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Louis Hynes is an English actor who portrays Klaus Baudelaire in the Netflix adaptation of A Series of Unfortunate Events. He supersedes the role of Liam Aiken.

A Series of Unfortunate Events

Louis Hynes originally thought he'd messed up his first audition for Klaus Baudelaire, but a few months later he was asked to do a chemistry read with Malina Weissman. Afterwards, they went out for dinner with Dylan Kingwell, who had also auditioned for Klaus and ended up receiving the dual role of Duncan and Quigley Quagmire.

Hynes took his inspiration for his portrayal of Klaus mainly from the books, and found "he was very forthright in the way he stated what he meant, whilst managing to be polite and courteous." He had lived a sheltered life, and then was thrown into a dark world, and he and Violet were nervous and shell-shocked, but evolved into proactive young adults, something Hynes was excited to show over the course of three seasons.

He found it a bit difficult to balance school and work at the same time, and to put on an American accent while talking as fast as was necessary, but he stated that the whole cast and crew were "this great family, and so supportive of each other." He considers Weissman to be a sister figure to him in real life as well as on the show.

Hynes was originally nervous around Presley Smith, as he was afraid he would drop her.

One of Hynes's favorite and earliest memories of filming was during "A Bad Beginning: Part Two," where Joan Cusack and Neil Patrick Harris were playing off each other in the library. He found that watching the two comedic geniuses was very eye-opening and told him just "how bonkers this show was going to be." His favorite episodes were The Hostile Hospital, as he could develop the Dr. Faustus disguise. He also found it very fun to play Klaus's awkwardness while flirting with Fiona in The Grim Grotto, describing it as "the first time Klaus had anything real happen romantically."

At the age of 14, inbetween Seasons One and Two, Hynes's hair began to curl, and they had to spend an hour every morning straightening his hair again to maintain consistency from the first season. His hair was also a little blonder than Klaus's, so it would be dyed every four or five weeks to match Weissman's hair. Hair Department Head Julie McHaffie told Hynes at the beginning of filming that by Season Three, when he was 16, he would hate the Klaus hair. While he didn't believe her then, by Season Three he agreed.[1]

The only costume he took home from the series was the island robe.[2] However, in September of 2020 he received a spyglass prop from the Netflix department.[3]



Year Title Role Notes
2017 The Saint Young Simon


Year Title Role Notes
2016 Barbarians Rising Young Alaric
2017 A Series of Unfortunate Events Klaus Baudelaire
2020 The Great Vlad
The Power Ernest One Episode


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