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The Following's Nico Tortorella Previews a New (and Improved?) Jacob: 'He's Out for Revenge'

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Fans of The Following eager to see a killer new side to reluctant acolyte Jacob need look no further than tonight’s episode (Fox, 9/8c).

Shares Nico Tortorella of his altered alter ego, “It’s like I got to play two completely different characters this season.”

Here, the actor further details the tumultuous road ahead for his newbie murderer, how his untrustworthy love Emma’s tryst with Joe will recalibrate their journey and much more.

TVLINE | What sort of impact does killing Paul ultimately have on Jacob?
Of the two people he’s loved more than anybody in the world, one of them is dead now and the other one stabbed him in the back and let him fend for himself…. So, there’s definitely a full 180 that’s about to happen for Jacob.

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TVLINE | Were you always anticipating that change in your character? Or was it a surprising shift for you?
I had an idea that something was going to happen, but I didn’t know to what extent until I read this script. It’s the best thing that could happen to an actor on any TV show. It’s literally like I get to play two completely different characters this season.

TVLINE | Talk a little about the new dynamic between Jacob and Emma. I can’t imagine he’s just going to welcome her back into his life with open arms.
He’s not just going to show up and give her the cold shoulder; he wants her to know exactly what he’s gone through. They’ve been best friends and lovers for the past five, six years — but he wants to just rip her apart at this point… It’s bizarre [because] now Joe’s involved; it’s not just us three anymore. We’re now living in the mansion with everybody else, so we can’t be selfish.

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TVLINE | With Emma and Joe’s hookup sort of hanging over everyone’s heads, I imagine we’ll see that unravel a bit as well?
Yeah, but to the same point, I don’t feel that [an Emma/Joe hookup] happening was ever something that was too far-fetched in Jacob’s head. Joe is No. 1 for everybody, and I don’t feel that Jacob really differentiates sex and love; it is what it is. But she f—ed him over [in other ways] and he’s out for revenge, whatever that might mean.

TVLINE | So, that revelation won’t impact Jacob’s devotion to Joe?
Oh, no no no. He’s not going to look at Joe any other way. Joe also realizes the emotional journey that Jacob’s been on, so it’s all about love. [Laughs]

TVLINE | Will there be any exploration of a Roderick/Jacob dynamic now that your character’s back in the fold?
Jacob recognizes that Roderick is second-in-command and he understands the hierarchy. At the same time, they’re two strong-willed men that are devotees, so there’s bound to be tension.

TVLINE | Give us your best tease for the rest of the season.
Always expect the unexpected. We’ve seen some crazy s–t go down, but at the same time, it’s just the tip of the iceberg. None of that compares to what’s about to happen.


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