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The Secret Circle's Chris Zylka on Romancing Faye, Renewal Optimism, and His Proudest Season 1 Moment

"Hey, didn't you JUST interview Chris Zylka back in March?" you may be asking your computer monitor right now. The answer is yes, yes I did. But sometimes in life you get a second opportunity to talk to Chris Zylka only weeks after the first one and in those circumstances you do not just say "No, thanks. Very tired of talking to Chris Zylka, just want to hit the snooze button and sleep for another week, bye." No, you talk to Chris Zylka AGAIN. And then you take a step back and realize that you have a pretty cool job. The kind of job where you get to interview Chris Zylka twice in two months!

This week the erstwhile Jake Armstrong kindly took a few minutes to chat about The Secret Circle's upcoming season finale. We also touched on both his and my favorite Jake moments from Season 1, in addition to important things like his upcoming film The Amazing Spider-Man and making out with Phoebe Tonkin. And oh, if you're a Faye-Jake (Fake?) shipper, you're definitely gonna want to read this.


Are you enjoying your quasi-summer break so far?

You know what's crazy about this "quasi-summer" break is it is so sh--ty in California right now. Are you in New York or California?


Culver City!

Oh, dude. It's so overcast. Come on. Can we get rid of it?


I feel bad because you probably came out of Vancouver expecting L.A. to be all sunny and warm.

[Laughs] Yeah, man. I just want to get a little vitamin D.


I guess I'm legally obligated to ask you about The Secret Circle. Everyone wants to know what we can expect from Jake for these last two episodes of the season. So tell me what you've been telling everybody else and then give me the REAL story.

Obviously Nick is back and he's back in a big way. He's more powerful than ever, he's the "traitor," and he has this plot against the circle. And so how is Jake going to react to that? You'll have to tune in. But you know, in the classic Jake style, he's going to cover up his emotions with some secondary dimwit emotion and then out of nowhere in the last act he'll show how he really feels. [Laughs]


That's Jake.

And then we have Jake and Faye finally getting together pretty romantically, which is nice. It was nice to finally talk to Phoebe [Tonkin] in a scene instead of just hooking up. [Laughs] It's really nice. People are going to really start to— I think one day on-set, I even told Phoebe, I was like, "People are going to freaking love this storyline now. If they didn't like it before, Jake and Faye will be in like Flynn with the fans." Just some of the sweetest scenes, and extremely romantic. Finally.


So Fake will be going full-blast. Has the original love triangle with Cassie and Adam kind of mellowed out, then?

Yeah Jake's going to mostly stick around Faye and I think for the most part the reason behind that is that Cassie's got a lot of stuff going on. And the last thing she's worried about is a dude, you know? She still feels for Adam, obviously, and those feelings are never going to go away, but she's got a little too much going on. To the point where if she WAS worried about a guy, then she's got some real problems.


You touched on it a second ago, but your shirtless-hug scene with Phoebe Tonkin in "Traitor" was really something, I gotta say.

[Laughs]


From the viewers' perspective, we're like, "Oh, two hot people making out." But from your and Phoebe Tonkin's perspective, how do you guys look at scenes like that? Are you just trying not to laugh? What goes into taking a scene like that seriously?

Being totally comfortable. And Phoebe's such a professional that she's totally comfortable in scenes like that. We know it's going to look a lot better if it's just natural and just go for whatever The CW will allow to be on television. [Laughs] And it's worked out so far. They've been pretty sexy scenes.


Right. Congratulations on mustering the confidence to pull that off.

Thanks!


Now that you've had a full season (sorta) of The Secret Circle to reflect on, has there been a scene in particular that you're proudest of?

If there's any scene that I'm most proud of—narcissistically speaking about myself—it's in "Curse," that final Jake and Blackwell scene when Jake finally comes clean and you really see the self-hatred for the first time. Everyone else had talked about it, but you see he really does hate the person that he was— Or is. And I wasn't expecting to cry, because it was kind of weird letting go for Blackwell like that. Jake had only just met him a couple episodes prior. But it just happened and it just came out and it was a really great feeling.


I thought that whole episode was some next-level stuff from you. That forest scene! Like you were both dying and funny at the same time. How tough was that?

In an episode like that when it's so emotional and it's so heavy on his anger toward [Cassie and Adam] for hooking up plus he's dying, you have to really, really search for those moments where you can lighten it up a little bit. Just so everyone's not like, "God, all Jake does is bitch and whine." [Laughs] You know what I mean? So I tried to take the opportunity to show a little sarcasm.


So I know you and your co-stars and probably even showrunner don't know whether there will be a Season 2 yet, but what's the general vibe amongst you guys? Is everyone pretty upbeat about getting renewed or are you trying not to think about it?

Yeah. In order to not drive yourself insane you try not to think about it. You try not to think about it, but you constantly always will because there's "What if?" There's always "What if?" That's the worst part of our business, right? But everyone seems pretty optimistic and excited to come back. I'm stoked to go back... If we're welcomed back, of course.


Good thing you've got The Amazing Spider-Man to worry about in the interim.

Yeah, that's definitely taking a little bit of the load off. The press for Spider-Man plus Piranha 3DD comes out June 1st. And I'm honestly just a huge comic book fan in the first place, so this summer will be heaven for comic book fans. So just as a fan, all these comic book movies coming out in the first place is kind of taking my mind off things a little bit. [Laughs] Like, oh God, The Dark Knight Rises! I am so pumped.



The Secret Circle airs Thursdays at 9pm on The CW.

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Gimmie back my Cake! :( :(
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Fake? Blergh. No thanks.
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Price obviosly you are much better with the teens than the parents, this interview was really good:)
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Such a cool interview, Price :) I also like that you said "Chris Zylka" 5 times in 6 lines of the intro para :) Love the questions, love the answers, this was like crack for a TSC addict! I liked his honest answer to the renewal question, where he admits, "There's always "What if?" unlike just about every actor who gives rehearsed, oh-we're-too-professional-to-care brush-offs.



PS At the moment, I'm about as Fake as you can get :P
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I honestly will die if they do not renew this show it is my favorite drama at the moment it is just so good not to continue. And Chris seems like a really fun but surprisingly serious guy, I am so jealous. Please keep these amazing interviews coming!
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Word.
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You're great man and the show reached its full potential as soon as you joined in, that's how good you're IMO!!!

I'm not a girl I'm a dude but you're one of the reasons I tune in for every episode of TSC :)

I'll go to the movies to see Spider-Man cuz I'm also a huge fan of comic books, as Stan Lee used to say: "Keep up the good work!"
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Another great interview. And the guy does seem honestly great. Renew this show, right? I'd say more, but my friends below have pretty much already covered it.
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Ooooh, friend!

(Sorry, I'm not sure if that reference has a place here.)
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Hahaha, I get it. Oooooh Price Peterson articles commenter friend.... (not sure if that works....)
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Maybe it does. Maybe it works only in comments sections for Price Peterson interviews/photocaps/else.

We can make it work. :-P
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*sigh* You lucky bastard. Sorry, language...I don't know where it's coming from.



I love this guy! He seems pretty easy breezy and chill. And I love that he has a sense of humor and can make fun of himself and his character. Good stuff.



I love this Fayke stuff...sounds kind of promising. They actually make sense and he has kickass chemistry with Phoebe. He shares my sentiments on the whole love triangle debacle...and he gives a wee bit of insight into his acting process. I find that fascinating. Love how he completely gives himself over to the character he's playing, and the scenes, and the overall vibe. Great interview Price!!! : )
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Also, I really love hearing his insight into his character. I think it's easy to assume beautiful people on teen shows don't take the whole thing seriously, because we're all sort of conditioned to believe beautiful people are...I don't know, empty? Not right in the head? Machines sent to make us drool? Who really knows what we think?

Anyway, my point is, he seems very intelligent and really in tune with not just his character, but the other characters. He makes it easy to respect him, is what I'm trying to say.

He's also pretty damn funny.
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So you've interviewed Mizz Tonkin herself, the awesome Mizz JPK, and Chris Zylka twice.





Word.
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Record more interviews. Yeah your Candice Accola camera work was shaky but it's way better to see than just read. Just sayin'
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Some of us need to have the text to read, though, because we can't listen to videos. I'm not saying no vids or anything, but a vid with a transcript would be ideal :)
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Yeah both.
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I love reading your interviews Price, and I love it when there's a Part 2 involved.



Part 1: Digging into the actor.

Part 2: Digging into the actor's character and the show.



It's just so much awesome involved here! And I enjoyed reading this interview too. I'm very much looking forward to these upcoming two episodes, tonight's and next week's season finale. Fingers crossed for a Season 2 and another year of hilarious Price Recaps for TVD & TSC. FUN!



Chris Zylka seems like an awesome and very chill guy.
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Have you met him in person yet?
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