“Beauty and The Beast” returns to The CW tonight at 9 PM, with a brand new episode – and courtesy of “Heroes” star Sendhil Ramamurthy – a new character, Assistant District Attorney Gabe Lowen, who is determined to hunt down the vigilante.
“This guy comes at it with a special kind of vengeance,” Sendhil told AccessHollywood.com of how he enters the drama on Thursday night. “He is overzealous about going after the vigilante and it starts to raise eyebrows for the other characters.”
Fans may have finally gotten the long awaited kiss between Kristin Kreuk’s Catherine and Jay Ryan’s Vincent only recently, but with Gabe bent on finding The Beast, it looks like there’s a big threat that could take precedence over romance.
Sendhil told AccessHollywood.com more about what to expect.
AccessHollywood.com: You’re already a series regular on this show.
Sendhil Ramamurthy: That’s what they tell me. It’s fun. I’m really excited and very grateful. It’s a really great group of people to work with.
Access: Has Jay taught you any of his New Zealand dishes yet?
Sendhil: I don’t actually see Jay very much. We had a big dinner a couple weeks ago and I got to hang out with him a little bit. But, I probably laid eyes on him four times since I’ve been here. We’re not really on set at the same time. Actually, that’s true for kind of all the characters and Jay, except for Kristen, because nobody knows who [his character] is. So we never see him.
Access: How are we going to meet Gabe this week?
Sendhil: Initially you’re gonna meet him in a towel — so there’s that.
Access: That’s a fun way to have your first scene.
Sendhil: Right? Yeah. I’ll leave that one alone (laughs). But basically, he’s the new Assistant District Attorney and he more or less waltzes into the precinct and more or less tells everybody, ‘You’re all doing a horrible job. You have let another murder happen on your watch. Not only is it another murder, which is bad enough, it’s your own Police Lieutenant’s brother who’s been murdered by the vigilante and you guys haven’t done anything to stop it. I’m here to fix your screw-up.’ So automatically, he’s loved by everyone!
Access: How much trouble can an ADA actually cause?
Sendhil: Well, we’ll find out on Thursday, at 9 PM ET, on The CW. We’ll find out at the end of the episode what is his big solution to this — in his eyes — massive screw up that the police department has perpetrated on the public by not catching this vigilante. He comes in with a plan and his plan doesn’t involve really making a lot of friends to be honest. He’s not bothered with that. He wants to catch the vigilante.
Access: Do you know personally why he is so adamant about catching this guy?
Sendhil: I just found out why and I love it.
Access: So viewers will find out soon enough.
Sendhil: Oh, we’ll find out… You get big chunks of juicy tidbits of information and backstory, kind of in every episode.
Access: Does your character immediately have his eye on Catherine, because she’s already gotten in trouble with Tess?
Sendhil: They have a very adversarial relationship… Gabe senses that there’s something going on. He senses that she’s not being entirely truthful with him or with anybody else, really, in the police department… He senses that she’s hiding something, he just doesn’t know what it is. Conversely, you find out that Catherine thinks he’s hiding something and that’s kind of their relationship. They butt heads, but they’re both very suspicious of each other and it’s really about how that plays out. We just shot the scene on Friday where… we get the reveal that Gabe has a connection to Catherine’s past and we don’t know that, he doesn’t know that, she doesn’t know that. We find that out in the scene and that’s what so cool about it.
Access: Now, it sounds like you have a lot of stuff to investigate, but you’re a handsome guy, are they going to give you a love interest?
Sendhil: This opens up all sorts of stuff that is happening on set that I can’t even talk about, which I know will be annoying for you. But… Gabe gets some lovin’. You can’t let the guy be beat up too much. He already pisses off everybody. He gets a little bit of attention from someone. Who? I can’t say, but yeah, he gets some lovin’ he’s not completely alone.
Access: We gotta go back to the towel thing!
Sendhil: Why does it always have to go back to the towel thing!
Access: Does that mean shirtless? Were you doing pushups before shooting the scene as many actors do to look their best on camera?
Sendhil: There were pushups. There were some stomach crunches going on.
Access: Did you read that scene and panic, realizing you had to eat funny foods for a few days?
Sendhil: I didn’t know about the scene until very late in the game, so… I did what I could. I’m a fairly athletic guy, but I did what I could. It’s not about that for Gabe. He’s got huge fires to put out, as you’ll find out in the coming episodes. And having friends and getting a bit of loving on the side aren’t at the top of his list. If they happen to come by, then wonderful, I don’t think he’s gonna kick it out of bed, but he’s got deep issues that he needs to handle before any of that stuff comes on to his plate.
Access: Well at the very least – courtesy of the towel – it sounds like hygiene is not one of his issues.
Sendhil: Yes, he’s fond of showering. That’s one thing I think we can say about Gabe. Personal hygiene is not an issue. He’s a pretty well-groomed guy. He wears pretty sharp suits and he showers and brushes his teeth.
“Beauty and The Beast” airs Thursdays at 9/8c on The CW.
-- Jolie Lash