Shadowhunters Spoilers

Shadowhunters' Matthew Daddario Previews Alec's 'Stressful' Wedding, Discusses the Odds of a 'Malec' Kiss

The event Shadowhunters fans have been waiting for dreading is finally here — but will Alec really swap vows with Lydia on Tuesday’s episode (Freeform, 9/8c), or will Magnus’ presence be enough to cut the ceremony short?

“I think that everyone is speculating too much,” Matthew Daddario tells TVLine of Magnus and Alec’s big will-they-won’t-they episode, which is literally titled “Malec.” Daddario adds, “I think [fans] should be very careful with their hopes and dreams because, very quickly, everything you love and want can shatter. I would not get too many hopes up, but I guarantee that things will be… emotional.”

Below, Daddario previews his character’s dramatic nuptials, discusses the process of bringing “Malec” to life and explains why screaming is actually a great workout.

TVLINE | I’m not crazy, I know you’re acting, but did this kind of feel like a real wedding?
It’s funny that you say that, because there’s a moment when you’re up there saying your “I do”s, and the guy’s asking for X, Y and Z — and you’re thinking to yourself, “Man, this is a little real.” That’s a stressful moment in someone’s life, getting married. Even in mimic, there’s a psychological effect.

TVLINE | Whoa, there’d better not be any “I do”s.
[Laughs] I don’t really remember what happens. It was a long time ago.


TVLINE | I feel like Magnus and Alec have become the fan-favorite ‘ship, even more so than Clary and Jace. What’s been most important for you in your portrayal of this couple?
Whenever you have something that matters to a large number of people, especially when it’s on a very personal level, you have to make sure your interpretation of it matches at least certain parts of theirs. It’s not about you. You have to do something to honor these characters and their relationship. We were very focused on keeping things honest and making it seem real. The struggle is real, their feelings are real. We worked with the writers constantly to make sure everything went smoothly.

TVLINE | I also appreciate that the show can explore their relationship more fully than the books.
Yeah, Alec isn’t really a main character — well, he is, but you don’t get his point of view all that often in the first few books — so the show taking those little moments and turning them into meaningful character development is very much appreciated. I find [those scenes] to be very enjoyable. It gives you a lot of room to play, which is nice. All actors enjoy playing.

TVLINE | At this point, do you think Alec is lying to himself about his feelings for Malec? Or does he genuinely not know what he’s feeling?
That’s an interesting question. What’s the difference, really, between lying to yourself and being confused? I think confusion would require that he feels some sort of sexual attraction to women as well. That hasn’t been made clear; he hasn’t shown any emotional attachment to anyone other than male characters. So I think he’s lying to himself and pushing people away — that’s certainly how I played it. If anyone else tries to force him to experience those emotions, he pushes back very hard.


TVLINE | For what it’s worth, I’m never sure what’s going on in Alec’s head.
[Laughs] I sort of wondered as I was doing it, “Is this too much? It’s TV, so I can’t be hiding everything without the character seeming emotionally dead.” There are times I wonder, “Oh, maybe I should have given a little more there.”

TVLINE | Speaking of giving more, how long did it take you to recover from that screaming scene in the alternate universe episode? I got tired just watching that.
That’s nice of you to say, hopefully there was some effect from that. They had me screaming all different kinds of ways that day. We did it over and over and over, but they only used like two seconds. They had to make a choice: What scream did they want to use? So you’re lying there screaming for 35 minutes, and by the time you’re done, you’ve had your workout; screaming is a great workout, so tell your friends. … I was definitely drained emotionally.

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19 Comments
  1. Ian says:

    Sounds like no kiss, but thats ok. Marry me, Matthew. Yes, Im thirsty.

  2. Screaming is a great workout? Ah well that’s one workout I’ll be doing during tonight’s Episode.

  3. John Davis says:

    Yeah… no kiss. The fandom will freak out on twitter.

  4. ninergrl6 says:

    I’ve been really excited for this episode ever since I found out it was called Malec, but Matthew’s comments have me worried. I figured they wouldn’t give Malec fans everything we want (gotta leave us with something to pine for, right?) but now I’m afraid that things are gonna go horribly wrong. It’s like he’s saying, “Be careful what you wish for.”

  5. lumoross says:

    Sooo.. It feels like we are not getting any kiss after all… T_T ok. as long as Alec reamins single it all be ok..

  6. Vanessa says:

    C’mon people, stop worrying about Matt’s comments. He’s just trying to keep up the suspense what with the wedding and Alec’s choice and all that. Or did you expect him to say “Hey, you should watch tonight’s episode cause Alec and Magnus are gonna get together”? That would kind of defeat the purpose of the entire storyline. And really, the episode is literally called Malec so I’m gonna go out on a limb here and say that it’s not going to end with Alec marrying Lydia, and that there’s going to be some development for the Malec relationship in it. Given that the promo they released was titled “kiss” I also think that it’s quite possible that there will be a kiss in it. Let’s all just chill and enjoy the whole thing, shall we? Judging by all the comments that the cast and producers have dropped about this episode in the past I’m 99,99% it will be a good one for Malec fans!

  7. Christian says:

    Handsome guy but I hate the way the show styles his hair lol.

  8. I don’t think that Malec are getting together this episode, my hopes are a little less grandiose. All I’m really hoping for is that Alec finally acknowledges and confirms that he does have feelings for Magnus. Going forward, I imagine we’re gonna see Alec take some time to get himself together and then a script flip where he has to do a little chasing.

  9. Lalalala says:

    Maybe it’s just because I haven’t read the books, but I didn’t really see any build up between the two characters. People flirt all the time. It is hard to see this as an epic romance. The show should have built them up a little more before throwing the wedding in.

    • LC says:

      There was zero in the books. The entire beginning of it happened off-screen, or off-page, if you will. We only got tiny hints, and then BAM, book 3, they’re in love.
      That’s why everyone’s so excited.

      • Lalalalala says:

        Thank you for letting me know! I couldn’t figure out what I was missing with all the fan excitement. It just isn’t really translating on screen for me.

  10. ninamags says:

    Yeah, I don’t think it’s gonna be that easy. I’m sure they’re gonna drag it out till next season.
    I don’t thing Alec will get married but he isn’t going to fall into Magnus’ arms right away, either.

    Whatever happens I’ll keep tuning in. When does the next season start??

  11. Celi14 says:

    But in the promo it looks like as if they already kissed… Also, Matt once said, that Malec fans might be happy about what happens with them in the series so I think there will be a kiss between them. Anyway, perhaps he just said those things so that we’re unsure if there will be a kiss and not already know it. This way there is more tension. I really hope what I just said is right or else I’m gonna be really disappointed cause I was really excited about this episode…

  12. Jennifer Jones says:

    I really like this show! I saw the movie on syfy and the show is just really good. I LOVE the alternate dimension episodes. It’s funny to see Izzy kinda nerdy and Alec more sure of himself being gay. You all are doing a great job. I am1 episode behind not including tonight’s episode. I really don’t want to see Alec get married. That being said, politically I get it. Good job!!!

  13. piebokou says:

    I only have a few words, I have been a Malec shippers since the books so this is a liberty I didn’t like that they are forcing an obviously Gay character to marry a straight woman. Because Alec sexuality was something Cassie Clarified from book 1. So I just want to say don’t mess with MALEC.

  14. Beth says:

    I am remaining positive. But even if no kiss I think there will be no wedding and Alec will start to acknowledge that he has feelings for Magnus and decide to give that a chance. That would be a win for me!!

  15. Into Dark says:

    “I also appreciate that the show can explore their relationship more fully than the books.”

    That quote is really funny b/c even though it’s true when it comes to Malec in the books but on the other hand on thenShow they rushed every relationship in such a unnatural way that it feels like they’re running out of time. Totally off especially the Malec Kiss!!! I mean really how much screen time they really had? How many real conversations we’ve seen so we could speak of real developement? Alec is supposed to be the shy one, the one that values his family above all and suddenly he throws everything overboard right in front of the entire party?? Thats not what I call developement thats more like one unreasonable leap after another not to speak from Magnus weird behavior which feels more like trophy hunting that actual interest in Alec. I really hoped they wouldn’t screw up Malec too but they did in my eyes.

  16. Ted A says:

    This series remains the worst written and most terribly acted series on tv that I have ever seen. The closest Sherwood comes to acting serious or looking angry is when he puckers his huge lips and looks like he’s taking a hard dump. Kat’s acting ability seems limited to walking around with her mouth hanging open, the worst fake sobbing I’ve ever seen and a never ending series of moans that make it sound like cheap porn is being filmed.

    The guy who plays Magnus is the only good actor on the show. Daddario is good looking but his acting skills are only slightly better than Sherwood’s.

    I can barely continue reading the series because some horrors can’t be unseen.