Hale Appleman Talks ‘The Magicians’ and What’s to Come for His Character, Eliot
Appleman is fairly new to the scene, but has been acting since he was young, and said that he’s grown up around art his entire life. A graduate of LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts, he said that he was excited when he got the opportunity to audition for the show.
“I’m thrilled to be involved. I love the character, we have incredible show runners John McNamara and Sera Gamble and our entire creative team and really everyone working on the show is incredibly passionate about it,” said Appleman.
“My friend Anthony Carrigan who is also an incredible actor, he plays Victor Zsaz on Gotham, he found out he was auditioning for the show and had the first book on his bookshelf and said ‘This is my favorite book series in a really long time you have to check it out.’” said Appleman.
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The actor says that reading the books helped him explore his character on a deeper level than before.
I started reading the books and fell immediately in love and I felt like the perspective was so fresh and the ideas were so complex and these characters were so beautiful that I was immediately taken with the series. It gave me a great blueprint on which to draw as an actor.
His character Eliot Waugh is a student at a secret school for magicians called Brakebills College for Magical Pedagogy, the main setting for the story. According to Appleman, the character is perceived as more experienced and suave than the other first year student characters.
Eliot is in many ways the unofficial prince of Brakebills, he’s the life of the party, he’s sort of the debaucherous bad boy and the sophisticate aesthetic genius and he’s constructing this idea of himself and projecting it onto everyone that he meets and it’s all in service of preserving this image that he wants to show the world, which in fact hiding who he really is and where he really came from.
So what’s next for Eliot this season?
“Eliot is about to be confronted by his own heart and feel something very real for someone. In this case their may be consequences to that feeling. That sets Eliot up for a downward spiral that’s quite dark, but also, hopefully funny in certain ways, watching Eliot have to confront himself is kind of a hall of mirrors,” said Appleman.
Appleman says this is his first time working in the fantasy genre, but it’s something he’s been dreaming about since he was younger. He laughed, “My inner child is very happy.”
You can see Hale Appleman as Eliot in The Magicians on SyFy Network on Mondays at 8/9c.