In L.J. Smith’s “Secret Circle” book series, Nick Armstrong is a fan favorite character with an icy attitude. He’s referred to as the “iguana” and he’s got a cold, disengaged demeanor. So far, we haven’t heard much about how Nick will be adapted for the upcoming series on The CW, so Zap2it sat down with executive producer Andrew Miller to get all the intel on the mysterious character.
In the pilot episode, we won’t learn much about Nick, aside from the fact that he’s played by Aussie actor Louis Hunter. He lives next door to Britt Robertson‘s character, Cassie, and when she moves in after the tragic death of her mother, he expresses his concern with an eloquent “R U OK?” sign that he holds up to her window. He seems sweet… until he magically opens her curtains later while she’s changing.
“Nick is a troubled young man,” Miller tells us, laughing a bit. “Both his parents are dead; he lives with his aunt and uncle. He’s a little bit more messed up than the other ones. He’s got this cool guy facade, but he spends a lot of time pushing people away, probably out of insecurity and fear.”
Fans frequently ask us whether Nick and Cassie will have a romantic connection on the show the way that they seem to in the novels. As of right now, Miller says, there aren’t plans to highlight a romantic spark between them. Cassie has her hands full relationship-wise with Adam (Thomas Dekker) who is currently dating her one friend in town, Diana (Shelley Henning).
“What we wanted to focus on was the Adam/Cassie/Diana triangle to establish that first,” Miller says. “What I like about Nick is that he’s very much an outsider even as a part of the circle. In being an outsider, he’s got an outsider’s perspective that allows him to read people very well because he’s so used to looking at them from the outside — sometimes literally, from the outside looking in. I don’t know that you’re going to see the same kind of thing that happened in the book between them, but he does understand Cassie in a way that no one else does.”
Because of his own insecurities, Miller says that Nick “connects more to Melissa than to anyone else. There’s a relationship between those two characters that’s kind of surprising but very cool.”
Melissa (Jessica Parker Kennedy) is a bit of a sidekick to the “bad girl” Faye (Phoebe Tonkin) when we first meet her. “Melissa is an insecure mean girl. She has this unique position of being friends with Faye, which kind of makes her a powerful girl at school, and yet, she’s not ‘that girl,’ so she’s kind of in a weird spot,” Miller explains. “She’s been living in Faye’s shadow for their entire friendship, which is a safe place to be because it’s not a lot of pressure, but at the same time she’s not given the opportunities to assert herself in any real, meaningful way.”
As the series marches on, we’ll see a change in Melissa. “Over the course of the season, as she comes into her power, she’ll create a clear definition for herself and it will help her define herself outside of her relationship with Faye in a really cool way,” Miller says.
Tune in for the series premiere of “The Secret Circle” on Thursday, Sept. 15 at 9 p.m. EST after a brand new episode (finally!) of “The Vampire Diaries.”