At the end of last week’s series premiere, mutant teen Stephen (Robbie Amell) shockingly joins Ultra, an organization that uses Tomorrow People to hunt down other Tomorrow People. However, in Episode 2 (“In Too Deep”), Stephen starts to question his decision and goes to The Tomorrow People for help. But he receives a less than welcoming response — especially from John.
We chatted with Tomorrow People star Luke Mitchell about John’s harsh reaction, the brewing love triangle between John, Cara, and Stephen, and John’s dark past with Ultra. Here's what the Aussie actor had to say!
Wetpaint Entertainment: First and foremost, when you booked this role, what your first thought, “I have to get to the gym!” Because this is a CW show...
Luke Mitchell: [Laughs] No, it wasn’t, surprisingly! My first reaction… I was just thrilled! I was over the moon. It was the best pilot script I read, and he was such a cool character. Once I found out that I was going to get to play John Young, I just thought, “Wow. This is going to be awesome.”
And then you were like, “I need to get to the gym.”
Yes! Exactly! Then came the hard part.
I’m sure you have to do a lot of physical training for this show. Are you and Robbie Amell gym buddies?
Actually, no. We’ve never been to the gym together. We live on opposite sides of town, so if we were gym buddies, it would take quite an effort for one of us to go to the other one.
So let’s talk about John and Cara [Peyton List] because there is a lot heating up here. Obviously, these two are in love, but she has this connection to Stephen [Robbie Amell]. Is this going to be a love triangle?
Yeah, it’s a lot of fun! There’s a lot to play with. The pilot sets up the world really well and introduces us to the characters, but in Episode 2, the series really starts to take off. It’s like, strap in because this is going to be a wild and crazy ride. And it’s not just relationship stuff. There’s actually a lot more to the story than this love triangle dynamic.
Going into Episode 2, John isn’t happy with Stephen for joining Ultra, right?
No, not at all. John’s a little bit older and wiser, and Stephen’s a little bit trigger happy. He didn’t listen to John, so John doesn’t feel like he deserves his time anymore. He’s got a bit of arrogance about him. Not to mention, Stephen and Cara have a telepathic link, which is not a nice thing to know about the love of your life. She’s got this connection with Stephen, so naturally, John and Stephen aren’t going to be the best of friends in the beginning.
John has this dark past with Ultra, so he knows more than he’s willing to admit. And then there’s Stephen, who has recently joined Ultra. Tell me about that dynamic between Stephen and The Tomorrow People.
Episode 2 is really interesting because John kind of goes full circle in his thinking about what Stephen has done. Initially, he’s not happy. Stephen thinks he’s done the right thing, made the right choice — a dangerous choice — but the right choice, and he comes back to the Tomorrow People in Episode 2, and he’s like, “Now what?” And John immediately dismisses him. You’re not one of us anymore. You’re working for them. He doesn’t say it too politely either! As the episode progresses, John starts to come around. Having Stephen work there is maybe not the best thing after all. And the fact that it’s a dangerous job is just the icing on the cake. John doesn’t particularly like Stephen anyway. He doesn’t care so much that it’s a dangerous job because Stephen wanted it so much in the first place. There are also a few interesting recurring characters that get introduced in Episode 2, and they’ll play a big part in what’s to come.
John’s past at Ultra was hinted at in the pilot. Are we going to learn more about his past and what happened?
Absolutely! It’s too rich a territory not to explore. You’ll get to see more in Episodes 4, 8 and 9. Episode 4 is kind of like the taster, and Episodes 8 and 9 are like the main meal when it comes to John. There are some big things you find out that just make the story and John’s character much more interesting.
I know we’re getting a taste of who all of these characters were before they were Tomorrow People. Episode 3 is a big one for Cara, so Episodes 8 and 9 are big for John?
Well, Episode 4 is the first big one for John. You get a lot of backstory, and you go way back into his childhood, which is cool. But then 8 and 9 have a lot of flashbacks. They’re more recent, and they address his time at Ultra, which is compelling. It gets very adult and very dark.
It is a darker show for The CW. Recently, they’ve started to stray away from high school dramas and focus on more adult-centered content.
Yeah! I think The CW is very smart when it comes to the shows they choose. We’re very lucky to have Arrow as our lead-in. It’s a great show, and it really sets the tone for the night. At times, we have to remind ourselves this is a CW show. There’s some stuff that we’ve done that’s pretty big. I don’t want to give too much away, but it might be surprising to some people. I was surprised!
You’re also joining your fellow Aussies and former costars Claire Holt and Phoebe Tonkin on the CW! I think Julie Plec must have been a really big fan of H2O.
It’s weird, right? It’s so strange. Funnily enough, I had never met Claire before because she worked on Seasons 1 and 2, and I came in for Season 3, but I worked with Phoebe. I became such good friends with the guys I worked with on H2O that we all shared a house together when I first moved to Sydney. And then I was on Home and Away, and while I was on Home and Away, Phoebe was becoming a star in the U.S. doing The Secret Circle and The Vampire Diaries, and now The Originals. It’s really cool to come over here and be on the same network. It’s kind of weird at the same time because I think back to our time in Sydney, and who would have known!
Well, Charles Michael Davis on The Originals is also a huge fan, so maybe you guys can work out a crossover in the future.
Yeah, for sure! Charles, Robbie, and I have this on-going banter going on about doing guest roles on each other’s shows. I think Charles is great. He’s such a good guy and so funny. He’d fit right in as a Tomorrow Person!
What do you think, Tomorrow People fans? Are you excited to dive into John’s backstory? Do you like the love triangle that brewing? Tell us what you think about the new CW show in the comments!
Catch the next episode of The Tomorrow People on Wednesday, October 16, 2013, at 9 p.m. ET on The CW.