"The Wilds" Star Aidan Laprete Is Also a Badass Musician

Season two of "The Wilds" stirred up some serious drama that left us with dozens of questions — including, most importantly, what Henry was thinking behind those thick-rimmed hipster glasses. The second season features new characters, including Seth Novak (Alex Fitzalan), Kirin O'Connor (Charles Alexander), Rafael Garcia (Zack Calderon), Josh Herbert (Nicholas Coombe), Scotty Simms (Reed Shannon), Bo Leonard (Tanner Rook), Ivan Taylor (Miles Gutierrez-Riley), and Henry Tanaka, played by 20-year-old Aidan Laprete.

On the show, Laprete plays a moody teen with shaggy hair who likes to keep to himself (see: the headphones he always wears around his neck) and isn't afraid to challenge other people's beliefs. During season two, the tension between him and his stepbrother, Seth, mounts, as complicated alliances tear them apart. Off camera, Laprete is a talented musician who has performed at festivals across the country, appeared in music videos, and released his own album — a blend of alternative indie-pop and electronic influences.

Laprete has performed at the Whiskey A-Go-Go in Los Angeles and opened for artists such as Jack Johnson, and he has tour dates scheduled for 2022. Find out more about one of "The Wilds"'s most mysterious new cast members — and his impressive music career — ahead.

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Laprete Was Born in Honolulu, HI

Laprete was born in Honolulu, HI on Sept. 6, 2001. His mom is film producer Angela Laprete — who has worked on "Hawaii Five-0," "Johnny Tsunami," and "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" — and he has a sister named Aya Laprete Powell, who is also an actor.

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Laprete Started Playing Ukulele When He Was 4 Years Old

Laprete began taking ukulele lessons at Roy Sakuma Ukulele Studio when he was 4 years old. At 8, he performed "Hey, Soul Sister" by Train at the 2010 Ukulele Festival. The YouTube video of his performance quickly went viral, raking in more than 20 million views and earning praise from Train singer Pat Monahan. In February 2013, he made his music video debut in Train's "Mermaid" video, which was filmed in Honolulu.

"I play the ukulele, but it's not like the traditional Hawaiian way," Laprete told West Hawaii Today in 2016. "I play pop, folk, and rock music. I use a loop station, which means when you record something, it loops, and then you record over it, and that loops. It's a really cool tool."

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Laprete Made His Acting Debut on "Hawaii Five-0"

In 2010, producer Peter Lenkov asked Laprete to appear in an episode of "Hawaii Five-0," the 2010 remake of the classic police procedural. During the fifth episode of the show's first season, Laprete made his acting debut singing "Hey, Soul Sister" on camera. He has since appeared on "Chad," Netflix's "Alexa & Katie," "Everything's Gonna Be Okay," the 2014 film "Under The Blood Red Sun," the 2015 climate change documentary "Saving My Tomorrow," and more.

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Laprete Released His Debut Album When He Was 13

On Feb. 24, 2014, Laprete released his first single, "One of the Ones," which was quickly followed by his debut EP, "Live Again," on Dec. 25, 2014. He expanded on the four-track EP with his debut album, "Echoes," a year later on Dec. 1, 2015. His other singles include "What My Friends Talk About, released in 2017; "Casanova," a 2018 collaboration with Chosen Jacobs; and "Ina," released in 2017. His EP "Sanguine" was released on July 31, 2020. While he originally performed as Aidan James, the artist changed his stage name to Laprete in 2019.

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Laprete Listened to My Chemical Romance to Get Into Character as Henry

In May, shortly after the premiere of season two of "The Wilds," Laprete told Elite Daily that he listened to some iconic emo music in preparation for his role as Henry.

"I listened to a lot of My Chemical Romance and All-American Rejects," Laprete said. "[Henry is] a very reclusive, introverted kid who keeps to himself and does his own thing. We were fortunate enough to have meetings with [writer] Sarah Streicher and [showrunner] Amy Harris before we started shooting, who gave us the real behind-the-scenes of these characters. I watched a lot of movies about emo kids, like 'Jennifer's Body' and 'Suicide Room.' But Henry has this other side of him where he was a Boy Scout in his past life. That was really interesting to portray — having this emo side but having this knowledge that becomes helpful while on the island, even if Henry does come off as a know-it-all and often says things at the wrong time."

Amazon Prime has released Laprete's Henry playlist on Spotify, giving fans insight into what Henry is listening to on the island. The playlist includes hits like "Somebody Else" by The 1975, "Chanel" by Frank Ocean, "Funeral" by Phoebe Bridgers, and "Welcome to the Black Parade" by MCR.

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Laprete Is Going on Tour in 2022

Laprete went on his first tour in the summer of 2014, when he visited Washington DC to perform on the steps of Capitol Hill as part of Hawaii on the Hill. He also played for Desmond Tutu and The Elders at the Pillars of Peace event in 2016. He has since performed at the House of Blues Voodoo Lounge in Los Angeles, the Hard Rock Cafe and Shibuya Kokaido in Japan, the Whiskey A-Go-Go in Hollywood, and many music festivals. Laprete has also opened for Jack Johnson, Michael Bolton, Lisa Loeb, and Jake Shimabukuro.

In August 2022, the artist plans to play shows in Minneapolis, MN; Milwaukee, WI; Chicago; Detroit; and Cleveland.

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Laprete Is a Record Producer

In 2019, the artist helped produce and cowrite Grayson's "Head to Head" EP, which was released on May 10, 2019. More recently, Laprete earned production credits on Grayson's "Better Man," alt-pop band Peøria's self-titled EP, and Breana Raquel's single, "Lottery."