Nikita's Devon Sawa Details 'Lost Soul' Owen's New Journey, Assures 'Salex' Is Safe -- For Now

As the third season of The CW’s Nikita (Fridays, 8/7c) speeds forward, viewers are eager to uncover what the recently-resurfaced Owen is all about. And guess what? So is his portrayer, Devon Sawa.

“Owen doesn’t know what to think at this point,” he tells TVLine. “He knows that Amanda has done something to him, and he’s just trying to figure it out… I can’t wait to get to the deep stuff that’s coming later this season.”

Here, the actor contemplates his character’s journey of self-discovery, details the Division-centric struggles ahead and reveals what’s really going on between Owen and Alex — and whether Salex fans should be worried.

TVLINE | How quickly is the mystery surrounding Owen’s real identity going to unfold?
We’re definitely going to dig deeper into that. I know that in future [episodes] we’ll get little bits and pieces. But even up until now [in production, episode 12], we haven’t hit the core of that storyline. Down the line, there’s more stuff with him and Alex talking about it, too. But he’s kind of a lost soul right now.

TVLINE | This is obviously taking you deeper into the character than you’ve ever gone before. Are you enjoying that exploration?
Yeah, I can’t wait to get to the deep stuff that’s coming later this season. Also, Owen’s never really had a love interest. He’s always the fifth wheel and has so much else going on, so hopefully we’ll see some of that, too, as it goes on.

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TVLINE | Moving forward, how will Owen fare at integrating himself into this new Division?
He’s still got 100 questions. He’s coping with it. He’s taking it day by day. It is huge for him. This is the place that changed his whole life, so he’s coming to grips with it all. It’s mind-boggling to him.

TVLINE | There’s a lot of masculine energy in Division right now. How’s he coping with working so closely with his frenemy, Michael? And what’s his dynamic with Ryan?
Owen and Michael definitely have a lot of respect for each other, for sure. There’s always a little bit of tension when it comes to Nikita — Michael’s always watching them. But at the end of the day, they respect each other, and that’s how it is right now. And I don’t think he’s had any interaction with Ryan yet. They haven’t explored that. The only time he ever met him was in Cuba in Season 1, I believe. Other than that, Ryan’s a new guy for him.

TVLINE | This week’s Nikita is pretty Owen/Alex heavy. What brings these two together out in the field?
They are given a mission to go investigate someone together. So, it’s the first time they go off and have a mission — during [which] Owen has a question of his own for her when he notices something.

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TVLINE | Fans are sort of split on the potential Owen/Alex pairing. What are your thoughts on their future?
At this point, Owen doesn’t have love on his mind. He doesn’t know Alex yet. So as of now, I would say the Alex and Sean fans are safe. [Laughs]

TVLINE | Since Owen is a recovering addict himself, will he play a part in Alex’s relapse storyline?
At this point, she is still doing it behind everyone’s back. Not even Owen knows it… When I first heard that Alex was going to go that way, I thought it sure that they’d tie [his experience] in. But it really isn’t. It’s been a long time since Owen was on the Regimen. Plus, it was a different kind of drug.

TVLINE | Now that you’re a series regular, how often will we actually be seeing Owen?
After this week, there [are] two episodes without me, and then I come back for a few and then disappear and then come back. It’s kind of how Owen is playing out this year. When I do have episodes, Owen’s very involved in them. I always knew this is how it was going to be: Owen comes in, does some big stuff, backs away for a few — never too long — and then comes back and does some big stuff for two or three or four back-to-back. I’ve been very, very happy with what the writers have given us this year. They’re stepping out in a huge way. This week’s episode is good and then after that it starts getting really crazy. I think the audience is going to be really happy with it.

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  1. Lilly says:

    Wouldn’t Sealex make a better couple name given Sean used to be a Navy SEAL?

  2. Michael says:

    Best show on TV hands down.

  3. Renee says:

    I love that guy. He’s so much fun to watch.

  4. Jared says:

    I love Devon Sawa..but wish he was actually on a television series that people watch.

  5. Abbs says:

    I’m more into Owkita than Olex.So I’m glad.

    • Brittany says:

      Thank you! Sometimes I think I’m the only one who prefers Nikita and Owen together. Maybe it’s my love of Devon Sawa (which goes ALLLLLL the way back to his brief appearance in Casper), but I think he has much better chemistry with Maggie Q.

  6. Eliza says:

    Alex & Sean <3 — I love them together.

  7. I hope the writers don’t pander to shippers and pair Alex and Owen up. It would make no sense in my opinion, and why throw a YEAR of developing the Alex/Sean pairing down the drain for a new “left field” pairing? Just hearing about this Owen/Alex thing all the time annoys me. Nikita is not Gossip Girl. Enough focusing on romance and possible triangles.
    Anyway, I love Owen and the spark and energy he brings to the show. So happy he has a much bigger role this season!

  8. sam says:

    You gotta agree though, they’re chemistry wasn’t at all that bad. Plus I think some people were calling from season 1. Sean is too dense. He’s the epitomy of the safe choice for alex…. and knowing alex and her past when has she played it safe XD

    • Kat says:

      I enjoyed their dynamic, but I didn’t see it as a romantic or sexual spark. I’d love to see them as friends, but I don’t feel like Alex needs to hop on every guy she interacts with. Even if she and Sean don’t work out in the end (and I could write an essay on why I think your take on Sean and their relationship is wrong, but I won’t…for now) why does she have to get paired up with every guy on the show? Why can’t she just be single for awhile if she and Sean break up for good (which they totally haven’t)?

      • I totally agree. Alex and Owen have chemistry but that doesn’t mean I need, or want, for them to go in the romantic direction. A platonic friendship between two characters who “get” each other that way would be just as good to me, Also, I think Sean balances Alex out nicely – he’s cooler, calmer, more stable, whereas she’s fierce, passionate and impulsive. She and Owen have too similar personalities to work as a couple, methinks.

        • Soraya says:

          Agreed. Love Salex!

          • Izzybelle says:

            Nope gotta say its really OLEX all the way and because Alex and Owen are so similar it will be good to be around eachother! I think saun is just a little too boring and calm for Alex who needs more excitement!

  9. Gabi says:

    I just want to see more Olex!!!

  10. Jessica says:

    Mikita is the one relationship that everyone agrees with and expects but Sean and Alex, they are the mystery relationship, the one that no one knows what will happen to. I love love love their relationship and besides Emily and Aiden (from revenge) I believe they are my favorite on tv :)

  11. Ashley says:

    Mikita is my favorite couple on the show!! Sean is so boring…I loved the scenes with alex and owen

  12. Jen says:

    I so want Owen and alex to be a couple that would be fantastic!!!!!!!!!!!!