Supergirl: Jeremy Jordan Talks Toyman Easter Eggs & Superfriend Adventures Ahead of Childish Things
Up until now, everything we've learned about Winn Schott (Jeremy Jordan) has made him one of the most endearing characters on the show. That all might come crashing down as his father, the villainous Toyman (Henry Czerny), breaks out of prison to have a little heart to heart with his son.
To talk about how this rocks Winn's world and the world of Supergirl, we had the chance to talk with Jeremy Jordan about what fans can expect heading into "Childish Things" (airing 1/18) and beyond.
Did you know when you got cast on the show that you would inevitably end up being the Toyman's son or did that come to you as a surprise sort of later on?
Jeremy: Well that came to me as a surprise for sure. I, of course, certainly understood my name sake when I auditioned for the show was like, oh, well that's Toyman. I was like, clearly he's not written as that, but maybe down the line, there is something that Toyman will be fun. That's how I always thought it was going to be. About a couple months in Andrew, who's our producer kind of looks back at me, "Oh, by the way you're cast as the Toyman's son." I was like Oh, I see, that's fun.
I definitely didn't know coming in. I kind of had the idea. I knew that that would be something that would happen. It had something to do with the Toyman or was going to come in play eventually.
I was surprised that it was going to be so soon. I was very excited.
Do you think now that your character knows that your dad is a bad guy will we see it affect your character internally? Is there a deep seeded evil in your character, you think is waiting to sprout? Or do you think you'll stray away from that?
Jeremy: That's a huge point that we're going to hit on in this episode. Listen, from what we've seen of Winn, I think he's pretty genuine.
Jeremy: He's actually a good guy. He's excited. He's excited about helping people grow. He's a little bit introverted and definitely hasn't discovered his full potential. At the same time, his dad is this horrible person and he's got this in his genes.
He really, definitely starts to struggle with the idea that, that's something that could happen. From what Winn saw, when he was a kid, one day his dad who was a great, amazing, perfect dad just snapped.
He's so like jokey and fun-loving all the time, but I think a lot of that is just a defense mechanism so he doesn't have to deal with the idea that one day he feels like it's just going to snap. Something is going to happen and he's not going to see it coming and suddenly he's going to find himself in the same position his father was. That's something that's really hard for him to reconcile. He's starting to deal with that in that episode.
In the promos we've seen some of the little toy dolls that are being used.
Do those creep you out at all when you were on set seeing them and will you never look at toys the same way again?
Jeremy: (laughs) No, no. Well, you know, they fix them up and close to make them look a lot bigger.
There's a really fun one, I think it's in one of the promo pictures. A lot of homage's that kind of that spoke for themselves too, which is fun. There's a little toy doll that my dad sent me with a pull string, that's like the old school Toyman doll and stuff with Toyman from the cartoon.
Oh, that's awesome.
Jeremy: There's one later on that is a more normal size doll, that's sort of modeled after Toyman junior for the comics.
There's a lot of pretty cool fun homage's and that was one of them that I could rave about.
The relationship that your character and Melissa Benoist's character have on the show is undeniably one of the most fun to watch and keep track of. I'd imagine that same chemistry, just in terms of how the two of you get along, carries over to when you're not shooting. When you first came to the show did you and her just click automatically? Has it just been growing ever since or did it take a little bit to sort of get into the groove with one another?
Jeremy: It's funny, yeah, I remember the first day that we had on set, the first few days. We definitely just sort of clicked right away and we were just constantly laughing all the time.
Making jokes and having fun. Yeah, I'd say we're pretty good friends in real life. (laughs) We'd probably be closer if she had any time to hang out ...outside of the show. (laughs) But the fact that is she goes home on the weekends and sleeps, but while on set we certainly do have a lot of fun there.
I don't understand the stories you hear about people who have on screen chemistry, but absolutely hate each other in real life. I don't think I could do that.
It just seems counter intuitive to me. I make it a point to be friends with everybody, but that's more especially the people that I have to have that sort of chemistry with romantically or friendship wise when possible.
Was there an relationship with you and another character that surprised you in how much fun it would be?
Jeremy: I do love the relationship with Cat Grant. I think Winn has some issues with dealing with adult figures. He becomes very childish and sort of shrinks around them. You also see that when he meets Hank, which you'll see that probably a few more episodes down the line, which is a lot of fun to see.
I think the most surprising relationship and the most fun I can expect is with James. Because in the original episode it's just this sort of like ... Oh, who's this guy who's come in and suddenly he's going to woo this girl that I'm in love with.
He's jealous, I know. This jealousy equals hatred, but no matter how much he tries to hate James, James is such a good guy and they end up becoming really good friends. We always joke that we're going to have the James and Winn spin off, Superfriends capers, or whatever.
(laughs) And plus the cast and I have a blast on the set. We just basically laugh at each other the whole time.
So what do you think ComicBook.com readers? Will we start to see a darker side of Winn? Let us know in the comments below!0comments