In the action thriller TV series “Blindspot” (which is televised in the U.S. on NBC), a beautiful woman (played by Jaimie Alexander), with no memories of her past, is found naked in New York City’s Times Square with her body fully covered in intricate tattoos. Her discovery sets off a vast and complex mystery that immediately ignites the attention of the FBI, which begins to follow the road map on her body to reveal a larger conspiracy of crime while bringing her closer to discovering the truth about her identity. The cast of “Blindspot” also includes Sullivan Stapleton, who plays FBI Special Agent Kurt Weller, whose name is mysteriously tattooed on the “Jane Doe” woman. Here is what Stapleton said in a roundtable interview with me and other journalists at 2015 New York Comic-Con in New York City.
Now that it’s been revealed that “Jane Doe” is really Taylor Shaw, a long-lost friend from Kurt Weller’s childhood, how does that affect their relationship now?
It obviously brings them closer together. She went missing when we were young. Due to that, that drove him to become an [FBI] agent. We have to find out what happened.
Even though Kurt wasn’t the cause of Taylor’s disappearance when they were kids, can you talk about why he still feels responsible for why she disappeared?
That’s why he’s so focused on his job. That affects some of the guilt that he has from being there on that night [that Taylor disappeared].
Why do you think “Blindspot” has been an instant hit?
I think it’s a great story. The premise of the show, apart from the action, there’s a great emotional arc. We can delve into these characters and find out who they are. It’s also shot in New York City. It’s a great place to chase criminals.
Will we see more of how Taylor and Kurt were like as kids?
I don’t want to sound like a shady actor, but I actually don’t want to find out this out on purpose … because that will affect your performance. We’ll be seeing more of why Kurt became an agent and how he dealt with the loss of a friend.
What can you say about the action on “Blindspot”?
I actually want to do more of it! [He laughs.] That’s the part that drew me to the show: FBI Agent closely linked to “Jane Doe.” And then trying to solve these cases and chase these criminals. The fights, the big explosions, the car chases. It’s a lot of fun.
If you could write a stunt for yourself, what would it be?
Something to do with cars.
What’s been your favorite stunt you’ve done so far on “Blindspot”?
Probably some of the explosions. I throw a grenade into a truck.
What can you say about working with the “Blindspot” executive producers and directors?
It’s an ongoing excitement about what star they’re going to bring. It makes going to work every day and every episode new and exciting. It works for the show. It adds some spice.
Will “Jane Doe” and Kurt have a romance?
I don’t know. They have more of a brother/sister relationship, but they do have that potential, but I haven’t read that yet?
How would you describe working with Jaimie Alexander?
It’s great. She’s a great actress. She’s a huge part of the team. She makes it fun.
What’s the most fun you’ve had so far while working on “Blindspot”?
Every day is fun for me. It’s a challenge to be part of such a huge show. The schedule is non-stop.
Now that you play an FBI agent, how you look at the world differently, especially when you’re walking around the streets of New York City?
I look at it like, “Which restaurant am I going to try?” [He laughs.] I don’t think it has anything to do with playing an FBI agent. It’s good to base myself in New York and settle somewhere for longer than a few months. It’s a great city to be a part of.
But what have you learned about playing an FBI agent that might have changed your perspective?
To have met with [real] FBI agents, it was an honor to learn how they work, how they approach cases, and how they can go in undercover and delve into that criminal world. It was an honor, but it hasn’t changed the way I work. We’re just making a TV show.
What’s been the hardest part of doing “Blindspot?”
The schedule. It’s non-stop … but that’s the joy of being a working actor. That’s the only hard part of the job. The rest of it is fun. It’s a challenge.
Is there anything you’ve added to your Kurt Weller character that wasn’t scripted?
No. I think it’s all there. He’s a great role. I think my focus on the brutality of the fights. When you fight, you hit hard, and you keep going. It’s been kind of nice to explore the character and put some of what I do into it.
What’s your favorite aspect of Kurt Weller?
That he’s serious about work. He gets linked to his cases. He has depth and layers. That comes across. There was a child [from his past] who was kidnapped. That part of the character is a good challenge.
Which of your “Strike Back” co-stars would you want to guest star on “Blind Spot.”
All of them. That should be a team!
What do you think will be the story arc for Kurt Weller?
We are going to delve into his past and why was affected by the loss [of Taylor Shaw] … and their connection 20 years later. I think that really does affect him.
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