Shawn Ashmore: This Is A Scary Show

Shawn Ashmore: This Is A Scary Show

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Shawn Ashmore is quite happy with the dark turn his character, Mike, has taken on "The Following."  Last season, he was totally by-the-book.  But this year, especially after Mike's father was murdered by a vengeful killer, Mike is anything but a predictable Boy Scout of an FBI agent.

"What I think is most amazing about Mike this season, and really for this character in general on the show, is how huge his character arc has been. Where we started in the pilot with Mike, to where we are now, is a full 180."

"Obviously as an actor, it's very satisfying to get to play the range of a character," Ashmore says. "That's what is fun about it, to be honest. It's not the easiest work in the world to continuously bring Mike to this dark place and push the limits to how far he can fall, but it's really satisfying crafting a character that has such a huge arc.

"Kevin Williamson (the creator of "The Following" has given me a real gift in that Mike really mirrors the journey Ryan Hardy took. We find Ryan Hardy in the pilot episode already beaten down, already an alcoholic and already jaded by this case and what this kind of profession can do to a man. The opposite is true for Mike. We actually see his descent and journey."

Shawn Ashmore joins Maria Sansone and Lisa Breckenridge on Good Day L.A.

Fun facts about Shawn Ashmore: (Source: Wikipedia)

1) He is a Canadian film and television actor, perhaps best known for his roles as Jake in the television series Animorphs, Agent Mike Weston in the television drama series The Following, and Bobby Drake / Iceman in the X-Men film series. He is the identical twin brother of actor Aaron Ashmore.

2) One of Ashmore's notable roles was as Iceman in X-Men and its sequels X2 and X-Men: The Last Stand. Ashmore also reprised his role as Iceman in the animated series The Super Hero Squad Show, as well as voicing the role for "X-Men: The Official Game".

3) Ashmore starred as Cadet Major Brad Rigby in Cadet Kelly, a Disney Channel original film which aired in 2002 and he also guest-starred as Eric Summers in two episodes of Smallville, a series on which his brother was later cast in the role of Jimmy Olsen. Ashmore also had starring roles on Animorphs as Jake Berenson and In a Heartbeat as Tyler Connell.

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