Christopher Gorham Discusses the Challenges of 'Harper's Island'
As the leading man on a murder mystery show, Christopher Gorham has his eerie moments.  He plays husband-to-be Henry Dunn on the terrifying Harper's Island, and it's one difficult task that he enjoyed working on from week one.  The 34-year-old actor reveals what it was like to be surrounded by secrets on the set, and even shared some info regarding his return on ABC's Ugly Betty.

When asked about knowing who the killer was, Gorham admitted that no one knew until the final script was penned.  "One of the producers became known as "The Assassin," he explained, "because he was the one who would make the phone call the night before the new script would come out, telling that week's victim that they'd been killed." 

As with the audience, the cast members of Harper's Island couldn't contain their curiosity and even placed bets on who they thought would be murdered next.  Gorham said it was practically all they did, but "Our big hobby, off-camera, was trying to figure out who the killer was."

Not knowing what comes next in the 13-week series was the challenge for many of the cast, and Gorham found it to be "an exercise in trust."  He explained that the producers would tell them things in time, and they were limited to what they needed to know to play their parts.

"[Y]ou have to play just what's on the page in that moment.  You have to trust that it's going to be right, that it doesn't need anything else.  From what I've seen, they've really pulled it off."

Gorham also said that the upcoming episodes will be enough to keep the audience on the edge of their seats.  "[T]he pace of the show changes and the tone changes.  Things start moving faster and darker.  I've seen a few of the murders and once that rollercoaster starts, there's no stopping it.  It just goes faster and faster and faster.  It's really good."

As for Ugly Betty, Gorham's character is set to return to New York.  Of course, he runs into Betty (America Ferrera) while he's with his current girlfriend.  Henry then "ends up going on a double date with Betty and her boyfriend to a Mets game, essentially to prove how cool they are with it because now they're "just friends."  But, of course, things turn out to be a little more complicated than that."

Catch Christopher Gorham on Harper's Island every Thursday at 10pm on CBS, and on Ugly Betty, Thursday at 8pm on ABC.

-Maria Gonzalez, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
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