We had the opportunity to talk to the brilliant and talented Alberto Rosende at The Hunters of Shadow 2 convention. We spoke about what’s coming up for Simon in 3B and what that dramatic and emotional mid-season finale means for Simon going forward. We also managed to chat about Rosende Reads and the reason why he decided to start it!
SDN: Are you guys aware of everything the fans are doing right now with the hashtag #SaveShadowhunters? Do you have any words of encouragement for the fandom?
Alberto: Oh yes. I’ve been very much monitoring. I think they messed with the wrong people. It’s inspiring, that kind of dedication and support. It’s really cool. I’m going to quote one of my favourite goofy movies, Galaxy Quest, “Never give up. Never surrender.”
SDN: That’s perfect. Simon went through a lot in the 3A finale – first the drama with Heidi and his family, then he had to make his mother believe that he is dead, and in the end, it seemed like he also lost Clary. How is that going to affect him going into 3B?
Alberto: I know that at one point, I did an interview for season one where they were asking about Simon’s connection to Clary and I said “Simon’s life could get completely flipped upside down, he could get thrown in the mud pit but if he had Clary, he’d still be okay.” So, he goes through the ringer and there’s a lot. He’s pretty much lost everyone at this point. It’s annoying that I can’t talk about 3B but yeah. You’re going to see him at a point you haven’t seen Simon, ever. We got to see the first ten minutes of 3×11 because the director, Matt [Hastings], was really excited for us to see how it got cut together and I got really emotional watching it. So it’s something I’ll tell you guys: Just be ready.
SDN: We’re excited to see that. The online book club that you started at the beginning of the year has had really nice success and gathered people from all over the world to discuss your favorite books. What inspired you to start such an adventure and what is next on the Rosende Reads agenda?
Alberto: Right now, we’re taking a summer hiatus because I knew I was going to be travelling a lot and we always want to make sure that I can commit time. So I was like, “Summer we’re going to take off” and we’re going to pick back up in August or September. I was inspired to do it because of our current political situation in the US. I feel that people would be better off if they read more. When I was younger, I didn’t read as much as I wanted to or should have. I did the thing where you kind of read most of the book or some of the book, and you pay attention in class and you write a paper and you get a grade – but you didn’t really read it. You didn’t take in what the author was commenting on, saying, trying to do and I felt that it was very important. Reading a book is a very individual journey, always, but when you do it with a group of people, it then becomes this thing that you do together and you get to have different ideas. “Catch 22” was one of those books where we read a chapter and people were saying this and I was like “I think it’s like this” and then you read information and research it and it’s something different or cool. I love reading and I think the world would be a better place if people read more and if I can help someone find that love for literature – George R. R. Martin said, “I’ve lived thousands of lives and fallen in love a million times because I read a book” or something like that. I totally paraphrased that but it’s something I believe. For every live, we get about a hundred to two hundred people which is really cool but let’s say, a hundred of those people are active and they actually read the books and are participating in a way that makes me go “Oh, I didn’t think about that. I need to ask that question. Now I need to go and take notes and do research on that particular subject because I had no idea.” It’s cool and I love it. It’s almost selfish.
SDN: Yeah, it’s always nice to share tons of different opinions and just have things made clearer for you. You shared a few scenes with Matt in 3A as the final battle was getting close. Alec and Simon’s relationship has always been a funny one to watch with Simon’s dorkiness riling Alec up. Can we expect to see them share more time on screen in 3B with the hunt for Clary becoming some of the focus? What can you tell us about working more with Matt?
Alberto: So that’s a three-part question, the first part was Alec and Simon’s relationship. That’s always super fun, Matt and I always have a lot of fun with that. When we’re on set together, which is very rare, he’ll do the thing where he’s like “Wait, I talk to you” and I’m like “You do” and he’ll be like “I have an idea” and I say “So do I”. It’s always kind of us messing with each other, in character, which is a lot of fun that you can [only] do it with certain actors that really have it, that are grounded in what they’re doing and who they are, you can really start to have a lot of fun and really kind of play in the world and Matt and I get to do that. The way 3B goes; I can say there are a lot more opportunities where that can happen. I can’t remember how many but we are in the same room a couple more times. At least I think we are. I can’t remember but I’m pretty sure we are and we have a lot of fun doing it and I love working with Matt. We have a lot of fun.
SDN: Good to know. We love to hear on set stories. You guys seem to have a lot of fun.
Alberto: It’s just cool being a Downworlder as well. Because of things that happen, Simon spends maybe a little bit more time with Shadowhunters than with Downworlders but being in the Shadowhunter World is so different than being in the Downworld. Even shooting these scenes is different and that’s cool that, as an actor, I recognise that the show created that difference between the soldiers and the chilled out ones.
SDN: Even though Maia left New York for a while before the midseason finale, her and Simon’s relationship seems to be better than ever. At the same time, Simon and Izzy seem to be pretty close recently. Can you tell us anything about how that is going to play out in the second half of the season?
Alberto: I mean, we can just look at the finale and see what Simon just went through. When you’re dating someone, you kind of need that person to be there for you. And Maia was working on herself, but that’s definitely going to create a little bit of tension in their relationship because Simon really needed someone. You saw towards the end of episode 9 where he talks to his mom, Izzy was kind of that shoulder to lean on so you might see more of that.
We hope you enjoyed reading this interview as much as we enjoyed talking to Alberto. We are definitely excited to see what’s going to happen to Simon in 3B and also for the future of Rosende Reads! We have no doubt that he has amazing plans in the future and we wish him only the best.
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