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Hottie #GaleHarold lays it out about his new #SecretCircle character. “He’s not just a villain.”

by Jim on September 15, 2011 · 1 comment

Gale Harold as Charles Meade in THE SECRET CIRCLE (photo Mathieu Young/CW)

@CW_Network @MillerLoLife  If you’re looking for a good spot on your TV schedule to dive into some exciting, sexy tales of vampires, werewolves, magic and danger, then Thursdays on the CW could be the ideal destination for you. With Nikita moving to kick butt on Friday nights, the network has paired up the returning Vampire Diaries with a new series, The Secret Circle. While both shows come from popular book series written by L.J. Smith and also have Executive Producer Kevin Williamson involved (Executive Producer Andrew Miller is credited with developing The Secret Circle), the new entry leaves the vamps/wolves to Mystic Falls and focuses on magic and power and what happens when young Cassie (Britt Robertson) comes to Chance Harbor, Washington and falls in with a group of teen witches.

The series is much more than just teenagers, however, as we see in the opening minutes of the pilot when Charles Meade (Gale Harold) starts the ball rolling with a book of matches that, well, gets things ablaze very fast. But is Charles truly a villain? Is he just taking orders from high school principal/apparent ringleader Dawn Chamberlin (Natasha Henstridge)? What exactly is their agenda and how does young Cassie fit into it? I figured the best way to get some answers is to sit down with Gale Harold, as he did at the recent Television Critics Association summer press tour in Beverly Hills.

From the Summer 2011 TCA, Natasha Henstridge, Gale Harold, Britt Robertson, EP Kevin Williamson

Jim Halterman: Had you been looking to play a dark, villainous kind of role before “Secret Circle” came along?

Gale Harold: Well, I think I’m like most other actors. The villains are always compelling in the way that you make him interesting and just how much you can get away with. Also, this role was very interesting because he is a ‘villain’ but he’s also very engaged in covering that up all the time. He’s not some kind of guy who rides into town and starts hurting people, though he does do that if he needs to. He has to be incredibly careful and he has to make sure no one really knows what’s going on. It would put him in a lot of legal trouble and he’s actively trying to build a whole new situation so the devil side of the character is very interesting.

JH:  Do you think it’s too easy, then, to just chalk Charles up as a pure, 100% villain?

GH: He’s not just a villain. He’s known to people in the town as someone who also has a daughter and so he’s a family man and if anyone ever…CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE

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verybookish September 15, 2011 at 6:36 am

Love it! Gale Harold is fantastic. And a hottie.

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