Jon recently appeared on Hallmark Channel’s ‘Home & Family,’ to talk about Castle and other things. I cannot embed the video, but you can view it here, at the official Hallmark Channel website.
Hear Huerta’s new single, ‘Champion’ now. New album ‘Grown & Sexy Music’ due June 11.
Jon Huertas, who plays Detective Javier Esposito on ABC’s popular TV series “Castle,” will release his first full-length studio album, “Grown & Sexy Music,” on June 11 through MidRats/Slydoggie Productions. “Champion,” out April 9, is the second single from the project.
A mix of club dance tracks and R&B/pop, “Grown & Sexy Music” was co-produced and co-written by Huertas and Grammy-nominated songwriter/producer Christian Davis. Lead single “Ledge of Love,” based on the love story between “Castle” lead characters Beckett and Castle, was released last November. A five-song EP titled Sex Tape (featuring a new version of earlier single “Sex Is the Word”) and new single “Champion” were made available on April 2 exclusively on thejonhuertas.com.
Growing up in New York, Huertas appeared in various musical theater productions while in school. He also sang as part of a New Edition tribute group called Junior Edition. A veteran of the U.S. Military, Huertas later moved to Los Angeles and began concentrating on acting. In addition to “Castle” – for which he won an ALMA Award -his credits include the role of Sgt. Tony “Poke” Espera in the HBO miniseries “Generation Kill.”
“Acting and singing have always gone hand in hand for me,” explains Huertas, who says his love of music kicked in again two years ago. “I can now focus a lot more energy into this.”
With that in mind, Huertas partnered with fellow military veterans Vic Manzano and Val Valdez to create indie label MidRats. “In the military,” says Huertas, you have the never quit, never die mentality and that’s what rats have too.”
Teaming up with Davis through the latter’s Slydoggie Productions, Huertas, whose musical influences include Prince, says his aim is to bring storytelling back to music. “I love complex vocal arrangements and music that tells a story,” he says. “I want to tell clear, concise stories about journeys people can relate to and understand. I’ve experienced every situation on Grown & Sexy Music.”
Huertas is shooting a video for “Champion”- about a guy fighting to get his girl back- this coming weekend.
Here is the track listing for Huerta’s “Grown & Sexy Music”:
3. “Ledge of Love”
4. “Dance in the Dark”
5. “Silhouette Sexy”
6. “Wonder Girl”
9. “Like Bollywood”
10. “Knock Off”
11. “Closer to Love”
The 100th episode of “Castle” may be airing on Monday, April 1 (10 p.m. ET on ABC), but it’s no April Fools joke — in fact, the consequences of the “Rear Window”-esque case could hit surprisingly close to home for our heroes.
At the cake-cutting ceremony for the milestone episode, The Huffington Post caught up with Nathan Fillion, creator Andrew Marlowe and other members of the show’s cast to preview what to expect from the Hitchcock-inspired hour, which Marlowe described as “a champagne glass of an episode,” designed with the series’ most loyal fans in mind — especially those who love Castle (Fillion) and Beckett (Stana Katic). Read on for what we learned.
Andrew Marlowe (Creator):
- On coming up with the 100th episode: “One of things with the 100th episode is, we wanted to put the lens squarely on the Castle/Beckett dynamic, we wanted to do something that was fun, something that was basically a champagne glass of an episode — it has a lot of sparkle, a lot of wit. So when [co-writer] Terri Edda Miller and I were conceiving it, we were looking for a story that would allow us to put the lens on our principle cast, instead of having a big thing that drew them all away. So putting Castle in the middle of this is kind of “the boy who cried murder.” It’s like Michigan J. Frog. When he’s looking, he sees stuff, and when Beckett comes over, she doesn’t. It allows us to recapture some of the great chemistry we had in the first season. We wanted to do the quintessential episode that could’ve played in any season. We’re really pleased with how it turned out.”
- On how the revelations about Castle’s father (James Brolin) will impact the rest of the season: “It all ties together. Castle and Beckett got together at the end of last season; when you’re in a relationship and you’ve been in it for a while — they’re coming up on a year — you start asking questions. I think Castle has to wrestle with who he is, given what he learned from his father. Beckett’s wrestling with where she is in the universe, and her choice of becoming a cop now that some of the issues around her mother’s death have been resolved. So I think that moves us into an emotional spring for part of our season, where the two of them are feeling their way through what comes next and [asking], ‘Who are we?’ and, ‘What does it mean to be a couple?’ and, ‘Where are we going?’ So I think some big questions are raised and it leads to a very emotional conclusion at the end of the season.”
- On the future of the Castle/Beckett relationship: “What we’ve been doing for the past four years is slowly peeling back who Beckett is for Castle, and now we’re trying to peel back who Castle is. He’s a guy who doesn’t reveal a lot of depth about himself, but you know it’s there and you see it in certain scenes. And now, Beckett is gonna be probing as to ‘who is this guy under the surface?’ We’re gonna see some more of that coming up.”
Nathan Fillion (Richard Castle)
- On the plot of the 100th episode: “Castle is a witness to something heinous, but he’s having trouble convincing his friends that there’s something going down. There’s something that stirs within you [in that situation] — first of all, you have a bit of a ‘really, you don’t have my back?’ moment, and then there’s the moment of, ‘Then I’ll do it on my own, regardless of how I’m injured!’ Those are real-life moments. Those are things that we can all relate to. We’re not all cops investigating murders, but we all do have moments where you say to your friends, ‘I can’t believe you’re not backing me up on this!’ It’s reality-based in that way.”
- On the Castle/Beckett dynamic: One of the things that Castle loves about Beckett is that she challenges him, constantly, so here they are, butting heads. Castle will not be told what he saw was not what he saw.
Jon Huertas (Javier Esposito)
- On his involvement in the 100th episode: “We have a really interesting episode. It’s “Rear Window.” The writing is very Hitchcock-esque, which is very cool, so it’s a little different from what we usually do. Nathan’s character becomes very helpless and isolated and he’s separated from the team and he wants to help the team, but ultimately, he witnesses his own thing and he desperately needs the team, but the team’s not there. I can say that my character, along with a couple of other characters, are instrumental in the end of the episode with bringing him out of what he’s spiraling into. It’s pretty crazy. It’s gonna be a fun reveal.”
Tamala Jones (Lanie Parish)
- On what’s ahead for Lanie: “Lanie is back to secretly seeing Esposito. She is possibly going to be doing some more scenes with Alexis [Molly C. Quinn] coming down to the morgue. We need to revisit that — [that's] one of the things everybody wants to see. I want to see it too! It’s time. There’s so much going on and such little time because the season’s coming to an end, but Andrew and the writers are working their butts off to make everything happen.”
Penny Johnson (Victoria Gates)
- On what’s unique about the 100th episode: “I think that the 100th episode is going to be a surprise, in that we’re gonna see Mr. Fillion in his element … If you could be a fly on the wall, just you and Nathan, I think this’ll be the experience you’ll wanna have.”
Tune in to the 100th episode of “Castle,” “The Lives of Others,” on Monday, April 1 at 10 p.m. ET on ABC.
The cast of “Castle” recently celebrated filming their 100th episode, which airs on Monday, April 1, and OTRC.com got a little inside scoop.
Since the show debuted in 2009 the relationship between New York City homicide detective Kate Beckett (Stana Katic) and novelist Richard Castle (Nathan Fillion) has grown, along with the cast of characters on the show.
OTRC.com had a chance to catch up with the cast members of the show, and series creator Andrew W. Marlowe, to talk about the big milestone. We also learned a few things about the episode and about the cast as well.
So check out four things we learned from our “Castle” 100th episode set visit below. (Warning: Spoilers ahead!)
1. The 100th episode has a Hitchcock vibe.
Fillion shed some light on the plot for the 100th episode and explained, “Castle broke his leg and out of sheer boredom, he’s participating in a little voyeurism. He’s watching the people in this building across the street, and our episode becomes a bit of a ‘Rear Window’ episode.”
“I witness a murder and no one seems to think that I saw what indeed I actually saw,” Fillion added. “Everyone’s got a reason why … a reason not to believe me. So I take matters into my own hands.”
Katic also told us that Beckett has to balance her time a little in the episode.
“Castle’s broken his leg and he sees a murder outside of his loft window and Beckett has to jump between babysitting Castle and taking care of a real murder out there in New York City,” she said. “There’s a car chase and an explosion and there’s a love story and it’s unrequited. We have a scandal. You should watch.”
2. Marlowe said 125 actresses tried out for the role of Detective Beckett but it was Katic who had that special something with Fillion.
“I think the show all starts with the chemistry between Nathan and Stana and we were really blessed in order to get Nathan. Nathan was great,” Marlowe said. “We read with 125 different actresses and we were looking for that ineffable something, that chemistry, and when Stana came in, we found it.”
“Without that we wouldn’t have a show,” he added. “So that’s what … if I could point to one thing, it’s that. That’s what people tune in to see every week.”
3. What’s next for Castle and Beckett’s relationship? The couple has a few questions to answer.
Marlowe told OTRC.com about the couple’s relationship, “I think the next step for this couple is figuring out what are they going to do next.”
“They’re coming up on a year this spring, what are we doing next? What is this relationship? Is this real? Are we taking the next step? How invested are you in me? How invested am I in you? So I think we’ll be wrestling with some of those big questions,” he added.
4. Off-screen the cast has become a second family.
Tamala Jones, who plays medical examiner Lanie Parish on the series, said that the cast of “Castle” really do enjoy each other’s company.
“To watch Molly grow up and to just get to know everybody and let this become my secondary family and we’re all still here doing what we love, it’s a true blessing,” she said. “You go to sets and you get along with a few people and with other people it’s like, ‘Oh hey good morning,’ and you go on about your business.”
“But here we all love and kiss and hug on each other and do special things like get the ice cream man out here with the truck or get the coffee man out here with the truck, just whatever,” she added.
Jones later continued, “We go all out for each other here and we really, really love coming to work and being with each other.”
Molly C. Quinn, who started out on the show when she was just 14 years old, talked to OTRC about how Nathan Fillion has become a sort of father-figure in her life.
“This is my family. This is my home. It’s been incredible. Everything, high school, driving lessons, first boyfriend. I remember Nathan saying, ‘I have to meet him,’ and I did! I brought him to set and Nathan met my first boyfriend and my second and my third and my fourth and my fifth … every one,” Quinn said with a laugh. “They cycle quite a bit but he’s always been there for me, you know, he’s an awesome sounding board.”
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This short little promo from ABC features Stana, Seamus, and Jon acting adorkable.
Jon tweeted a few months back that he was working on his next crazy project. Now, you can see him in the CW’s original series “Stupid Hype.” To catch a preview, click here to visit the CW’s official webpage for the show. To watch full episodes as well as other video clips, click here. It’s Jon Huertas like we’ve never seen him before! Be sure to check it out!