Entertainment Weekly sat down with Seth Gilliam, an awesome new cast member and The Wire alumni, who will be playing the new Season 5 character Father Gabriel Stokes. EW revealed the photo above and interviewed Gilliam about how he landed the part, whether he read the comics, and what it’s been like to join the show!
EW: Why don’t you start by telling me about the casting process and how you ended up on this show as Father Gabriel.
SETH GILLIAM: I actually did not realize I was reading for the role of Father Gabriel during the casting process. The sides were for a school guidance counselor named Michael, who had an issue with a couple of his students. I had not seen the show before I was cast on the show. So I just thought, Okay, I guess they’ve discovered some guy who’s holed up at a school or something like that and was carrying around this horrible exchange that he had with his students. [Laughs]
That’s hilarious. So when were you informed about whom your character actually was?
I got a call from Gale Anne Hurd after the offer was made to me to explain who I would be playing. And that was about maybe a week after I had auditioned.
So once you found out about this character, did you go and read the comic book to familiarize yourself, or did you just say, Hey, I want to approach this TV version fresh and not worry about that?
I only read the comic book where Father Gabriel was introduced, which I think was episode 61 in the comics. I didn’t read anything before that, and I haven’t read anything after that. I discovered from reading about the show that often times characters’ names and journeys are kind of crisscrossed and mismatched, so I thought if I did read too much I might be giving myself a lot of information that would be useless, or just outright wrong. So I figured, like with everything, I’d just take the script and try to fill him out the best I possibly can.