Ahead of Tuesday’s new episode of “Shadowhunters,” titled “Dead Man’s Party,” Zap2it got a change to speak with Alberto Rosende, who plays Simon Lewis on the series.
A lot is going on in Freeform’s series and Rosende warns that audiences will never be able to look at Simon the same. There will be will more to learn about the intricacies of the Shadow World. During the chat, he explains why this was his favorite episode of the season to shoot.
What can we look forward to in “Dead Man’s Party?”
From this moment on, Simon starts to understand the danger and the gravity of the Shadow World. This is his real first experience with it and from then on it kinda sticks with him. It traumatizes him in a way that influences the rest of the season for him.
Simon was just captured by vampires … are they evil?
The vampires are neither bad nor good. Simon starts to learn about them, starts understanding the Shadow World. They are not bad. They are all just trying to survive.
It’s interesting for him to see this whole political thing that starts to take place, because he didn’t understand that there are politics in this world. They very much play a role in how they go about their business. He gets introduced to that with the audience.
You’ve been telling Clary that everything is just too crazy, and so now …?
This episode is when Simone realizes that this is real. You’ll see him have those moments where he doesn’t understand the reality until he does something and the consequences are too real.
And he’s like oh, this isn’t a video game. This isn’t a comic book. This is real life. Clary (Katherine McNamara) is in real danger. It hits him hard.
How does this affect your relationship with Clary?
You’ll see Simon start to really worry about her. He comes to terms with his place that he can’t really protect her. He can only be there for her. So he kinda has to make the decision: “I’ll do anything for you.”
How does your relationship grow with the Shadowhunter crew?
If anything, they see Simon as even more of a problem. Not only is he a mundane, now he’s the mundane that causes problems. Simon does not get more frustrated, but more annoyed with them because now they’re the people that can help Clary in a way that he can’t … and that (forces) him to reevaluate his place with her.
How was filming this particular episode?
Physically, this is different. You see a side of Simon you don’t really ever see. (He’s) really taken with these vampires in every way and you see Simon being taken advantage of by (them).
To me it was hard to shoot, only because of what it all meant. If you really think of what it would be like in real life to be captured by these vampires — whom up to this point you had no idea even existed — and you’re brought to terms with the dangers they possess and the things they can do to you, it’s very scary.
It was my favorite episode to shoot.
And how does Isabelle fit into all of this?
Simon is a pillar for Clary to ground her in the world she used to be a part of and Isabelle (Emeraude Toubia) is a pillar in the Shadow World. For Simon to understand Isabelle, it’s understanding how different is he from that world.
You see the spark, and he’s completely fascinated by (Isabelle), but he can’t be a part of that world. She’s too good for him right now. They have to grow into the people they are going to be (book readers will know how this story goes) but, it’s early. It’s a slow burn.
This new episode of “Shadowhunters” airs on Tuesday, Jan. 26, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Freeform.