Based on the best-selling young adult fantasy book series “The Mortal Instruments” by Cassandra Clare, FreeForm’s Shadowhunters follows 18-year-old Clary Fray (Katherine McNamara), who finds out on her birthday that she is not who she thinks she is, but rather comes from a long line of human-angel hybrids who hunt down demons. Clary is quickly thrown into the world of demon hunting with mysterious Shadowhunter Jace (Dominic Sherwood) and her best friend, Simon (Alberto Rosende), as she learns more about her past and what her future may hold.
During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, actor Dominic Sherwood talked about the audition process he went through for this role, how proud he is of the show’s diverse cast, the characters’ very human problems, staying true to the characters in the books while providing something new for fans, Jace’s relationship with Clary, what Jace really thinks of Simon, the dynamic with Alec (Matthew Daddario), the extensive training they do for the fight scenes, and what he most enjoys about living in this world.
Collider: How did you come to this show? Did you go through a whole audition process for this role?
DOMINIC SHERWOOD: Yeah. Not that I’m in the stage of my career where they’re offering me parts in The Revenant, but I try very hard to go through the audition process because I feel like I learn quite a lot about the character and the people I’m going to work with. The last thing I want is to get there on day one and realize that Kat [McNamara] and I hate each other. So, I went through the entire audition process. I was actually doing a movie in L.A., at the time, so I missed the busy audition season. I finished filming and was freaking out going, “I’ve been unemployed for four days. What do I do? I’m going to die alone without a job, for the rest of my life.” My manager was like, “Just calm down. Stuff is coming.” And then, I got Shadowhunters and I was like, “Oh, I love this, and I’m sorry that I panicked.”
A lot of times, actors talk about not wanting to get stuck in the supernatural genre. Having done Vampire Academy, were you ever hesitant about doing Shadowhunters, or did the genre not matter to you?
SHERWOOD: The genre absolutely mattered, and it is something that worries me. I became an actor because I enjoy playing a variety of different people, rather than playing one person for the rest of my career. I was doing a movie when I got the call about Shadowhunters, and I did two movies before that and Taylor Swift’s video (for “Style”), which were all very different characters between Vampire Academy and Shadowhunters. So, I did delve into a couple of different people.