Is he or isn’t he? That’s the biggest question surrounding Quantico’s Simon Asher (Tate Ellington), who is still insisting he’s gay despite mounting evidence it may be a ruse.
How long before out FBI trainee Elias Harper (Rick Cosnett) finds out the truth—and could he and Simon end up getting closer than just colleagues?
NewNowNext grabbed some time with Ellington to get some answers.
“There’s definitely some really cool stuff with them.” And while Simon may seem annoyed with Elias now, don’t be surprised if he doesn’t start indulging in the cat-and-mouse game they’ve been playing. “I think it actually opens more doors up later [and] I really do think Simon, as much as he might be afraid of things that Elias may or may not find out, I think he enjoys it.”
Simon’s Surprise Skills
On last night’s episode, we saw that Simon is pretty good with a gun, and Ellington told us he’s got even more skills.
“He doesn’t mean to show what he knows [but] even in the shooting scene, he knows what he’s doing but has to joke it off.” We’ll have to wait to see if Simon is going to reveal more hidden skills in future episodes.
No Gummies, Please
What Ellington Knows
“I love getting information if I can, but it doesn’t necessarily destroy me if I don’t have it,” the Mississippi native told me.
In fact, he added the not knowing alleviates some of the pressure. “You don’t necessarily know what the outcome of it is so you just play the scene for what it is. Later you go, ’Oh, I got it right’ or ‘Oh, I was terribly wrong.'”
But in a show where anything can happen, Ellington says his fingers are crossed that Simon sticks around.
The Grateful Undead
“No matter what, if someone sees it on the resume, it always prompts so many questions and talking in the room when you go for auditions,” he shared. “The show just carries so much gravitas to it and so much weight… It’s like ‘We can take this guy seriously because he was on The Walking Dead.'”
Answers Are Coming (Eventually)
“You’re going to keep asking that question for a while,” he teased, adding, “I love that he doesn’t necessarily have a label or a classification for his sexuality. It’s nice to have somebody you can’t exactly pinpoint things on.”
Quantico airs Sundays at 10pm on ABC.