Stars kiss and tell
After sharing a smooch in the mid-season finale, what’s next for Blindspot’s Jane Doe and Agent Weller?
JAIMIE Alexander and Sullivan Stapleton, stars of hit TV drama
Blindspot, had vastly different responses to the news their characters would lock lips on the show’s first mid-season finale.
“Well, she’s only human,” the 38-year-old Australian smiles wryly, lounging on the show’s New York set. “You really can’t blame her.”
Snorted Alexander: “I started laughing when I read the script. 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 get-go; Jane, who had been dosed with an experimental memory-loss drug, was found naked in a duffel bag in Times Square, covered in tattoos – the most prominent of which is 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,” Alexander says. “She felt a part of something instead of being so lonely and isolated.”
Still, the serenity didn’t last for Jane: post-kiss, she was kidnapped and tortured by crooked cop Carter (Michael Gaston).
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 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 as fans of the show are.”
Both Stapleton and Alexander say they don’t read the show’s scripts further ahead than they have to.
“It’s a good thing we don’t look to know,” Stapleton says. “If I knew exactly what was going to happen … it would totally change my feelings towards her every day.
“I don’t want to know if she’s evil or not, but I do want to know why we found her in Times Square and why she was planted in the FBI.”
Still, Alexander says she’s enjoying the story opening up for Jane as the series progresses.
“Jane has spent all of her time being in fights and getting her butt kicked, because there’s no back-story for her and everything she does is all on instinct,” Alexander says.
“Now she’s starting to get in her head a lot and she’s figuring out who she really is and what she wants. I’m having to factor in different sides of her personality that we didn’t have in the beginning, and that’s fun for me.”
Alexander and Stapleton will have more time to delve deeper into their characters with the show, which has been a massive hit in the US, renewed for a second season – something Stapleton is more than happy to hear.
“I get to spend another year working on a great show in New York,” he says. “That’s pretty great.”
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