Alberto Rosende Chats All Things 'Shadowhunters' With NKD Mag

Alberto Rosende Chats All Things 'Shadowhunters' With NKD Mag

Alberto Rosende takes in the view of the city in this shot from the February 2016 issue of NKD mag.

The 22-year-old actor chatted with the glossy about playing Simon on Shadowhunters, social media and more. Check it:

On booking the show: “As soon as I got the callback I got the first book. Before the callback I’d read the first and most of the second, and midway through the audition I was starting the third book. Even then, I didn’t understand that all of this was going to have a giant fanbase. The Mortal Instruments, has like, 38 million copies sold.”

On separating the movie from the series: “We always wanted to separate ourselves from the movie. It reminds me of this documentary called Meru, where all these guys are climbing a mountain, and how every time someone tries they climb it a different way. Same mountain, same story, but we’re taking a different path. We can go into the world that they are going to be a part of and that the audience is eventually going to be a part of. I think that’s the benefit we have. The movie didn’t get us invested in the world, because there wasn’t enough time.”

On the social media impact of the show: “They actually sat me down when I got cast and they gave a whole spiel. They give you a nice little book, and they make it very understandable and very easy. It’s both amazing and kind of scary, how much you can do with that. I’ve seen the way the show’s kind of grown because of social media, like the people that in was in high school with that never would have come across the show have called me like, ‘I saw that thing on Facebook or someone tweeted something and I saw that you were part of that’. It’s amazing how the world is like that now.”

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