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'Revenge' Scoop: Connor Paolo Reveals Declan's Trial Testimony

Wed, April 18, 2012 12:43pm EDT by Andy Swift Add first Comment

Plus, Connor analyzes the differences between Declan and his ‘Gossip Girl’ character, Eric van der Woodsen. Because why not?

After what felt like the longest hiatus in television history, Revenge returns with the final six episodes of the season April 18, and they’re pretty much going to suck for Declan Porter (Connor Paolo.) As the “only semi-sober and clear-headed person” on the beach, Connor tells that Declan’s version of what happened the night of Tyler’s murder will be crucial to the outcome of Daniel’s (Josh Bowman) trial — and the trial will also force him to choose between “the only two people in his life that he loves.”

“Declan and Charlotte are the closest things to witnesses they have,” Connor notes. “They weren’t there for the discharge of the bullet, but they were there for the immediate aftermath. Their testimonies are going to be integral to the trial, especially in developing the theory that there may have been someone else on the beach. And Charlotte’s testimony could very well be skewed and marred by the fact that she’s taking a lot of synthetic heroin.”

Ah, that’s the really tricky part. Will Declan be forced to reveal Charlotte’s (Christa B. Allen) little addiction in front of a packed courtroom? And what about Jack (Nick Wechsler)? Will Declan also have to acknowledge his brother’s presence on the beach that night?

“Declan’s in a terrible position,” Connor says. “Out of all the people in the world, [he has to choose between] the two people he has any emotional investment in at all. It’s a complete seesaw. If he puts his weight on either end, the other one’s going off. He loves them equally. His love for Charlotte makes her more vivrant to him, because their relationship is physical as well as emotional. However, he and Jack share blood.”

Switching gears a little bit, I couldn’t talk to Connor without bringing up his Gossip Girl character Eric van der Woodsen, who Connor says isn’t actually too different from Declan.

“I wouldn’t necessarily call Declan a tough guy,” Connor says. “Whatever confidence you see in Declan, you’d also find in Eric; the only difference is that Eric never had to use his because he was filthy rich and had people taking care of him. He’s a blue blood, and Declan’s a blue collar. They both stick up for what they want. If anything, I’d say Declan is less secure in who he is than Eric was. If Declan had to identify his sexuality on a grand scale like Eric did, I don’t know if he’d have the self-confidence to stand up in front of a room of people and say, ‘Yes, this is who I am.'”

Of course, there is one other similarity Connor’s not too thrilled about: Declan going to prep school brings back too many memories of Eric’s days at St. Jude’s!

“Declan needs to stop going to prep school. … I was so deeply offended when they were like, ‘Declan’s going to prep school.’ I was like, ‘Of all the characters on this show, this guy’s not putting on a tie. Maybe Jack, but not Declan.'”

What are YOUR thoughts on the big Revenge trial? Will Daniel remain in prison, or will his defense somehow pin the murder on Jack? We’re mere hours away from the show’s return, so drop a comment with your hopes, your fears — and your fondest memories of Eric van der Woodsen.

— Andy Swift