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'Da Vinci's Demons' stars Riley, Chillin: More season 3, 'Doctor Who' secrecy — Part 2

Part 2 of 2 on the third-season renewal of David S. Goyer’s Da Vinci’s Demons, about the lost years of genius Leonardo da Vinci. (Read part 1 here.)

As fervent fans of Da Vinci’s Demons star Tom Riley are already aware, he recently wrapped filming on Doctor Who in a role he can’t talk about for fear the BBC will “make a voodoo doll” of him and presumably poke it full of sharp needles if he breathes another word.


That said, he did concede that he believes his episode will appear earlier in season 8, which airs later this year and stars Peter Capaldi (In the Loop, The Hour), taking over from Matt Smith as the new Doctor. (And now that’s published, I can’t help but wonder if Riley feels a slight pricking of his skin.) The photos and video (below) are out there and conjecture flying about Riley’s character — Robin Hood? One of the Merry Men? — but still no official word.

So I leave it alone, because I wouldn’t want the BBC resorting to magic to silence him.

His other project, dark-comedy crime-thriller Kill Your Friends, has no such shroud of secrecy around it, as the film is based on the 2008 book of the same name by John Niven. Riley plays an A&R manager operating in a killer music industry environment. The film, which has no release date yet, also stars Nicholas Hoult (X-Men: Days of Future Past) and Ed Skrein (Game of Thrones).

“Tom has been nicking all my jobs,” jokes Gregg Chillin, sidekick extraordinaire Zoroaster in Da Vinci’s Demons. Then Chillin becomes charmingly sincere when he says, “The people (working on Da Vinci’s Demons) are lovely…It’s the thing that I’m proudest about.”

When asked about fielding fan response on social media, Riley (@thisisTomRiley) says, “I’ve been really lucky — people have been really lovely, really nice…The show is a hit internationally, [and the social media attention] comes in waves.” He adds that real-world interactions can be significantly more overwhelming when he runs across some of the more enthusiastic fans in person. He also gives Chillin (@GreggChillin) a hard time for his Twitter habits, calling it “a love-hate relationship,” but both agree that costar Eros Vlahos (@Eros_V), who plays Nico, bests them all in tweet prowess. When I suggest that the role of Nico is set to become more weighty and observe that Vlahos has the looks of a benevolent angel, Riley adds, “He’s going to be 6’2″ — he’s going to be gorgeous,” which provides ripe opportunity for Chillin to exact revenge for his earlier ribbing by wistfully repeating Riley.

Speaking of reverie, in part 1 of the interview, we discussed fan glee when Vlad the Impaler was introduced in season 1. Chillin and Riley had more to say about that popular sequence:

Gregg Chillin: You should have seen our faces on our first day, when we had our first shooting day with Paul.

Tom Riley: Paul Rhys, who plays Vlad.

Chillin: (Our response) was genuine, because he was terrifying and brilliant, and it was all so strange and weird, and the sets were incredible.

Riley: The skull chandeliers.

Chillin: (To Riley) Do you remember that day, when we were genuinely looking at each other like—

Riley: I think half of it’s on camera: us not quite knowing how to deal with what he was doing, because it was terrifying and brilliant. People responded really well to it, as well. It was interesting, because, I think, for David and the writers of (season) 1, the Dracula episode was kind of an experiment. It was like, “Well, you know, how crazy can we push the boundaries of the show?” We’ve already said, “this is historical fantasy and things are going to get wild, but if they go kind of really wild mid-season, how will people respond?” And actually, it was so passionate a response to Vlad — fan favorite. People love a creepy-baddy, but also a creepy-baddy that’s played as well as Paul played Vlad. So, yeah, it went very well. But some people did fall off the couch, but hopefully they got back on.

Similar, but not entirely the same: When Amerigo Vespucci was introduced this season —

Chillin: Very similar performances, I thought.

Riley: Vespucci and Vlad? Yeah. (Laughs.)

Chillin: Played by the same actor, of course. (Joking)

Riley: Prosthetics. (Laughs)


The actors also had more to say about where the characters will be going in season 3:

Chillin: To echo Tom earlier, it really does feel that we are slightly going back to the sort of Florentine aspect of the show.

Riley: But different people returning. Leonardo is certainly less cocky than he was at the beginning of season 1 and less of an arrogant, you know, man about town. And their friendship has been tested horribly — him and Zoroaster — and Lucrezia has realized that all of her big plans maybe aren’t coming off. It’s the great thing about serialized drama: You get a chance to develop characters…The hardest thing for me about playing Leonardo as he was originally written to now is that I always knew that he was going to grow wisdom and he was going to become more humble and more aware of how his mind could be used and the importance that he should attribute to his own intelligence. But, it’s very tough to sort of hold your water for a season and a half and know that if you’re just walking around and being cocky and arrogant and just treating everyone horribly, an audience isn’t necessarily going to go for it. Usually they find it a little bit abrasive. But you know you’re getting there — slowly but surely, you will evolve, and that’s the magic of serialized TV. I was just terrified we were going to get canceled, and I would never get to the end of being able to show the journey.

There’s so much story left of his life (da Vinci died at age 67). At this point, how old is he?

Riley: Somewhere between 27 and 32, because they were the years he vanished, and they are the golden years that no one knows where Leonardo da Vinci was, which is why David said, “Well, maybe he was in Peru.” (Laughs)


And then this:

Riley: I’ll tell you something, and I know that (Starz) won’t mind: Zoroaster’s the Mona Lisa.

Chillin: Yeah.

Riley: He grows his hair.

Chillin: Yeah.

Riley: He poses. He’s got that little sort of smile.

Chillin: Yeah.

Riley: It’s a full, hour-long episode of me just painting Gregg.

They’re joking, of course, but stranger things have happened on Da Vinci’s Demons. Read my recaps of season 2 in the Community.

< ‘Da Vinci’s Demons’ stars Riley and Chillin
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Da Vinci’s Demons, rated TV-MA, airs Saturdays at 9 p.m. on Starz.

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TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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