1. Colton can act, sing, and dance, but can’t do math and cook. “Those are the only things I can do – these things in the arts – luckily,” he said.

2. He had a huge welcome to Manila, by way of chopper: “We took a helicopter here, and it was the most beautiful thing I’ve probably ever done in my life – one of the most beautiful things.”

3. He tried a lot of Filipino food sinigang, bistek, and longganisa – but “there’s no way” you can persuade him to eat balut: “We totally had a whole-hour conversation about it, and I don’t think I could do that.”

“And I also ordered a burger. You can take the boy out of Kansas, but you can’t take the Kansas out of the boy,” he added.

4. “Hopefully, we do a sequel to San Andreas,” he said, adding, “The movie did really well. I think we crossed a really big milestone.”

5. Colton is a big Taylor Swift fan. “Taylor Swift for President 2020!” he exclaimed. He shared that he had even met her several times.

When asked if he had a favorite song, he said, “I think every one of her songs is amazing. I think her songwriting is just incredible.” Although he said that he “won’t do [the song] justice,” he sang a few lines from “Bad Blood.”

6. Colton had a geek moment at the Superman Returns (2006) premiere when he was just in high school. “I was like, geeking out. I’ve never done anything in the industry before,” he said.

Brandon Routh, who was Superman, later appeared as Ray Palmer on Arrow. Colton said, “I was like, ‘This is so embarrassing, I hope no one tells him that I had this weird fan moment with him.’ Now, I got to work side-by-side him, so now he knows that I was a super geek fan.”

7. He’s a fan of the comics himself, and even visited the DC headquarters and some comic book stores with his Arrow co-star Emily Bett Rickards (Felicity Smoak) in different cities.

He was also quick to reference a key plot point, “It would be really cool to see how they’re gonna do the Arsenal [arc] because I know in the comic books, he was missing an arm. So that would be really interesting to see if maybe they do that with Speedy [Thea Queen], but who knows.”

8. He would love to be in the upcoming Justice League film. “There have been no talks about it thus far,” he said, urging people to just start a campaign on social media.

9. He goes all out with Halloween costumes, and he would probably cosplay as Felicity or Diggle. “I don’t know if I could rock the dress the way she does – especially her dangerous curves,” he said about Felicity.

10. Colton admires his Arrow co-star Stephen Amell for being a family man and like “a Rolodex of information.” “You could literally name an episode, and he’ll know,” he said. “It’s really fun to bounce ideas off him, and know that he’s gonna know the information, which is really cool.”

11. He allegedly knows how to do the Salmon Ladder better than Diggle (David Ramsey). “If he sees [this, he’ll] get mad at me ‘cause it’s a lie,” he quipped.

12. He thinks there’s not much difference between his characters Jackson and Roy. “Jackson didn’t have a father, and was always trying to impress the father he never had. So, he had this very big complex. Roy is almost the same way,” Colton said.

However he said that Jackson was, at least for him, inadvertently comical: “For some reason, I didn’t realize going into it that the lines were supposed to be funny, but when they get together and have these watch parties at Jeff Davis’s house – he’s the creator – everyone would laugh at my lines. I’m like, ‘What did I do wrong?’ And they’re like, ‘That’s actually funny.’


13. There are bits from every character that he has played that resonates with Colton. He thinks that Roy is “closed off” and has a “hard edge” to his character, which he said is unlike him. “I like to think I’m pretty friendly, but he also does have that side of his character,” he said.

Colton explained, “I’m probably more like Roy when he’s being nice, and I could be a little emotional like Jackson, too. But I don’t think I’m as catty as Jackson. I don’t think I’m like, trying to run people over with my Porsche.

14. The best thing about comic-based TV shows are the relatable charaters, he says: “Like people look at Roy, and be like, ‘I resonate with him,’ or with Diggle, or with Felicity finally being a very strong woman on camera.” He said that it’s great to have this kind of diversity in these shows, “It’s really nice to give voices to so many more people, and I think that’s incredible.”

15. Inside scoop: he may return to Arrow and its spinoff shows. “It’s one call away. You will definitely be seeing me back onArrow and possibly a few of the other spinoff shows going forward,” said Colton.

He also would love to appear on The Flash. “If it happens, it’s going to blow everyone’s minds. That’s if it happens…” he said, as he winked at us, “I think we’re confirming.”

16. Colton on the state of television: “TV has just continued to change for the better.” He cited showrunners Greg Berlanti (Arrow) and Shonda Rhimes (Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal), and said “Everyone [is] just bringing so many diverse characters into television. That’s so important.”

He even praised his good friend Gina Rodriguez, the lead actress on Jane the Virgin, who won the Golden Globe among many accolades. “I don’t know if that could have happened a couple of years ago, so TV has gone so far and it’s only gonna continue to go farther,” said Colton.

17. His message for the fans: “We’re having a blast. I’ll never forget this trip, and thank you guys for supporting me and not being mean to me on social media,” he said, saying that he tries to comment and like/favorite as much as he can.

other facts:

Was considered for the role of Edward Cullen in Twilight (2008). The role went to Robert Pattinson.
Considered for the role of Royce in the Nickelodeon movie Spectacular! (2009). The Role went to Simon Curtis.
San Andreas (2015) is Colton’s first big screen role.
Lived on a Farm in Andale, Kansas and then moved around his whole life. He lived in Arkansas, New Mexico, Florida, and Texas, as well.
Went to three different High Schools. One in Kansas, one in Florida, and another in Texas where he was nominated for Prom King and Most Likely to be Famous.
Won “Gatorade Player of the Year” Award his junior year in Tennis.
Worked as the Red Robin bird Mascot at a restaurant in high school.
Has an older brother and two older sisters. His brother, Clinton, is going to college and is also an actor.
Has a wall in his house that is called “The Great Wall of Positivity” where he writes all of his positive thoughts.
Was a model for Abercrombie and Fitch before becoming an actor.
One of Colton’s paternal great-great-great-grandmothers, Sarah Ann Ward, was of part Cherokee Native American ancestry, making Colton of somewhere under 1/32 or 1/64 Cherokee descent. Colton’s other ancestry is mostly English, with small amounts of Scottish, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, German, French Huguenot, and Welsh.
Is a close friend of Matt Dallas.
Shooting an upcoming Editorial for Vogue Hommes Paris that will be out in March/April [January 2009]

Shooting the upcoming Replay clothing Campaign in Italy [June 2009]
Shooting Arena Homme Plus Magazine photographed by Danielle Levitt that will come out in March 2009. [December 2008]
Filming the new Showtime Series called “Look” written and directed by Adam Rifkin [June 2009]
Filming the upcoming Hallmark TV Movie “Always and Forever” starring opposite Barbara Eden, Rena Sofer, and Dean Mcdermott. [December 2008]
Enjoyed singing since he was little.
Released a single with fellow singer Travis-Atreo called “Baby It’s Christmas”.
Engaged to Jeff Leatham on March 2017.