‘‘The Secret Circle’‘ (0.7/2 in 18-49, 1.6 million viewers overall), which held pretty steady in most categories while rising 11% among women 18-34 and 18-49
Just a quick notice to let everyone know that The Secret Circle 1×16 Airs tonight @ 9/8c on the CW!
“THE SECRET CIRCLE” — (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET)
“Sacrifice” (Content Rating TBD) (HDTV)
A WITCH HUNTER TRACKS DOWN A MEMBER OF THE CIRCLE WITH A MESSAGE FOR BLACKWELL — Jake (Chris Zylka) gets a surprise visit from an old acquaintance named Samuel (guest star Chad Rook), a witch hunter, who has a message for Blackwell (guest star Joe Lando) about Eben’s (guest star Sammi Rotibi) surprising next move. Cassie (Britt Robertson) intervenes, forces Samuel to reveal his news and is stunned to find out what Eben is trying to resurrect. Meanwhile, Diana (Shelley Hennig) is frustrated that keeping the secrets of who they are is building a barrier between her and Grant (guest star Tim Phillipps). Faye (Phoebe Tonkin) and Melissa agree to help out Adam (Thomas Dekker) at the Boathouse and in return get him to help them use their magic to enhance their love life. Nick Copus directed the episode written by David Ehrman (#118).
Chris Zylka: Manwitch, walking six-pack, and self-declared “art addict.” This bad-boy came into our lives just a few months ago as The Secret Circle‘s resident heart-throb, Jake Armstrong, a character whose studliness took hours to perfect.
“I think it’s all in the preparation,” Chris tells TV Line. “My mentor Jon Simmons introduced me to the Stanislavski system which is so heavy on backstory. So you write and write and write these backstories about a character and then you throw it away. So then on set, if it doesn’t come, then you didn’t do your work. I’m pretty addicted to art, so it’s easy to just sit there and write.”
We all have our strange addictions, and ours are Chris Zylka’s abs. It took weeks for Chris to bare all on The Secret Circle, and he was a ball of nerves before he stripped down!
“I got a phone call the day before we filmed that scene — it was just after Christmas. I just got so nervous about having my shirt — I have like the worst body issues ever,” Chris explains while we shake our heads in dismay.
Clearly, Chris hasn’t looked at himself in a mirror. Nor does he appear to have seen the movie Kaboom, where he stars alongside his real-life BFF, Thomas Dekker, and wanders around naked. Speaking of Thomas, Adam and Jake’s exchanges on The Secret Circle have been pretty snarky lately. Is it weird for Chris to fake-argue with his best friend?
“Jake can’t always win and Adam can’t always win,” Chris explains. “We try to keep it even. Thomas and I constantly get together and we’re like, ‘All right, well if you win this exchange, I’ll win this one.’ And we’re best friends so it’s never an argument. It’s usually me saying, ‘No, YOU win,’ and he’s saying, ‘No, YOU win.’ ‘All right, cool. We’ll both win.’”
Sigh, these two! In other news, Chris is ready to shed some light on our favorite Secret Circle love triangle: Cake vs. Fake.
“There’s something about Cassie [Britt Robertson] that Jake can’t get over,” Chris says. “She accepted him right away when everyone was judging him. And then the thing with Faye [Phoebe Tonkin] is, they’ve known each other forever and they get each other. And even though they tease each other a lot, there’s no nonsense between them.”
Expect to see sparks fly higher than broomsticks when these hotties return to the small screen on March 15 at 9:00!
Source: TV Line
First question: Are you a real human being or are you just really expensive CGI, Chris Zylka?
[Laughs] I’m pretty sure I’m real. I feel pain, so that’s a primary emotion. I cry.
Actually your work on The Secret Circle has been some of your most emotional work to date. Like in the episode “Witness” where Jake came face-to-face with his long-dead parents. Does that kind of stuff come easy to you?
I think it’s all in the preparation. My mentor Jon Simmons introduced me to the Stanislavski system which is so heavy on backstory. So you write and write and write these backstories about a character and then you throw it away. So then on set, if it doesn’t come, then you didn’t do your work. I’m pretty addicted to art, so it’s easy to just sit there and write. I definitely enjoy that aspect of drama so much more than, say, doing a sitcom. I’m just so happy doing these dramatic scenes.
Do you like returning to the same character week after week, as opposed to films where you play a character once and then move on?
I do. I absolutely do. In a film you only get two hours to do this big arc and so you have to pick and choose your moments carefully, but with television you get to take your time and just take it episode by episode and discover new things. One thing that I’ve been definitely trying to do as best I can is lighten Jake up a little bit, you know? To try to find the moments where I can take a lighter approach or throw away a line. People might be like, “Oh, that’s not Jake.” But it is.
Jake walks the line between good and bad. As a performer, which direction do you prefer he go in?
Oh my God, I’m really hoping he goes bad. [Laughs] I’m really hoping he goes bad. It’s just so much more fun to play bad than good. Plus it’s just good to get that out of your system so it doesn’t show up in your personal life.
Playing bad is therapeutic?
Yeah, it’s therapy.
You kind of came to the show late, but your character immediately became a lynchpin for the rest of the storylines. Is that a lot of pressure to have to deal with?
It’s always really nerve-wracking during that first scene, that first take. You always have butterflies. But it’s good to have butterflies. And they always go away. The camera starts rolling and they go away and it’s all good.
When it comes to the show’s central love triangle, it seems as though Jake’s got the majority of the fans’ votes, though Adam certainly has his supporters. Is there an effort made behind the scenes to keep things balanced?
Jake can’t always win and Adam can’t always win. We try to keep it even. Thomas and I constantly get together and we’re like, “All right, well if you win this exchange, I’ll win this one.” And we’re best friends so it’s never an argument. It’s usually me saying, “No, YOU win,” and he’s saying, “No, YOU win.” “All right, cool. We’ll both win.” [Laughs]
Is it just serendipity that you guys had worked together before?
It was so serendipitous and amazing. And I literally remember—I don’t know if I was shooting Spider-Man or Piranha at the time that he booked the pilot for The Secret Circle, but I called Thomas instantly when I found out and was just like, “Congratulations, man!” And then when The Secret Circle got picked up I called him again. And then I think about two or three weeks went by and I got the audition for Jake. I called him and I’m like, “Dude, we’re gonna work together again, I know it.” And then it happened and it was amazing. It was amazing.
Was it written in the stars?
Yeah. It was destined.
Your scenes with Britt Robertson have a much different chemistry than your scenes with Phoebe Tonkin. How much of that is due to the characters and how much is due to the actresses’ respective energies?
Yeah, you look at the character for the most part. It’s nothing personal, I love both of them and they’re such funny, wonderful people. There’s something about Cassie that Jake can’t get over. She accepted him right away when everyone was judging him. And then the thing with Faye is, they’ve known each other forever and they get each other. And even though they tease each other a lot, there’s no nonsense between them.
In your past work, most of your characters have generally wound up naked at some point. Are you surprised it took nine episodes before that happened on The Secret Circle?
I was so surprised. [Laughs] I really was. And I came in in pretty decent shape, but then as episodes went by, nothing. Then I got a phone call the day before we filmed that scene—it was just after Christmas. I just got so nervous about having my shirt—I have like the worst body issues ever…
I even called [Executive Producer] Andrew Miller, and I was like, “Can we please just keep his shirt on one more episode and I’ll get in the best shape? Please, dude, please.” And he couldn’t because it tied into the episode we’d filmed before the holiday break.
I think it’s pretty unanimous that things turned out okay.
[Laughs] Luckily there was good lighting and good editing.
The Secret Circle: The ordinary becomes the extraordinary in The Secret Circle, a drama full of mystery, intrigue, and danger from executive producer Kevin Williamson (The Vampire Diaries) and based on the book series by L. J. Smith (The Vampire Diaries). The series chronicles the story of a young girl who discovers not only that she is a witch and part of a secret coven but that she is the key that will unlock a centuries-old battle of good versus evil. WBTV has conjured up a WonderCon exclusive premiere screening of the “Cursed” episode, a full six days in advance of its on-air debut Thursday, March 22, at 9/8c on The CW. Britt Robertson (Scream 4), Thomas Dekker (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles), Gale Harold (Queer as Folk), Phoebe Tonkin (H20: Just Add Water), Shelley Hennig (Days of Our Lives), Jessica Parker Kennedy (50/50), Chris Zylka (upcoming The Amazing Spider-Man), and Natasha Henstridge (Species) star in the series, which is executive produced by Williamson, Andrew Miller (Nothing), Andrea Newman (Human Target), Leslie Morgenstein (The Vampire Diaries), and Gina Girolamo (The Lying Game). From Bonanza Productions Inc., Outerbanks Entertainment and Alloy Entertainment in association with Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios, The Secret Circle airs Thursdays at 9/8c on The CW.
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