Stitchers Season 2 Interviews Part 2: Kyle Harris, Ritesh Rajan & Damon Dayoub

The second of the Stitchers interview articles is all about the fellas. The season two conversation with Kyle Harris, who came in first to “tell all” and then Ritesh Rajan.


KYLE HARRIS

The second of the Stitchers interview articles is all about the fellas.  The season two conversation with Kyle Harris, who came in first to “tell all” and then Ritesh Rajan. Ritesh actually segued in-between Salli Richardson-Whitfield and finally  Damon Dayoub; who was right before Allison Scagliotti.  All three chaps were friendly, accommodating, and forthcoming with a lot of information.

All of the men in the show are attractive as well as charming.  It is easy to see why they have a legion of fans, both female and, I dare say, male.  As with the ladies, these performers dropped by between takes and rehearsals and, as mentioned in the first interview, even though this was the season finale being filmed; all were happy to have a chat.

It is rather interesting to note that many of the cast mentioned that the second season was going to be an “amped up” version of season one, and  creator/executive producerJeff Schechter mentioned it, all referred to this new season as the “2.0” of Stitchers. This was more than idle talk here, because  if one heads over to IMDb, the title of the first episode of season two is…drumroll please…2.0.

First up was Kyle Harris, aka Cameron Goodkin, whom we last saw motionless, presumed dead, in the season one finale. There very fact that Kyle was there filming and talking to me made it seem a certainty that Cameron has not shuffled off his mortal coil.

(It should be mentioned that since the January interview Freeform has aired a  sneak peek of the season two premiere and Cameron is not dead after all. Whew.)

MFT: Well, you obviously didn’t die in the season one finale.

Kyle: (Laughs)

MFT: So here you are…At the finale already.

Kyle: Yeah, feels super fast…

MFT: So what has this season been like for you?

Kyle: The season has been, and the overall tone; following the pre-season brief was that we wanted to mature the character along with the show. I think that has been underlined throughout. I think the production value, the quality of the characters, the cases are even more mature and the relationships are more mature as well.

Everyone’s going to find out who they are this season, whether it be in the lab or outside of the lab and I think that’s what you can expect for season two, that all the characters you fell in love with in season one are now growing up a little bit. They are also growing up outside of the lab and taking that a little more seriously.

MFT: In terms of characters it was a bit of a mishmash at the end of the first season. Linus was upset because he felt he’d been overlooked by his BFF…

Kyle: Right…Exactly.

MFT: So the “bromance” between you guys was a bit rocky.

Kyle: We do mend things though. I think that what happened in the season one finale kind of makes us all realize that we’re nothing without each other. So we take that into consideration and the upset in stride and move forward. That whole thing gives Cameron a whole new lease on life and he is now, kind of, the official leader of the Stitchers program in the eyes of his peers as he put his life on the line for this.

That maturity reveals more layers of Cameron and he takes his relationship with Kirsten more seriously, whether with or without her, making  decisions on that front,  and in regards to his stance on the program taking more leadership and just stepping up to the plate a little more. As opposed to taking a back seat to Kirsten which he did in the first season. 

MFT:One of the really good things to come out of the season one finale, when Kirsten was in your “freshly dead” brain, was the connection between you two that started when you were both children. Is that going to be expanded on this season?

Kyle: Yes that will definitely play out as a touch and go kind of secret between me and Kirsten as to whether or not she wants to let me know what she saw. And it does get to a point where Cameron kind of knows that this might be what she saw and whether or not she wants to admit it. He does kind of bring it to the forecourt and places the ball in her court like, “Now that you know, what do you want to do about it.”

MFT: In terms of finding your character, how hard was it to find that place. I love your character, although I adore Camille, Allison’s character, as she seems to predict what is going to happen in the episode, but your character does these really fantastic references to films and so on just before going into the stitch. How hard is that for you to remember?

Kyle: I mean for me it’s funny. Jeff [Schechter] and I have this joke because growing up, I spent a lot of my time outside and not too much time inside watching all these things so I don’t know a lot of these references and have them shown to me on YouTube. So I know what I’ve been saying, I’ve done my homework, but I’ve not seen the movie; only the clip.  So I think the main focus, for us, is to make these character ‘s relatable in this completely un-relatable world. 

MFT: Yes:

Kyle: I mean whether  or not the people are invested in the case or the characters, we have to make sure they can believe in both sides of the story. 

Author: Mike's Film Talk

Former Actor, Former Writer, Former Journalist, USAF Veteran, http://MikesFilmTalk.com Former Member Nevada Film Critics Society

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