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The Drake draws together an interesting cast of characters on 666 Park Avenue, ABC’s new supernatural drama about an idealistic young couple recruited to manage a Manhattan apartment building with a dark history.
Spinoff Online spoke with several of the actors who play those characters during roundtable interviews at New York Comic Con, where they offered clues about what to expect as the season unfolds.
Of all the characters on the series, it’s the love triangle between Brian Leonard (Robert Buckley), Louise Leonard (Mercedes Masohn) and Alexis Blume (Helena Mattsson) that’s the source of much of the tension. As Brian finds himself increasingly drawn to Alexis, he keeps coming closer and closer to cheating on his wife. However, it’s obvious the new relationship is something he’s struggling with.
“That’s the beauty, I think, in how you play Brian,” Masohn said. “It’s not just an easy, ‘Oh, she’s beautiful, my wife will never find out,’ kind of thing; you see the struggle within him and I think that’s what really grounds the character.”
Buckley said the idea of being drawn against one’s will to infidelity is something he considers terrifying, so portraying this storyline is something of a challenge.
“Being in a relationship where there was such a temptation that there was something actually pulling me out of it — because, aside from this job, I’m a very big believer in fidelity — that would scare the hell out of me,” he said. “To be in a spot where I was actually pushed to questioning my relationship and maybe breaking what I’ve always stood by and my morals? That would actually be a pretty frightening pickle to find myself in.”
Morality frequently comes into play on 666 Park Avenue. Spinoff also caught up with Erik Palladino, who plays doorman Tony DeMeo, and Samantha Logan, who plays The Drake resident Nona Clark, and they talked about how Terry O’Quinn’s Gavin is often at the center of their characters’ plights. But just because he is the show’s antagonist doesn’t mean his character is pure evil.
“[Gavin] actually becomes more human as the show progresses and more vulnerable,” Palladino said. I think that if he became pure evil, it would be boring. Like, alright, the guy’s the devil, he can kill anything. … He grows. His character definitely grows into different branches.”
He added, “I think that’s true for all the characters on the show. Initially they seem to be one way, and they make left turns and right turns as we go along.”
Mattsson said the fact that the characters on 666 Park Avenue can’t easily be defined as “good” or “bad” is something that drew her to the show. She feels it’s going to be one of the more engaging elements of the series going forward.
“We see the balance. There’s no just ‘just evil’ or ‘just bad,’ and there’s no just like ‘only good.’ It’s like a good person can make bad decisions, and then we don’t know whether to really like them or not. Even somebody who maybe seems to be evil still has something human in them,” she said. “I think overall on the show there is a really good balance.”
With that being said, the balance is going to tip towards the bad before it comes back to the good. Buckley said that things aren’t looking great for Brian, Louise and Alexis at the moment.
“Things are going to get worse before they get better. We’re far from out of the woods,” he said.
Mattsson added, “We’re definitely in for a lot of surprises, that’s for sure. And we keep getting surprised week to week when we read a new script.”
666 Park Avenue airs Sundays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.