Following a successful first season last summer, Kyle XY returns with 24-year-old Phoenix native Matt Dallas in the role of the titular hero, a bellybutton-less (thanks to CGI) genius with a mysterious past. Dallas, in L.A. on a break from filming in Vancouver, gave us the scoop.

MF: What’s different in season two?

We’re going to answer a lot of the questions in the first episode so we can move on, because they want to get into the development of a superhero and Kyle really starts exploring his abilities and what he’s capable of.

Matt Dallas: Does that mean more action scenes for you?

Yes. I have a stunt double for the dangerous stuff because it’s a big deal if I get hurt, but I love the action. It’s fun to be strapped into a harness and thrown across the room. It’s the first time I’ve done some wire stuff. I loved it. We rehearsed it on weekends to make sure it looked great, and it does. They got me rock climbing, which I’d never done before. And I’m working with a personal trainer to build up my strength, my core. I love the action and the excitement of doing something new. The hardest thing I had to learn was guitar playing—getting the fingering and the strumming down. I had hours and hours of rehearsals with a coach who’s in a band in Vancouver. I pulled it off.

What else do you do for fitness?

I run a lot, I take my dog hiking. I’m in the gym—I remind myself that they make me take my shirt off. They like to write me a lot of nude scenes. It helps me wake up in the morning and get my butt in gear.

Kyle’s a unique, enigmatic character. Why do you think people find him fascinating?

He’s a genius, and I think what everybody relates to is feeling different. Everyone has times where they feel like an outsider. I can, even now.

Did you always want to act?

I decided to be an actor when I was 12. My grandma took me to an audition for a play at a community theater that had just come to town, and since the day I auditioned for that play I just knew that that was what I was going to do for the rest of my life. I did theater until I graduated high school and I moved to L.A. as soon as I graduated, in 2001. It took me a good three or four years before I started getting a lot of work.

Ever get discouraged?

Of course.  It’s an extremely difficult business but you just have to keep with it and stay motivated and try your best and not get distracted. Thank God it worked for me.

Did you time to do other projects between seasons?

I actually did a project with Bruce Thomas, who plays Steven on the show. We did a horror film together, Babysitter Wanted, in Northern California. It’s a beautifully shot film, a different kind of horror film than you’re used to

Are you victim or killer?

That I can’t say. But it’s definitely something different from Kyle XY. There is some blood. I don’t know that gore is necessarily my forte but it’s fun to shoot as long as you remind yourself you’re making a movie.

Kyle XY premieres June 11 on ABC Family and June 15 on ABC.