Kevin Zegers, who plays gay Shadowhunter Alec in “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones,” has two big reasons to be joyful: he is part of what may become a multi-part movie franchise and he is newly wed to his longtime love Jaime Feld.
“Life is good,” the 28-year-old Canadian transplant says. “I’ve been around long enough to know that I’m very fortunate right now that everything’s going well, because it doesn’t always happen this way.”
As Alec in “City of Bones,” Zegers is an angel human warrior that protects humanity from evil forces. He and other Shadowhunters help Clary (Lily Collins) and Jace (Jamie Campbell Bower) track down an ancient Cup that holds the key to Clary’s missing mom in New York’s spirit world.
The handsome actor with piercing blue eyes has been so busy promoting the fantasy adventure, he hasn’t had time to take his bride on a proper honeymoon. However, he vows that he will set aside some time to hit the Caribbean with her before starting on the next “The Mortal Instruments” installment.
Q: Did you read the book?
Zegers: I read the first book right before we started. I wasn’t cast in the movie until two weeks before we started. I read the script on a plane to see (director) Harald (Zwart). We talked about the character and that was kind of it. We’re doing the second film in a month so I’ve read the second book now. I had to go finish this other film I was shooting. To read the whole series, it wasn’t necessary for me to shoot the first film. Since we’re shooting the next film in a month, I’ve read the second book (“City of Ashes”), but what I feel is sort of great is that I’m following the story as it goes along. I don’t want to make informed decisions about these movies before we get to some other stuff that comes later.
Q: What did you like about playing Alec? How did the fact that he is gay affect your decision to do this?
Zegers: To me that was the interesting part. I’m always drawn to the outlying character, the enigmatic character one you can’t always put your finger on. So, when I read the script, Alec would have been the character I wanted to play anyway. You don’t really know what’s going on with him. He’s not always very pleasant. He’s an interesting character to play. There was no reticence about playing a sexually ambiguous character. That isn’t always present in movies like this so it gives me something to play around with, not just in one film but, hopefully, in many.
Q: Congratulations on your marriage. With all the promotional duties you have for this movie, have you had time to go on a honeymoon?
Zegers: Not yet. We’re going to go to the Turks and Caicos after we finish our publicity tour.
Q: Did the other cast members come to your wedding?
Zegers: Yes. Lily (Collins) and Jamie (Campbell Bower) and I had done this mall tour in a bunch of cities, they had both planned on coming anyway and we all ended up in New York. The two of them are like my family. Lily and my wife are very close and Jamie and I hit it off from the time we met. We have a chemistry, the three of us, which works and it informs us shooting the next movie and it was alive during the first movie.
Q: Has married life sunk in for you?
Zegers: Maybe a little bit. I read an e-mail that she called me her husband yesterday, and I was kind of wondering who she was talking about. But we’ve been together a long time—almost seven years. (Marriage) was a thought-out decision and we’d been engaged for a year so we both were kind of ready. We just had a party and were glad people were there to celebrate with us.
Q: Is the prospect of doing several of these films good for you or limiting?
Zegers: I’ve been disappointed enough not to really count on anything but I like the character enough that I wasn’t nervous. The fact that we’re going back to shoot another movie in Toronto where I’m from it couldn’t be a better situation for me. I feel lucky that they’re doing a sequel even before the first one has come out.
Q: Are you excited about where Alec is going in the second film?
Zegers: Yeah. Having read the second book (“City of Ashes”), there is a lot for Alec to do in the second film but I think the foundation we established from the first film, Harald is in sync with (author) Cassie. They entrust the characters to the actors. I think now, that we’ve set up who he is we can fine tune things happening in the second script to things we’ve already done. Otherwise it gets totally out of whack. There are a lot of us in those characters, which I think the performances work.
Q: Did the cast hang out and party when you shot in Toronto?
Zegers: This was a lot of work in a short period of time so when we weren’t at work we were sleeping or at the gym training. Now that we’ve been there I’ll take them to baseball games and stuff when we go back. There wasn’t a lot of time for sightseeing first time around.
Q: I know you were close to Cory Monteith. What are you doing to celebrate his life?
Zegers: It’s sad, and I feel the more people talk about (his death), the more trivial it becomes so I just want to keep my mouth shut about it because it’s starting to feel a bit icky and I feel people are taking advantage of a situation that is just kind of sad. I’ve already said a few things but I don’t want to say any more because it trivializes who he is and who he was.
Q: What else is coming up for you?
Zegers: I’ve finished a few things besides this film. “The Colony” with Laurence Fishburne and Bill Paxton comes out in September and the film I did with Cory (“All the Wrong Reasons”) will be at the Toronto Film Festival so I’ll be there. And I did a film called “The Curse of Downers Grove” with Bella Heathcote, which is a twisted movie like “Cape Fear.” It’s about this guy stalking a girl. I’m the stalker, a sociopath. I’m glad I’ve had some time to recover. That movie spun my head out. Now I’m back to “Mortal Instruments” City of Ashes).”