'Beauty and the Beast' interview: Sendhil Ramamurthy previews the Gabe-Beast and the final two episodes
We talked to Ramamurthy about this big character development and what it means for the final two episodes of "Beauty and the Beast" Season 1.
Warning: There are some serious spoilers about the penultimate episode, "Date Night," and the Season 1 finale. Continue reading at your own peril.
How did you find out about Gabe being a beast?
Sendhil Ramamurthy: I can say that it was actually a surprise to me -- I didn't know when I started talking about the role, that Gabe was going to be a beast. I had no idea. Kristin [Kreuk] just like kind of said it offhand to me, on a day of shooting. On-set we're referred to as "Gabe-Beast" and "Vincent-Beast." And so she was like, "I wonder when Gabe-Beast shows up?" I'm like, "I'm sorry -- what?" She's like, "Gabe-Beast! When Gabe-Beast shows up?" And I was like, "Oh my God!" So she was like, "Yeah, you're becoming a beast." I was like, "I had no idea!"
I was giving Jay [Ryan] a hard time, seeing him trudge into the prosthetics trailer to do the makeup, and I was like, "Ha, sucks to be you!" Cut to a couple episodes later, I'm sitting right next to him, getting beast-ed up. So it was definitely a surprise.
But I think it's really cool. It's a really cool story avenue to go down. It's been juicy. It's been juicy for me to do. It's been really great stuff to act and work with. So I'm a supporter.
What do we learn about the Gabe-Beast in the penultimate episode of Season 1?
Sendhil Ramamurthy: This next episode is where you get to see Gabe as a full-blown beast. And also, Vincent gets to see Gabe as a full-blown beast. 'Cause he doesn't necessarily believe that Gabe is a beast.
Catherine comes and talks to him about this -- I think another clip has been released where Catherine is talking to Vincent, saying "Vincent, he's like you! He's got corrupted DNA, and all these things are happening to him too. He knows about Muirfield too." And Vincent, I think, doesn't quite believe that. He thinks that Gabe is there for something else.
So that moment -- which comes up in the next episode -- where Beast Gabe meets Human Vincent, is a big deal for Vincent. Because now there's others out there like him. That opens up a whole new wave of feelings for him. Can they help each other? Are they automatically enemies? What does this mean?
We kind of explore it a little bit -- and, well now that there's going to be a Season 2, we can explore it a lot more.
Is the Gabe-Beast similar to the Vincent-Beast, or are they different?
Sendhil Ramamurthy: No, they're very different.
Obviously Gabe-Beast is an earlier version of the beast, because he was experimented on much earlier -- as a child, he was experimented on. And if you think Muirfield didn't know what they were doing up until now with Vincent and the way they created the super soldiers and whatever, they **really didn't know what they were doing when they started experimenting on Gabe.
He's a much less stable version of the beast. What we'll see in the next episode is -- which is actually really important for the Gabe character in general -- he has no recollection of anything he's done while being the beast. He has no idea. He wakes up, he doesn't know where he is. He doesn't know if he's hurt himself or anybody else, he just doesn't know. And that's a difference. It's a big difference between him and Vincent. 'Cause Vincent remembers everything. He knows what he does when he's the beast. And that's intriguing to Gabe.
What is it like to play your character as a beast?
Sendhil Ramamurthy: The worst part is definitely the prosthetic makeup process. It is not fun. It's not fun.
We videoed the process of becoming a beast and what it's like, all the way from the initial thing where I went in and had a body mold done of my head and torso, where you are completely covered. You are completely covered -- you have two straws in your nose so you can breathe. It's really kind of freaky and claustrophobic. And you can see the entire process -- it's not fun. It is **not fun. Whoever said that it is fun being the beast is a liar! It's an intense process. Jay and I certainly commiserate over that next to each other in the Beast Chairs -- as we call them.
But the best part of being the beast is that you have some kinds of super-human abilities -- and how cool is that? You get to see a lot of that over the next two episodes.
Can you tease anything about the finale specifically?
Sendhil Ramamurthy: I think that the fans will be satisfied with it, but I think they're also going to be ... I feel bad for the fans. But here's the good news: There will be a Season 2. But the finale is tense, and it's going to get people's emotions going in the best possible way. Not the bad way. Because our fans are so invested in the show, which is awesome to see.
But people's lives are in peril. And I say that in plural. People's lives are in danger in the finale, and we'll see. We'll see what happens in the finale. But it's certainly a very exciting last 10 minutes of the finale.
"Beauty and the Beast" airs Thursdays at 9pm on The CW. Check back here for more spoilers on what's coming before the season ends on May 16!