FLAUNT – Matthew Daddario has had nothing short of an adventurous year, becoming a dad, premiering the movie Trust and now starring in the second season of Marc Cherry’s glamorous Paramount+ Series, Why Women Kill.
Premiered on June 3rd, the second season of Why Women Kill features Daddario as Scooter, in the darkly comedic drama as an adulterous young man focused on making it big in Hollywood no matter what means it takes. Set in 1949, this season peels back the mask people wear to uncover the hidden truth as well as the estrangement women feel within society.
So you’re from New York originally? What was it like growing up in the city?
Here’s the deal. I think that people don’t really know what New York is unless you live there. I think a lot of people want New York to be a certain way, and they want New York to to be a way that fulfills whatever the image is in their head, and they get that image, probably from TV, from film, and from whatever else, or other sorts of media where they see the city. I think for me, it was just a place that I was growing up. Obviously, the thing that drives New York really is this kind of energy, I think that everyone always talks about, right. But that is kind of hard to understand, and I’m sure many people have written many essays on the topic.
But really, what it felt like for me was a sense of freedom. I think that New York provides young people with an enormous amount of responsibility and enormous amount of freedom, in comparison to growing up elsewhere. You’re not limited to access to things by vehicles, or by getting moved around by your parents, if you’re in the suburbs, hypothetically. There is full access to everything, really, that you could fill your every day with something new at that age. So I think that that’s really what New York was, was this large amount of freedom and a large amount of responsibility. And I think that it’s very hard for some people, and I think that it’s um, I don’t think it’s the greatest place to grow up, but I do think it’s the greatest place to grow up. You know what I mean? Those two things at once.
So what did you do with your freedom?
What did I do with my freedom? So many good things, I was very well behaved. Let me tell you, my mom will read these things. Now if my mom reads this, she’ll say, “Now, Matthew, why are you telling people that?” I walked around, I skateboarded, I went and met my friends and we would wander around the city. I had some good friends that would just wander when we were younger, then go meet people. Meet other people from other schools and see what they’re doing and what they’re up to. You don’t get in trouble. Because you know, that’s not what people in New York do. That’s not what teenagers do. They don’t get in trouble.
So how did you get into acting?
So actually my older sister, she is an actress. She was in it for a bit and obviously, I didn’t get into it and I went to college for different reasons. I majored in something else and then when I graduated, I kind of went to it as I exposed to it. So I knew what it was. I understood the elements and I understood what the process was. I understood that it’s a bad decision to try and become an actor. If you want it as your livelihood, it needs to be something that you’re doing, because you actually love it, because really, your chances of succeeding are near zero, and they’re not necessarily based off your skill level. So you are kind of in a weird business, and a lot of a lot of chance plays into it.
Like I say, luck, but chance and circumstance. So I knew what I was getting into, and I said, “I’m going to try this.” It was at a time when the economy was not doing so well. I wanted to experiment in this area, because I felt that it would provide me with a better sense of self. When I started taking classes, it really gave me this realization that this is really what I want to do. Eventually realizing that made me kind of question my other choices, and then it kind of went from there. I continued to go to classes and got an agent and went through the whole process of managers, agent auditions, failure, a lot of constant question of “is this really the right choice?” Eventually, it worked to a degree, and I’m so happy that I did it.
Tell me about your sisters and growing up with them.
I think that because my sister and I were very close in age, we played a lot together, and grew up with each other. I have a kid now, so I kind of realized the benefit of having that it must be. I think it was kind of hard for me to contextualize how important that could be. Hypothetically, if my kid doesn’t have exposure to other kids, you have this permanent playmate, and the two of you can compete. And the two of you can play games and things, it gives you a lot of time with another young child, which is enormously beneficial.
And then we have the younger sister, Catherine. And that was also very good, because it also gave me a sense of what it was to have a younger person who you were sort of responsible for. So I actually think that there’s something really nice about having three kids that are close in age, and I also recognize the incredible difficulty of having three children, which is like madness nowadays, especially in New York. Oh my God, we were crazy. It’s nuts. But you know what, I encourage everyone to have tons of children, it’s a lot of fun.
So you recently became a dad this last year, in the middle of the pandemic, how has that been like for you?
There’s nothing really great about the pandemic, not a fun time to discuss the pandemic. But one big advantage was that we had time at home and time with family. People weren’t busy doing other things, because we were at home. And so that gave time with the baby and that otherwise I might not have had and that other people might not have had. So it was really, it was really great for the family in general. And I mean, I wouldn’t suddenly say I would recommend having your baby during a pandemic. But now we can find that it was actually quite alright. It was quite alright from that perspective.
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Great news! Matthew’s upcoming movie Trust (previously known as Push) has been acquired. The movie is set to be released on March 12, in select theaters and via paid video on demand. Can’t wait to see this movie!
VARIETY – “Trust,” a new romantic drama starring Victoria Justice and Matthew Daddario, has sold key distribution rights to Vertical Entertainment.
The boutique distributor will roll out the film in North America, the U.K. and Ireland, Variety has learned. The release is set for March 12, in select theaters and via paid video on demand. Josh Spector negotiated the deal for Vertical, with UTA Independent Film Group on behalf of the filmmakers.
Set in the glamorous art worlds of Paris and New York, Justice plays a gallery owner married to a newscaster, played by Daddario. When two seductive strangers enter their lives (Lucien Laviscount and Katherine McNamara, respectively), the couple is faced with temptation, jealousy and a mystery that upends their lives. The Exchange is handling international sales on the project, directed by Brian DeCubellis.
“On behalf of my fellow producers, we are so excited to partner with Vertical Entertainment to bring our film ‘Trust’ to screens in North America and UK/IE. This stunningly talented cast and crew joined forces to pour so much passion into every shot of this chemistry-fest of a movie. As a filmmaker, I couldn’t be more proud or grateful of the collaborations and the outcome” DeCubellis said.
Rich Goldberg, Vertical’s co-president, said the film was “a star-powered, temptation driven film with enthralling performances from a talented cast. We’re thrilled to partner with the talented filmmaking team to bring the film to audiences this March.”
DeCubellis wrote the script with Kristen Lazarian and K.S. Bruce. He also produced with Steven Klinsky and Tom Guida. Corey Trent Ackerman, Maureen Sherry and Steven P. Wegner executive produced. Cinematography is by David Tumblety, with editing by Ann Husaini, and music by Joel Douek and Greg Pliska.
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.”
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.”