‘Shadow Hunter’ Dominic Sherwood #SoBELLO + Outtakes

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By Dio Anthony
Photography by Maarten de Boer

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24-year-old British actor Dominic Sherwood is about to become the apple of every teenage girl’s eye, once Shadowhunters premieres on ABC Family’s soon to be FREEFORM, on January 12th—based on The Mortal Instruments book series by Cassandra Clare. The English actor who you’ve likely seen emulating James Dean in Taylor Swift’s Style video earlier this year went through quite the rigorous workout routine to work himself up to tip-top, heartthrob shape.

“I’m skinny like a rake naturally,” he jokes. “So, I had to change to soldier body, which took some doing! It was high intensity muscle training everyday for two months before the shoot, then every free moment whilst filming! Such fun but not easy.”

The series, stars Sherwood as Jace Wyland, Katherine McNamara as Clary Fray, Alberto Rosende as Simon Lewis, Emerald Toubia as Isabelle Lightwood, Matthew Daddario as Alec Lightwood, Harry Shum Jr. as Magnus Bane, and Isaiah Mustafa as Luke Garroway. It’s a hefty cast for sure, something ABC family, home to the wildly successful Pretty Little Liars is used to. Pretty Little Liars wraps up and comes to a close in 2016 after nearly 150 episodes, making space for the the network’s new baby. Like Liars, Shadowhunters is set to be a blend between the book, as well as completely original content. It’s a technique designed for success, and a technique Sherwood enjoys, having read the book to get to know his immortal counterpart.

I had to understand the world of the Shadowhunters, who Jace is, his relationships, his past, and who all of the characters are,” he explains. “That was all covered in book one, but I don’t want to know where he goes. As you mentioned, the original material is what I prefer to work from. I must say it was wonderful to have such great source material as a base.” So what is Jace like? if you ask Dominic Sherwood, Jace is full of opposites. “He is arrogant yet sensitive, powerful yet caring and a warrior but also a lover! I couldn’t think of a better way to describe him,” he says.

Sherwood, who also co-starred in 2014’s Vampire Academy, another book series with an enormous following isn’t the slightest bit shy of declaring his own super-fan status, when asked if he has a soft spot for any current franchise. “I definitely have a soft spot for The Hunger Games!” he quickly admits. I Love me a bit of JLaw, he says. “But as far as being a fanatic, I’ll save that for my own series! Which in that case, I wouldn’t call it being fanatical, I’d call it being proud!

Don’t miss Shadowhunters, on Freeform— January 12th, 2016, at 9PM.

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Art Direction by Dio Anthony
Styled by Scot Louie
Assistant Stylist: Isaiah David
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About The Author

Stephane Marquet
Creative Director

First of all, excuse my French! … I was born in the South of France. Lived in Paris for 10 years and travelled the world until I moved to Los Angeles in 2008, because obviously recession was a great time to move to a new country! I also arrived around Halloween and was greeted at the Social Security offices by a nurse who directed to the window Number 6 so a witch could hand me my social security number. Welcome to America. I am a painter, a photographer and the creative director of BELLO mag.

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