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Shadowhunters First Look: Clary, ‘Malec’ and More Suit Up for Season 2

TVLINE – Shadowhunters doesn’t return until 2017, but based on these first-look photos from Season 2, Clary and the gang are more than ready to rumble.

Ahead of Saturday’s panel at New York Comic-Con, TVLine has an exclusive gallery of cast photos from the Freeform drama’s sophomore outing, featuring all your favorite Shadowhunters and Downworlders. (And speaking of Downworlders, Simon is starting to look real comfortable with those vampire fangs.)

Fortunately, there’s no sign of the evil Valentine in our gallery, though we promise you’ll be seeing plenty of Clary’s biological father as we head into Season 2. He does, after all, still have Jace under his control.

“We should be very worried about Jace,” former showrunner Ed Decter told TVLine following the first season finale. “As fans of the books know, he’s about to take a very dark journey.”

Matthew Daddario for The Luxer

Matthew Daddario for The Luxer

Standing at 6’3’’ with raven black hair, and piercing hazel eyes, Matthew Daddario definitely has a seraphic presence about him. It should come as no surprise, then, that he is one of the stars of Shadowhunters, a new show on the Freeform network based on The Mortal Instruments book series, about a centuries-old war between angels and demons. Playing Alec Lightwood, the stoic, selfless warrior on the side of good, Daddario was aware of how this character has been beloved by fans of the books. Luckily, this role suits him to a T—not only in appearance, but also because he can relate to Alec’s humanity. He tries to find the qualities that make Alec vulnerable, and translates that to the screen.

Originally from the Upper East Side of New York City, Daddario went on auditions for commercials as a child. “My mother wanted me to learn how to speak publicly, and she figured this would be a way to get me comfortable with speaking to other people,” he said. He would later attend Indiana University Bloomington, where he majored in business, seemingly abandoning acting entirely. But after seeing his sister, Alexandra Daddario, going after her dream of becoming an actress, he did an about-face.

“I wouldn’t say it was a mistake to study business in college, but it wasn’t my passion,” he said. “I was doing something that I thought would be best for my future. I then realized that business is not the thing I wanted to be doing, but thought I should be doing.”

Daddario already looks the part of a star, and has amassed a hefty social-media following, but he knows that this isn’t enough to secure lasting success in his industry. For him, great actors become iconic based on their performances. Harrison Ford, for instance, is someone he admires. “He became part of our culture because of great roles like Indiana Jones and Han Solo,” he said. “Getting great roles like that is something every guy wants.”

And though Alec in Shadowhunters may not be as renowned as Ford’s career-making personas, it is an important launch pad to rocket to greater things. Indeed, this up-and-comer has his sights set on the stars. As he said, “If I didn’t go into acting, I would have tried to be an astronaut.”

Rising to stardom with “Shadowhunters”

You auditioned for the original film, The Mortal Instruments, and didn’t get the gig. Did you feel vindicated in any way after getting cast in the television series?
When I got cast in the show, I wasn’t thinking about the movie. Also, I don’t believe that feeling vindicated requires feeling animosity or bitterness. And I wasn’t bitter about not being cast. So, I didn’t feel vindicated, but, in this instance, they made the right choice.
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Matthew Daddario Dishes on the ‘Shadowhunters’ Wardrobe Department

TWIST MAGAZINE – Shadowhunters fans know that the costumes on the TV series are beyond incredible. So when TWIST recently caught up with actor Matthew Daddario, who plays Alec on the Freeform show, we asked him to tell us all about the wardrobe department on set.

“Oh man, it’s a huge room run by a few very intense, lovely women, and they know everything quite well,” he shares. “At times, you say ‘am I really going to wear this?’ and they say ‘yes you are, and you’re gonna love it,’ and you end up loving it.”

“But going through there, it’s like a closet that belongs to some sort of maniac who doesn’t really know who he is,” he explains. “Because we have [everyone’s stuff] in there, we have Magnus’ stuff, our stuff, the werewolves… it’s crazy. It’s everything. The vampires have very specific looks, the werewolves have very specific looks. The Shadowhunters. All of it is very cool, and a lot of it is very expensive.”

When we asked if he ever tried to sneak out any costumes to wear on his own, he had the funniest answer!

“I asked, and I shouldn’t have asked!” he jokes.

In all seriousness, “if it disappeared, we would have to report that something was missing, and it would have caused a problem.”

We’re glad that he didn’t risk losing any of the outfits!

‘Shadowhunters’ Cast Tease ‘Malec,’ Season Finale Cliffhanger

VARIETY – The “Shadowhunters” cast made an appearance at WonderCon on Friday afternoon to tease the final two episodes of Season 1, kicking off with a clip of next week’s much-anticipated episode 12, titled “Malec.”

The sneak peek sees everyone gathered for Alec’s (Matthew Daddario) wedding to Lydia (Stephanie Bennett), but before they can get to the vows, Magnus (Harry Shum, Jr.) arrives to interrupt the proceedings, since Alec’s sister Isabelle (Emeraude Toubia) secretly invited the warlock to the nuptials. Alec’s mother, Maryse (Nicola Correia Damude) tries to make Magnus leave, but he tells her he has business with her son and that he won’t leave unless Alec asks him to — with the clip ending before we see Alec’s response.

“Alec at this point is not just lying to himself, he’s actively building up walls to prevent him from feeling what’s actually going on inside of him,” Daddario said of Alec’s mental state in next week’s episode. “All the distractions and various issues brought on by all of these people… he has a lot to think about.” Despite some questionable choices so far this season, Daddario said that he likes to think that in most situations, “Alec makes the right decisions in the end.”

Alec and his best friend, Jace (Dominic Sherwood), have been at odds lately, but both actors reiterated the strength of their bond. “I don’t think Jace and Alec can ever break up permanently,” Daddario laughed, with Sherwood adding, “The love that Alec and Jace feel for each other is so complete and unending, that when it does reach a head and they come to blows, it’s because they love each other and they care about each other … Without passion there’s nothing.”

But many fans are rooting for another kind of love connection for Alec, and Shum teased that next week’s episode will “see a little backstory” from Magnus, including what brought him to this point. According to Shum, “you’re gonna see how many walls he’s built and that it’s a big deal for him to be flirtatious” the way he has been with Alec.

Following the bombshell that Clary (Katherine McNamara) and Jace may be half-siblings, Alberto Rosende teased that Simon’s starting to have hope that he might have a chance to win Clary’s affections after all. “Simon’s always making plays for Clary, that’s kind of his MO. He’s starting to get a little more confident,” he said with a laugh. “For the first time, there’s no threat anymore [from Jace] – I can swoop in.”

“Shadowhunters” was renewed for a second season last week, so showrunner Ed Decter admitted that they haven’t started writing the scripts for Season 2 yet, but promised, “We have a really action-packed season planned — a lot of things you loved about the books may happen, but may happen in a completely different way than in the books.” He noted that it’s their job to surprise fans of Cassandra Clare’s books just as much as new fans of the franchise.

When asked whether book character Sebastian would make an appearance on the show, Decter confirmed that they planned to introduce him at some point. “Sebastian will be in the series, but we need to maybe get picked up again,” he teased.

The cast and producers were tight-lipped about what to expect from the April 5 season finale, but Decter would reveal that the ending “will be a substantial cliffhanger” to keep fans guessing between Season 1 and Season 2.

The ‘Shadowhunters’ Stars Reveal Why You Can’t Miss This ‘Dark’ and ‘Sexy’ New Show

EW.COM – “You’re Clary freakin’ Fray, you can do anything!”

It’s time to welcome another kickass leading lady to the small screen in the upcoming ABC Family (soon to be renamed Freeform) drama, Shadowhunters.

Based on the best-selling book series, The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare, Shadowhunters will take fans on an action-packed ride filled with drama, demons and plenty of “sexy” moments — and only ETonline has the exclusive scoop straight from the cast!

“The Shadowhunters story is about Clary Fray being sucked into the Shadowhunter’s world,” Dominic Sherwood, who plays Jace, shares in our video above. “The tagline is all the legends are true so everything you ever grew up hearing about, the fairy tales, they all exist in this world.”

Katherine McNamara, who stars as the hybrid heroine Clary, promises that fans are in for a treat when “demons, vampires, werewolves, seelies, warlocks, and any other manner of creature” are introduced to the audience through Clary’s eyes.

“On her 18th birthday, things start to happen and [Clary] starts to see all these weird things, and having all these weird flashes of memories,” the 20-year-old actress reveals. “She discovers that she is in fact a Shadowhunter, which is a half angel, half human hybrid.”

So what exactly must Shadowhunters do? “Their sole purpose in the world is to protect the humans — or the mundanes — from the rest of the shadow-world,” McNamara explains.

Press play on our first look video above to get even more Shadowhunters scoop from stars Matthew Daddario, and Harry Shum Jr.!

The series premiere of Shadowhunters debuts Tuesday, Jan. 12 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Freeform.

What The “Shadowhunters” Cast Would Get Magnus Bane For Christmas

MTV.COM – It’s not easy Christmas shopping for Magnus Bane. He’s literally seen and done it all in his 300 years. So what do you get for the immortal warlock who has everything? We asked author Cassandra Clare and the cast of Freeform’s (née ABC Family) upcoming series “Shadowhunters” what they would get the High Warlock of Brooklyn for the holidays — and needless to say, it sparked a few heated debates.

Does Magnus love Chairman Meow more than he loves Alec? Would an all-powerful warlock use a cleaning service? And when it comes to the age-old boxers vs. briefs debate, is Magnus really more of a sexy thong kind of guy? One thing is for certain: Magnus Bane is about to have a Christmas he’ll never forget.

5. Matthew Daddario thought Magnus would be really into antiquities.

“I’d get him old things,” Daddario said. “I get him antiquities.” Little did Daddario know that this would spark a huge debate among the “Shadowhunters” cast.

“He already has those antiquities because he’s 300 years old,” Sherwood said, to which Daddario responded: “He has them because he likes them. So I would get him new ones.”

However, Sherwood wasn’t ready to let this one go. “But he had them when they were new,” he said. “How do you get somebody new antiquities? He already had those antiquities when they were new in that era. Buying them when they’re old would just be moronic.”

Clearly, Sherwood does not spend his Sunday afternoons thrifting for ~ vintage ~ finds.

8. Daddario then had another, less controversial, idea.
“Get him cable. The full package with HBO and everything. Maybe even a subscription to Netflix. I feel like Alec would enjoy that, too.”