The Secret Circle's Chris Zylka Previews Jake's 'Dark' Agenda

Imagine, if you would, joining a show with a passionate fan base. Now imagine joining one with a fan base as crazy-passionate as that of The Secret Circle (Thursdays at 9/8c). Scary, right? So, needless to say, Chris Zylka was nine kindsa nervous when he was introduced as the CW series’ newest hunk.

“I have never been so anxious to know if [viewers] were going to like me, if they were going to hate me,” he says. “But so far, it seems as though they’re accepting Jake.”

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Fans may be warming up to the new hottie, but it’ll take a lot more for the circle to accept the bad boy. Even with Cassie fighting for Jake’s inclusion, his portrayer acknowledges that “there’s no chance they’re all going to welcome [Jake] back in right away. [But still] he’s going to try to show them that he’s changed, and that [after] being gone for two years, [he] realized where his home was.”

Particularly tough for Jake to win over will be Adam (who’s still hurting over what he did to him and his dad) and his brokenhearted ex, Faye. “Adam will stop at nothing to make everyone realize what a bad seed [Jake] still is and how he really can affect the circle in a bad way,” previews Zylka. “Faye and Adam are definitely the ones that see he’s not the same, but they don’t know if it’s in a good way or a bad way.”

Then of course there’s the pesky fact that Jake is actually out to kill all of the town’s witches. Um, what is it that he hopes to accomplish by bumping off his own kind? “It’s sort of self-satisfaction,” explains the actor. “He blames what happened to his parents on this town and every witch in this town.” While the other members of the circle probably just cried a lot when their parents died, and were too young to know about their powers, Jake was older and wiser. Unfortunately, he also “dealt with it in a very dark, very dangerous way and left town.”

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“[He] found that it’s not magic,” he continues. “It’s not witches. It’s dark magic. It’s where that dark magic can take people that is dangerous and that he hates.” Now, Jake is back because “there’s something about this town that’s very dark, and he needs to take care of it.”

But how does one reconcile being a witch with being a witch hunter? “Why not fight fire with fire?” laughs Zylka. Even if doing so means extinguishing a possible spark, so to speak, with Cassie? “I think there’s something that may be brewing [between them] – no pun intended – [but] Jake’s no dummy,” he says. “He’s not going to allow one person or one thought or one feeling to spoil something that he’s been working at for quite some time now.”

That said, he adds, “If there is anyone that could change Jake’s actions, it could be Cassie.”

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Really excited to see where all of this is headed. Another good thing about witch hunters coming to town is that once Dawn and Charles find out, they’re going to need to move their plans along to regain power if they truly want to protect the circle and their children.

    Jake’s arrival and the addition of witch hunters really adds something to the show, and it only gets better as every episode goes along. I can only imagine where it’ll end up by the end of its first season and I’m hoping the popularity and fanbase of this show grows so we can get a second season!

    • Anonymous says:

      I think the same as you do, the show grows up woth every chapter and the hole witch hunters thing makes it very interesting. It got my attention since the first chapter. I hope it gets really popular so we tha fans can get a second season.! And i also hope that they dont change of actors cause until know they are doing great, except for melissa, shes getting boring.

  2. Amilah says:

    Anyone notice that the “head witch hunter” is also the werewolf hunter on Teen Wolf?

  3. Rebecca says:

    Secret Circle has a ‘crazy-passionate’ fanbase? Doesn’t seem like it to me. Supernatural and Fringe have crazy-passionate fanbases, sure. Secret Circle is nowhere near that level. Maybe it’ll get there one day, but not now.

  4. Pammy says:

    Thats where i recognized him! I couldnt figure it out, thanks!

  5. Russ says:

    Just watched tonights episode I really like the where the story is going with Cassie and finding out about her Father’s magic. I hope it will be really good. I would love to see Diana rebel a little with Faye and create chaos. Adam is okay, and Melissa is a little boring now.

  6. Elizabeth says:

    The fanbase their referring to are the people who read the books and who watches the show now. But as a person who read the books I have to say that the book and show is completely different from each other not like the vampire diaries with its book series but on a whole new level. It adds the suspense and the mystery of upcoming episodes and it makes you wonder what their gonna do next. Their definitely gonna get a 2nd season if they keep up with what their doing