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Aussie actor Keiynan Lonsdale channels ’80s nostalgia for his new music video

He’s the Aussie actor who has made a name for himself in the U.S. after starring in major projects like Love, Simon and The Flash.

Now Keiynan Lonsdale has returned to his first love – dance – as the inspiration for his latest music video for the song Rhythm & Music.

Speaking to Daily Mail Australia from his Los Angeles home, the 29-year-old said he still counts his blessings for being able to release music between making films.

EXCLUSIVE: Aussie actor-turned-musician Keiynan Lonsdale (pictured) has said he still counts his blessings for being able to release music between making films

‘I’m living my dream at the moment. It’s pretty surreal,’ he said.

‘I recognise that I’ve been at this for a really long time and I’ve got fans that have been with me since I was posting YouTube covers online.

‘I was a YouTube guy for years, but now I just put music videos on there and so there are people that have been with me, you know, watching this journey for ages.’

'It's pretty surreal': Speaking to Daily Mail Australia from his Los Angeles home, the Sydney-born actor, 29, said he was living his dream

‘It’s pretty surreal’: Speaking to Daily Mail Australia from his Los Angeles home, the Sydney-born actor, 29, said he was living his dream

He added: ‘There are people that have come on board, not knowing that I did music or even that I was a dancer; they’ve just seen me in films or TV shows.’

Keiynan acknowledged that when it comes to choosing new projects, he has criteria based on how the project makes him feel.

‘I audition based on where I’m at personally, and where I think I’m going to be, and if I feel a connection,’ he said.

Emotional connection: Keiynan acknowledged that when it comes to choosing new projects, he has criteria based on how the project makes him feel. 'I audition based on where I'm at personally, and where I think I'm going to be, and if I feel a connection,' he said

Emotional connection: Keiynan acknowledged that when it comes to choosing new projects, he has criteria based on how the project makes him feel. ‘I audition based on where I’m at personally, and where I think I’m going to be, and if I feel a connection,’ he said 

'It touched me': Keiynan said he felt a deep connection to his Eden character, Cam. 'I felt like I could honour Cam, and I could relate to some of his demons and some of his dreams,' he said. Pictured: Keiynan with Eden co-star BeBe Bettencourt

‘It touched me’: Keiynan said he felt a deep connection to his Eden character, Cam. ‘I felt like I could honour Cam, and I could relate to some of his demons and some of his dreams,’ he said. Pictured: Keiynan with Eden co-star BeBe Bettencourt

‘When [Stan Original Series] Eden came along, I had just got home to Australia, I wasn’t planning on working.’

Keiynan said he felt a deep connection to his character, Cam, saying: ‘It touched me. I felt like I could honour the character, and I could relate to some of his demons and some of his dreams.’

He has also just finished shooting rom-com My Fake Boyfriend, with Sarah Hyland (Modern Family) and Dylan Sprouse (The Suite Life Of Zack & Cody).

'My spirit probably needed a bit of laughter': Keiynan has just finished shooting rom-com My Fake Boyfriend with Modern Family's Sarah Hyland and former Disney star Dylan Sprouse

‘My spirit probably needed a bit of laughter’: Keiynan has just finished shooting rom-com My Fake Boyfriend with Modern Family’s Sarah Hyland and former Disney star Dylan Sprouse

The film is slated for release next year and will see Keiynan play a young man who creates a fake boyfriend on social media to keep an ex out of his life.

‘I read the script for My Fake Boyfriend while I was filming Eden, my spirit probably needed a bit of laughter,’ he said of his new role.

Meanwhile, Keiynan’s Rhythm & Music music video sees him performing a routine alongside Dance Academy alum Adam Saunders.

Reunion: Keiynan's Rhythm & Music music video sees him performing a routine alongside Dance Academy alum Adam Saunders (pictured)

Reunion: Keiynan’s Rhythm & Music music video sees him performing a routine alongside Dance Academy alum Adam Saunders (pictured)

The video was filmed in Sydney last year after Keiynan finished filming Eden in the NSW Hinterland.

‘I’ve been dancing since I was four years old but my body isn’t doing the same things as it used to,’ he laughed.

‘I just told him, “Adam, you’re everyone’s dreamboat. Will you be in the video?” and he said yes.’

Aging: 'I've been dancing since I was four years old but my body isn't doing the same things as it used to,' he laughed

Aging: ‘I’ve been dancing since I was four years old but my body isn’t doing the same things as it used to,’ he laughed

‘He was the first person that came to mind and we hadn’t worked or seen each other a long time, but I just had an idea,’ he explained. 

‘Our chemistry would be good, um, for this and it worked out, he was so amazing and, um, you know, a lot of it was improvisation.’

Keiynan’s album Rainbow Boy is available to stream on Spotify now

Out now: Keiynan's album Rainbow Boy is available to stream on Spotify now

Out now: Keiynan’s album Rainbow Boy is available to stream on Spotify now

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