The Carrie Diaries has set up a world in which young Carrie Bradshaw (AnnaSophia Robb) will be experiencing a lot of firsts, growing up, and shaping herself, not just her life. Of course that means first love is a big part of all of those things, and that’s where Sebastian Kydd (Austin Butler) comes in.
Though when we meet Sebastian, we learn he has been kicked out of a few schools, and that is how he ended up at Carrie’s, Butler doesn’t want to be labeled a “bad boy.” After all, through flashbacks in the pilot we see just how sweet, even if not completely open, with Carrie he can be.
“I have a hard time with the [term] ‘bad boy.’ They used it in a script one time, and I asked them to take it out because it characterizes him in such a complete pigeonhole. But he’s got the image of a guy who’s been kicked out of three schools, and you end up finding out things about him that are maybe bad boy traits, but he’s sort of the bad boy with the heart of gold,” Butler said.