When you’re an actor on NBC’s Blindspot, crazy plot twists and turns become par for the course. But during last week’s episode, there was a reveal that actually managed to surprise the series' star, Sullivan Stapleton.
Stapleton’s character, the tough FBI agent Kurt Weller, just got some big news dropped on him from ex-girlfriend Allie—he’s going to be a dad. "That was actually one of the nicest surprises that I've ever read in a script,” Stapleton told InStyle. "I like the fact that our writers explore the personal lives of these characters. And I think it will be nice to see a softer side of Kurt.”
Weller’s heart might have grown a few sizes since the reveal, but that doesn’t mean he’s going to be a pushover in the field. “He is a dedicated agent and takes his job really seriously, so if anything, having a child might make him work harder to right all of the wrongs in the world,” said Stapleton.
Throughout the show, we’ve seen Weller struggle because of his own relationship with his father, so we wondered, what kind of dad would Weller be? “If he has a little girl, he’ll definitely be strict with anyone that comes around,” joked Stapleton. “But really, it comes down to the writing. Whenever I get a new script, I’m like, ‘Okay, what are they going to throw at me now?’"
The star also said that one of the most challenging parts about playing Weller is that his character takes everything so seriously. “He doesn’t really laugh or have much of a sense of humor because he is fighting all of these evils. And that’s understandable, but sometimes it’s tough to be so serious,” he said. “When they yell cut, we try to have as much fun as we can to make up for it."
One of the first people to jump into the behind-the-scenes hijinks? Stapleton’s co-star Jaimie Alexander, which he made clear when he told us the special talent that she revealed off-camera. “Jaimie does a killer Chewbacca impression,” he says. "When I first heard her make the noise, I was so shocked—it was awesome. I think she could really play a Wookiee.”
Catch Blindspot Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.