Roswell, New Mexico’s Michael Vlamis sat down for an exclusive interview with Hypable, and we got into everyone’s favorite alien love triangle.
Michael Guerin has a lot on his plate in Roswell, New Mexico season 2.
His brother died, his sister’s husband died, he’s trying to resurrect the aforementioned brother, he’s learning more about his mother, and he’s trying to pretend that his hand wasn’t miraculously healed. And you thought your 2020 was off to a rough start!
We’re not sure how the guy is even finding time for romance, but we’re so, so glad he is.
While struggling through things with his long-time-love Alex Manes in season 1, he also found a connection with Maria DiLuca. In season 2, it looks like he’s chosen to give things a shot with New Mexico’s most beautiful bar owner.
Of course, my first question was about Malex. Are things really over? What’s to come for them?
“In a romantic sense, yes, this is the end for now,” Vlamis confessed. “But we actually had more scenes together this season than in season 1 where we really get to work on our friendship, which I think is what we really need.”
That’s probably not what Malex fans wanted to hear, but there’s still hope. If you read to the end of the interview, Michael Vlamis reveals his favorite Malex scene from Roswell, New Mexico season 2, and it sounds like a really good one!
Also, Vlamis revealed his three favorite songs to get into character as Michael Guerin. They are the incredibly fitting: “Buckskin Stallion Blues” by Amy Annelle, “Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to be Cowboys,” by Waylon Jennings, and “First Day of My Life,” by Bright Eyes! If you don’t remember, that’s the song that Michael and Alex shared their first kiss to. *swoon*
Check out the rest of my interview with Roswell, New Mexico’s Michael Vlamis below!
Hypable: Often, different romantic relationships bring out different sides of people’s personalities. What’s your favorite thing about Michael with Maria versus Michael with Alex?
Michael Vlamis: I think with Maria he feels safe. I think with Alex there are moments of him feeling safe when they’re intertwined and in the bed and a couple moments we saw last year, but really he’s never feeling safe. Yes, his hand’s heeled now, but he’s still wearing a bandana to hide that.
First of all, because if anyone in the town pays attention to that they’re going to be like, “how did his hand get heeled?” but also that bandana is a reminder of the pain that he’s gone through in his life, and that pain, unfortunately, is directly correlated with Alex.
You might see a little bit of a softer side when we see Guerin and Maria coming together, and that was really fun to play. Everything’s okay. This is fresh, this is good, this is kind of my new home right now where I can come back to.
Hypable: What can you tease about Guerin’s journey to find his mother in ‘Roswell, New Mexico’ season 2, and how both Maria and Alex will be involved in that?
MV: Yeah, so over the whole season, I really spend time trying to break that story and figure out what happened, which is just helping me figure out who I am, what’s my self-worth, and just kind of piecing together why I am the way I am and trying to piece together a family.
Because yes, I have Isobel and Max…well, I had Max, but I never really felt like I had a family. Over the season, we’re trying to uncover this mystery of where my mom really disappeared, especially Alex. Was she in Roswell for a little bit of time before she disappeared? Did she ever make contact with anyone?
It was fun to go back to the 1940s, early 1950s, and see what life was like in Roswell back then. With the costumes and the set decorations, there was a lot of fun to be had on set with that. As I am unveiling the story, we see that story unveiled in the flashbacks. That was really cool.
Hypable: Isobel and Max have both begun to explore the breadth and potential of their powers. Will your character be doing the same in ‘Roswell, New Mexico’ season 2?
MV: Not exactly. Michael is playing a little bit of the victim card. He’s just been punched on his whole life and taking a beating. And now, he lost his brother. It’s like when you go through a break up, right? You don’t care about anything else, you just miss that one person.
What he’s thinking about right now is escaping, so he’s not trying to get his powers any stronger because part of him probably wishes he was just a normal guy who didn’t even have these powers. Then everything would be so much easier and they wouldn’t have had to kill a bunch of girls and stage a car accident and deaths.
That’s all stuff that he doesn’t want. He was a good kid who was off the college, and then all of a sudden, this changed his whole life and he’s just been kind of dealing with that ever since.
Hypable: On top of missing Max, is he feeling any kind of pressure to take on Max’s role as the traditional big brother?
MV: One hundred percent. Their whole lives Max was always the hero and I think in a way, Michael, looked up to him for many years. But then when Max made the decision to cover up the murder instead of letting ourselves be exposed, I don’t think Michael Guerin wanted that.
He’s a selfless guy for the most part, and he means well. I think he wanted the truth to be out there. But yeah, he’s going to struggle with that a lot and just figuring out what his new role is now, especially with Isobel.
For instance, he didn’t wanna be at the church [for the funeral]. The only reason he showed up at that funeral was for his sister, so he knows deep down he has to step up and be this kind of hero savior thing, which he freaking hates. He doesn’t want that responsibility, but he knows that it’s his time to step up and play that role.
Hypable: Could college still be on the horizon for Michael Guerin?
MV: I think that’s one of those things that’s gone now, but I do think that he would take his talents and put them towards something bigger.
If he’s ever able to fully escape living in hiding and the kind of prison that they’ve built around their lives. I think as time progresses, he’s going to continue exercising his talents and his mind and stepping up and not letting that all go to the wayside. But right now, he’s not thinking about that at all.
Hypable: Is he still eager to get back to his home planet, or did meeting his mom change that drive?
MV: I think it definitely changed the drive a little bit, but I also think with her being gone, and him knowing that she existed, it gives him hope. Maybe there are other family members or there’s another community of aliens still living somewhere and thriving.
So yeah, I think it was definitely a deterrent. And that’s why you see him in these first couple of episodes. He seems like a guy who’s given up with the way he’s treating people, especially Maria. And also just how dirty he is. I mean, they made me so filthy this season…in like a CW hot way though.
I’m a dirty, dirty man who’s just a little hopeless right now. But yeah, as time goes on, he reels it in and tries to figure out why he’s here. Why is anyone here? Is he supposed to go home?
I don’t know. I think that is all going to depend on how this season plays out, and also where his love interest is. I can see him getting his heart broken and just leaving the planet for sure, but I don’t think he really wants that if he could have that true love that he’s longing for.
Hypable: Are there any character dynamics that you got to explore more of in ‘Roswell, New Mexico’ season 2 that you were excited about?
MV: Oh yeah, it was fun doing more scenes with Michael Trevino (Kyle Valenti) this year. Obviously, we’re working together to save Max. We only got a few scenes last year towards the prison shots at the end of the season where we were really together.
Aside from that, it was just like me giving him a dirty look and pushing him off Alex in the flashback episode. It’s been really fun to work with Trevino just because he’s another guy who, like Nathan Parsons and Heather Hemmens, they’re pros. They’ve done this before. They’ve done eight seasons of a show.
Trevino was in my exact position where a show just comes about and changes your life. It’s really cool seeing how he navigates a set. Also, we just kind of mess with each other all the time. I mess around with everyone, but when it comes to Trevino, he’s such a confident man’s man.
He wears really cool clothes, works out all the time, has a six pack no matter what he eats, so we just shit on each other. We shit on each other all the time. That dynamic really comes through when we’re working together as well.
Hypable: It was so amazing that you donated all the profits from your recent merch line to Misha Collins’s ‘Random Acts of Kindness’ charity. How did you get involved with them?
MV: I actually didn’t know much about Random Acts of Kindness until this first merch launch. I asked all of the fans which non-profit speaks to them the most and where should I donate all of our profits from the merch from Roswell, New Mexico season one, and that’s who they suggested.
They suggested a few others too, but that was the one that kind of popped up the most. So I did my research and the whole universe just kind of came together of why I should partner with them. I’ve just gotten to learn about them over the last six months or so, which has been really cool.
I haven’t done a ton of charity in my life because I think I was the one who kind of needed charity as a struggling actor out here, but I’ve always tried to give back as much as possible.
A lot of that comes down to little things. Like my dad he knows everybody back in Chicago, and everybody’s son is moving out to LA to try to do it or they’re going to film school or they’re thinking about it, and I’m the only person anybody knows from back home who has had success in this industry.
I’m constantly on the phone with people and meeting with people and just kind of trying to help them get to where I’m at and where I would like to go because I didn’t really have much help. I look at it this way: if someone asked me to do something, if I was that kid and I wanted someone to do that for me, it would be the best thing in the world if they did it. So I try to do as much of that as possible.
Hypable: What are you doing to stay sane in this crazy time of self-isolation, and what do you think Michael Guerin would be doing?
MV: You know what, I bet I’m doing similar things to him. We have all these cinder blocks on a bonfire we built in our backyard, and we’ve been taking those and making a home workout set up.
So, I’m doing prison workouts right now in my backyard, and I feel like that’s very Guerin-esque. Also, during this quarantine, I’m eating healthy, I’m on a cooking routine with my roommates and that means that I’m feeling better about myself, so like Guerin, I’m just taking my shirt off all the time.
Hypable: Finally, do you have a favorite moment from Malex and MiLuca in ‘Roswell, New Mexico?’
Yeah, I do. I’m going to focus specifically on season two. I was really, really proud of that last scene where me and Maria kissed at the end of episode two. That was a really cool scene to do.
And actually, what was so interesting about that is, in the episode I said, “I’m sorry” to her, but it wasn’t written. Carina MacKenzie, our showrunner, came out and was like, “Listen guys, this is working great. The chemistry, the passion, the love, the heartache, the hope, everything is there. But Guerin was just all over some girl in the bar in front of Maria. This is bullshit, he needs to apologize.”
And so she was like, “Vlam, do you want to try working in an ‘I’m sorry,’ right around this moment?” And I did that, and I think it kind of changed the whole scene. That one little line. It made you remember that this guy is a good guy, he’s just caught up in something that he’s having a hard time wrestling with right now.
With Alex, there’s a moment at the end of the season that I actually asked the director for another take. I have so much pride as an actor, I’m just so hard on myself, I never do stuff like that.
But in this one moment, I knew how much the scene meant and I asked for another take and something really special happened internally with how I was feeling. In that moment, locked in with Alex. I’m not saying if it was romantic or whatnot, but there’s a scene at the end of the season that was probably my favorite and it’ll be a lot of fun to watch too.
If you’re looking to see more of Michael Vlamis outside of his regularly scheduled Monday night appearances in Roswell, New Mexico, you can check out his recently released three-part series on michaelvlamis.com!
Making it is a hilarious (and extremely well shot) series about a baby-faced Michael Vlamis and his friends trying to “make it” in Hollywood.
He decided to release the series in response to the increased demand for entertainment due to the COVID-19 quarantines. “It’s a digital series making fun of this industry, and everything
that we go through.”
The first episode tackles an audition process that I’m guessing is shockingly similar to his experience with Roswell, New Mexico, complete with cowboy hat and “Magic Mike abs,” but presented in a way that will make you laugh…and maybe also make you slightly nauseous. Check it out!