The CW's The Tomorrow People has just launched, and already so much buzz and so many theories are flying around the internet. Can Stephen (Robbie Amell) successfully juggle his new powers and brethren with his old friends and family? Will his loved ones be in too much danger because of him? Will they find out the truth about him soon? Is he the rightful leader of the Tomorrow People-- or of Ultra? Does he even approve of his own choices? It's a CW show, so who will spark the love connection? Why can't Tomorrow People kill, and are they just one tweak of DNA away from that being evolved, too? We sat down with Amell to get answers where we could.
Click here for our first interview with Amell when The Tomorrow People was picked up.
- On Stephen trying to juggle three worlds and whether or not he can start to intermingle them:
"There's huge debate between my character and the Tomorrow People about whether I should be working at Ultra, and that's all touched upon in episode two. Episode two is, I don't want to say fight, but it's a big debate between myself, Russell, Cara, and John about if I'm doing the right thing working with and for Ultra while still trying to maintain a life at home with my family and not turning my back on the Tomorrow People," Amell said.
"In episode three my mom finds out I'm working at Ultra. Up until that point she didn't really know what I was doing-- she just thought I was doing some after school job-- and she comes to find that I'm 'interning' at Ultra and she's not happy about it because Jedikiah is part of the reason-- he was around when we had to flee and my dad made the decision he made. So she doesn't know if she can trust him or not."
- On Jedikiah (Mark Pellegrino) as consistent threat to Stephen's family and friends or just the Tomorrow People:
"Jedikiah since the pilot hasn't made any ill moves toward family yet. There's not much mention of it because I'm now at Ultra and ultimately I'm the one who's in trouble at Ultra. I need to keep my head up; I need to make sure I'm doing the right thing otherwise he'll just kill me; he'll just wipe me out," Amell said.
- On Stephen as hero-- or even leader.
"He's a reluctant hero," Amell said.
"I don't think Stephen knows if he's doing the right thing. We read these scripts and I find out the decisions that I'm making and the justification of each one, and the nice thing is we have incredible writers and they make the decisions that I picture myself as Stephen making, and if I feel like that isn't the one, then I talk to them about it, and they find a way to justify it to me. But I wouldn't say it's the same as Mark [Pellegrino]. I feel like Mark is the bad guy; he's just trying to tell himself he isn't."
- On the love triangle forming:
"The love triangle is starting to form between John and Cara and myself. We find out a little more about their relationship, and Cara and I [do] get a little closer over the first two episodes, letting each other kind of into each others' heads a little more because we do have a connection there, but at the same time, I do get closer with Astrid throughout the first couple of episodes," Amell said.
- On where the Tomorrow People love triangle leaves Astrid (Madeleine Mantock):
"It's kind of a love square!" Amell laughed, noting that he gets "closer" to Astrid in the first few episodes but never so close he really, truly lets her into what's going on with him.
"I don't know when we're going to reveal to Astrid that I have super powers. I tried to in the pilot, and it didn't work out, so it's a tough situation where I have to keep her at a certain distance, but she's also my best friend. So I imagine it's only a matter of time before she catches me levitating something or teleporting."
- On increasing tension with John (Luke Mitchell), especially upon learning of John's past:
"There's that connection between Cara and I right off the bat. That first episode, she's the first person to be inside my head, talking to me; she's the person who brings me in. So most of the drama between the two of us comes from Cara, but he's also the leader of the Tomorrow People. He has to do things that he thinks is right to keep them safe, whereas I'm the guy working at Ultra who, if they find out about me and if they find out information about the Tomorrow People from me, they're all dead. There's the 'he doesn't want me around anymore; he thinks I'm too dangerous for the rest of them' [tension], but at the same time he needs me because I'm the only link to people with information about my father," Amell said.
"They don't really like each other-- too much happens in the first eight episodes for them to become friends-- but there's just the mutual respect of both of them trying to do the right thing for their people...There's a mutual respect that forms between John and Stephen, and it grows and it grows and it grows, and then something happens and it gets beaten down to nothing and it [has to] grow [again]."
- On the Tomorrow People being (only currently?) unable to kill:
"We address this all in episode two!" Amell said. "We go into the idea that the Tomorrow People can't kill and you know if our genetic code changed so that we could teleport or telekinesis or telepathy or in my case stop time, what's stopping us from tweaking that to be able to kill or take lives? Is it possible; can it be used? These are all things that we dive into episode two."
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