In the Bible, Lucifer is described as being the most beautiful of all the angels and was portrayed as a cunning creature that deceived humans and possessed their souls to further his evil agenda. In the shocking Aug. 24 “Devious Maids” season three finale, the brutal killer is finally revealed to be Carmen’s (Rosyln Sanchez) suave and sexy boyfriend Sebastien Dussault. Sebastien easily held an unsuspecting and enchanted Carmen under his spell until she discovered his dark and deadly secret. Who could ever believe evil incarnate was hiding inside such a pretty package?
Tapping into someone with such a dark, deranged center marks a bold artistic shift for charismatic French actor Gilles Marini, who previously played “romantic hunk” Luc Laurent on “Brothers and Sisters” and redemption-seeking absent father Angelo Sorrento on “Switched at Birth.” As Sebastien, Gilles not only played a cheating, self-serving ladies’ man; he also transformed into a scheming, cold, psychotic killer.
I spoke with Gilles via phone in a brief exclusive interview from his garden immediately following the Aug. 24 East Coast airing of the explosive “Devious Maids” finale. Guests were arriving at a surprise viewing party his wife Carole had arranged as the episode had not yet aired on the West Coast. I cut straight to the chase and immediately asked what it was like doing “the scene” in which Sebastien dismembers Louie Becker’s dead body with a butcher knife.
“When I cut him, blood was supposed to shoot out onto Louie Becker’s body,” Gilles told me, “When I did it, I sprayed the blood toward me. The first time when I turned around to the camera, they were like ‘Whoa, can we show this?’ I said this guy is losing his mind. He’s doing whatever he can to not be caught and that’s what would happen. He lost his brain and he’s a real monster.”
“Monster” seems like a bit of an understatement when you consider Sebastien chopped up Louie’s dead body and distributed the body parts all over town to throw off the police. Then, he kidnapped Blanca (Naya Rivera) an innocent witness and held her hostage until hanging her to make it look like suicide. Talk about creepy!
Tension quickly escalated when Carmen discovered the dress she loaned Blanca in a hidden compartment in Sebastien’s closet. Once he knew Carmen was onto him, Sebastien became desperate enough to tie her and Marisol (Ana Ortiz), Evelyn (Rebecca Wisocky) and Adrian (Tom Irwin) up and hold them at gunpoint. Unfortunately, Michael (Brett Cullen) paid the ultimate price when he arrived at Adrian’s request with Sebastien’s ransom money. Sebastien shot him in cold blood then turned on the gas, intending to escape and blow the hostages to smithereens.
His deadly plan backfired when Marisol freed herself and the others. They were able to escape but Adrian was left behind with Sebastien, who was knocked to the floor. Adrian’s “charger” accidentally ignited. Sebastien is definitely a goner. But, we still don’t know Adrian’s fate. Poor Evelyn screamed his name in horror as she watched her house go up in flames. Plenty of other exciting cliffhangers require resolution. For instance, what will happen to Taylor and Katy? Will Spence get his memory back? Will Zoila and her baby survive? Let’s hope a “Devious Maids” season four pick up brings some answers!
“Anatomy of a Murder” was arguably one of the darkest, most disturbing episodes “Devious Maids” has delivered in series history. Sebastien is also the darkest, most ruthless character Gilles Marini has portrayed to date. His large and loyal fan base has been clamoring on Facebook and Twitter to see him in a deeper, more challenging role that explores more than his obvious eye candy. They got their wish and then some with Gilles’ spot-on delivery of a shallow, scheming psycho like Sebastien Dussault.
Overall, Gilles Marini proved that a wide range of characters are brewing beneath his handsome leading man exterior and are merely waiting for the next role to be unveiled. It may seem daunting and even unnerving to play a heartless serial killer but Gilles seized the opportunity to take a dark, evil turn in his creative journey and he nailed it. He was thrilled for a chance to stretch himself into this kind of suspenseful, edgy role and he was committed to pushing the envelope as far as he could.
“It’s really awesome to be able to play something like that,” Gilles said of Sebastien, “I can play all kinds of people and keep building a body of parts and go back to normal life. I’m excited to see what people have to say. I hope they really enjoyed the performance.” What do you think? Did you like seeing Gilles play a cold-blooded killer? Feel free to sound off in the comments below.
“Devious Maids” airs on Lifetime.