The third season of Warehouse 13 kicked off last night on Syfy. The first new episode “The New Guy” resolved last season’s cliffhanger and introduced a new character, Steve Jinks, an ATF agent who has the ability to tell when people are lying played by Aaron Ashmore.
Producer Steve Kenny recently talked to Blastr about the new cast addition and his role on the hit series.
“I see a character that’s got a complex past, maybe with some pain in it,” said Kenny. “That’s what I see when he’s playing the part. And so, in my mind, he comes from a complex past. Maybe when he came out, or if he came out, to his parents, it wasn’t well received. And maybe that’s brought some pain.
Ashmore adds that it will take a bit of time for Jinks to mesh with the Warehouse 13 team.
“Who’s going to trust him until he proves himself? And I don’t think that anybody’s too comfortable with the fact that he can tell when people are lying. I mean, that’s great for solving cases, but this guy can come in and you can’t lie to him. You can’t B.S. him. He can tell what’s going on,” Ashmore says “So, yes, there’s definitely some tensions. … There’s ways that these characters are going to clash, but there’s also ways that they are going to bond in certain ways. It’s not all smooth coming into the Warehouse on your first day. They put you through the wringer a little bit.”
Another aspect of Ashmore’s character will be explored in upcoming episodes–the fact that Sparks is gay.
“You really start to see who Steve is, and you get a little bit of his backstory, and you really see how his life has impacted who he is,” said Ashmore. “Because he’s very different, I think, from a lot of the other characters on the show, in that he is more reserved and he’s got these walls up. And so throughout the season I think that Jack and the writers have done a great job of just putting in these little nuggets of character throughout particular episodes, so you start to see like, ‘Oh, okay, well, that makes more sense, and I can see why this guy is how he is.’ And a lot of times you don’t get that in shows.”
While they’ll dig in to Steve’s character, they won’t focus specifically on the character’s sexual orientation. “We won’t play with it any more than we address the fact that Mrs. Frederick or Leena are black. It’s not what the show is,” said Kenny. “This is not a show about diversity in minorities. It’s a show about … it’s a thrilleromedy. And it’s about a family. And families tend to accept each other for who they are and then argue about the details.”