9 Questions in 9 Minutes With 'Betrayal' Star Stuart Townsend: Jack Opens Himself Up Like Viewers Have Never Seen Before
Stuart Townsend as Jack in "Betrayal"
The next two Sunday nights belong to ABC's adultery thriller, "Betrayal." The show crescendoes over two incredibly well-paced, game-changing episodes. You are thus advised to set aside a few hours to catch up on the first five episodes of this Chicago drama that is equal parts sex, love, family, and suspense. "Betrayal" is just as addictive as Season 1 of "Revenge." And if you think Olivia Pope is the only character in primetime who knows how to fix things, then you clearly haven't met sexy, conflicted company man Jack McAllister, played by Stuart Townsend.
Classically handsome Townsend brings just the right amount of mystery to Jack, a guy you might describe as a relationship-adrenaline junkie. Work for a violent criminal boss, Thatcher Karsten (James Cromwell)? Done. Marry the boss's daughter (Wendy Moniz) and have two kids, thus ensuring a lifelong attachment to Karsten? Done again! "Betrayal" is about what happens when Jack, still married, starts dating Sara (Hannah Ware), who is also married. Her do-gooder husband is a prosecutor named Drew Stafford (Chris J. Johnson), and he's on a mission to take down Thatcher and McAllister.
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The show has been slowly boiling for weeks, and it bears repeating that on Nov. 3, things explode. The catastrophic episodes are especially rewarding because the writers never take the easy way out. Ever. We're talking uncomfortable conversations, serious stalking, and cold, harsh consequences.
Marriage can be ugly, and that's why it doesn't hurt to cast supersexy leads in a series that delves into the ugliness. Case in point: dreamy, appealing Townsend. We got nine minutes to question the dashing Irishman about the future of "Betrayal." We promise there are no spoilers for the upcoming episodes. We'd never betray the fans.
1. This Sunday's episode description says, "Jack makes a difficult confession that leaves him vulnerable and exposed, but brings him closer to Sara than ever." Can you tell us about that decision?
Well, yes, that's a bit of a moment. I can't say what the confession is, but it is definitely a moment where I open myself up like you have never seen before. I go into this very kind of vulnerable, open place in front of Sara. And when two people have a moment like that, it definitely strengthens our relationship. You see from there on he really trusts her, to be able to open himself up like that. And what he tells her is pretty revelatory in the story of the show, and the audience will be like, "Oh, we never knew about that." And it kind of puts a new angle on Jack's character, as well.
2. Where is the relationship between Jack and Zarek (Jason Butler Harner) heading? Surely Jack will punch him eventually.
He's trouble all the way. (Laughs) He's a great actor. You know, that's another thing that comes out of nowhere, and we know that he's not good news because he instantly has something on Jack, and he seems like the kind of guy who would do anything to get what he wants.
3. We're worried about T.J., and we see that Jack and T.J. get into a brawl. How is that possible?