Jay Ryan Previews 'Romantic' Beauty And The Beast Midseason Finale

“Beauty and the Beast” star Jay Ryan will have a little time off from his The CW drama over the holidays, and after months of training and eating right to get in picture-perfect shape to play Vincent Keller, he’s ready to indulge in one of his favorite treats.

“We have this thing called Pavlova… Everyone is like, ‘What is that?’” he said of the North American reaction to his favorite dish to cheat with in his native New Zealand. “It’s like whipped egg whites and it kind of makes this like fluffy cake and they cover it in cream, and strawberries and it’s really light and sweet.”

But, before he dives into his Pavlova passion, there’s one last all-new episode of “Beauty and the Beast” this year — the midseason finale, airing tonight at 9/8c on The CW. And as fans saw on AccessHollywood.com last week, when we were first to unveil a new photo from the episode – it involves Catherine (Kristin Kreuk) in a bridesmaid dress and Vincent in a suit!

Kristin previously told Access the episode involves a little joking about how Catherine and Vincent should be each other’s date to the wedding, and Jay told Access there are some happy times ahead for the pair tonight.

“We get a little bit of happiness. I really love [tonight’s episode], because it’s got this almost kind of romantic quality, element to it in the beginning,” he said.

“But, yeah, it’s great because Vincent, at this point has been cured of the fugues. He understands what they are where they come from… So he feels that he’s got this under control so he takes this huge leap,” Jay hinted about what’s to come tonight.

But a cliffhanger is on the way.

“It’s definitely a big one. I don’t know how much to say about it. Maybe I’ll just say this to you. In [the episode], in the cliffhanger, you may hear the beast cry,” he revealed.

When Access first interviewed Jay back at Comic-Con over the summer, he told us his friends had given him some sage advice about the role, warning him, “Don’t stuff it up,” a New Zealand expression to get the role right. And recently, he told Access his friends are pleased with what they’ve seen so far.

“It hasn’t aired in New Zealand yet, but it’s about to in a couple weeks… They’ve seen bits and pieces on the internet and stuff, but I’ve got good big ups from crew in New Zealand and Australia,” he said.

-- Jolie Lash

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