Out model turned actor, Colton Haynes, has added a new title to the list of his achievements: memoirist.
His forthcoming book Miss Memory Lane details a life full of the highest highs and lowest lows. It covers everything from his starring roles on hit shows like Arrow and Teen Wolf to waking up in a hospital having suffered two seizures. Haynes also recounts losing sight in one eye, almost rupturing a kidney, being put on an involuntary psychiatric hold, and facing out-of-control substance abuse all before the age of 30 -- and so much more in between.
Over the weekend, Haynes offered fans a sneak peek at the book with a live reading of its prologue on his Instagram. A nervous yet excited Haynes warned readers that they were in for a profoundly emotional and sad story, but one he needed to share with the world. Diving into the reading, he promised that the prologue is a bit lighter than what follows.
In the prologue, Haynes recounts a drive he took out of the San Fernando, past places that call up powerful memories and profound moments in his life. There's a shake shop where he used to eat fries and pore over the black-and-white photos of old movie stars that hung on its walls, Cherokee Park where Haynes says his mother told him she tried drugs for the first time as a runaway teen, and the billboard where he first saw himself on the side of a 20-story building.
He says his trunk is full of bags and boxes which are full of nostalgia like journals and photos. While to others it might just appear to be old junk, to him they're clues to help him solve the mystery of his past. "I'm trying to find something in my past, the way the detectives in the movies might search when they're just about to crack the case," he writes.
From there, Haynes drives on out through the desert near Palm Springs and the "hotel where I kissed my husband's face in front of 100 guests" but also "past the facility where I was wheeled in for 28 days, wearing Jackie O sunglasses." Before him, he sees the road ahead, and behind him, all the roads that led him there -- roads the memoir will travel as well.
Watch Haynes read the prologue below (it starts about the 4:45 mark). Miss Memory Lane hits shelves May 31 and is now available for pre-order.