Castle star Jon Huertas has a big Memorial Day weekend ahead of him! The former member of the U.S. Air Force will be flying backseat with the Blue Angels out of Republic Airfield in New York on Wednesday, May 23, followed by an on-stage appearance at the Jones Beach Airshow on Saturday.
It's been over 20 years since he's set foot in a fighter jet, so naturally, there's a bit of trepidation.
"I don't like roller coasters. And I think this is basically like a roller coaster on steroids, and HGH, and any other enhancement drug, so I feel like it's just going to be crazy," he admitted.
"I do have apprehension. It's a dangerous vehicle. It's a fighter jet. They fly at supersonic speeds and they do all these maneuvers that's just unnatural. So as excited as I am, I'm also a little nervous."
Although Jon admits he'll have his hand on the eject button for the entire ride (thank goodness for parachutes!), he trusts in the Blue Angels, who have some of the best pilots in the Navy.
"Most these guys could probably fly with their eyes closed," he said.
Scary as it might be, Jon couldn't be more humbled to by the opportunity. Having worked with the entertainment liaison office of the U.S. Navy for a couple of years now, he's fully committed to upholding the integrity and authenticity of Hollywood projects that have military storylines.
"Like Alexander Skarsgard's movie Battleship, they let them use real Navy servicemen in the movie," Jon dished. "They let them use real F-18 fighters and real ships — the real resources that the Navy has. They were allowed to use them, so the film has a feeling of reality, which supports the story a lot better. I worked with that office quite a bit."
Ultimately, Jon hopes to continue raising awareness about the U.S. military and its relationship with Hollywood, which is a lot stronger than most people know.
"It's just such a gift to me to work with them, and to continue doing good work with them," Jon gushed.
To catch Jon Huertas speak on stage over Memorial Day weekend, visit JonesBeachAirShow.com. And look out for footage from inside Jon's Blue Angels ride on his YouTube page.
Stay tuned for Part 2 of our exclusive interview, where Jon dishes on all things Castle!
Lindsay Dreyer is an editor at Wetpaint Entertainment. Follow her on Twitter @LindsayNYC.