Category: Interviews

Entertainment Tonight: Luke Talks Roman’s Threat to Jane and Mystery of the Mole

Roman isn’t messing around on Blindspot. Jane’s long-lost brother is done saving his sister. After killing an old foe for Jane (or is it Remi?) and covering for her with their suspicious adoptive mother, Shepherd, Roman makes a bold threat at the end of Wednesday’s episode: Jane needs to get her act together or he’s coming for her.

Following the episode, Aussie actor Luke Mitchell talked to ET about what fans can expect between Jane/Remi and Roman and what’s in store.

ET: Now that we’re knee-deep in the season, what has it been like for you to dig into Jane, or Remi’s, history with Roman and what they’ve endured?
Luke Mitchell: They have this deep, complicated history which Jane doesn’t remember any of and it’s almost like a one-sided connection. Roman is incredibly protective of Jane, or Remi or Alice or whatever you want to call her. One of my favorite things about Roman is he will do anything for Jane. Jane is his everything so he can’t lose her, but in that, he’s already lost her three times so there’s guilt in that. Now that he’s got her back, he wants to prove that he’s just as good as her and can protect her. They’ve been through a fairly traumatic childhood and the extent of their relationship is as deep as it can get really.

You mentioned Roman will do anything for his sister. In this episode, he kills for her. He covers for her with Shepherd, who is rightfully suspicious of Jane. What is going through his mind when realizes he has to cross that line for Jane?
He’s scared of what Shepherd might do if she were to find out that Jane isn’t capable of [killing] and that Jane hasn’t found a way back to being Remi. The two different names of the one person almost speak to [where she is] — Remi being the old character and Jane being the new character. Jane and Roman are blood relatives and blood is thicker than water; as much as Shepherd is their mother, you’re increasingly seeing how much of a she-wolf that she is. She’s protective of her own, but she won’t let anything stand in the way of what she needs to get done. This is another instance of him protecting his sister, acknowledging that she’s not yet who Roman knows her to be. He’s scared because he doesn’t know what that means and he feels the need to threaten her to really shake her up and help her find a way back to being the person he knows she is. They’re still getting to know each other even though they know each other so well. It’s a weird dichotomy.

Is there any doubt in Roman’s mind that she could fully return to being Remi?
There is no doubt in his mind, but he’s concerned. He doesn’t know what’s possible. They erased her memory so it’s a confusing time but he also feels there’s hope — if nothing else, he as her blood brother, is going to bring her back into the fold and be reunited and be a family again.

Before we move forward, it’s established that Roman and Jane are blood-related? From the episodes we’ve seen thus far, it didn’t seem 100 percent clear.
It wasn’t clear but in episode one, Shepherd says “You and your brother” but it could’ve been misinterpreted as — because they were raised in the worst orphanage together, that could have been interpreted as they’re all brothers and sisters living in an orphanage. But yeah, they’re blood relatives. Continue reading

Collider: Luke on Roman’s Fear of Losing Jane Again & Battling the Killer Within

On the next episode of the NBC series Blindspot, entitled “Hero Fears Imminent Rot,” Agent Kurt Weller (Sullivan Stapleton) and the team must race the clock to stop a series of escalating New York City bombings. Meanwhile, having had to escape CIA custody only to become a triple-agent within her old terrorist organization, Jane (Jaimie Alexander) is forced by Shepherd (Michelle Hurd) to go on an assassination mission with Roman (Luke Mitchell) to prove her loyalty, or in no uncertain terms, she will suffer the consequences. During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, actor Luke Mitchell talked about not initially believing that he was right for this role, being given a full season arc for his character, the escalating tension of the Roman-Jane-Shepherd dynamic, Roman’s fear of losing Jane again, and whether or not he has a line that he’ll draw when it comes to her. Be aware that there are some minor spoilers discussed.

Collider: How much were you told about who this guy would be, when you signed on?
: When I first auditioned, I had very little information. They only gave me a small character description and, to be perfectly honest, I didn’t think I was right for it. I had just finished Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and I had been on this holiday overseas, and they sent me this audition and I looked at the character description and went, “No, I’m not wasting my holiday to audition for a character that I don’t think I’m right for.” So, I said, “Thanks, but no thanks,” and I continued my holiday. And then, I got back to L.A. and my manager said, “Now that you’re back in L.A., they’d love to see you in the room for this audition.” I was like, “Guys, I’m not really ready for it. You know what? I’ll put it down on tape and send them a self-tape.” So, I did that, and then two days later, they were like, “Hey, they’d love to see you in the room for call-backs.” That gives you an idea of why I had a beard. When I went on holiday, I had a beard because I don’t like shaving, so I auditioned with the beard because I just didn’t think I was right for the job. And lo and behold, they loved the beard and they loved me. Once I got the role, I was like, “Okay, great! I’ve gotta trust that I’m the right guy ‘cause they absolutely think I am.” Once I got the first couple of scripts and sat down with (showrunner) Martin Gero, he gave me the most amount of information I’ve ever had about any character that I’ve played. It was fantastic! I was just smiling from ear to ear. Coming off of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., where you get less than nothing, they basically gave me a full season arc, a backstory, and the dynamic with my sister. It’s been really great to have so much information at my fingertips, from the get-go.

How has it been to establish what is clearly becoming a very intense and interesting dynamic between Roman and Jane and Shepherd, and really just jump into the deep end on that?
It’s been really crazy! It was literally jumping into the deep end, catching up on the dynamic of the show, and finding out little bits and pieces of information from Season 1 that was relevant to my character and our story. Going forward, obviously we’re going to be seeing the bad guys who are a part of this anti-government organization to the FBI’s good guys. There’s a mole in the FBI and everyone is questionable. They’ve introduced Nas (Archie Panjabi) from the NSA, and they have to establish trust boundaries there. And this group and what they’re trying to do is not just black and white. I love that it’s a family dynamic at the center of that. You’ll see that Roman will do what he’s told and will fall in line with the group’s goal. But when it comes to his sister, she’s everything. He’ll do anything to protect Jane, or Remy, or Alice, or whatever you want to call her. That’s really interesting because they’re blood related, whereas Shepherd is their mother, but she’s not a blood relative. She’s the mastermind behind this group’s goal and she will stop at nothing to achieve that goal. She’s been their mother, and she’s protected and nurtured them, in a lot of senses, but when push comes to shove, the she-wolf will come out. Continue reading

Entertainment Weekly: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Fallen Agent speaks out on that death

It’s the moment Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. fans have been dreading since the flash forward in the midseason finale revealed that someone would die in a space-bound quinjet. After a game of hot potato of death, the two-hour season finale revealed that the Fallen Agent is Lincoln (Luke Mitchell), who sacrificed himself to save both Daisy (Chloe Bennet) and the world, as Hive planned to turn humanity into swayed Inhumans, a.k.a. Primitives. EW hit the set on Mitchell’s final day of production to get his take on leaving S.H.I.E.L.D.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Did you get an early sense that Lincoln would get killed off?
When they had initially revealed that someone is going to die, I was like, “That’s a really cool twist.” Part of me was like, “But it’ll probably end up being [someone random].” Then I was like, “Actually, no, maybe it is going to be something big.” That would be a really cool season-ending thing if it was one of the main cast, because that hasn’t really happened. Ward kind of died, but Brett stayed on the show, therefore you’re not losing an actor. Then I was like, “Well, they’re not going to kill off any of the originals. That’s the show. That’s what the core of the show is.”

Then I started thinking about the peripherals around the core members, which I consider myself to be one of the peripheral characters because I came in late in the game. I was like, “Well, they’re not going to kill Yo-Yo because that would be too obvious because it’s her necklace. She’s awesome and she’s a comic book character who they’ve just introduced and barely used.” Then I was like, “Joey, would they kill Joey off? He’s not a comic book character. No, he’s Latino and he’s gay, they better not kill him off.” Then all of a sudden I’m like, “I think it could be me, straight white guy.” It was a really funny thing. Early on, before I knew knew, I started to get a feeling that it could be me. To be perfectly honest, all things considered, I think it’s the right choice. Dramatically, it’s really interesting. I take my hat off to them for killing the straight white guy. There’s been so much talk about killing off gay characters or killing off minority characters. We have such diversity on our show, which is terrific. When it was me, I was like, “touché.” Obviously I’m very sad to be saying goodbye, but I think it’s good for the story.

Is there some solace at least that he gets to go out like a hero?
Sure. If you’re going to die, I couldn’t have written a better ending for the character. Yeah, there’s a little bit of, “Cool. Save the girl. Save the world. Great.” Knowing what Daisy has seen [in the prophecy], then going, well, “It’s me or her, and I’m not having it be her.” He doesn’t want to be in that position. He’s not suicidal. He’s f—ing scared, even after the events take place and he’s in the quinjet with Hive. He’s terrified, but he knows he’s made the right decision, because if Daisy had sacrificed herself, I’m not sure he’d be able to live with himself. But, yeah, still sad. As an actor, when you step into a character’s shoes, you really live and breathe this character, and you try to flesh it out as much as you can with the writing that you’ve been given and the limited information about future episodes. You start to see all the possibilities. You start seeing this just grow and build, so from that point of view, I was initially sad, because I was like, “There was more to mine with the character.” I would’ve had fun continuing this journey going into the next season. But now taking a step back, in hindsight, it’s absolutely the right choice. Continue reading

CBR: Luke Mitchell says Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D “Will Never Be the Same” after the Season Finale

In the two-hour “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” finale, the fate of the world is at stake. Following her rescue from Hive’s influence, Daisy, S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Secret Warriors must launch an all-out assault against the ancient Inhuman. If they fail to stop his plans, mankind will be transformed into primitive, deformed Inhumans, every last one of them under Hive’s control.

Of course, none of this would be possible if it hadn’t been for Lincoln, Daisy’s erstwhile romantic interest, fellow Inhuman and reluctant S.H.I.E.L.D. agent. The latest episode saw Lincoln, played by Luke Mitchell, dupe the Hive-controlled Daisy into transporting a quinjet to her location. However, rather than greeting her boyfriend when the vehicle arrived, Lash appeared and cured Daisy of her Hive influence. And while Lash was unable achieve his prime mission and take out Hive, Daisy still managed to escape and reunite with Lincoln, Coulson and her teammates. With two episodes left in the season, which air back-to-back on May 17, it’s do or die time for S.H.I.E.L.D. — and, if Daisy’s vision comes true, it’s mostly just time to die for one agent. With many fans picking Lincoln as their favorite to be the finale’s big casualty, CBR News spoke with Mitchell about Lincoln’s place in S.H.I.E.L.D., the importance of him fulfilling his destiny, and whether viewers pegging his character to be killed off are on the right track.

CBR News: Lincoln’s dark past haunted him throughout season, but ultimately, he came clean to Daisy about previous his drinking problems, bad temper and car crash involving his ex-girlfriend. In what ways did that help you understand Lincoln better?
Luke Mitchell:
Any time the writers give you any information about a character’s backstory, it helps you fill in the blanks more. I suppose with Lincoln, the main thing is about addiction and understanding what addiction is. Lincoln is a recovering alcoholic and he has an addictive personality. It’s just delving into what that is and how that can manifest itself.

When we spoke earlier in the season, you talked about how uncomfortable Lincoln feels being a part of S.H.I.E.L.D. As we’ve seen, he’s become a little more used to his situation since then. How much, then, does Coulson’s approval and acceptance mean to Lincoln?

Well, when you spend so long not getting any sort of appreciation, you soak up the small amount you do get. I’ve previously spoken about how as much as Lincoln is in S.H.I.E.L.D. for Daisy, S.H.I.E.L.D. is where he wants to be. He’s just having a hard time of it. When he does get approval, it’s the best thing in the world. “Ahhhh…this is nice. This is different.” In a weird way, he does look up to Coulson. He’s the boss, and certainly the father figure to Daisy. Every boyfriend needs to get approval from the girl’s dad. Continue reading

Entertainment Weekly: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – Does Lincoln have a death wish?

Warning: This story contains spoilers from Tuesday’s episode of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Read at your own risk!

With a prophecy promising that one of the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will fall by season’s end, you’d think they’d all be a little more careful, but Tuesday’s episode proved otherwise. In a bid to cure Inhumans of Hive’s sway, Fitz (Iain de Caestecker) and Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) created an antitoxin, but had no actual Inhumans to test it on. Enter Lincoln (Luke Mitchell), who decidedly takes the antitoxin against orders, knowing it could kill him. “He’s taking some huge risks, wearing the murder vest and taking the antitoxin,” Mitchell tells EW. “He’s desperate to get her back. He needs her. Put it this way, if something were to happen to Daisy, I think Lincoln wouldn’t stay in S.H.I.E.L.D. Daisy is his life. He’ll do anything to get her back.

He doesn’t have a death wish,” Mitchell insists. “He makes these decisions, but you still see the fear in him when he does this. It’s not just bravado. He cares about his life. He wants to live, he wants to make something of his life, but he doesn’t see anything without Daisy in the picture. He’ll do whatever he has to do, which makes him dangerous.Continue reading

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