Ashton Holmes: I Love Playing The Bad Guy
I love a bad guy, which is one of the reasons why ABC's Revenge has quickly developed into my absolute favorite show on television -- everywhere you look, the characters are constantly twirling their inner villainous mustache! And I hope saying this doesn't place me inside one of Victoria's chilly hugs, but Tyler Barrol is far and away the show's best baddie!
Not only are his motives the most mysterious, but his methods border on madness, meaning his actions are the least predictable and therefore, the most dangerous.
Last week, however, Tyler was bested by Nolan's mini cam, which recorded them in a very, very compromising position. The future of that tape was a high-priority question I had when chatting with actor Ashton Holmes about tonight's all-new episode! Also on my hit list: the impetus for his relationship with Daniel Grayson, where Tyler's sexuality falls on the Kinsey scale and what fans should look forward to in the weeks to come!
Insider.com: I am absolutely loving you on the show, Ashton. What attracted you to Tyler?
Ashton Holmes: I've always played the good guy and I kind of wanted to be the villain. It's so freeing as an actor, especially on a soapy drama like Revenge where the writing is really fun to perform. As an actor, I feel like I'm always in the pocket with these lines. People are coming up to me like, "Aw, you prick!" Which is so cool.
Insider: Then I can only imagine what kind of reactions you got to the last episode!
Ashton: Yea [laughs], it's definitely been talked about a lot. For an actor, it's just really cool to be a part of a show that’s as daring as this one is. Although, there was actually a lot more to Tyler's ambiguous sexuality that was sort of scaled back, so I think people suspected that Tyler is just sort of doing whatever he needs to do to get ahead.
Insider: Oh? What was taken out?
Ashton: There was a lot about Tyler's weird obsession with Daniel. Remember that episode where Daniel got drunk, well, when he passed out, Tyler kissed him as he slept. That was taken out. They also took out a moment when he passed out at the Stowaway where I tried to have my way with him. The stuff with Nolan and I, they definitely scaled it back. It was more sexy.
Insider: Oh, very interesting. So tell me, knowing all of this, how do you see Tyler? At first I thought he was this Talented Mr. Ripley-type, where it wasn't that he was just in love with Daniel, but more like he wanted to be Daniel. What's your take?
Ashton: As the first few scripts came down the pipe I really thought Talented Mr. Ripley was the blueprint for the character too. This soul-stealing guy. As the show evolves and as the character evolves, my idea of who Tyler is definitely changed. Now, I see him more as a hustler and a master manipulator who will do whatever he needs to do to get ahead on the social ladder. It's less of this twisted soul-stealing kid and more of a hustler, who wants the riches. I think he still envies the Graysons and what they represent, but ultimately I think Tyler wants power and I think he sees Daniel as a way to get that power.
Insider: Then do you see his relationship with Ashley as an arm candy situation?
Ashton: Well, I don't think that Tyler is necessarily gay, but I think his relationship with Ashley serves two purposes: I think he does find a friend in her. As slimy as Tyler can be, I think there is something genuine about Tyler and I think there is an attraction there. But I also think she does serve a purpose in his plan. She's got a really unique relationship with the Graysons and obviously knows a lot about their life and he believes that to be an asset to his plan. I think there are two sides to his relationship with her.
Insider: Plus she's close with Emily. What can fans look forward to with that relationship -- more showdowns coming?
Ashton: Yeah, absolutely. Anytime you get to spar with another actor it's a lot of fun, but Emily [Van Camp] is such a good actress, that it's even more fun when we get to spit some Mike Kelley dialogue at each other. I love those moments in the episodes where Tyler and Emily are really squaring off. Those are the really great television moments that I think this show is full of. The show's got women being bitches and it's got some really nasty people doing nasty things and in my eyes that's what makes good television.
Insider: As meticulous as Tyler is, Nolan did get one over on him last week by filming their liaison. I have to imagine that tape won't stay secret for long, right?
Ashton: I think that's a good assumption [laughs]. I’m not gonna say one way or another, but a tape like that isn't going to stay hidden for too long. It's like when you introduce a gun in a TV show or movie, that gun is being used for something.
Insider: How angry will Tyler be that Nolan has this tape?
Ashton: Tyler is a real smart cookie so he really loses his cool over being outsmarted because it doesn't happen often. You'll start to see, more than anything, Tyler gets really frustrated when Emily has the upper hand or figures him out. And more of that is to be revealed in the future episodes.
Insider: What about his relationship with Daniel, I feel like he keeps mending that fence only to break it again.
Ashton: There's a lot of Tyler bailing himself out of jail when it comes to Daniel, which happens more and more in future episodes. We'll also start to see a more competitive side to Tyler and Daniel as Tyler gets more and more involved with working with Conrad's company. That sort of irks Daniel. It almost becomes this sibling rivalry between Daniel and Tyler, which is fun to see.
Insider: And lastly, what's coming up that you're excited for fans to see?
Ashton: There's definitely more to come with Ashley and Tyler that's really juicy and more layers start to be peeled back between Tyler and Nolan. I think fans will really get a kick out of both of those relationships -- the outpouring of juiciness that happens between those three. And like I said, there's more squaring off with Tyler and Emily and there's more Tyler being bad when it comes to Tyler getting in the way of Daniel and Emily. I just love getting to play a character who's being as nasty as he wants to be!
Revenge airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. on ABC.