Gregg Sulkin opens up to JJJ about The Wizards Return: Alex vs. Alex in this brand new interview!
The 20-year-old British actor plays Mason, a werewolf and the longtime boyfriend of Selena Gomez‘ character Alex.
In the Wizards of Waverly Place special, the Russo family travels to Tuscany, Italy to meet their long lost relatives, and while there, Alex (Gomez) accidentally casts a spell that creates a Good Alex and an Evil Alex.
JJJ recently chatted with Gregg about reuniting with his Wizards family, his favorite memories from the show, and why he thinks fans will be be happy.
Click inside to read our interview with Gregg…
Gregg Sulkin – JustJaredJr.com Interview
JustJaredJr.com: Hi Gregg! So what was it like having the cast back together?
Gregg Sulkin: It was a really fun, but interesting experience. It felt like we had just been on a long hiatus, as if everybody just picked up where they left off. It was so nice to be able to go to work again with my close friends. I was 17 when I first moved to America and Wizards was honestly like my home. My family are back in London, so the cast and crew became my extended family. To me, it was just another great opportunity to work with my Los Angeles family. It was a really special experience.
JJJ: Was it easy to slip right back into the swing of things as Mason?
GS: Yeah, and that’s the thing, it was just like putting on an old pair of slippers. I think we had been working on the show for years, so the characters were so deeply-rooted in us that it wasn’t hard at all for everyone to get right back into it. That was my fear, of course, because when you’re in a character, you’re in a character. And sometimes it’s hard to get back into it after months off. But I think it was just so deeply-rooted in us, Wizards wasn’t leaving us.
JJJ: What’s been your favorite part about playing him?
GS: There are pro’s and con’s about being a werewolf. One is that it just looks so cool on camera, and it’s so masculine. It’s just great. But then again, it takes so long to get into makeup. And getting to do all the stunts and stuff is great fun. So getting the opportunity to play a complete different character than I’ll probably ever get the chance to play again. It’s such a unique role. When I first went on the show, I was only meant to do one episode and here I am, two or three years later. So to me, I’m very happy with that because I made that character my own. As a team, we all collaborated to make this character from one episode into a really interesting, layered werewolf, which was a lot of fun.
JJJ: We hear Mason has some competition in the special…
GS: Yeah (laughs). Well basically, the family travels to Italy to meet the old relatives and then this guy Dominic comes along. And for us, he seems like a really nice ago. But then a spell is created because Alex has kind of had enough of being told she’s not good enough, she’s not this, she’s not that, so she creates a spell that actually creates a good Alex and a bad Alex. The good Alex tries to save the world and the bad Alex tries to destroy the world. And then my character obviously has conflict because his girlfriend of four years is now being approached by another male figure, which he obviously doesn’t like. So you really see a werewolf come out once or twice.
JJJ: What is it about Dominic that makes Mason feel threatened?
SG: He’s bigger than me (laughs). And I think Mason has seen it before with charming, likeable guys and Alex has a soft spot for charming, likeable guys. Even though she has a good heart, sometimes in the moment she forgets that she has a boyfriend. Obviously, she realizes later that she doesn’t. I think we saw it in season 3 or 4, I think it was. So I think their relationship is just so strong, he doesn’t want to lose it. I think that makes him scared of Americans, I’m not too sure (laughs).
JJJ: How was it working with Selena again and having her produce as well?
GS: Yeah, it was great. This was Selena’s idea. I’m not sure, but it was Selena’s idea for everybody to come back on the show. So without her, we wouldn’t be doing it. I think she felt so close to the fans, as we all do, but she really wanted to give back. The show’s helped her go on in her career and do so many things, and open so many doors and opportunities. So she wanted to give back and thank the show, and thank the channel, thank the fans. So she executive-produced it, which was great. It’s always interesting when you have an executive producer, someone on board, who is just your co-star, the question always is, ‘How are they going to be as an executive producer?’ And she was awesome. She was really humble. She didn’t overstep. She didn’t want to make anyone feel uncomfortable. She was pretty much the exact same Selena we’ve had throughout the show, so that was nice.
JJJ: Do you have a favorite memory from filming?
GS: For this TV event, my favorite memory was the first table read because as you know, it brought back so many emotions none of us felt in months. So that was nice. And then with the show – it wasn’t my happiest experience – but I just remember my last day on set and that was super emotional as well. For me, those guys had been on the show for four, five years and I had only been on for two, but to me, it was a weird experience. I was happy because it meant I could go on and do different projects, but then I was sad because I was leaving behind my family. It was just a really bittersweet experience.
JJJ: Do you think the fans will be happy with how everything turns out?
GS: Yes. I think this was really important, actually, for the show. I was happy with the ending of season 4, but I wasn’t ecstatic. And this, it was an amazing opportunity to come back and have one last hurrah, and give one good, solid ending to the show. And I’m really happy with how it turned out. I think they will be really pleased.
The Wizards Return: Alex vs. Alex airs tonight March 15th @ 8PM ET on the Disney Channel!