations will be greatly appreciated! Thank you so much for all of your continued support. Let’s make Wyatt Oleff Fan even better together!