HOT THRILLS FIRE UP THE BLINDSPOT

The plot thick­ens nicely with new episodes of Blindspot promis­ing to be just as hot and mys­te­ri­ous as the first ones, all of which is good news for its sexy young stars

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Jaimie Alexan­der and Sullivan Sta­ple­ton, stars of hit TV drama

Blindspot, had vastly dif­fer­ent re­sponses to the news that their char­ac­ters would lock lips on the show’s first mid-sea­son fi­nale.

“Well, she’s only hu­man,” smiles the 38-year-old Aus­tralian wryly, loung­ing on the show’s New York set. “You can’t blame her.”

“I started laugh­ing when I read the script,” snorts Alexan­der.

“I was like, ‘Are you guys nuts?’ That’s like kiss­ing my brother.”

Still, it’s re­ally no sur­prise that Sta­ple­ton’s brood­ing FBI agent Kurt Weller would end up in a ro­man­tic clinch with Alexan­der’s mys­te­ri­ous Jane Doe.

They’d been con­nected from the show’s be­gin­ning; Jane, who had been dosed with an ex­per­i­men­tal mem­ory loss drug, was found naked in a duf­fel bag in New York’s Times Square cov­ered in tat­toos (the most prom­i­nent of which was Weller’s name writ­ten across her back).

Jane now helps the FBI de­crypt the tat­toos, mak­ing a big treasure map to solve her iden­tity and, po­ten­tially, thwart some bad guys along the way.

“The kiss was nice for Jane be­cause she felt like she had a fam­ily for a mo­ment,” says Alexan­der.

“She felt a part of some­thing in­stead of be­ing so lonely and iso­lated.”

Still, view­ers saw that seren­ity didn’t last for Jane: post-kiss, she was kid­napped and tor­tured by crooked cop, Carter.

Af­ter be­ing saved by her mys­te­ri­ous ex, Os­car, she watched a video of her past self, telling her cur­rent self that her mem­ory loss and tat­tooed body were all of her own do­ing.

“You did this,” Jane says in the video. “This is all your idea.” As the show re­turns from that stun­ning cliffhanger, Alexan­der says she still doesn’t know whether or not Jane is ac­tu­ally a dou­ble agent planted inside the FBI.

“Now, for me, is the video real or is it false?” she says.

“I don’t know if some­body had a gun to her head or what hap­pened.

“I’m just as shocked fans of the show are.”

In­deed, both Sta­ple­ton and Alexan­der say they don’t read the show’s scripts too far ahead.

“If I knew ex­actly what was go­ing to hap­pen be­tween Kurt and Jane, it would to­tally change my feel­ings to­wards her ev­ery day,” he said.

“I don’t want to know if she’s evil or not but I do want to know why we found her and why she was planted by the FBI.”

Still, Alexan­der says she’s en­joy­ing the story open­ing up for Jane in the se­ries.

“Jane has spent all of her time be­ing in fights be­cause there’s no back­story for her and ev­ery­thing she does is all on in­stinct,” says Alexan­der.

“Now she’s start­ing to get in her head a lot and she’s fig­ur­ing out who she re­ally is.

“I’m hav­ing to fac­tor in dif­fer­ent sides of her per­son­al­ity that we didn’t have in the be­gin­ning.”

Alexan­der and Sta­ple­ton will have more time to delve deeper with the show, a hit in the US, be­ing re­newed for a sec­ond sea­son – some­thing Sta­ple­ton is happy to hear.

“I get to spend an­other year work­ing on a great show in New York,” he grins.

“That’s pretty great.” Blindspot, Seven, Wed­nes­day, 10pm

I DON’T WANT TO KNOW IF SHE’S EVIL OR NOT BUT I DO WANT TO KNOW WHY WE FOUND HER AND WHY SHE WAS PLANTED BY THE FBI

Jaimie Alexan­der and Aussie Sullivan Sta­ple­ton, in ac­tion in the hit tele­vi­sion se­ries Blindspot.

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