Sendhil Ramamurthy has been cast in The CW‘s Beauty and the Beast. The Heroes, Covert Affairs alum joins Kristin Kreuk and Jay Ryan in the television series airing Thursday nights, 9pm EST/8pm CST. Check out his interview with Collider below!
Ramping things up as the show heads towards its season finale, he arrives at the precinct where Catherine Chandler (Kristin Kreuk) works, suspicious that cases involving the vigilante are being mishandled and wanting answers, while Cat is determined to protect Vincent (Jay Ryan), at any cost.
During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, Sendhil Ramamurthy talked about how he came to be a part of the show, that the story is becoming slightly more serialized in the back nine episodes, the appeal of his character and the mysterious backstory that will be revealed, the fun of getting to be the antagonist that causes some trouble, how freeing the sci-fi/fantasy genre is, and that there are very dramatic twists and turns to come. He also talked about the feature film Brahmin Bulls, about a disillusioned architect and his distant father who come together after many years, which he starred in and co-produced.
Had you been aware of Beauty and the Beast, at all?
RAMAMURTHY: No, I wasn’t familiar with the show, at that point. So, the people at The CW and CBS sent me a few episodes to have a look at, and I watched it and saw all the potential there. It was quite procedural, in nature. It was pretty much a procedural cop drama with this love story at the center of it. And the, I got onto a conference call with all the executive producers of the show, and they pitched the character to me and revealed that they were actually going to start taking the show in a different direction, and that it was going to be slightly more serialized and that that’s where this character was going to come in. It feels like this show has really come into its own, in these back nine episodes. It’s different, in ways, but the core of it is still that relationship with Catherine and Vincent. Jay [Ryan] and Kristin [Kreuk] play that so well that you don’t want to mess with that.
That’s still there, and always will be there, as it should be. What has become different, with the addition of this character, and also just the direction that all the other surrounding characters have been taken, is that all the stakes get raised and the danger factor gets raised, big time. There are going to be some sad moments coming up, that I don’t think the audience will see coming. I certainly didn’t see them coming. And there are going to be developments with the other characters, and the character that I play, Gabe, that will be really satisfying. I think the writers did a really great job of the way that they parse out information.
It’s also the result of where my character comes in. When you come in, in the back nine episodes, you’re ramping up towards the season finale, so you get to have juicy tidbits of information parsed out to you in every episode. That’s always great, as a viewer, and it’s also great, as an actor. As an actor, you know when you’re treading water, and I’ve been there. You’re twiddling your thumbs, really trying to wait until you can reveal the next chunk of information about your character or storyline, and there hasn’t been any of that, certainly not for Gabe, and not for the other characters either. Everything gets ramped up, in these last nine episodes. I don’t want to say it’s a different show ‘cause it’s not, but the other elements of the show change slightly, and change for the good. It will ultimately be very satisfying for the audience ‘cause it was satisfying for me. I always try to read each episode, for the first time, as an audience member. I read it straight through, not for my character or any of the other characters, just as story and, with each episode, I finished my initial read very satisfied. I’m satisfied that, so far, I’m alive. Long may that continue.