‘Shadowhunters’ Exclusive: Star Alberto Rosende on being shocked after hearing of the show’s cancellation
While we have seen the character of Simon grow into a man (and a vampire), Rosende feels as though he has evolved and grown with his character
Freeform’s ‘Shadowhunters’ is sadly coming to an end with the first of its final 12 episodes premiering February 25. ‘Shadowhunters’ was a break out hit for the network and quickly gained a huge following from fans all over the world, many of whom also loved the book series written by Cassandra Clare.
Not only is the show itself loved dearly by fans, but so are the iconic characters and actors who portray them. One of who is Alberto Rosende, who plays the lovable Simon Lewis. Shockingly, ‘Shadowhunters’ was only Rosende’s second ever acting job after graduating from NYU’s prestigious acting program TISCH.
The second he got the role of Simon, it was a complete whirlwind Rosende was not expecting. With the show already having a built-in audience due to the book series, there were millions of fans around the world anxiously awaiting the cast announcement. “When I got the call that I got the part, they said they were going to post the announcement within the hour on Twitter. They asked me if I had a Twitter and Instagram, I told them I had an Instagram I posted on infrequently and I wasn’t sure if I had a Twitter. I found my Twitter account and I literally had to turn my phone off when the announcement was made. I hadn’t turned off my notifications yet and my phone was just blowing up, it was nuts…and Instagram, was the same way and it has never been the same. I had no idea that ‘Shadowhunters’ was going to be this big of a deal.”
The character of Simon has been to hell and back (almost literally) over the course of the show’s three seasons. While we have seen the character of Simon grow into a man (and a vampire), Rosende feels as though he has evolved and grown with his character. Both Simon and Rosende were thrown into a new world neither of them necessarily understood, and are both ending their time on the show as a different person from when they started.
“I think in a lot of ways, where I was at the same point in my life was where Simon was in the Shadow World. He was entering this new world and really had no idea what he was doing, but he was going to give it his best and make it really fun along the way, and I think that’s what I was doing in my own life. I had just graduated from school, I was auditioning and entering this new industry, trying to get the most out of it and making it as fun as I could. I was really lucky that this role came around,” Rosende said.
While fans are devastated to see the show come to an end, they are thrilled to see the final 12 episodes. In fact, the final two were shot awhile after the first 10, so the writers could give the series the goodbye it deserves.
Finding out the news of the cancellation came as big of a shock to the show’s stars as it did to its fans. The ending of Rosende and the other actors' journeys have, in a way, come full circle with both being announced on Twitter quickly after they found out the big news themselves.
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“We found out about the cancellation basically when the rest of the world found out, so, there wasn’t a lot of settling with it and then letting it be known. It was like they called us one minute to tell us the news and then five minutes later it was on Twitter. It ended the way it started, in that sense…it was quick, we didn’t have much time to process it. It really took us coming to film those last two episodes that we all started really understanding it was over,” Rosende added.
As far as what we can expect for the final 12 episodes, Rosende teased what he was able to. In typical ‘Shadowhunters’ fashion, there will be a new villain and the season will start off in a devastating way with the death of Clary.
“Things get worse before they get better, 100 percent. We start this season, specifically, in the lowest place that we have seen a lot of characters because of the loss of Clary. We also face some of the most difficult villains, I don’t know how much I can say but the character of Luke Baines, but the job he does is incredible, so I think everyone is going to be excited about that. Heidi also has a pretty cool journey in these upcoming episodes and I’m very excited to see what people think about that. The way she goes about doing things may not be right, but the things she says, there is truth to it.”
‘Shadowhunters’ fans have always been extremely passionate and dedicated to the show and its fandom. So much so they started a #SaveShadowhunters campaign in which they flew a plane over the Netflix headquarters in Los Angeles that said “#SaveShadowhunters” on a banner attached.
Sadly, it doesn’t seem like their plan worked, as no other networks have spoken on reviving the series. After some time passed, the campaign launched and the cast filmed those final two episodes, Rosende felt he had gotten the closure he needed. That said, never say never, and if ‘Shadowhunters’ does ever come back in some capacity, Rosende isn’t necessarily saying yes or no…yet.
“I would have to wait and see what the show would really be. I had so much fun playing Simon but now I’m okay with that being done. I have accepted it, I have been excited to audition for other things. If it did come back in some way, I would have to see what it was and then make a decision based on that. There are tons of ways to start this crazy career and I think Simon Lewis is a pretty damn good one,” he concluded.
Make sure to tune into what is sure to be an unforgettable final season of ‘Shadowhunters’ on Freeform February 25!