Gale Harold Talks the Midseason Finale of THE SECRET CIRCLE
Question: Because this is different from the other roles you’ve done, what was the appeal of this for you?
GALE HAROLD: It’s not the witch aspect that’s interesting. What’s interesting is the cover, and not being who you really are and trying to get away with it, with the repercussions primarily being a long sentence in the penitentiary. In terms of drama and something to play against, that’s what’s compelling. That’s the first step. The context is interesting because it’s not common, at all. It’s something that you maybe don’t believe in. I don’t know if I believe in witchcraft. Maybe I do. I don’t know. But, I do believe that, if I go to someone’s house and burn them down and the state patrol finds out, I’m going away for a long time and my daughter is going to be orphaned, and all of that. Meanwhile, I have to do so much work to cover that and be good at it. In talking about why he didn’t seem to have any remorse for burning Amelia alive, I think there’s a real addictive quality to those moments. That overload of power sends it all home, for me. It’s just a person walking down the street, doing some very strange things, and fighting their own mainline addiction to it. That’s not a very common position to be in.
Question: Can you talk about the addition of more elders into the story?
HAROLD: Charles’ mother is on the way, and she’s got some issues to resolve, or to start, so that she can resolve them later. We’ll slap each other around for 35 seconds, and then she’s gonna leave. So, yeah, she’s coming and she’s pissed, and she’s very good at covering that. As far as how that relates to the other elders, I’m not sure, but I know that it makes Charles very nervous. In an existential way, he really wants to be in possession of the kind of power that he imagines the elders have, but doesn’t know how to access. In a weird way, it’s Oedipal because there’s Dawn (Natasha Henstridge), and then mom comes around. Charles doesn’t have a woman in his life except for his daughter, which is a totally other kind of relationship, but it puts him in a weird position and then you’re back in that Greek stuff, which is always good.