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?
LUKE MITCHELL: 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?
MITCHELL: 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