Blindspot's Sullivan Stapleton reacts to Weller's big news
As if Weller’s life wasn’t complicated enough being the new head of the NYO on Blindspot, now he’s about to add a new title: Father.
Amid a rather difficult time in his life following betrayals by both his father and by Jane (Jaimie Alexander), Weller (Sullivan Stapleton) got the news that his ex-girlfriend Allie (Trieste Kelly Dunn) is pregnant with his child. How will that affect him moving forward? EW turned to Stapleton to find out.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: How is Weller handling the news that Allie is pregnant?
SULLIVAN STAPLETON: He loves it. That’s the great part about this show, we’re not just chasing criminals, we actually get to see these people’s personal and private lives. Weller’s got a heart. He’s a big softy.
Will this bring him out of his funk?
Yeah. I don’t know if it’s a funk. I just think he’s been hit with some hard twists and turns. I think this is the upward spiral of the rollercoaster.
How does this news start to change how he acts in the field? Will it make him hesitant because he has a child on the way or push him harder to catch Sandstorm?
A bit of both. Yes, you would start to think more about the safety of putting yourself in danger. But that’s his job, that’s what he signed up for. He can’t really start taking a step backwards now. He’s the leader of this crew, so he’s someone who does what he expects his team to do.
Despite Allie being pregnant with his child, they’re not going to get back together, right?
I don’t know. I don’t know yet, and you never know. Those two get along really well, so I don’t know, maybe the baby will bring them together.
What does this mean for his relationship with Jane? Are they on the road to reconciling?
I think we’ve still got a ways to go to mend that bridge. They’re slowly putting that bridge back together. They’ve got to be able to work together.
What steps will Weller and Jane take to earn trust back?
I don’t know if he’s going to ever fully trust her again, but they’ve got to basically be diplomatic. They can’t keep going at each other. You can’t have that mistrust and work together to find out why she was put there. You have to take those baby steps forward in that relationship.
What toll does being in charge start to take on Weller?
He’s so focused on his job. His childhood friend Taylor Shaw was kidnapped when he was a young kid, and that drove him to the force. He’s just constantly fighting the evil that people do. I guess that’s why he’s so focused to be the leader of this group, they’re a great bunch of people that support each other, they work as hard as he does, so that’s the job, and that’s what’s got to be done.
Nas (Archie Panjabi) is also acting as a leader. How does Weller feel about that? Does she rub him the wrong way?
We’re just trying to find the groove on how to work together. Yeah, I guess she’s come from the NSA and she’s the leader coming into this. How do we fit her in? And how do we work together? Yeah, there’s been a little bit of friction, but nothing major.
Does Weller trust her?
Yes, for now. Who knows.
Because there’s a mole somewhere in the FBI.
You know that, but Weller doesn’t. Weller can’t assume it’s her. Not yet.
Who do you think the mole is?
I don’t know. That was a really good try. [Laughs] I really don’t know. The great thing about this show is it could be anyone. That’s the exciting part of it. You sit there, going to the cast read-throughs of each episode like, “Now what are we going to find out? Who is it?”
Can you tease the lead up to phase 2 for Sandstorm?
That’s still to come. We actually don’t know what Phase 2 is yet. We’re just finding out this episode [that we’re filming now]. Well, we’ve actually just discussed this episode that we don’t know what it is yet. Obviously we know that Sandstorm is a huge threat, but we don’t know which way they’re going to attack or where they’re going to attack. It’s a scary and exciting time.
Weller mentioned in the last episode that his mom left when he was young. Do you think there’s any chance we could meet her or hear more about his history?
Yes, I’m sure we will. We’ve got a great writing team that delves into everyone’s private lives. I’m sure we’ll find out more about it and what happened.
Blindspot airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET on NBC. Check out a sneak peek from this week’s episode: