Jay Ryan gives HollywoodLife.com the scoop on his new romantic thriller, premiering at 9 p.m. tonight on The CW!
As man-turned-beast Vincent on The CW’s Beauty and the Beast, Jay Ryan divides his time between kicking butt, solving mysteries, and romancing Kristin Kreuk‘s Catherine — all of which sounds much cushier than his last gig, running from giant Jurassic monsters on Terra Nova. Now, it’s his turn to play the monster.
“Vincent looks tame in pictures, but he does go into full beast-mode,” Vincent tells HollywoodLife.com in response to some fans thinking he’s too pretty to be considered beastly. “We explore a little bit of that in the pilot, but more moving forward. And fortunately for me, I only have to do that about one day a week. There’s a lot of makeup involved.”
Here’s the show’s story, in a nutshell: Years ago, Catherine Chandler witnessed her mother’s brutal shooting, but avoided the same fate thanks to a mysterious (and beastly) hero. She’s now an NYC homicide detective and finds herself face-to-face with the beast once again, this time as allies — or maybe more.
“Vincent and Catherine’s relationship is definitely complicated,” Jay admits. “He’s helping her to try and solve her mother’s death, but at the same time, he really is a killer himself. So she’s put in this very difficult position, where she has to play to both sides of the law. It’s intense.”
Jay is especially pumped for his big role because of his personal connection to the original 1987 series. He says he still has vivid memories of sitting with his grandmother, watching Ron Perlman (as Vincent) and Linda Hamilton (as Catherine) fall in love. In his words, “she loved that show!”
Of course, the original series came out years before Disney made Beauty and the Beast into a family-friendly musical, so Jay admits he had some explaining to do when he landed the title role.
“I told all of my friends I was doing the stage musical,” he says jokingly. (At least, I think he’s joking.)
And because Beauty and the Beast airs immediately following The Vampire Diaries, I couldn’t help but ask Jay how he thinks Vincent would fare in a fight against one of Mystic Falls’ beautiful bloodsuckers.
“They just have fangs, right?” he asks. “The Beast is a science experiment, so he’s pretty brutal. Maybe we can do a crossover episode and find out!”
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— Andy Swift
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