Exclusive Interview: The Tomorrow People’s Luke Mitchell Talks About John’s Past, Secret and Relationship with Jedikiah

Kill or Be Killed

In last week’s episode of The Tomorrow People, we found out about Cara’s past and how she came to where she is now, and this week it’s time for us to find out about John’s past. Get ready because there are some big revelations coming your way, as well as an awesome appearance by Jason Dohring (Veronica Mars) who guest stars in the episode.

Luke Mitchell, who plays John Young, took some time to answer a few of our questions about tonight’s episode “Kill or Be Killed” and what’s coming up in future episodes of The Tomorrow People. Find out what he had to say below and don’t miss tonight’s new episode of The Tomorrow People at 9pm on The CW.

What can you tease about the big John episode?

Luke Mitchell: Oh, so much. Look, it’s going to flashback to John as a teenager, we’ll see when he first started breaking out and what his home life was like. You also get to see the beginning of his relationship with Jedikiah, and the audience will start to understand the complexity of that. But we really only touch on that. It’s the tip of the iceberg. There’s also some pretty big reveals about my character, one of which comes right at the end of the episode that will change things, in terms of the way the audience looks at my character, which is pretty exciting.

Did you know everything about your character as you started the show, or are you still learning as you go along?

Luke Mitchell: Always learning, which is cool. It keeps me on my toes. Every now and then I’ll get whispers of things about what has happened in the past or ideas or storylines that are coming up that kind of fill things out for me, which is great. A lot of the times, I don’t find out until I get the script. So yeah, it’s exciting sometimes to watch my character evolve on the paper so then I can bring that to life, and add all sorts of spices to it.

You mentioned the relationship with Jedikiah being the tip of the iceberg. Are we going to learn even more about them and what has happened?

Luke Mitchell: Oh, yeah. It’s very exciting. It’s been one of my favorite things about the show to date. It’s been that kind of relationship, the reveal of that relationship through flashbacks and current storylines. Working with Mark Pellegrino is fantastic and it’s a lot of fun to flesh out that relationship.

What about John and Cara’s relationship? They’re each keeping secrets from each other, how is that going to come into play?

Luke Mitchell: Well, it’s going to be interesting, that’s for sure. As in everyday life, if you’re in a relationship with someone and you’re keeping big secrets from each other, it’s only a matter of time before something happens, where somebody finds out about something. Let’s just say that it’s not taken very well.

What about his relationship with Stephen, how is that evolving in the future?

Luke Mitchell: That’s a fun one to play out. It’s fun to setup that John and Stephen are very different, but primarily as an age and an experience thing. Over the course of the next few episodes, they do see a progression forward. I don’t think John and Stephen will ever be best friends, but you do see them start to understand and get each other a bit more, up until a point. Then things don’t go so well.

What do you think is John’s ultimate ideal for the world and for himself?

Luke Mitchell: He wants to be safe. He wants to not be constantly fighting. He wants a safe place for his family, which is essentially the Tomorrow People. That’s what he wants. He doesn’t even want to be in the position that he is, I don’t think. I think he’s doing it out of necessity. I think that’s the ultimate goal.

What aspect to John do you relate to in John the most?

Luke Mitchell: I think the idea of family. I’m very lucky that I have a terrific family and I love them all very much, and I think that’s the thing in life that keeps you grounded, no matter where you go, where you travel, you’ve got them as a platform, as a safety net. If things go terribly wrong, you’ve always got your family there to support you. I think that’s the thing that I connect to the most.

How much of the stunts do you do yourself?

Luke Mitchell: A lot. I do a lot of stunts myself. We have doubles when we have to do a particular dangerous move, or something where we could potentially hurt ourselves more than the usual. Luckily I get to do a lot of the stuff myself. The way that we shoot is pretty rigorous, and so the style of shooting allows us to do it, or forces us to do it, one way or the other because we’re very constantly in shots like, sometimes steady-cam shots or single-cam handheld shots where you’re always catching pieces of both people and it’s not just a single of one actor. Sometimes they’re able to give you a stunt-double because it’s the stunt-double’s back, but often times it’s actually the actor, which is cool.

What do you think it is about ‘The Tomorrow People’ that makes the story so compelling?

Luke Mitchell: I think it’s the idea of being an outcast. I think everyone at one point in time, in their life, has been an outcast in one way or another. I think the thing that we’re developing is that even though we’ve set up the Tomorrow People as different from humans, they’re essentially a different species, they’re really not all that different. They have the same problems. They have the same feelings and emotions and complicated relationships and big decisions to make. At the end of the day, they’re very, very similar, and so I think it’s the idea of that difference. There actually isn’t a lot of difference.

Do you have a message for the fans as they get ready to find out more about John?

Luke Mitchell: Yes. First of all, I hope that you guys enjoy it. Remember to keep an open mind. And just remember that this is the tip of the iceberg. So it’s not a closed book, so just keep your mind open.

If you could guest star on any other show, which one would it be?

Luke Mitchell: Ooh, good question. I don’t know, there are so many good ones. You know what, I’d love to have a ‘Simpsons’ character. I think that’d be really cool. I’d love to be animated. I grew up with ‘The Simpsons’ character. That’s a part of my DNA. So that’d be unreal, I think.

The Tomorrow People airs on Wednesdays at 9pm on The CW.

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