In this exclusive interview, Shadowhunters’ Dominic Sherwood teases the season finale, talks about Jace and Alec’s relationship, reveals what his favorite scenes were, and more!
Shadowhunters‘ Dominic Sherwood teases the season finale, titled “Morning Star,” as we spent a few minutes talking with him about his character, Jace’s relationships, his favorite scenes, and more, for which we were happy for his courteousness and willingness to answer our questions. You may be familiar with the young actor for his role in another YA-book-to-movie adaptation titled Vampire Academy, in which he played dark-haired, sexy, and brooding Christian Ozera. You may also recognize him as the sexy love interest in Taylor Swift’s music video, “Style.”
His angelic good looks no doubt helped a bit in landing the part of the sexy, overly-confident warrior-with-a-heart, but we definitely love him for his ability to play Jace and make him his own. And we believe his part in the show has helped with its success and popularity. But before we go all fangirly about actually having had a chance to talk to Dom, read what he had to say to our questions:
Now that Jace and Alec have patched things up, do you foresee more arguments between the two or has this made them stronger?
I think it’s definitely made them stronger. I think they’ve kind of aired everything that they needed to air over the course of twelve episodes. Alec is obviously in a better place emotionally. Jace ain’t doing so good right now, but at least we know he’s going to have his best friend there to turn to.
From what we saw in the “Malec” episode, Maryse isn’t too happy about Alec’s coming out moment. How will this affect Jace’s relationship with Maryse since he regards her as his mother?
I think—ugh, it’s tough for me to say because I know how the season ends, so I’m trying not to give anything away. But I think everyone’s going to have more important things to worry about than Alec coming out at the end of the season. Maryse especially is going to have more important things to worry about.
What can we expect to see this season finale? And will things be resolved between Jace and Clary or will this continue to the second season?
You can expect heartbreak, you can expect definitely shock. Jace makes some choices that maybe you wouldn’t expect of Jace. The last episode is definitely darker than anything we’ve seen so far within Shadowhunters. There are some fairly griffy sections and pretty griffy scenes within that. You can also expect a massive cliffhanger, and I’m sorry for that. But we’ve got season 2 now, so at least you’re not sitting at the edge of your seat waiting to see if we actually get season 2. There’s going to be a season 2, so you know that the cliffhanger is going to be answered at some point.
As far as the Clary/Jace sibling thing, Jace, in his head, right now, needs to make up for what happened at Renwick’s. There’s still a mission that needs to be done, so as far as the sibling thing goes on, I think we touched on it in episode 12, when Clary said, “So, we’re just going to be work buddies now?” And he says, “Yeah.” That’s what’s going on. We’ve got more important things to worry about than this relationship, so yeah, that’s very secondary to him right now.
For you, as an actor, what has been the best part about playing Jace?
Oh man, all of it! It’s everything from evolving his character and starting from a very light place to a very dark place, and kind of showing the cracks in his confidence and his psyche. And then on top of that, there’s the physicality and the training and the sword-fighting and the martial arts and working with such great actors. The crew in Toronto were just spectacular, one of the most amazing crews I’ve ever worked with, honestly. And then the writing and the fans and—I don’t know! I don’t think I can answer that by saying one thing. I think it’s going to have to be all those things.
Harry says that the best pranks have yet to happen. Do you agree?
Oh, that sounds like a challenge! That sounds like a challenge, Mr. Shum! Well, okay, I guess if he’s throwing stuff like that out there, I’m going to have to up my game for season 2, and yeah, that’s fine. I’m good with that!
What song would you say would best describe Jace?
Haha! Oh man! Well, it completely depends on whereabouts in the season we’re looking at Jace. Right now, I think something like death metal or something a little heavier, because he’s not in a good emotional place right now. But I think earlier on in the season, maybe a little fun, maybe a little Bruno Mars, that cheeky kind of element to him, something like that. Yeah, I don’t know, I think it would completely change depending on what’s going on. You know, I think, in the back of his mind, he would never admit it, and he’d never say it out loud, but I think he quite likes Simon’s stuff. I think he would sit in the back of that coffee shop and listen to Simon sing. He’d never let him know. He’d never let anyone know, but I think he’d sit in the back and go, “G**damn, I hate that I like this, but I like this.”
What was your favorite scene or episode from the season?
I kind of have a few. One of my absolute favorite scenes is within episode 13, so I can’t really say a whole lot about it, but there’s a pretty epic fight scene that we shot at four in the morning, outside, literally under a bridge. That was pretty amazing. I can’t tell you who else was in the scene, but the other actors were pretty phenomenal as well, so that was a lot of fun. Also, I like the scenes where we get to explore the bigger emotions of the main characters, so like the scene in episode 9 where Alec and Jace fight both physically and emotionally for the first time, I really enjoyed that. And I also really like—I mean it’s a credit to the actors that we work together with—Matt Daddario is just an incredible Alec and so good at bringing the best out of me, and is really a great guy to work with. And in the same vein, the scene where Simon is kind of riled up on Camille’s vampire blood for the first time and puts a blade to Jace’s throat. That was a lot of fun as well, because I like working with those actors, they’re so talented, and we rehearse and we play and get the physicality of it down, and the emotional side, and really go through the motions of doing it. Working with those two especially, not that the others aren’t great as well, but working with those two especially, those two scenes were a lot of fun for me.
The last question is really simple. Team Captain America or Team Iron Man?
Ahhh, I’m—ahh! That’s tough because I can’t imagine anyone wouldn’t ever want an Iron Man suit. Tony Stark’s so awesome, but I met Chris Evans a couple of times early on this year, and he’s so nice and so charming and so handsome, I got a little fangirly. I got a little giddy. I think I’m going to have to go with Cap on this, just because I’ve met Chris Evans and he was so, like not even– not that, I mean I imagine that Robert Downey, Jr. is amazing as well– if you’re reading this, bud, I’d like to meet you as well. So, look me up, let’s go for a beer, that’s great! Yeah, at the moment it’s going to have to be Cap.
I’m Captain America, but I’m Team Jace, too!
I love that!
Yeah, we do, too! So, according to Dom, we know that the Shadowhunters’ first season finale is going to have a lot of heartbreak and going to be a cliffhanger. We also know that he wants to meet Robert Downey, Jr. (let’s make this happen!), and he will apparently take on Harry Shum, Jr.’s prank challenge. Bring it on!
The season finale of Shadowhunters airs on Tuesday night, April 5th, on Freeform at 9|8c.