Ringer last week added another shocking turn to its already twisty freshman run (airing Tuesdays at 9/8c) when Siobhan’s seemingly perfect hubby Andrew admitted to being the mastermind behind a Ponzi scheme. What’s more, he may have murdered a man to cover it up! (So long, Justin Bruening.)
TVLine spoke to Ioan Gruffudd about his alter-ego’s thrilling new arc, which he admits is what “attracted [him] to the part in the first place.” Plus, find out how the actor and his Ringer co-stars are feeling about a second season for The CW’s ratings-challenged soap.
TVLINE | I’m dying to know your thoughts on Andrew’s sudden transition from prim-and-proper to money-grubbing, maybe-murderer.
[Laughs] When I sat down originally with Sarah Michelle [Gellar] and show creators Nicole [Snyder] and Eric [Charmelo], they pitched to me that this character would be somewhat ambiguous to begin with, but they wanted to lull everybody into a false sense of security — especially having him as a British guy. That British accent always plays well with American audiences. [Laughs] They told me that the character would take a twist and a turn, and to be honest it was one of the things that attracted me to the part in the first place; this idea that [someone] could be one thing one minute and then the next not what he seemed. I’ve been thrilled to finally see that up on screen, how they’ve portrayed Andrew as a murderer.
TVLINE | But at the same time the identity of the person who actually murdered Tyler was left up in the air. Olivia and Henry were also at the hotel at the same time.
Yes, it was a deliberate attempt to put many people there at the scene of the crime. It was just an idea to have the audience salivate over who may have had the motives to have committed this — and Andrew certainly did. We will definitely unveil over the next two or three episodes actually what happened, but it won’t be clear to us, the audience, until the bitter end as it were.
TVLINE | So, it’s safe to say we’re not going to see that vow renewal between Andrew and Bridget… as Siobhan?
After all of that, yeah. [Laughs]
TVLINE | To that point, I can’t imagine there’s much time left in the season to have those two get back to a very good place.
Exactly. Look, from the beginning we’ve wanted to set this [series] up to get audience members excited week-in and week-out, and to have them try [to figure out] what will happen next… We’re desperately hoping to come back next season. We’ve deliberately set it up in such a way that there will be more questions than answers at the end of the show. We don’t want to tie it up in a ribbon and present it to everybody; we need somewhere to go next year.
TVLINE | What is the vibe on set about the possibility of a second season?
As far as knowing [about Season 2] in an official capacity, nobody knows right now. I think everybody’s vying for that attention from the network. We’re very aware of the numbers and that it’s a numbers game. Creatively, we think we have a very strong chance, but as far as numbers, they might reflect a different story. From a personal standpoint, I haven’t even wavered. I was recently cleaning out my trailer and I was trying to remember things to bring back with me next year. It’s the first time I’ve been in this situation where I’ve been on a show for the full 22 [episodes] and we don’t know anything; there are no indicators. As far as the storyline is concerned, we’ve set it up as if we are coming back. We’re not shying away from anything and we haven’t been asked to tie things up neatly — we’ve been given leeway to present new ideas for next season. So, I haven’t wavered in my belief that we are coming back. But you know, I’ve been wrong in the past. [Laughs]
TVLINE | Andrew has a time or two seemed thisclose to realizing the twin sisters’ secret. Any chance we’ll see that actually come to fruition this season?
They’ve deliberately brought Siobhan back to town to up the ante. Obviously, people have come in contact with her, unbeknownst to one another, so I think there’s more scope for more mistaken identity. It’s great to have the evil twin and the good twin, but everybody has a motivator for their actions, and we’ll learn a little more about that as well.
TVLINE | Eric and Nicole recently revealed that the death toll will be fairly high by season’s end. Care to add anything to that?
I think they set that tease up beautifully for you guys. It adds to the heightened tension we’re all feeling at the moment because all of the characters are starting to show their true colors… So, I’ll have to leave it at that. [Laughs]