By DEBBIE SCHIPP
ASECOND season of hit US series Revenge has made Josh Bowman’s role as the rich and increasingly corruptible Daniel Grayson even sweeter. Bowman says his character is no longer just a pawn. Off-screen, Bowman and Revenge heroine Emily VanCamp are a couple. On-screen, the duo’s characters last season called it quits on their wedding, and there’s a surprising new romantic entanglement for Bowman as he mans up and realises he has to play the vengeful game to survive in the Hamptons.
Is Daniel Grayson a different person to the onewemet in season one?
He’s very, very different. He was that boyish collegiate Daniel. This season he’s really turning into an adult and a real man. And maybe he’s doing it as well to impress Emily.
Is there a danger that Daniel will become, in growing up and standing up for himself, the very things that he despises in his manipulative, conniving parents, Conrad and Victoria Grayson?
That’s where it’s going right now. But the writers are doing well at keeping him in the balance. He does some redeeming things and has some redeeming qualities.
So despite being sucked into the game, he’s conscious he doesn’t want to be that thing he despises?
He knows he has a choice. I
wouldn’t give up on him yet.
Wesee him in a new romance after his wedding with Emily was called off last year and their relationship ended. What is Daniel doing with this new person?
This show has so many characters that we can all mesh and it’s exciting that we can all cross into different storylines. But that one was a big surprise for me. For Daniel it is a means to an end. Not love or anything like that. You’ll see in the first episode that he’s trying to make Emily think that he’s fine and everything’s OK, but then this look passes between them and it’s clear he misses her a lot.
In a way he’s doing exactly what Emily did to him in season one.
Yeah. The way I would look at it is she broke his heart because of the actions she had to undertake. But then again, it was Daniel’s fault because he was turning into the very thing that he despised and she was basically saying ‘I’m not going to do this’. But he obviously doesn’t know who she is and he’s going to fight tooth and nail to win her back at some point, I’m sure.
What else has surprised you about the season?
Nothing surprises me on this show anymore. Audiences are going to be surprised. The problem is we set the bar quite high in the first season, and that’s why season two is always the most difficult; it has to be as epic. There are new characters to root for. A lot more conflict and lots more secrets. The new love triangle is pretty interesting between Daniel, Aiden and Emily. Revenge, Channel 7, Monday, 8.45pm
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