'Ringer' Star Promises 'Bloody' Answers
Joining a new TV show is always a risky proposition -- but when the series in question is a modern day noir about twin sisters secretly switching lives to avoid certain death, that risk is exponentially increased. And while Ringer certainly stumbled in its early outings, the latter half of season one has finally found its groove, delivering on all that pilot promise.
And with only two episodes left, star Ioan Gruffudd excitedly tells me that Ringer has saved the best for last!
Not only does he promise a lot of resolution in these final hours, but the actor seems incredibly hopeful that The CW series will snag a second season! But if it doesn't, Ioan's come up with a very fun way to wrap things up.
Insider.com: This is the first time you've spent a full season on a TV show. How has the transition from film been for you?
Ioan Gruffudd: It's a massive leap of faith when you come aboard a series. Lord knows, they could have killed me in episode 5. But it's been the nicest, most favorite, most exciting and satisfying thing I've done in my career. I'm kind of bowled over by the whole experience to be honest with you. This pilot got me salivating – and while Andrew wasn't that much on the page at first, I was so excited by what Sarah Michelle [Gellar] and the writers told me would happen. But I'm continually flabbergasted by the storylines the team comes up with, week to week.
Insider: One of the storylines I didn't see coming was how genuinely Bridget and Andrew fell in love with one another. What do you like about that?
Ioan: I love that the audience wants it to happen because they empathize with Bridget but at the same time, it's a little morally dubious. This happens all the time in life – people fall in love and you can't help yourself, which I find quite interesting. And putting that up against what Siobhan is really like, it's even easier to empathize with Andrew's situation and hope he gets together with Bridget properly.
Insider: Do you think they're worthy of a "Happily Ever After?"
Ioan: I think so. I think that's what is so wonderful about this show. Had destiny only brought those two together in the beginning, everyone would have been so much better off. It's what makes for great drama and I think that's why we're hooked and sucked in by this whole thing.
Insider: Speaking of Andrew's love life, his ex-wife Catherine revealed the extent of her evil plan last week. What can you tease about tonight's episode?
Ioan: Tonight's episode is really, really intense. And the ending ... it's got such an insane climax that you won't be able to believe there's a finale still to come the following week. I had goosepimples watching last week's episode -- I just love how everything is so wonderfully coming together because when you read these things on the page, you're never quite sure how they are going to play out. Is it too far-fetched? Will it be believable? I think we've earned some trust with the audience by this point. People are with us and we've ramped it up at just the right time for them to take this journey with us and believe what we're doing.
Insider: Bridget is going to have to make a choice about whether or not to reveal her true identity to Andrew -- do you think she should?
Ioan: It's so tough to talk about because I know what happens ... which isn't to say that Bridget actually reveals that to Andrew. But before we got these scripts, I did wonder how we could have a second season, fingers crossed, if Bridget reveals that to Andrew. Where would we go? On a personal note, I think holding back that revelation might be more interesting moving forward. Leave the fans wanting more for season two. Even though I know the answer, I've learned to be a little cryptic [laughs]. You'll just have to watch and see.
Insider: On that tip, how does the finale leave things since the future for Ringer is unknown -- a zillion cliffhangers?
Ioan: What's wonderful about what we've done, which has not been deliberate in case we don't get picked up, is that we are actually wrapping lots of storylines up. Not in a neat little bow, mind you -- more like wrapping them up in a bloodied bow, shall we say [laughs]. Most of the questions we posed at the beginning of the season, the audience will get satisfying answers for. They're not going to feel cheated over the last two episodes. Things will be answered. Which, again, poses the question: Where do we go from here? How do we take the series beyond this? Fans will be very satisfied yet be posing all these questions in their mind about what season two could be.
Insider: Have you gotten any indication about a second season?
Ioan: Sarah Michelle are the creators are the ones to talk to about that, but as far as I know, we don't know. I have seen myself doing this show for the next three years, however, so if we don’t get picked up, I'm in for an all-mighty fall because I've been planning on how I will decorate my trailer next season.
Insider: Some fans think Andrew should end up with Bridget -- and Siobhan, and that the final shot should be the three of them in bed. Thoughts?
Ioan: [laughs] Believe me, it's a fantasy I've played out several times in the last few weeks, so I'm shattered that someone else has had the same thought. But yes, if I'm front and center in that bed, I'll be thrilled.
Ringer airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on The CW.