Stars kiss and tell

Af­ter shar­ing a smooch in the mid-sea­son fi­nale, what’s next for Blindspot’s Jane Doe and Agent Weller?

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - TV Guide - - NEWS - By TIFFANY BAKKER

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.”



Chem­istry: Sul­li­van Sta­ple­ton and Jaimie Alexan­der are closer than ever in Blindspot.

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