Shadowhunters’ Alberto Rosende on Simon’s captivity and protecting Clary

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Freeform/Vu Ong

When Shadowhunters debuted on Freeform two weeks ago, it took viewers into the world where “all the legends are true,” something Simon Lewis (Alberto Rosende) is quickly learning. Simon is lead character Clary’s (Katherine McNamara) best friend who is standing by her as she learns who she truly is, a Shadowhunter and the daughter of a notorious leader. Simon has been thrown into the Shadow World trying to protect her, but not all is bad, including the salacious Isabelle (Emeraude Toubia) who quickly notices him.

Simon was kidnapped at the end of last week’s episode and he’s going to have to quickly prepare to fight in a world that he was unaware of until now. In order to find out more about Simon’s fate, The TV Junkies caught up with Rosende about what’s next for Simon, including being held captive by vampires in this week’s episode.  Oh, and just what exactly is it that Isabelle truly wants from him.

The TV Junkies: When we last saw Simon he wasn’t doing so well given that he’s been kidnapped. What can you share about his fate?

Alberto Rosende: I can definitely tell you that Simon gets to know the Shadow World a little bit better. He gets to meet two really crazy vampires, Raphael played by David Castro and Camille played by Kaitlyn Leeb. He gets an understanding of the Shadow World that isn’t given to many Mundanes.

TTVJ: Simon is a mundane and new to this whole world. What do you hope for him moving forward?

AR: I hope for him to get a more grounded understanding of the Shadow World. Right now Simon is in this place where he is trying to understand it and he is still kind of excited by the idea of it, as much as he doesn’t want to be. It’s this really cool world and he’s finding out that all the legends are true. I hope that he will really understand the dangers of the Shadow World.

TTVJ: Will Simon be getting to do any fighting of his own coming up? Can we expect him to get involved in some battles?

AR: I think this episode is the turning point where Simon learns that he can’t rely on Clary as much. As much as Simon is trying to protect her, he is trying to have her be there for him as well as going through this whole experience. This is the first step in him learning that he has to be his own person.

Freeform/John Medland
Freeform/John Medland

TTVJ: Simon and Clary have a very strong friendship and it’s been great to see a strictly platonic relationship portrayed on screen. How will that friendship continue to be tested as the season progresses?

AR: They’re going to be tested because it’s going to be proven that they are both just human. They make mistakes and they both have to go with what they’re truly feeling at the moment. Simon might take this personally if Clary were to choose Jace (Dominic Sherwood) over him, but he also has to understand that this is her journey as much as it is his. She has to do what she has to do and he has to do what is right for him. That tests friendships when they have to make decisions that don’t directly involve each other, but they know that they always have each other. I think that’s what keeps them together, that ability to know that when they truly need to be there for each other, they will be.

TTVJ: We’re slowly finding out that a lot of people aren’t what we originally thought they were and Clary can’t trust a lot of people in her life. With that being said, can we trust Simon moving forward?

AR: I think if there’s anyone you can always trust, it’s Simon. I think that’s one thing he is trying to compensate for. He is trying to prove to Clary that he is the person she can always trust. There’s never going to be a situation where she’s going to question him or his loyalty to her and he is trying to prove that to her every step of the way.

TTVJ: Are there going to be people in the future that we can’t trust as we move forward?

AR: I don’t know if there are people that we can’t trust, but there will be people that we learn more about, for sure. A couple of other characters that we still haven’t met yet that are going to provide some complications.

Freeform/John Medland
Freeform/John Medland

TTVJ: Isabelle obviously has taken a liking to Simon. What lies ahead for their relationship?

AR: Simon’s not sure yet because he’s never had someone that looks like Isabelle take interest in him, so for him that’s uncharted territory. He’s not going to complain if it goes anywhere exciting, of course, but he is taking this with almost as much caution as he is taking the Shadow World because, you know, she’s a heartbreaker–that Isabelle Lightwood–and he can tell.

TTVJ: The show has already made some changes from the books. Can we expect that to continue as the season goes forward?

AR: Yes and no. We have seen changes, but we have also seen things that stay very true to the books. For me, one of the most important things was making sure that all of the character’s essences. You were seeing the people we fell in love with in the books go through these new experiences that we created in the show so while you might see a new experience, you will still be to the essence of what happened in the book. You can expect that same type of journey, the familiar, unfamiliar journey to continue.

TTVJ: Will we get to see any more of Simon’s band during this season?

AR: Unfortunately, I don’t know. I feel like the band was supposed to represent their complete love of the Mundane world and for the rest of the season we just keep going down the rabbit hole of the Shadow World. Not saying that the possibility of the band isn’t there, but the priorities have shifted.

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Shadowhunters airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET on Freeform and is available to stream on Netflix Canada.