Harvey Guillén on Guillermo and Nandor’s Relationship

Harvey Guillén is flourishing, and so is his beloved character Guillermo on the FX sequence “What We Do within the Shadows.” Guillermo is the human acquainted to the vampire Nandor (Kayvan Novak), and in season one, he is a little bit of a loser. He is been obsessive about vampires his total life, and he is decided to have Nandor change him into one — however Nandor appears content material to maintain Guillermo as his low-level, disrespected acquainted eternally.

However in season 4, which premiered on FX on July 12, Guillermo is in a very completely different place. “He is simply discovering himself,” Guillén tells hollywoodnewsflash.us. “[Where] we began with him in season one is just not the place he is at now, clearly.” He factors out that in season one, Guillermo parted his hair down the center and curled it to attempt to seem like Dracula, considering that was the aspirational vampire life he wished.

“As time goes by, he finds out that he is really extra of a badass simply being in his personal self and his personal physique,” he says. “I’d say that he seems simply extra assured this season.” Guillén purposefully sprinkled Guillermo’s progress all through the three earlier seasons so followers may really feel the transformation play out slowly.

“He is seen the world, he is gone to London for a 12 months. He is lived overseas. He is like, ‘It’s so a lot larger than Staten Island.'”

However he is executed such a delicate job that at moments in season 4, it is nearly jarring to see this extra actualized, assertive Guillermo. Guillén says even his castmate Matt Berry, who performs the vampire Laszlo, was bowled over by Guillermo’s new angle towards the vampires. “Matt felt uncomfortable on set due to a few of the strains that got [to Guillermo]. Matt was like, ‘Would he reply him like that?’ And it is like, ‘He does now,'” Guillén explains. “New Guillermo, who this?”

This season, Guillermo continues to be discovering himself, however he is lastly stopped placing the wants of the vampires forward of his personal. “He will completely simply take care of primary,” he explains. “These vampires do not make him right into a vampire anytime quickly. So he is like, ‘Effectively, what the f*ck am I frightened about?'” And, after all, Guillermo has the final word trump card — he is a Van Helsing, and his vampire-killing powers have solely grown over time.

The opposite huge change second for Guillermo occurred off display screen between seasons three and 4, when he and Nadja (Natasia Demetriou) lived in London for a 12 months earlier than returning to their Staten Island coven. “He is seen the world, he is gone to London for a 12 months. He is lived overseas. He is like, ‘It’s so a lot larger than Staten Island,'” Guillén explains. “It is gotten to the purpose the place he is simply not caring anymore.”

In episode 4, which premiered July 26, Guillermo’s new abilities are totally on show when he and Nandor face off in a pretend battle for a vampire crowd on the Night time Market. Guillermo’s fight abilities are significantly better than his grasp’s. “Now he is good with swords. . . . The backstory is that he is most likely educated in London whereas he was there,” Guillén says of Guillermo’s abilities. “Whereas Nadja was on the council, he was choosing up classes and getting higher at his craft and actually leaning into his Van Helsing aspect.”

Guillén says the Night time Market episode is considered one of his high two favourite installments from season 4, and it is all due to his huge battle scene. He compares studying stunts to engaged on a stage musical: it is all about timing. “You be taught the steps, do the ft, and you must be humorous. And you must do your strains on high of the sword combating. And you must do motion, as a result of for those who transfer on the fallacious foot, you may damage somebody,” he explains.

The opposite factor Guillermo picked up between seasons three and 4? A love curiosity, whose id hasn’t but been revealed within the first few episodes. Guillén guarantees we’ll be taught simply who this particular person is quickly, however for now, it is made Guillermo’s relationship with Nandor, which at all times sizzled with an undercurrent of one thing, rather more sophisticated. Guillén compares Guillermo and Nandor to a post-breakup Ross and Rachel on “Pals”: making an attempt to remain collegial and to not pry into the opposite particular person’s relationship life, however nonetheless a little bit obsessed. Guillermo has this new particular person, and Nandor has introduced considered one of his wives again from the lifeless, however are they actually over one another?

WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS  -- The Night Market  -- Season 4, Episode 4 (Airs July 26) — Pictured: (l-r) Kayvan Novak as Nandor, Harvey Guillén as Guillermo. CR: Russ Martin/FX.

“I do not know,” Guillén says. “The factor is that they’ve love for one another. . . . Folks can love somebody and never essentially be married to them. Folks can love somebody and never be in a relationship with them. There’s completely different varieties of affection. They usually undoubtedly have a connection, and their love is so robust that individuals are rooting for them.”

Guillén understands why some followers are determined for them to get collectively, however he will not reveal if it’s going to in the end occur. “Something’s doable, as a result of they’re nonetheless rising and studying,” he says. “And so this 12 months, they are going on these journeys, some collectively and a few on their very own. But additionally they are going by means of self-realization, and generally you might want to work on your self.”

The actor is happy for followers to see the place Guillermo goes this season, saying his journey has been “a very long time coming.” He guarantees viewers will get to see extra of his household and the dynamic of the Mexican family the place he grew up. However Guillermo continues to be rising. “[People will] see a aspect of Guillermo that he himself has not been utterly sincere with,” he says. “He will be asking numerous questions.” The solutions will are available in time.

“What We Do within the Shadows” airs Tuesdays on FX and the following day on Hulu.

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