On Sunday night’s episode of Showtime’s hit serial killer drama Dexter, it was revealed that Edward James Olmos’character Professor Gellar has been dead all along, and merely a product of his “disciple” Travis’ imagination. We caught up with the Oscar-nominated Mexican actor to talk about Sunday’s episode, how he feels about Professor Gellar ending up in the cooler, and why the story line was kept secret from the cast and crew.
We were surprised to see you dead in a cooler on Sunday night’s episode! How are you feeling?
Very good! I hope everybody understands that I never did anything—I was never there.
So Professor Gellar isn’t a bad guy at all?
No. He had nothing to do with anything that happened—that’s the whole idea.
Is the show going to explain Gellar’s relationship with Travis any further?
Yeah, of course. The next episode is all about that!
Will we find out when Gellar died?
Oh yeah. You’ll find out a lot. I shouldn’t tell you too much—I don’t want to blow the next one, you know? No one knew anything—it was all kept from…even the actors.
When you first read the script and learned Gellar was dead, what did you think?
I didn’t read the script. The reaction came because I demanded to know exactly what I’d be doing and I met secretly with the producers and they outlined the exact understanding of what we were going to go through. I said, ‘well, OK, let’s try it.” And the whole understanding needed to be that nobody would know—not the directors, not the cast, not the crew. Nobody. Nobody knew.
Nobody except you!
Wow! Did that make you feel really special?
Of course! It’s the only way to create that level of understanding. When Dexter sees me in the cooler, that’s the first time he’s actually seeing me. That’s the only time we ever worked together—that’s the only thing we ever did, and I never really saw him because I’m in the cooler and I’m dead. So we have no relationship together whatsoever.
Do you know if we’ll be seeing Gellar’s former teaching assistant Carissa Porter again? She seemed like she was hiding something…
I’m not sure. That’s a good question.
What was it like shooting those really dark scenes with your co-star Colin Hanks?
It was great! I gotta tell you, it was very, very well established and very well thought through. The writing on the show is the reason I did it—quite interesting all the way around!
Aimee Garcia – who plays Dexter’s nanny and Angel’s sister, Jamie – reveals what’s in store for the show and her character.
Jamie has been a very interesting addition to the show, and Dexter’s world. What do you think about the way she’s become integrated into the show?
I love that Jamie is smart, sassy, fun and cool — but more than that, I think Harrison has become Dexter’s reason for living. He’s a father and takes that role very seriously. And Jamie has essentially become Harrison’s mother – she bathes him, feeds him, puts him to sleep, spends lots of time with him, so, because of that, Jamie has become important in Dexter’s inner-circle. But as we all know, anyone that gets super close to Dexter is always in danger.
Especially with all of Geller’s victims being women lately…
And brunette women too.
So my fear of her ending up in one of his tableau’s isn’t unfounded?
Well, in true Dexter fashion, nothing is ever what it seems – just when you know, or think you know, who is in danger and who is putting that person in danger, you’re thrown a curveball. I can say that Jamie is in danger, but you’ll be surprised by who this Sunday. Just when you think things couldn’t get even creepier, it gets quite disturbing and things take a twisted turn for Jamie this week.
Does that involve her tumultuous relationship with Louis?
Maybe. We do take that romance to another level this week. I’ll just say that I lost my sex scene virginity to Dexter. But if I had to lose it to any show, I’m glad it was Dexter. It’s not gratuitous and I’m not taking off my clothes for a cheesy horror movie, I’m taking off my clothes for a critically acclaimed, Emmy nominated show. I’m glad I did it on a classy show, where you’re lit very well. I’ll probably watch with one eye open though.
Which is how I feel I’ll be watching the whole show from this point forward. What would you tell fans to expect from the final few episodes?
I’m excited for fans to have their world turned upside down. The writers make some very bold choices and something huge is revealed in episode 12, that no fan has brought up happening, which is interesting. Everyone’s focused on the villains and no one has thought that this could happen. I’m excited for the fans to think they know what’s going on, but are so focused on one thing, there’s something bigger behind them they didn’t even see coming. I know that’s vague but I feel like I owe it to the writers to maintain the secrecy,. There are a couple of curveballs coming that fans will either love or hate, but it’s a huge, huge, bold step by the writers. Then again, I don’t think you would expect anything less from a show like this. When you’re on a show with a serial killer, heads can roll at any time.