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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: Five Reasons I’m Actually Hopeful About ‘The Walking Dead’ Season 9

Press: Five Reasons I’m Actually Hopeful About ‘The Walking Dead’ Season 9

The Walking Dead fanbase has been down in the dumps for a while now after a pair of lackluster seasons for the Negan War, the recent non-comic-based death of (spoilers) Carl, and now news that Andrew Lincoln, Rick Grimes himself, is leaving the show.

And yet, after SDCC this week, I find myself…looking forward to season 9 quite a bit. The show produced one hell of a trailer for season 9, which I highly recommend you watch below, but past the fact that it looked pretty promising, there are a few things I’m really looking forward to seeing unfold this season.

First, watch the trailer, then let’s talk:

    Angela Kang

I am genuinely looking forward to seeing what new showrunner Angela Kang has in store for The Walking Dead, partially because yes, I am desperate to get out of the Scott Gimple era at this point, but also because every interview I’ve read or seen with Kang, she comes off really well, like she understands the issues that have plagued the show and what we need to see going forward. While I don’t know if she’s going to be a magic bullet to fix everything that ails the show, she has given me faith that she knows what she’s doing and is going to try to make something different and great, recapturing what people loved about the show years ago. We’ll see how it goes, but I am definitely interesting in seeing what she has planned.

    A Return To Mystery

While there were obviously some changes to the Negan War from the page to the screen, the past two years stuck with the general framework of the comics for the most part. But now for at least the first half of season 9, we seem to be taking a detour into unknown territory. We have the mystery of Jadis and the helicopter to solve, something that has nothing to do with anything we’ve seen in the comics, and also the group is heading to Washington DC on an adventure, again, something that does not take place in the source material. We know that yes, we are heading toward the comic-based Whisperer plotline (as teased at the end of the trailer), but I’m hoping for some solid season 4/5-like non-comic content to take us places we’re not expecting.

    The 100 Actors

Not one but two actors from one of my favorite shows, The 100, are joining The Walking Dead this season, which I am extremely excited to see. One is Nadia Hilker who will be playing Magna, a much-anticipated character from the comics, and the other is Zach McGowan, also a veteran of Black Sails and Agents of SHIELD, who will be playing Jed, an unknown character who we saw brawling with Daryl more than once in the season 9 trailer. The 100 already gave Fear the Walking Dead its best actress in Alycia Debnam-Carey, so I’m excited to see what these two do here.

    The Whisperers

I was wondering if The Walking Dead was just going to skip the Whisperer comic storyline altogether, but after hearing those whispers in the trailer, I have to say I am looking forward to seeing that adaption onscreen. I am most curious about how it’s going to be handled given the fact that Carl essentially is the star of this storyline, and he’s…not exactly around anymore. Still, I think Whisperers have the potential to be even more terrifying than the Saviors onscreen if handled correctly, and if the show can fix some of the comic’s problems with this storyline. Overall, I’m glad they’re doing it.

    Rick’s Departure

While I am not looking forward to Rick being off of The Walking Dead, I am kind of looking forwarding to seeing how Rick leaves The Walking Dead, given that it has to be totally outside the bounds of the comics, where he’s still running the show. My worst fear is that they sacrifice him to The Whisperers to recreate a horrifying comic moment, as I think he deserves better than that. So hopefully, that leaves some sort of heroic ending for him, or there’s a far-flung theory that he will be able to leave the show without actually dying, perhaps being kidnapped and showing up again several years from now when Lincoln wants to return. One of the biggest quotes out of SDCC is Lincoln saying his relationship with Rick Grimes is “far from over,” despite acknowledging he was leaving the show. That could just mean he’ll continue to show up at conventions, or it could mean something else entirely. I am curious to find out what he and the writers have planned, even if I don’t want to see him leave.

Source: Forbes

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