Think the CW’s Star-Crossed is going to be nothing but romance? Think again. Sure, the show centers around a Romeo and Juliet-style love story between a human girl and an alien boy. But contrary to what you might think from watching the first promos, there’s much more to Star-Crossed than just a forbidden love.
There are epic battles. Explosions. Action and drama are everywhere. Set in the not-so-distant future of 2024, Star-Crossed is definitely a science fiction show. But it’s not just sci-fi. Star-Crossed is what actor Titus Makin, Jr. — who fans of Glee might recognize as one of the Dalton Academy Warblers — calls “sci-fi/romance/drama.” (With a bit of social commentary woven in, as well.)
The former Warbler plays Lukas, the human best friend of leading lady Emery (Aimee Teegarden), and his tech geek character provides lots of the show’s comic relief. Wetpaint Entertainment spoke exclusively with Titus about what to expect when Star-Crossed premieres on Monday, February 17.
Your character, Lukas, is human. How do the aliens come in?
These aliens have crash-landed, or so we think at this point. They’re quarantined to an internment camp in our city, and this is the first year that they’re going to integrate some of the alien teens into a public high school. So there’s a lot of drama that comes along with that whole equality thing. It’s extremely relevant with things that are going on today. It’s a futuristic story that definitely relates to modern situations.
Is Lukas okay with his best friend falling in love with an alien?
He’s definitely one of the few that is okay with the integration. He finds it pretty intriguing and he thinks everybody should get along. Like, there’s really no need for the segregation. He just wants everybody to notice how cool [people’s differences are].
What is Lukas like?
He really plays the role of comedic relief. He’s also the tech guy. When people have difficult questions or are trying to hack into a system, he’s kind of the guy they go to. He’s the comedic relief, but also a really awesome engineer.
How is your character different from David, the prep school student you played on Glee?
David was a very well-off character at the all-boys school. Lukas is the complete opposite in every way. He’s very laid back, very comedic. Not very uptight about anything. He’s a lot more educated, I guess you would say. He uses these crazy terms that I had to learn. He’s really into computers, really into these engineer things, that I literally had to sit down and learn new words every script.
How is Star-Crossed different than other shows?
For CW, they are taking this turn into a lot more sci-fi. It’s really intriguing as a whole because I am really, really, really into sci-fi. The way that the trailers and previews look, it looks like pure romance. But it is extremely action-packed.
We got to screen Episodes 2 and 3 last night, so I got to see how awesome the graphics look. The futuristic stuff, there are just so many cool graphics. The action scenes. Explosions. Shootings. There’s a lot, there’s just so much. The preview only has so much to show, so they focus more on the romance side, but there is a lot of action.
Sometimes it’s hard to find shows that appeal equally to men and women.
It’s on a network that typically draws the women fanbase, just because they always have amazingly beautiful casts, which is awesome. I think this is one of the shows — there's many on the network — that definitely can have both sides.
Star-Crossed premieres on Monday, February 17, at 8 p.m. on The CW.