‘Magicians’ star Hale Appleman on what surprises him about Eliot’s past

Wednesday’s episode of Syfy’s “The Magicians” took a deep dive into Eliot’s past and one scene in particular surprised the character’s portrayer, Hale Appleman.

“I was looking forward to an opportunity to dig a little bit deeper into Eliot’s past and the things that he refuses to look at,” Appleman told Page Six on Tuesday. “I always imagined that there was a really ripe story there for the show to explore and I’m glad that we finally got to take a stab at it.”

He added, “What surprised me in the writing was the scene in which he actually bullies his friend for being queer, that came as a shock to me.”

In the episode, Appleman’s character, whose body is being inhibited by a monster, is trapped in his own mind and forced to revisit his worst memories in order to find a secret door that will allow him to tell his friends he’s still alive.

The door is finally found while revisiting a memory from Season 3 of the series, when Eliot rejects Quentin’s feelings for him.

“I think it was time for the show to examine what actually had gone on between them and continue to explore their dynamic after they lived a life together,” Appleman, 33, told us. “I thought, narratively, it was a really interesting choice and in a way it makes sense to me that Eliot would be unable to accept the love that was presented to him after the trauma he grew up with.”

He also teased an upcoming musical episode, telling us he will have two big songs: one duet and one solo.

“It was the most fun episode to shoot overall,” he said.

Appleman is also working on writing and recording some music on his own.

“Music kind of saved me from some of the downtimes in the acting world when you’re looking for a job and you’re wondering why you’re doing this,” he said.

“The Magicians” airs Wednesdays on Syfy.

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