On The CW’s The Tomorrow People, Robbie Amell plays a young man who learns he is of a superior race than regular ole human beings. Quite literally, he is a homo superior, a class these titular “Tomorrow People” determined themselves to be because of the abilities they have, stemming from slight mutations in otherwise human DNA. Though Amell has abilities that range from teleportation to telekinesis and stopping time, he can’t help but exhibit a lot of humanity, as well.
“It’s the familial stuff, the idea of not having known my dad and finding out that what I did know about him was false, I’d do anything I possibly could to find out. The feeling of wanting to help people,” Amell said when LA TV Insider Examiner sat down with him at the TCAs in Los Angeles.
“Sarah reminds me of my mom in certain ways which is really sweet because it makes me a lot easier to tap into the emotions in a lot of ways, but my mom and I have a much different relationship than I do with my mom on the show. But the fights seem very real: if I were to have these fights with my mom, you know, they’re coming from a very loving, caring place.”
In addition to Amell’s character of Stephen having to adjust to learning his dad was this superior breed of being and left the family to protect them, not because he was some deadbeat, he also has to come to terms with his new abilities, keeping them from those who wouldn’t ready to hear the truth yet, and also navigating the rules of this new world he has just been thrust into.
“We’re not supposed to use our powers to intervene with human lives, but I don’t feel that should be a rule because you’re not playing God…I actually have a line where I say ‘You’re not playing God; you’re being human; you’re caring for these people– friends or family,'” Amell said, comparing it to the Man of Steel rule about not saving the father because it would expose too much.
“It’s grounded in reality so it’s easy to tap into the character, but they give you fantastic circumstances and incredible powers.”
The Tomorrow People premieres on The CW on October 9 2013 at 9 p.m. Be sure to check out the first part of our video interview with Amell, too, in which he talks more about earning his stunt stripes and playing a kind of rare “stumbling stunts.”
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