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Sterling Beaumon Goes From Playing Killer to Playing Killer-Rapist, at 15

Ned Eisenberg, Rita Wilson, Sterling Beaumon NBC photo by Will Hart

As if Sterling Beaumon hadn’t already proven he can play dark and demented with his guest star stint as a teenage serial killer on “Criminal Minds” last fall — the former young Ben Linus of “Lost” will be seen tomorrow night (5/11) on the season finale of “Law & Order: SVU” as a high school kid accused of a string of rapes and murders.  It’s titled “Delinquent.”  Indeed.

Beaumon differentiates between his serial killers.  “They definitely are troubled in some of the same ways, but this kid has other problems.  He’s drunk a lot of the time.”  He isn’t concerned about playing back-to-back killers.  “I love to play someone who is very different from myself,” explains the 15-year-old, who is currently busy on the music side of his career, recording songs for an upcoming album.  Still, he says he wouldn’t mind doing “a comedy or something more lighthearted.”

An extra attraction of his “Delinquent” role was that this hideous young man’s mother is played by none other than Mrs. Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson.  “Oh, my gosh!  She is one of the nicest people on the face of the earth,” he enthuses.  “Being able to work with her was amazing — to hear her words of wisdom and hear about all these different things she’s done.”

Augh! Sterling Beaumon Gets Really Creepy as Teenage Serial Killer

Sterling Beaumon ABC photo Richard Cartwright

Sterling Beaumon — young Ben Linus to “Lost” fans — returns to the tube tonight (10/20) in “Criminal Minds” as a seriously disturbing character.

The writer described him as a budding psychopath who is a serial killer. That right there — from the word ‘psychopath’ I was hooked and I thought, ‘I’ve got to do this character,'” says the 15-year-old actor, who has definitely matured since viewers saw him last.

His character appears to be an ingratiatingly appealing high school kid, but, notes Sterling, “You can see, all his emotions are put on, they’re acted, because he really has no emotion. It’s completely different from anything I’ve done.”

He also notes, “I guess the writer had been a huge fan of ‘Lost’ and had also seen me on ‘The Cleaner,’ so from what I’m told, she wrote this role with me in mind, which was great.”

Mare Winningham plays the kind-hearted mom who gives Sterling’s character a place to stay, much to her later regret. He recounts, “One day we were filming in the middle of the desert in Califiornia, and we were literally just roasting. People were passing out right and left. Fortunately I didn’t. It was one of the longest scenes we had, with long lines, and there were lines being changed on the spot,” he recounts. “I had a car scene with the fabulous Mare Winningham, and you can see the beads of sweat on her forehead.”

MEANWHILE: The currently hot issue of bullying has a personal meaning for Bauman, who has experienced such treatment himself — and has written a song about it for his second album, which he’s currently recording. “I went to a school for, actually it was only a few weeks because I had to go do ‘Lost,’ but it was right when ‘Mostly Ghostly’ had come out and, you know, all the girls thought that was so cool, and the guys didn’t like that, especially when there was a little bit of jealousy there. They decided to be jerks. You know, people are cruel,” says Sterling. Their bullying escalated to such a level he’s uncomfortable talking about specifics. “I don’t want to get into it,” he says, but it got bad.

“The song is about how cruel people can be, and not to take it to heart, just shake it off — because there’s obviously something that you have that they want. Fortunately, I am a really strong person and can take that. If it had happened to someone else and they weren’t as strong as me, there could be one less person on this earth today.”

Sterling Beaumon’s ‘Lost’ and Sounds

Sterling Beaumon — that’s ‘young Ben Linus’ to ‘Lost’ fans — admits he’s been getting peppered with queries from strangers and friends alike about the show’s May 23 finale. ‘It’s the number one asked question: ‘What is going on? Please tell me whatever you know.”

Of course, he is staying mum, except to note, ‘It’s really hard to live up to Michael’ — as in Michael Emerson, with whom he shares the powerful role. ‘I’m hoping that I did. I think I did. He’s such an amazing actor and he’s created such a great character.’

Beaumon finds the show’s ending ‘bittersweet’ but is ready to move on. In fact, he’s focused on his music career now, with his album ‘Step Back to Reality’ just out on iTunes, Amazon.com and elsewhere. It was two years in the making. The self-possessed and strikingly mature 14-year-old, who’s been singing and playing instruments since he was a small child, stresses that he stayed away from the over-produced, ‘completely synthetic’ sound found all too commonly these days, to his mind — with many young artists relying on Auto-Tune to correct off-key singing.

Instead, ‘We wanted to have a very ‘live’ sound,’ he says. ‘It does take a lot of focus, especially when you’re on a budget as I was. You rehearse a lot. One of the problems I went through was, my voice started to change as I was recording it. My voice is still changing, but I have more control over it now and I can use the range I have a little bit easier.’ That’s good, because next on his agenda is a string of live performance dates.