Exclusive Q&A With Weeds Star Alexander Gould

Alexander Gould chats with Betty about growing up in front of the camera.
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Exclusive Q&A With Weeds Star Alexander Gould

Alexander Gould chats with Betty about growing up in front of the camera.

-Sarah Polonsky

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16-year-old Alexander Gould has been gracing the small screen as Shane Botwin for five seasons of Weeds alongside his pot-wheeling mother Nancy (Marie-Louise Parker). Brace yourself! Season six is returns to Showtime August 16 as the family goes on the run… again. 

This season Gould tells us, “There are so many crazy, fun shenanigans we get into. I love it because we get back to the root of the family without all the other storylines.”

We love it too and can’t wait to watch!

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How has you character Shane changed from the early seasons of Weeds?
Shane has grown a tremendous amount since the early seasons. When the show started I was only 10 years old and now I’m 16, which is a huge amount of growth for anybody. In the beginning seasons he really didn’t know about anything that was going on. He was an innocent child. But then he came to understand what was going on and kind of became the moral compass for the operation. From there he kind of stopped being the moral compass. He lost his morality to the point where he’s okay with killing somebody.

Are you excited to bring him to a darker place?
It’s been really fun to become such a dark, scary and intimidating character. Everybody is kind of afraid of Shane. Even though he’s small he’s intimidating. It’s been so fun since the writing is fantastic. I love doing anything that they throw at me.

What’s the process for you in portraying Shane?
Acting for me is acting. I can be on a set and I’ll be focused and just stay focused. I do my thing.

What’s it like to grow up in front of a camera?
It’s really cool because there’s documentation of me growing up. Looking back at me in the past seasons is really cool. I can see how I learned so much. It’s been really great to be around the camera and the set my entire life.

What can you tell us about the new season?
The family goes on the run. There are so many crazy, fun shenanigans we get into. I love it because we get back to the root of the family without all the other storylines. It’s going to be a great season.


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