Anyone who’s tuning into ABC’s Revenge knows that much of the show’s drama can be attributed to all of the complicated love triangles and quadrangles therein. But in all fairness, isn’t that typical of most television dramas? Romantic problems are an easy way to keep folks interested in a show, but Revenge takes a unique approach with one character in particular. Nolan Ross (played by actor Gabriel Mann) is a favorite on Revenge, as the ride or die, ever-quotable sidekick to Emily Thorne. But one of the other things that makes Nolan so awesome is his sexuality, or rather, the lack of clarity in that department. With each passing season, viewers remain a bit unclear as to which way Nolan swings precisely, and the ambiguity therein is pretty cool.
In the first season we saw Nolan hooking up with Daniel Grayson’s old college rommate Tyler Barrol, and viewers naturally assumed Nolan was gay. By the time we got to season two, Tyler was long gone and Padma Lahari was the new romantic interest. Nolan’s gorgeous assistant (may she rest in peace) rocked a mean green dress, and her character threw us all for a loop. Technically, her relationship with Nolan meant that he was bisexual, but this was never explicitly stated. You could attribute such an omission to bad writing, but it could have been an intentional move — an attempt to create a character that resisted labels.
This season, it’s all about Nolan and Patrick, although we expect this new relationship to be just as complicated as the others. In the meantime, we’ve been enjoying their many, shirtless hook ups (and hope that Patrick returns to the Hamptons soon for this reason especially). Here’s hoping Nolan — our favorite gay/bi/undefined/indifferent character on Revenge
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It was clear after watching the premiere of “Revenge” season 3 that this show was going to be taking an extremely different direction in the creative. If you look back at many of the stories that were established at the end of season 2, including the arrest of Nolan, Charlotte’s pregnancy, and Conrad Grayson becoming Governor, many of them were wiped away during the span of this hour. Now, it is almost an opportunity to start fresh, and for new series boss Sunil Nayar to create the future that he wants for these people.
While we imagine that this decision could be polarizing to many out there, we actually enjoy the direction that the show seems to be heading in. There is a clear plan in place for many of the characters, and it is pretty easy to like what we are seeing because of it. Also, Nayar helped to explain some of the moves that he made in an interview with TVLine after the premiere, including some of the controversial ones.
On seemingly ending the political career of Conrad via a false Huntington’s Disease diagnosis – “Part of it was we didn’t want to trap Conrad in Albany all season. But we also wanted to set up a storyline where we see how wonderful Emily is at her takedowns. He didn’t just get taken out of the governorship — he believes he has [Huntington's] disease. This was a bit of a nod to the pilot where she did the same thing to Conrad, but we took it a step further and made sure it had psychological and physical ramifications that will cause him to examine who he is and who he wants to be. So, in tandem with bringing him back to the Hamptons, where we certainly wanted him, we wanted to make sure that we [embarked] on a storyline that allowed us to get to know this man a little better that we have.”
On having Charlotte’s pregnancy not go to term – “It would have been really hard to pick up with Charlotte six months pregnant and try to think of stories that would come from that. We wanted her to mature a lot [this season]. As you saw in the premiere, she’s a very different Charlotte.”
After a solid Season 3 premiere, Revenge is officially back and we couldn’t be happier. Emily Thorne’s (Emily VanCamp) first takedown plan of the summer was a rousing success (hang in there, Conrad!) and with Aiden Mathis (Barry Sloane) switching sides and teaming up with Victoria Grayson (Madeleine Stowe) we know we’re in for a wild ride.
Below is a sneak peek for Season 3, Episode 2, “Sin”, and it proves that Vicki and Aiden are, in fact, up to no good. For starters, the flawless Mrs. Grayson is shown conversing with Aiden on the family yacht (natch).
“Emily betrayed me in a way that you couldn’t imagine”, Aiden begins before we see a shot of the gruesome twosome walking hand-in-hand into a fancy soiree.
“We’re going to destroy that girl,” Vicki G. counters angrily.
Yikes, things aren’t looking good for Ems. Victoria has never liked the Hampton’s transplant, and Aiden certainly knows enough about her true mission to destroy her. Together, these two might just be unstoppable.
R & R: 3-1
By: Dani McMartin
Holy Hacker, Batman! The season three premiere of Revenge has aired and the writing gods have smiled upon us. (Ted and Wilson, I’m talking to you.) I just don’t even know where to start. We can already tell that season three is exceptionally better than season two so without further ado, let’s get on with it, shall we? (INSERT SPOILERT ALERT HERE) I don’t really do spoiler alerts because if you can’t take it you’re a pussy. Anyway, let’s go…
Season three opens with Ems getting shot (YIKES). WTF? Please tell me this is a ruse and Nolan is waiting out there with a get-away vehicle, because he’s getting pretty pro at boat rescues. Honestly, she’d better be okay because I’m still pissed at what they did with Takeda. By the way, writers, he could have a twin brother, just saying. Fauxmanda wasn’t a huge loss because she was a complete flake anyway, but Aiden sure could take a hike. Wait…where was I? I kind of got off track. Oh yes, the opener.
So, Emily gets a cap in her ass and then we rewind a couple months to her and good old Danny boy sucking face. Daniel is so cute yet so stupid. It’s probably his most endearing quality ever since he hopped on the Jack wagon, and by Jack I mean Jack Daniels or Daniel’s Jack, whichever way you want it. (See what I did there?) Yet, this season, he seems reasonably sober, a.k.a. boring, but that’s okay because we like him this way. Emily has got him right where she wants him, which is good because she seems to have given up another set.
Yes, I’m referring to Nolan. He seems to have reclaimed his pair from Emily because he actually told her NO. I didn’t stutter. See, Ems decided to hold a
second engagement with Daniel portrait unveiling party for Conrad in order to expose him for the asshole he is. She was all like, “Noly baby, can you hack some stuff?” And he was like, “Bitch, you’re high. I just got out of cell block 8.” However, they did reach a compromise. Nolan decides to parachute, yes parachute, into the party with a vial of poison so that Ems can make Connie pass out mid speech. Wow, that’s way less conspicuous than hacking the security system. But, as I said, he’s yanked back his set since season two and, it appears, added some growth serum to them. Yup, he Latissed those babies. By the way, here’s a little side note. I LOVE this! Thank you for making Nolan the badass we always knew he was. Now let’s get back to Connie.
He’s drugged and sent to the hospital where he’s diagnosed with Huntington’s. Of course, this is leaked to the press and his career is kaput. In the meantime, Assley, (you remember Assley because she sleeps with everyone and has no common sense) tries to blackmail Emily because she thinks she knows some stuff. This isn’t going to happen. You know it, I know it and Emily really knows it because she framed Assley to make it look like she was the one who leaked the Huntington’s info to the press. As a consequence, Ems tells Ass she’s banished from the Hamptons or she’ll go public with the information about who was responsible for the leak. At this point, Assley is driven to the airport where a plane awaits. The best part of this little scheme is that Bitchtoria was in on it. It’s unclear if she had a hand in leaking the information on Connie, which I doubt, but she did arrange the banishment. She and Ems were both on the tarmac staring Assley down, telling her she gets on the plane or else, which is really just code for “go fuck yourself.” Oh Assley, we knew your fate was sealed the moment you opened your pretty, albeit stupid, mouth. I’m kind of conflicted here though. Loved all the controversy and excitement surrounding this character, hated the actual character. It’s a toss-up.
The story line I described above was pretty much the gist of this episode but there were some other interesting developments. Patrick, Bitchy’s long lost son, is being played by HOT-ASS actor Justin Hartley. (Get out the hose!) Patrick’s emergence is causing a lot of jealousy with Charlotte the Harlot. She’s pretty pissed that he’s getting all of Mommy Dearest’s attention. I just can’t figure out why. You’d think, as long as her attention is diverted elsewhere, then mommy hasn’t got time to meddle in your affairs, Char. I’d be jumping for joy if I was Charlotte but she was just a whiny little bitch. She went straight to Patrick and told him horror stories about his mommy (all true) and, as a result, Patrick decides to bolt. Bitchtoria gets wind of this and, to put it delicately, throws a full out hissy fit. Charlotte threatens to move out and Bitchy is all like, “Do it.” Then Charlotte has this look on her face that says, “well, I never.” Oh, come on! Yes you did, Char, and you’d better get used to it because the folks are getting tired of your ridiculous drug-fueled temper tantrums. Connie is going to lose his mind and then there will be no one left to manipulate. I’m going to guess one of two things is going to happen at this point; either Charlotte doesn’t actually move out, or she decides to shack up with Ems and Daniel.
In other Hampton’s news, Jack is a dick. Really. Apparently, Emily poured her heart out to him about who she really was. After giving him time to think, she shows up at the bar to talk things out. Jack tells her that after recognizing, through his son, the love a child has for their father, he understands why she did what she did. Then he kisses her, deeply. However, after the kiss, he says he realized at that very moment he has zero feelings for her. He goes on to give her an ultimatum, “either you finish all your revengey business by the end of summer or I’ll out you.” Umm…WHAT? What’s the saying, beggars can’t be choosers? Specifically, Jack’s got jack and he’s in no position to be alienating the only person in the world who gives a crap about him. But you go ahead. Pull out all the douchey stops, Jack. This should be interesting. At least his balls are intact.
Also interesting is the emergence of another new character, Daniel’s ex-girlfriend, Margaux Poitier, played by Karine Vanasse. We didn’t really get an in-depth look at this character, but I can tell you she is mesmerizing. I don’t have much to say because they didn’t really give us any clue as to what role she will play in the Hamptons but who cares? I could just watch her talk all day. You could make her the cleaning lady for all I care. Just give her lots of dialogue. Check out the episode and you’ll see what I mean. They scored with this one. Oh…almost forgot… Aiden shows up on Bitchtoria’s doorstep in the last 10 seconds of the show acting like he’s on her side. I threw that in there for you *gag* Aiden fans, but I’m going to go on record to say he’s probably just gathering intel for Emily because she’s got his balls in her purse too. If we’re lucky she’ll cut them off.
And that, Revengelings, is episode 3-1 in a nutshell. We’d love to hear your thoughts on this review, as well as the episode. Tweet myself or Bobby, @thedoo2u and @gaveoutlongb4. Let us know your thoughts and don’t forget to use the hash tag Revenge. Until next week, Yours Truly will be waiting with bated breath. Translation: I really wish the writers would give me early previews so I can have this shit ready to go as soon as it airs.
Revenge is back in the US on Sunday, and it’s about time – we’ve been missing our fix of Hamptons scandal and beautifully-dressed villains! That’s without even mentioning all the drama that went down at the end of season two.
Over the summer, Gabriel Mann – also known as Nolan – sat down with reporters to chat about his expectations for the new season, so read on to find out what he had to say about everything from sexual tension to Jack’s reaction to Emily’s bombshell to how he’s going to get himself out of trouble…
Revenge feels like it’s been going a bit of the Game of Thrones route recently with Amanda and Declan, and Ashley’s not going to be in season three, is she?
“Um, well, I wouldn’t be too quick to jump to too many conclusions! Look, again, on this show it’s never quite what it seems to be and if there were a possibility that one of our characters might be taking a hiatus from the Hamptons, I can’t imagine our writers wouldn’t take full advantage of that in some way. So yeah, I would say let’s not be too quick to jump to any conclusions about anything, but again this is not having had an opportunity to look at any scripts yet for the third season. Just a hunch on my part.”
Do you worry about being killed off yourself?
“Do I worry about my status on the show? I think all of us do. It was made very clear to us from the beginning that at any given point our characters could be revenged off the show. I think that’s some of the fun of a show like this – at any given time any of the principals could easily be gone. But I think we all have the same hope, which is that if we do go it’s in spectacular fashion. The bigger, the bolder, the better. But it’s always a possibility for any of us, that we may go. I think we all really love and certainly respect our writers and love working on the show, and in the larger sense feel like if it serves the story then so be it. Just please give us at least a month or two’s head’s up so we can start looking for another job! That’s all we ask!”
Nolan’s in trouble – how do you think his relationship with Amanda will be affected?
“Yeah, because she is Amanda now isn’t she, in some ways! I don’t know. What’s interesting is that in some ways they’ve, the characters have traded places a little bit. He’s sort of back to where she began. I mean, I guess hypothetically or not even hypothetically, he’s literally like the new David Clarke. I mean, he turned out to be the fall guy for everything on the show. And so considering he spent a lot of the past two seasons trying to convince her to give up her pursuit of revenge and to sort of follow her father’s wishes of forgiveness and so forth, it would be interesting to see those roles reversed. So yeah, something like that maybe. And then certainly where that line of thinking may lead her in terms of what her plans are and how that maybe changes her pursuit of revenge in some ways. But again, yeah, I don’t think prison suits Nolan very well and I don’t think orange is his color.”
“This one feels kind of unhackable! I have no idea, but I mean, in terms of figuring out answers to those questions, I think our season two finale was the perfect example of taking a very complex all over the map season and bringing it all back together in a very clever way. So I have always and continue to have utter faith in our writers’ brilliant and twisted minds, because they always manage to find a way to figure it all out in the end. How they’re going to go about it, I can’t wait to see that script for episode one, season three. So I don’t know. And then where that storyline goes and how long it lasts, I’ve got no clue. But I certainly hope it’s not too long because I’d love to see Nolan back in a three-piece suit.”
I heard you say that season three will be about sexual manipulation. What did you mean by that?
“Yeah – it feels like in a show like this and when you’re exploring the concept of revenge in general, that you have to continue to mine the depths of what that means and where that could go and obviously it could take a million different forms. We certainly know on the show what revenge with a gun means, so I think it’s really interesting to take some of the physical weapons out of the equation and really get back to psychological cat and mouse games. Again, not having seen the script, I don’t know what forms those will take. I think we’ve all just been informed that we need to be in the gym because the clothes are coming off! So it feels like we spent quite a bit of time in season two in the office and in the boardrooms, so yeah, it would be nice to spend a bit more time in the bedroom in season three.”
Are we going to see him bouncing back from Padma? There were rumors that she might not be dead…
“There’s always rumors on this show. I don’t know. I think it’s quite a dangerous endeavour to be a love interest of Nolan at any given point because you usually end up dead, or some form of that, whatever shape that takes. But things generally don’t end well. I feel like in many ways that was kind of his first love – it was sort of the high school sweetheart that he never had. I remember there was an episode – Victoria and Conrad’s second wedding – and Nolan and Padma were dressed in purple and it felt very much like the prom that he had never had a chance to go to with her. And being that there was that, that was taken from him and he was betrayed in that way, I would wonder if he sort of lost faith in the promise of the goodness of love. He’s certainly good at manipulation so he should fit in quite well in season three. In the past we’ve seen Nolan use his sexuality as a weapon as well, so I think we can maybe anticipate something in that realm in season three. As to who he will direct it towards, I can only speculate. But I think it should be fun.”
“I mean, I think if given the opportunity, Nolan would have sexual tension with a chair! So yeah, being that the Falcon is kind of a perfect nemesis to him, certainly within the realm of the things that he does best, I think that there could be some nice opportunities for the two of them to play a little bit more with each other. I mean, I love the idea of that, and at the moment it looks like we’re both in prison. So that could be difficult, but I don’t know. Maybe they’ll let Nolan use the 1983 PC in the prison library and he can get up to some old tricks. I mean, another perspective is that being that the technological aspect of things is what landed Nolan in this situation in the first place, it would be interesting to see if he moved away from that completely – where would that leave the character, in some ways? That might be a little tease for season three as well.”
What about the relationship between Nolan and Jack, now that Jack knows a lot of things?
“That’s an interesting question too. I think there’s a question mark for Nolan and Jack’s relationship, and by extension Emily and Jack’s relationship. In many ways they’re on equal footing at this point because they both have had everything that they’ve loved and their families taken away from them in some way, shape or form by the Graysons. It kind of cleared the slates for them finally for the reveal that we saw at the end of season two to finally be possible. Being that he was one of the only truthful, faithful and good-hearted characters in the show from the inception, the fact that that’s been taken away from him at this point, I have a hard time believing all will be forgiven at the drop of a hat.
As we anxiously await the September 29 premiere of Revenge Season 3, Wetpaint Entertainment spoke with one of our favorite Hamptonites, Gabriel Mann (Nolan Ross).
When last we saw Emily Thorne’s faithful sidekick, he was arrested and considered to be the face of the terrorist group, The Initiative. But rather than donning an orange jumpsuit in Season 3, Gabe says Nolan will be stripping down when Revenge returns.
Wetpaint Entertainment: You’ve said that the cast is going to be pretty naked this season. What do you do to stay in shape?
Gabriel Mann: I definitely spend lots of time focusing on fitness and diet. As an actor half of what we can control with the characters we play is our body and how that plays into the physicality and the psychology of the character. It’s an absolutely crucial piece of how you put a character together. A character like Nolan uses his body in the way that he dresses in a pretty major way in terms of the goals that he hopes to accomplish and the way that he looks to the world.
How in the world are you 41?
I have to give that one up to my parents. They’re definitely grownups and they still look like teenagers. So I don’t know if that’s a good thing or if I should be in the circus somewhere.
I think most of Hollywood would say it’s a good thing.
Yeah it’s probably OK. [Laughs] In the town we live in and the industry I work in, absolutely.
So Nolan’s gone from having a hot one-night stand with Tyler to an epic love saga with Padma. What is he looking for now romantically?
I don’t think Nolan is looking for romance in Season 3. I think Nolan has been so burned at this point that at least coming into Season 3, his commitment is all about Emily. She is really the center of his world, but I think considering our jumping off point in this season is Emily getting shot at her own wedding and, being that she is the center of his world, that might send shock waves through the rest of the season, certainly. I also tend to find that in life when people are not looking for love, that’s generally when it comes smashing right into them. As to who that will be and what form that takes on our show this year, I would never give you a spoiler on that, but I would say it will be unexpected.
So let’s talk Emily a little bit, or more importantly, Nemily. You’re a fan, we’re big fans. How can we make this happen in Season 3?
I would say rally our Revenge writers and our new showrunner, Sunil Nayar. I think, at least from Nolan’s perspective, there’s always going to be a deep love commitment and abiding friendship at the base of that relationship. At the same time, I really feel like he believes she is best suited to really understand him as a person. The methods she takes and the way she deals with him sometimes are a bit rough, but on the other side of it, they have come so far from our first episode in the first season to now. Even in Season 2, Nolan tells her that he loves her. And there really is this deep love and understanding between them. How or if that ever might go to the next level really depends on how many seasons the show is on the air for. So much tends to happen from episode to episode that I would say at a certain point with Revenge, we will certainly explore every and all possibilities with the way these characters interact. And we certainly have so far this year in some incredibly unexpected ways that you will come to see fairly quickly.
OK! That’s not completely hopeless. So you mentioned new showrunner, Sunil Nayar and I think in many interviews he’s been pretty honest about some of Season 2’s downfalls and his plans for Season 3. Was there a point during the second season when you had to step back and say, “OK, this is ridiculous?” or “This is too much?”
I’m always Mike Kelley’s biggest fan. I feel like Season 1 was really about establishing a tone and introducing the characters and Season 2 was really about expanding the world of the show and kind of trying out different things and bringing in different characters. And I think having done that, looking at Season 3 now, it’s really about sort of taking the things we’ve now established at this point, and really kind of putting them back together and taking a “back to basics” approach. We are definitely out of the board room; we are back on the beach. Clothes are coming off. We are exploring sexual manipulation in a way we haven’t seen before with the show. I think this is a season that fans of the show will deeply appreciate and be very, very excited for. Also being a fan of the show myself, it’s hugely satisfying this year. It’s so far incredible, and we are only at Episode 8 at this point.
I saw a picture of Nolan in a captain’s jacket in an upcoming episode. Is there any look he won’t try?
I think Nolan is open to everything when it comes to what he wears. I know certainly me, as the actor, it gets incredibly exciting when Jill Ohanneson, our costume designer, wants to push the boundaries with him. I think Nolan has always used clothing as social armor to a certain degree and the fact that we’re working with a little bit less this year. How would I describe his style this year? I’d say it’s easy access. Clothes have the ability to come off much more easily this year. I think Nolan is maybe not trying quite so hard with his wardrobe choices. He is more comfortable in his own skin, but having said that, he is always going have a certain flair and way of expressing himself with his clothing.
Emily VanCamp returns to television Sunday and fans want “Revenge” spoilers. Episode 1 of season 3 is titled “Fear,” and on Sept. 23 Spoiler TV shared a sneak peek. From the looks of things fans will want to buckle their seat belts as this is going to be a wild season.
Of course fans were left hanging at the end of season 2 when Emily told Jack she is really Amanda Clarke. Season 3 begins with a flash-forward that has “Revenge” spoiler fans stunned. Emily is in her wedding dress on a yacht drinking champagne, seemingly on her wedding day with Daniel. Then she is shot and she falls into the water. So, how do things get to that point? Of course fans will have to tune in to see.
Zap2It shares that as season 3 begins, Victoria has been MIA for six months as neither Emily or Daniel have seen her. The site teases that her reappearance “involves slow-motion horseback riding.” Nolan has a new outlook on life and NolCorp “has gone the way of the flip-phone,” says portrayer Gabriel Mann. As for Jack, he has changed immensely after all that happened in season 2, and not in a good way.
TV Fanatic shared an extended “Revenge” spoiler preview for the season, and it teases that this season is “so explosive it will either make or break Emily Thorne.” From the sounds of things, it’s going to be quite the season as Emily Thorne struggles to exact her plans of revenge and the walls close in on her. Season 3 of “Revenge” premieres on ABC Sunday, Sept. 29.
UPDATE: Due to an unforeseen change in the Revenge shooting schedule, our Google + hangout with Gabriel Mann is being moved to a later date. Please watch this space, and we will keep you updated!
EARLIER: Revenge‘s season premiere isn’t until Sunday but if you’re looking for scoop on what’s next on Emily Thorne’s Revengenda, join EW
this Friday at 1p.m. PT/ 4p.m. ET for a Google+ hangout with Gabriel Mann!
That’s right, we’re putting the actor, who plays quippy computer wiz Nolan, in the hot seat and grilling him on the upcoming third season, which begins (in traditional Revenge fashion) with one heck of a shocker.
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