QUEEN OF THE CAS­TLE

Stana Katic on how a hit show broke the ro­mance rules to reign over the rat­ings

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STANA Katic has fi­nally got her way. For years, she had been lob­by­ing Cas­tle cre­ator An­drew W. Mar­lowe to al­low main char­ac­ters Richard Cas­tle and Kate Beck­ett to be­come a cou­ple.

The first few years of the hit US crime com­edy/drama were filled with ro­man­tic sparks be­tween Katic’s NYPD homi­cide de­tec­tive Beck­ett and best-sell­ing au­thor Cas­tle (Nathan Fil­lion).

Katic thought the next ob­vi­ous step was for the cou­ple to be­come ro­man­ti­cally in­volved. She even reck­oned they should have a baby to­gether.

Trou­ble was, no one else on the show agreed with the 35-year-old Cana­dian ac­tress.

Hollywood knows au­di­ences love un­re­solved sex­ual ten­sion be­tween TV char­ac­ters – think Mul­der and Scully ( X-Files), House and Cuddy ( House), Fran Fine and Mr Sh­effield ( The Nanny) and Ross and Rachel ( Friends).

Con­sum­mate the re­la­tion­ship and you risk a big drop in rat­ings.

“I was the only one in the cast who said, ‘ We (Cas­tle and Beck­ett) can be to­gether and it can still be spicy’,” Katic says.

“I re­ally do be­lieve that. That might just be me be­ing overly ro­man­tic and a bit naive. I feel like you could get a pair of peo­ple to­gether and still have that fab­u­lous pas­sion­ate fore­play.

“I don’t buy into that ‘curse’ thing (rat­ings drop if Cas­tle and Beck­ett hook up). They have done it with (hit Brad Pitt/Angelina Jolie movie)

Mr & Mrs Smith.

“If two char­ac­ters have a strong point of view and a tremen­dous amount of at­trac­tion for each other then there are fire­works.”

That didn’t con­vince Fil­lion, who made no se­cret of the fact that he hoped the pair would never get to­gether.

“Give ev­ery­body what they want and re­lease that (ro­man­tic and sex­ual) ten­sion and that’s when peo­ple start go­ing ‘OK, done’,” Fil­lion said.

A year ago Mar­lowe fi­nally re­lented. Cas­tle pro­posed to Beck­ett at the end of sea­son five – just as Beck­ett was get­ting ready to leave New York to join the At­tor­ney Gen­eral’s of­fice in Wash­ing­ton DC.

Mar­lowe promised se­ries six would be full of sur­prises and he has been true to his word.

The sea­son opened with Beck­ett ac­cept­ing Cas­tle’s mar­riage pro­posal, but a big dis­trac­tion came when Cas­tle was ex­posed to a deadly chem­i­cal toxin.

Later, Beck­ett was fired from her new job by boss Rachel McCord ( House favourite Lisa Edelstein) af­ter leak­ing sen­si­tive ma­te­rial to the me­dia.

Beck­ett and Cas­tle are still to­gether, but it doesn’t look like view­ers will be get­ting a

Bones- style wed­ding episode any time soon.

All those re­la­tion­ship hur­dles have helped make Katic’s pre­dic­tion come true.

Cas­tle has stayed strong in the rat­ings, with the cur­rent sea­son av­er­ag­ing around 12 mil­lion view­ers in the US. The slump ev­ery­one wor­ried about never hap­pened.

De­spite six years in the spot­light thanks to Cas­tle, Katic is still some­thing of an enigma.

She was born in the in­dus­trial town of Hamil­ton, On­tario, and is the el­dest of six chil­dren. She stud­ied in­ter­na­tional law, global eco­nomics and drama be­fore mov­ing to Los An­ge­les to be­gin her act­ing ca­reer.

Katic is also some­thing of a Re­nais­sance woman – she speaks five lan­guages and is a lover of his­tory, science, travel, mu­sic and art. She adores po­etry and claims her favourite movie is Out of

Africa. When I chat to her she en­thuses about the clas­sic novel Zorba the Greek, by Nikos Kazantzaki.

Katic reck­ons she is a bit of a tomboy too – en­joy­ing Amer­i­can foot­ball, karate and bas­ket­ball.

In 2010, the so­cially con­science Cas­tle star started The Al­ter­na­tive Travel Project, which en­cour­ages peo­ple to go car-free to help the en­vi­ron­ment.

Katic has also started her own pro­duc­tion com­pany, Sine Ti­more, which means “with­out fear”. She may be happy that her char­ac­ter’s ro­mance with Cas­tle has pro­gressed, but off-screen, Katic’s pri­vate life is a mys­tery. She has kept any ro­mance a closely guarded se­cret.

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