The Tomorrow People Interview: Robbie Amell Talks What’s Coming Up for Stephen, Crossover Ideas, His Rivalry with Stephen Amell and More


The CW’s The Tomorrow People was a pleasant surprise when it premiered last fall and it continues to provide fun and interesting storylines. With the Winter finale leaving Stephen’s fate unknown, it’s with great anticipation we’re awaiting new episodes.

Series star Robbie Amell, who portrays Stephen, recently took some time to answer a few questions at a press event about what’s coming up for his character, his “rivalry” with cousin Stephen Amell, some crossover ideas and more.

On what’s coming up for Stephen

Amell explained that when the show got picked up for the back nine episodes, he went out for drinks with their executive producer Danny Cannon who asked him “What do you guys want to see? What don’t you want to see? What are you liking? What are you disliking?” Amell shared, “I said I want to see Stephen step up and start to make the right decisions and stop getting his ass kicked so much, because in the first ten episodes that’s what happens. And I understand why he couldn’t come into this world having just developed these powers, be amazing with them. You have to see him fumble with them and stumble through this world and really learn how to use these powers. Otherwise, I feel like you would have missed a piece of the process. But with everything that happens in [episode] 8 and in 9, you see that he really needs to start deciding who he can trust, who he should be helping, and who he should be fighting against. And he’s getting to a point where he’s strong enough to stand up for himself and the people that he should be standing up for. And the nice thing is in the back nine, he really does make that decision. And it becomes a battle against some very specific people. It’s no longer trying to decide whose team you’re on. It’s now, “Okay. How do we end this? How do we get to the next level?”

On the original The Tomorrow People cast member Nicholas Young being on the show (he plays the character of Aldus Crick)

“We were nervous when we heard he was coming in. I was nervous for two reasons. One was because that’s who you want to get the thumbs‑up from. And two, because he hadn’t acted in over a decade. And I was like, “Oh, man, what if he can’t act anymore?” Amell shared. “But Nicholas was, A, incredible, to hang out with and to be on set with and to work with. And B, he absolutely killed it. He is so fantastic. He’s in at least a couple episodes, and I think people are really going to fall in love with his character. He’s so likable, and he was so much fun, and he really brought a lot of himself to the character. It was really nice to have him really be interested in the show. They gave him the episodes so that he could watch them, and he read the scripts. And he said it’s a much different show than the one he was making, but he really gave us the thumbs‑up, which was the best.”

On the “rivalry” between him and his cousin Stephen Amell (who stars in The CW’s Arrow)

Amell remarked, “You know, I can’t fight with him. His show is a massive hit, and we use their stunt choreographer. So he had them first, their fight choreographer. We share an executive producer. We share a night. But if we ever beat them in ratings, I don’t think he’ll talk to me for a month.” [Laughs]

He added, “But for the most part ‑‑ you know, there’s a little bit of a rivalry, but really not much. We’re both very excited to be on the same night sharing such an incredible experience.”

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On a crossover with Arrow or another show

Although Amell hopes for a crossover, he doesn’t know whether it would ever happens. He explained, “It’s tough because Arrow lives in the DC universe, and they’re starting to do The Flash now. And I think they’re going to want to create this DC world. And “The Tomorrow People” doesn’t live in that. So I don’t think I could come on his show as Stephen. But maybe one day I can guest‑star as something else. I’ve been pitching ‑‑ Stephen’s been pitching for me, but we’ve been pitching that I come on as Bruce Wayne because I’m a huge “Batman” fan, but I think that would be a tough sale.”

As for the possibility of another crossover, Amell had a few ideas.

“I think “Supernatural” could work, just because of the superpower elements. But it’s really tough because with a crossover, you’re really combining these two worlds that you’ve created. You’ve done so much to make them feel real, and to cross them over, I think, can kind of pull you out of that sometimes, especially if you’re a fan of one and you don’t watch the other one. Or, even worse, if you watch both, you’ve separated the two. And to bring them together, as much fun as it would be to do, I think it might suck some of the grounding it in real life out of it.”

That said, Amell did have a fun crossover idea with The CW’s The Carrie Diaries or The Originals.

“Yeah, drop the Tomorrow People into the “Carrie Diaries,” see what happens. Just throw them in “The Originals” and see how the vampires do against somebody who can stop time or teleport.”

On what Tomorrow People power he’d like to have

Without a doubt, Amell would like to be able to teleport, but he has no interest in telepathy. “I don’t want to be able to read people’s minds.”

The Tomorrow People returns with new episodes on Wednesday, January 15th at 9pm on The CW.