'Revenge': Connor Paolo on Declan saving Jack
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On last week’s Revenge, Declan Porter made an enemy out of the Graysons. While they were never on great terms, the moment he changed his account of the shooting and called into question Charlotte’s credibility in order to save his brother from being further implicated in the crime, he made a very powerful enemy. Connor Paolo says we should be worried.
“If the Graysons weren’t on his back before, they certainly are now,” he says. “It is a terrifying thing. As we move forward, he starts to grasp it. But as of now, he doesn’t fully grasp. He has great respect for the power that the Graysons have. It’s very clear that they are influential and temperamental people, but I don’t think he has any concept of [their] depravity.”
Further complicating the mater is the fact that in lying about his account that night in order to save Jack (Nick Wechsler), he’s also putting himself in real legal danger. Perjury is a federal offense and could mean serious prison time for the offender. And the realization of what Declan did and risked will weigh heavily on Jack, says Paolo. “There’s definitely a certain amount of tension because Jack, being the self-sacrificing person he is, doesn’t want to see his brother perjure himself and doesn’t want to see his brother risk destroying his future,” he says. “[Being convicted] will absolutely ruin Declan’s chances at any time of life outside of the one that he already leads, which both he and Jack want for him. Jack would almost rather take the fall for this than see his brother fall apart instead.”
But as Paolo sees it, the youngest Porter didn’t see his act as anything particularly noble. “I didn’t look at it as choice, and I don’t think he looked at it as a choice either,” says Paolo. “It was a big move, but [saying it was] a decision implies a choice and I don’t think he had one.”
Charlotte likely doesn’t see it that way, though. In fact, she’s mostly just blind with anger and rage. But Paolo says he doesn’t see the couple as being done for good — just done for the foreseeable future. “I think there’s always hope. I don’t think any of this would have been happening if they didn’t love each other. Love is only so far away from hate,” he says with a laugh. “I think right now they’ve got a lot of hurdles to jump if they’re going to stay together. They’re both angry with each other. There’s a big well of miscommunication between them right now. Though, I think Declan understands why Charlotte would protect Daniel and Charlotte understands why Declan would protect Jack.”
But even when the trial wraps up, which Paolo says happens sooner than we think, the drama will be far from done. “Going forward, it’s a pretty mad dash to the finale,” he says. “In it, there’s some heartbreak, there are a couple new faces, and a couple old faces. You’ll see a lot of old faces.”