Something major happened in the final seconds of this week’s Ringer, and while our attention is certainly focused on the parties seemingly involved in the kerfuffle, we’re mostly interested in where this latest turn of events leaves friend of TVLine, Kris Polaha, and his (possibly) misunderstood Upper East Side yuppie, Henry.
Here, we talk to the actor about whether or not he whacked his onscreen wife (played by Tara Summers), the long road ahead for Henry, and how he fits into the Ringer world moving forward.
TVLINE | So, Henry is innocent right? You can tell me.
Of course I can… [Laughs]
TVLINE | I’m actually inclined to believe that he is. But what’s ahead for Henry? How does this maybe-murder mystery progress?
Next week’s episode is called “The Poor Kids Do It Everyday,” and it starts with Henry cleaning up this crime scene — you’re definitely left thinking that this man just killed his wife. It’s going to be a cat and mouse game for awhile; you’ll be thinking that Henry did it and then maybe that Bridget as Siobhan (Sarah Michelle Gellar) did it — and you’re not going to get answers right away. They’re going to keep raising the stakes. In fact, Gemma’s disappearance is the beginning of a four-episode storyline for Henry. It’s a catalyst for a pretty major arc.
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TVLINE | You’re referring to it as a “disappearance,” so are we only going to see a bloody crime scene and not a body?
We don’t see a body. We don’t know if she’s alive, we don’t know if she’s dead, and there are no answers yet. The answers that are ahead will clarify whether or not Henry did whatever was done to Gemma, as well as what kind of character Henry is — but if I tell you that, it will give it all away. [Laughs]
TVLINE | This latest development is definitely pushing Henry to the forefront and allowing you to be featured much more prominently on the series than we’ve seen thus far.
Oh, definitely. Henry is getting [a lot to do] and it’s wonderful. Next week’s episode was directed by Jerry Levine, who fans might remember directed a handful of episodes of Life Unexpected, and it is intense. There is some good stuff that happens in that one, especially for me.
TVLINE | Is Gemma’s disappearance going to impact characters beyond Henry? I have to imagine that other people will begin wondering where she is, particularly Andrew.
Absolutely. Next week, Briget as Siobhan and Henry get into it. All of a sudden, he realizes that she may have had a hand in [Gemma’s disappearance], and then the police get involved and it becomes this full-fledged investigation. Henry and Gemma were this intriguing New York couple and suddenly she’s gone in this mysterious manner, so it becomes a very public thing. There’s a scene in a future episode where Henry shows up at a big opening of a building Gemma designed, and the paparazzi are stalking him because it’s so high profile. It [felt] a little like the O.J. Simpson case.
TVLINE | Is Nestor Carbonell’s Machado one of the agents on the case?
All roads ultimately lead back to Nestor. The cops that initially get involved are two NYPD police officers, but obviously it’s on the radar, so Machado gets involved. What I will say that’s interesting is that the one person who knew that Bridget wasn’t Siobhan [has now] disappeared, so you have to understand that there’s a bigger conspiracy happening here. I would just be cautious of any new characters stepping foot on the show. [Laughs]
TVLINE | Executive producer Pam Veasey recently told us, “Henry is here to stay.” Regardless of how this arc plays out, how does your character fit into this world moving forward?
Because Henry doesn’t know about Bridget being Siobhan, there’s a lot of ground to cover there. And remember, Siobhan is still out there and pregnant with his kid. When or if she ever comes back, there has to be a conclusion to that relationship. And then further down, in Episodes 8 and 9, you’ll see Henry interact more with Jaime Murray, who plays Olivia at Andrew’s company, when she decides to poach the tons of money that Henry and Gemma have together. This is just my speculation, but if Gemma is gone and it’s not Henry’s fault, he could stand to inherit a ton of cash that would set him up for some interesting things. You will also meet his kids for the first time in Episode 8. It’s fun that it’s been such a slow build for my character and now there have been a few episodes that are very Henry heavy, and it’s going to switch gears again very soon. It has to because Henry’s got a lot of cleaning up to do. He’s not a very likable character. He was cheating on his wife with her best friend and is carrying on a friendship with the husband of the woman he’s sleeping with and now he’s involved in this murder mystery — cleaning up blood and hiding a car? It’s crazy and he looks so guilty. [Laughs]
TVLINE | Is it safe to say that fans may grow to better understand Henry because of the current set of circumstances?
By the end of all of this, you’re going to understand that Henry is more of a permanent fixture in this world. Whether or not you decide to like him will be a personal preference. [Laughs] Over the next four episodes, you’re going to see Henry go through some dramatic changes in his attitude toward the world he’s living, who he thinks Siobhan really is, and his place in that little group.