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Press/Photos/Videos: The Italian Rêve Interview

Press/Photos/Videos: The Italian Rêve Interview

Zach recently sat down with The Italian Rêve for an interview. You can also check out their behind the scenes video below & the gorgeous photos in the gallery.

I’ve spoken with a lot of fellow “Black Sails” fans, throughout the years, and they all have one thing in common: Charles Vane is a hero.

In a show where the lines between bad and good guys are blurred, it’s hard to tell who is the knight in (well) shining warship and who’s just straight up bad, and the Ranger’s captain went from declared enemy to ally to friend, ending up being one of the best, and most loved, characters of the show.
Quite the same goes for the Grounder Prince Roan, one of the major characters in the third and fourth seasons of The CW show “The 100,” although we first see him antagonizing the protagonist, Clarke Griffin. Then, he’ll get closer and closer to many other characters, from his guard Echo to the Sky People.

Now, powerful characters need powerful actors to play them, and Zach McGowan certainly knows how to take a character and turn him into something as close as possible to a relatable, three-dimensional, real human being. 


From “Shameless” to “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D” and the movie “Dracula Untold,” alongside Luke Evans, Zach has shown the audience how deep characterization, fascinating acting and breath-taking action can go side by side. Be it on a post-nuclear-bombing North America or in the New Providence island, where rivers of Grog meet oceans of Blue, or as the legendary Scorpion King, Zach managed to create characters we loved and cried for. We had the pleasure to meet him in Los Angeles, to discuss with him his past works and his many upcoming projects, plus the things he would like to do in the future. 

So, whether you’re still waiting for Jody Silverman to be back on “Shameless,” if your cheered for Charles until the last moment (we sure did) or if you’re waiting for the upcoming release of “The Scorpion King- Book of Souls,” here’s the interview you definitely can’t miss.


Let’s start with an easy one; what made you want to become an actor?
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When I was a kid, I started acting pretty early on, doing plays at school and so on. I think it was always a part of the things that I enjoyed. Basically, in school, I really liked gym and the acting class. There were some other things that I enjoyed, but those two were what I really looked forward to. I always wanted to be either an actor, a professional athlete or even a professional soldier – there was a time I wanted to do that. I always wanted to do acting. What made me want to do it? I guess my love for it.

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Talking about “Shameless,” in your opinion, Jody’s “happy family” with Karen will ever be back from Arizona?
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I think that Zach, the actor, will always love to reprise that role. So, in my opinion, there are a lot of ways of coming back from Arizona with the happy family, why not?! I share everyone’s desire to do that.
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So, you are still following the show then, and who’s your favorite character?
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Yes, I still watch it!
I watch it, just the same, whether I’m in or off. Carl has always been a really interesting character. I mean, I watched Ethan [Cutkosky] growing up on the show. And also the kids: the younger ones are the most interesting, and I would say, Debbie. I’ve just had the chance to do a movie again with Emma [Kenney], and there is something cool about just watching their arks in the show and also watching their arks in real life.

“So, in my opinion, there are a lot of ways
of coming back from Arizona
with the happy family,
why not?!”

Head to The Italian Rêve for the full interview.

Press: Zach McGowan Makes Art Out of Getting Punched in the Face

Press: Zach McGowan Makes Art Out of Getting Punched in the Face

If you’ve seen Zach McGowan on your television screen lately, he was probably brandishing a sword. From The 100’s warrior King Roan to Black Sails’s pirate Charles Vane, his most renown characters are in their element when decked out in war paint and leather. Even in the role that first catapulted McGowan to prominence — Shameless’s cheerfully dim-witted sex addict Jody — he was hardly a regular Joe. But surprisingly, if he’s ever done playing swaggering outlaws, that’s not what he sees himself playing.

“I was almost a lawyer,” he says. “In those moments [before success] where I would have quit [acting], I was going to go to law school. In part of me, there’s those characters the world hasn’t seen me play yet: the straight family man lawyer type.” Unlike King Roan or Charles Vane, McGowan insists, “I’m actually embarrassingly normal.”

And yet, throughout his conversation with Inverse, McGowan contradicts that statement. In one breath, he insists that he’s not as epic as his characters; in the next, he explains that the reason for his current physique — which makes Thor look like a couch potato — is that he once read about the “perfect” body and was simply curious if it was achievable.

“I went to a liberal arts college where I was an American Studies major,” says McGowan. “So I must have read a hundred books about the unattainable body that’s presented in entertainment. It was while reading one where I was like, ‘I wonder if I can attain it?’ For me, it isn’t particularly difficult; I’ve always been an athlete. I haven’t played Charles in a while, but I ran 14 miles this morning. Staying in shape has always been just part of my day; it’s something I enjoy.”

It’s also enabled him to do his own stunt work. From his much-discussed fight in The 100 Season 3 to his brawls and horse-leaps on Black Sails, every time you see a McGowan character in action, it’s not a stunt man.

“We use bamboo swords on The 100 so if you get hit, it’s not too bad,” he says. “They were metal on Black Sails, which adds a level of realness. Some people are able to have aggression in their performance while being precise; some go absolutely berserk. I’m very precise with my aggression, which is one of the reasons I’m lucky enough to continue stunt work. It can get physically taxing — I’ve gotten punched in the face quite a few times in my day. But to be honest, it’s fun as hell. Every day I’m on set, I have a big smile, even when I’m up to my neck in mud.”

But for as much work as he puts into the physicality of his characters, action scenes aren’t the end of it. Charles Vane was a man of few words but surprising depth, and as seen by the speed with which he acclimated to Clarke’s plan at the end of The 100 Season 3, Roan has a quick-witted nature that extends beyond the battlefield. “I’ve always tried to bring some of myself to these parts,” he says.

Whenever Charles Vane rolled a coin over his fingers in Black Sails — a move the character became known for — that was McGowan’s idea. “I taught myself how to do that on the plane out to South Africa, but I didn’t even pitch that to anyone,” he explains. “I just did it, and nobody told me to stop. My approach to acting is that it consumes my mind. I can’t think of anything else when I’m involved in a scene. You’ve got to do what’s asked, but on top of it, it’s that inclination of just doing what I feel is right for the moment.”

He adds that it does make a difference, however, as he’s progressed from guest star to a regular — as he was on Black Sails and currently is on The 100. “When you’re guest starring, you’re basically just trying not to get in anyone’s way. You’re like, ‘All right. I’m here. I don’t want to piss anyone off.’ As things progress, you’re like, ‘Oh, people actually want to hear my opinion. This is great.’”

Much of King Roan stems from McGowan’s desire to play a cowboy. “Roan is my cowboy. It’s that archetypal person who has been outcast from society. I love the aspect of entertainment that can take you away from where you are. I grew up in New York City, so anything that was pirates or cowboys was awesome to me, because I was just taking the train.”

About what to expect from Roan in The 100 Season 4 — as he’s progressed from outcast to the highest ranking ruler — McGowan says, “He’s a reasonable person; he’s not a warmonger or hatemonger or anything like that. But is he particularly progressive? It’s such a different world, it’s hard to compare him to today’s politics. I’ve gotten to work with almost everyone on the show at this point. Season 4 has a whole slew of big sequences you wouldn’t expect from a network show.”

He might not be a household name quite yet, but his presence across shows with cult followings have given McGowan a unique brand of recognition.

“I get stopped quite a bit now. It’s a funny part of my life, but I actually dig it because I feel like everywhere I go in the world, I’ve got friends. When you’re getting off a plane in some country where you’ll be living for the next two months and you don’t know anyone, if someone goes ‘Captain Vane, what’s up? or ‘Roan,’ I’m like, ‘Sweet, where do I get a drink around here?’”

Source: Inverse