Tonight Freeform airs an all-new episode of Shadowhunters, “Love is a Devil.” The show, based on the book series The Mortal Instruments, by Cassandra Clare, follows half-angel/half human hunters as they try to protect our world from demons. Last week, Dominic Sherwood, who stars as Jace, talked to SciFi Vision in an exclusive interview about his work on the show, working with Will Tudor as Sebastian, and whats to come for Jace this season.
SCIFI VISION: Did you read the books before you started working on the show?
DOMINIC SHERWOOD: I read the first one, and I’d done a young adult adaptation once before, and it was kind of the same thing. When I read the first book, it gave me a decent sense of the world and the characters, where they come from and who they are, what their relationships are with each other and what their past is, what the dangers are, and the positives about being these characters. Past that, it ends up being overly convoluted for me to have so many different things, stimuli, in front of me. Also, you have to remember there is the movie as well, which obviously we’ve seen, most of us, and then the books, and then, on top of that, the scripts, which do differ in places.
So for me, it was important I understood the world and understood Cassie Clare’s vision – her original vision, but from then on out, there’s the script, so I’m playing that version of Jace. I’m not playing necessarily the version of Jace that’s been covered in media before; I’m playing the version of Jace that’s been covered in the scripts.
So I can pull pieces from his past, you know, different kinds of intricacies of the character. For example, it’s written in the books that Jace has an odd character trait that he plays with his stele, and Cassie wrote that Clary notices that it’s strange that someone so confident would have kind of a nervous tick. So throughout season one and what we’ve done so far with season two, that’s the character trait I threw in from the books.
So those kind of things are very important, but anything apart from that, if I knew where he went, where his journey kind of ended up, and where it took him in the future, that would be a little much for me, personally, to separate.
Read the whole interview here