October 09, 2016
Dom attended the special fan event for “Lady Midnight” in London earlier today. You can check out an interview he did below and check out some fan photos in our gallery. If you have any photos you would like to donate, feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet them to @domsherwood.com!
TWIST MAGAZINE – Spoiler Alert: if you’re not finished with Shadowhunters Season 1, stop reading or risk the spoils!
Devoted fans of the Shadowhunters TV series will all agree that Season 1 of the Freeform show took us all on a wild roller coaster ride of emotions. Relationships, loyalties, and family ties kept getting tested left and right, and we left the first season feeling confused, betrayed, and yet still hopeful.
When we caught up with actor Dominic Sherwood at the recent Freeform Upfronts in New York City, we asked for his take on these themes. He admits that he had to really work to give his character Jace an authentic back story of emotions.
“It’s really tough, I have a happy family life at home, so there’s nothing for me that I can pull from and take into the show,” he tells TWIST. “I have to really work on feeling Jace’s emotions. It’s great to be working with guys like Matt Daddario and [the actors who play] the Lightwoods, because they’re amazing and I can bounce off of them and play with these relationships with them.”
“I can feel Jace’s heartbreak because I have those relationships with those people in the show,” he shares. “It’s tough, and we just finished the season where we don’t know, did Jace leave to protect his friends and his family? Or did he leave because he wants to be with Valentine?”
Good thing we’re getting Season 2, because maybe we’ll get a few of those answers we’re dying for!
“We’re not going to really know until Season 2,” he teases. “Neither do I, by the way, they haven’t told me anything!”
Dom recently did a interview and photoshoot with Rogue Magazine. You can read the interview below and check out some amazing outtakes in our gallery!
ROGUE – “The best advice someone ever gave me is, ‘Throw your heart out in front of you and run ahead to catch it,” Dominic Sherwood tells us. “I took that to mean, let your heart set your goals and the pace of your life. If you love something, go for it.” It appears the UK-born actor has done exactly that, earning the role of Jace Wayland in the hit TV series Shadowhunters. Sherwood is perhaps best known for his role as Christian Ozera in Vampire Academy and for starring alongside Taylor Swift in her music video for the song ‘Style’. Sherwood recounts what it takes to stay truthful in a fantasy.
Shadowhunters premieres this month. What challenges did you encounter building a character that has gone through both a film and book adaptation? Did you pull any character traits or mannerisms from those renditions or did you make Jace Wayland completely your own?
I definitely watched/read them respectively. The books were very helpful to me as I needed a vast understanding of the world, so that added to the character definitely. The traits of a shadow hunter, how they live, the benefits and shortcomings. And that all added to my understanding of what made Jace… Jace. But a lot also came from our writers room, headed by Ed Decter, as they really developed the characters and the world of Shadowhunters.
How do you manage to play your character truthfully when you’re acting in a far-fetched fantasy world (Shadowhunters and Vampire Academy for example)?
For me, I find the best thing to do is envelop myself in this character. Become him and feel what he is feeling as much as possible. I do a lot of research about character traits from different places in real life to try and make them as real as possible. For example, with Jace, I looked (among others) at Marines: soldiers at the top of their game. And I took some stuff from that to add to the character.
Do you have a favorite Sci-Fi series?
The Expanse. I have a good friend/ex-co-star in it! Love that show.
Is Sci-Fi the film genre in which you feel most passionate or are there other genres you’d like to explore?
There are infinite other genres I want to discover. I’ve done some horror (The Other) and a little action (Take Down) and also sci-fi/supernatural (Shadowhunters) this year. Let’s see what the future brings.
You come from a musical background with your band Tamarin Sky. As of late, has your focus shifted primarily to acting, can we expect more music from you in the future?
I played a little music with my friends when I was younger. But all I’ve ever wanted to do is act. I like to play music, but mostly behind closed doors.
DA MAN – OUT OF THE SHADOWS. From channeling James Dean to playing the lead male in the much-awaited TV show “Shadowhunters,” Dominic Sherwood is moving out of the shadows and stepping into the spotlight
There’s a saying that goes “You are the company you keep.” If that’s really how the world works, Dominic Sherwood is definitely in a good place right now. First off, the 25-year-old is currently dating actress Sarah Hyland of “Modern Family” fame. Plus, his circle of friends includes none other than Taylor Swift, who cast him in the music video for her single, “Style.” On top of that, earlier this year, he was chosen to play the lead male character in “Shadowhunters,” a TV adaptation of best-selling young adult series “The Mortal Instruments.”
DA MAN: Hi, Dominic. For those of us new to “Shadowhunters,” can you give us a short breakdown of what to expect from the show?
Dominic Sherwood: I can’t wait to share this show with both existing fans and new ones! You can expect a lot of action, heartbreak, romance and massive amounts of tension.
DA MAN: Do you think that fans of the novels will be missing out by not following “Shadowhunters”?
Dominic Sherwood: Absolutely! If it were me, I would want to see every adaptation I possibly could. And not only that, I’m proud to say this show is epic on its own.
DA MAN: The character you play, Jace Wayland, is often described being very complex: a “jerk with a heart of gold” with a lot of quirks and a lot of emotional baggage. How do you get into a character like that?
Dominic Sherwood: I developed Jace by looking deeply into every emotion he feels—love, passion, anger—and then trying very hard to hide them under layers of arrogance and sarcasm. Exactly as Jace would.
DA MAN: Back in 2015, you tweeted “First day of training for @ShadowhuntersTV for @ABCFamily and I am in serious pain!!” Just what kind of training did they put you through for this show?
Dominic Sherwood: The first is physical. That included heavy muscle training. The Shadowhunters are soldiers and have to look as such. I am skinny as a rake naturally, so that had to change. Number two is stunts. Martial arts training as well as weapons training, which, as you could imagine, is the most fun.