Blindspot’s Tasha Zapata has been somewhat of an enigma. Yet in last week’s episode “Split The Law,” we learned almost too much about the FBI agent – she’s got a gambling problem, and she was last seen accepting an envelope from CIA director Tom Carter in exchange for information about Jane Doe. How much trouble will Zapata bring to the CIRG unit? Audrey Esparza, who plays the secretive agent, joined Strike Back Examiner at New York Comic Con to tease a few details about her character’s future.
“I think Tasha’s biggest issues kind of happen outside the team and will affect the team,” she told us. “I think she’s having a little bit of trouble managing her personal life and everybody will learn more about it. Jane and [Tasha] become closer friends for sure.”
“[There are] so many surprises and twists and turns, and none of which I can talk about,” Audrey continued. “There are like teeny tiny things that the audience should be watching out for. I don’t know if they’ve caught all of it yet, but it makes sense. [Blindspot creator] Martin [Gero] said it best. The puzzles are everywhere. I think the audience should be really careful with what they watch.”
She said that her initial thoughts on the Blindspot pilot were that she’d be happy to play any role, not just the one she eventually landed. “What’s funny is I read it and I didn’t see it as a procedural,” she reflected. “I guess it is in some ways, but I think Martin wrote the characters so beautifully, and the image of the woman being the bomb and being covered in ink in Times Square seemed so beautiful.
“The man that can imagine that is the boss that I want, and I fought real hard in that audition room.”
That shows in her performance, as her character has been constantly watchable despite holding her cards close to her chest. Brassy and no-nonsense, Zapata provides another female presence in the field to balance out the nervousness and unpredictability of Jane Doe (Jaimie Alexander).
Furthermore, she has emerged as the most mysterious of the main ensemble in a very short period of time. Fans went from knowing nothing about Zapata outside of the CIRG office to being introduced to her bookie and seeing her taking a secret meeting with Carter (Michael Gaston), who was hoping to turn her for information about Jane. But Audrey doesn’t see any of the characters on the show as simply heroes or bad guys.
“I think situations cause characters to teeter and question their own morals,” she explained. “I don’t think there’s any clear villains or good people on this show, which makes it special. I think if two years down the line, Rob [Brown’s character Edgar Reade] killed somebody, we’d find a reason within the parameters of the show.”
Speaking to Examiner just after Blindspot had picked up a full 22-episode order, she’s now happy to look forward to her character’s future, no matter how complicated it gets. “I feel we’re so lucky that the cast and crew melded in such a way that I’m looking forward to spending all those months in the cold with them,” Audrey enthused. “It’s really super cool.”
Blindspot airs Mondays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.