Gale Harold recently spoke with TV.Com
Charles has some pretty interesting psychology. Do you feel like you have him figured out by now or does every script shed a new light on him?
I don’t think that I’ve figured him out because I don’t think he can be figured out. He’s got so many problems. He’s got so many things he’s got to solve or convince himself that he’s solving or deal with the fact that he’s already convinced himself that he’s solved them. Which is the behavior of a madman. There’s no way. Just everything he does is kind of doomed, right? And so he’s just scrambling to survive. Which is great for me because there’s always something around the corner. You can’t predict it.
He had one of TV’s greatest introductory scenes, but then he became a little bit of a doormat. Were you kind of disappointed when he got less scary or were you happy for the nuance?
Always happy for the nuance. It’s also structural, I think. You’ve got a lot of characters, you have multiple stories. I could be wrong about this, but if you push one character in one direction too soon, you kind of get stuck. So, I think that’s what Kevin and Andrew had in mind, and that’s what they’re doing. They’re actively destabilizing things, which for storytelling is great because you’re always cleaning up messes. And with a bunch of witches that’s a good thing, because they create a lot of messes.
This whole season has been building up to a Charles and Blackwell showdown. Should we be expecting carnage, like a big tornado of pain to go through Chance Harbor? Or will it be something more psychological?
It’s both. Charles is definitely getting set up for a tornado of pain. That’s a great way to put it, I’m going to steal that. Yeah, that’s what’s going down for Charles. That and carnage and brain damage and public hatred. Displays of bad behavior. And just immature activity everywhere. Teenage stuff. Blackwell is a very problematic person. Very problematic.
I know that they’re MacGuffins but the crystals are so annoying to me. And your character has had to do a lot with the crystals this season. How do you hold up a piece of junk like that and pretend it has any kind of power?
Those actually are real.
Please, you could get something like that at a county fair. How do you instill such gravitas to something that’s patently ridiculous?
Well, all I have to say is if you’ve ever held one you’d know the answer to this question.
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