2017 Sessions > Set #001 [+ 2]
On Shadowhunters, Alberto Rosende stars as human-turned-vampire Simon Lewis. Over the past two seasons, fans of the hit Freeform series have watched Simon transform from a normal teenager to one with strong supernatural powers. But even as he changed physically, Simon remained the ultimate good guy—and in last week’s episode, his longtime loyalty and patience paid off in a major way.
After years of keeping his feelings for his best friend, Clary Fray (played by Katherine McNamara) a secret, he finally professed his love for her and sealed it with a kiss. Viewers freaked out about the latest development in the show’s key love triangle, which began with Clary dating fellow Shadowhunter Jace Wayland, played by Dominic Sherwood—and they’re not alone. Truth is, even Rosende is pumped to see what’s coming up next for his onscreen persona.
“This season has really been about each character’s individual journey to grow—especially Simon,” the 24-year-old actor told InStyle during a recent visit to our New York City offices. “He’s changed a lot since season one, and we’ve watched him go from someone who had no idea what was going on to becoming this vampire who’s learning his place in the world. I’m very excited to see what happens.” With the series’ winter finale airing tonight at 8 p.m. ET, there’s sure to be plenty of curveballs coming our way—and Rosende is sure to be right in the middle of the action onscreen. Before tuning in, scroll down for 8 things that we learned about the star during our chat.
1. He’s more than happy to get in shape for the show.
“My character was a normal guy until he became a vampire, so this season has been a lot harder for me, physically,” said Rosende. “His body has to be on a different level now, and I pretty much just got in shape as the show’s stunts went into overdrive. We were training six days a week for six weeks before we started shooting, and our action and fight sequences are way more badass now. Training-wise, it’s been the ultimate dream to get paid to learn all this cool stuff. It’s a huge perk—you’re like, ‘Wait, this is my job. My job is to get good at boxing.’”
2. He’s down to do his own stunts.
“We all do our own stunts, up to the point that they say it’s too dangerous for us to do them,” said Rosende. “Thankfully, we all work really hard to be able to do what our characters can do. I think that’s part of the job, to try to be the person as much as you can and really devote yourself. Everyone takes that extra step to do everything we can until we’re told, ‘No you can’t jump out of this building,’ or, ‘No you can’t fly twenty-five feet down’ because the hazard is too high.”
3. He doesn’t require much variety in his diet.
“Before we were shooting the season, our diet was very strict during training,” said Rosende. “Dom and I went to the same restaurant every night because we knew we could get meat and vegetables, so we became regulars at this restaurant in Toronto. And thankfully, our craft team was really good this year on the set. We could ask for protein shakes whenever we wanted, and every morning when I got to my trailer, there was a coconut water, green tea with lemon and honey, and a peanut butter and jelly sandwich waiting for me. It’s a very solid breakfast—although not the healthiest.”
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