Ep 6: The Ned’s Declassified Cast on Breakups, Hollywood Ragers and Turning 30

Werkheiser goes on to defend the film, saying his experience doesn’t match the narrative that was perpetrated. “Like, every set has some chaos, every set is cutting corners and cutting budgets,” he argues. “I can only speak for my experience. But in my experience, it was no different than any other set I’d ever been on. It didn’t feel more unsafe. I had a gun every day, I felt safe with it, I felt safe with the people. And we were just making a movie, man. It was not this crazy, stressed set, beyond the normal, beyond what a normal set is.”

The shared trauma of those who were on set, Werkheiser remarks, “goes beyond anyone else’s opinion who wasn’t there.” Emotionally, he continues, “Like, we all had to survive this and process the grief of this beautiful person who got killed, and who was really special to our set. She was a really talented artist, and like, a really beautiful person. And to lose her while making a movie, you can’t understand what that is like, for Alec included.”

Werkheiser goes on to explain the “sacred,” “beautiful” energy on a film set, and the excitement that everyone had about making any movie, let alone the kind of “genre [film] that we’ve all grown up watching.” “And like, I felt that energy on set. I felt it with Halyna. I felt it with a lot of people on set, this kind of like, joy—Alec too, this joy of making this thing. And for it to end like that was motherfucking devastating.”


Werkheiser understands that “it’s super complicated for people that we are finishing it,” but he’s personally “glad” to return to set, especially as he says Hutchins’ husband has apparently encouraged them to complete the project and is on board as an executive producer (“We would never touch it if he wasn’t”). Personally, he was “shocked” to find out the movie would be completed, because he was “100% sure this is never getting done.”

“You can’t separate the loss of life,” the former child star acknowledges. “So I think on social media, say whatever the fuck you’re gonna say. I think critics—the movie’s never gonna be good enough to lose a person. Like, no movie is. So, I don’t think that will—but—for us personally, finishing this thing that like, harmed and hurt so many of us, and just, like, created this rift in our lives, I just, it feels like some kind of completion that feels right.”


“I hope it comes out well,” Werkheiser concludes. “And it’s… it’s my favorite project since Ned’s, even though this shit happened. At least the time before she got killed. Because I was living my fuckin’ dream in a really cool way.”