A MISTRESSES DAILY EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW
EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH RICKY WHITTLE
Written by Megan Crouse - August 25, 2014
What was your first impression of Daniel and what drew you to the character (and the show)?
I was a fan of the first season already and got quite into it. I loved the writing and the performances were fantastic. I'm still blown away that I got to work with this incredible cast. They are so talented and welcomed me into the group with open arms, it really was a pleasure to be apart of it.
To be honest I didn't know Daniel's story. I'm also in The 100 in CW and play a strong silent warrior so was looking for a role that was different to that in my hiatus. Well you can't get more different than the charming Daniel. Our amazing producers never told me his secret, just that he had one so to be an FBI agent was as big a shock to me as our audience. Great twist and that's the writing that drew me to the show.
Ricky got ahead of us in his first answer because our next question was going to be - 'Did you know that Daniel's storyline would have such a big twist in it from the start or did you find out reading the script for that week?' However, he still elaborated on his character's development process...
We start filming as they're still writing. They probably know the basic journey of the characters but we find out as the season progresses. KJ Steinberg, our fantastic producer, didn't want me to play anything so she just left me with 'you have a big secret but you genuinely care for April'.
What was it like working with Rochelle Aytes and the cast of Mistresses?
I can't even put into words how fantastic a woman, actor Rochelle Aytes is. From day one, our chemistry read, she was warm, fun and made me feel at ease. She's so talented too that she makes it so easy to have chemistry and act opposite. She is so real and engaging. I call her triple threat because she's beautiful, incredibly talented but then she has this amazing personality too... it's like she was perfected in a lab ha ha. The rest of the cast too were so good to me and it was great to watch and learn from these idols I'd watched from the UK. Now I'm toe to toe with them and they just made it easy by being fantastic people and artists! I want to go through them all listing how amazing they all are but I'd be here all day.
Did you have a favorite episode or script from this season?
Couldn't say a favourite episode yet, they were all so good. Season two really took the show to the next level. Hopefully can't wait to see what they have in store for season 3 ;)
I know you can't reveal too much but is there anything you can preview or tease the fans with about what's coming up in the Season Finale?
Ha ha I can't say anything other than there will be some typical Mistresses shocks and twists that will leave the audience tearing their hair out and wanting more. That's the trick... we want you to wanna come back next season.
Along with Mistresses this summer, you also starred in The CW's "The 100" as Lincoln. What was it like working on two very different shows and what were the biggest challenges in both characters? (Daniel & Lincoln)
I felt very blessed to be working on two hit shows that show at the same time and playing two very different roles. As an actor you want to show versatility and be challenged and both did that. The100 is very dark and action packed which is great fun, it's very physical. Then Mistresses was all about emotional connections. In the 100 the biggest challenge was because Lincoln rarely spoke, he communicated much through his eyes, speaking without speaking...a great challenge. As for Daniel, we had to make him likeable despite his secret. We want the audience to still want him and April to get together and have a happily ever after. Whether that happens or not you will have to wait and see.
Lastly, if you could describe your character 'Daniel' in one word, what would it be?
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