Revenge's resident tech billionaire Nolan Ross could see his fortune at risk in coming episodes of the American super soap and the surprises look set to keep on coming for the show's best-dressed character, played by Gabriel Mann.
In falling for his new CFO, Padma Lahari (played by Dilshad Vadsaria), Nolan has given her access to all of Nolcorp's finances and history, including links to the seed capital provided by the late David Clarke before he was framed for terrorism and died in prison.
"I think for season two Nolan realises as much as he loves to spend time revenging around the Hamptons, he is also running a multibillion-dollar business at the same time," says Mann by phone from Los Angeles.
"Sometimes business needs to be attended to. In the midst of that we get introduced to a number of Nolcorp employees, some of which you will meet later in the season that certainly complicates things further.
"Padma is very young, brash, outspoken, very smart, a whole lot of contradictions; shy and outspoken at the same time if that is possible.
"The actress we have been so fortunate to have found has this really beautiful balance of playing this character.
"Nolan is taken with her energy and her attitude and in this brash fashion he decided to employ her in this very powerful position in the company."
While there is no doubting Nolan's commitment to helping Emily Thorne (really Amanda Clarke) in her quest to seek revenge against the Graysons for her father's death, something that does remain up in the air is the question of Nolan's sexuality. Last season we saw his affair with the scheming Tyler Barrol and now he seems to be fond of Padma.
"They could almost introduce any character into the mix, probably the only thing they haven't batted around at this point is Nolan and Conrad but, hey, in our twisted writers' room, you never know," Mann laughs.
We've seen Nolan put his life on the line to help Emily, the closest thing he has to family. But some fans wish for more than a platonic relationship.
"I believe on Twitter people call them Nemily and there's a hashtag for it," he says.
"I think the thing people really like about the two of them is that their characters sort of protect one another's secrets, with the exception of Emily releasing my sex tape which was a charming move on her part.
"Other than that, they have a very complex, interesting relationship . . . it takes a lot of interesting psychological turns."
With the arrival of Emily's mother Kara Clarke this season, Revenge's storylines have become even more twisted.
"I think what we got in season one was sort of a slice of this very bizarre, very crazy very sociopathic summer in the Hamptons," Mann says.
"You got introduced to all these characters. Now in the second season it is about finding the complexities in their personalities and finding out a lot more about their lives, their backstories and so forth.
"I would say if there's a headline over the whole first half of the second season it would be 'mama drama' because there's a whole lot coming. There's mums coming out of the woodwork left and right and some of them more sane than others."
Mann, a former model whose previous TV credits include ER and Mad Men, has seen his profile skyrocket since the show started airing in the US in 2011.
"My life in and of itself is pretty similar to what it was," he says.
"I think I was able to buy a few new pieces of furniture which was really nice. I was very grateful. I bought some great pots and pans and mixing bowls and stuff for the kitchen. But what is interesting is how passionate people are about the show and how much they are attached to these characters.
"I have had a couple of times where I had to help calm them down and say 'It's OK, it's my home town, I grew up here' and they are 'Why are you here, am I dreaming?'
"Things like that certainly never happened to me before. I think in terms of being recognisable on a much larger scale it has been shocking but I am really, really so grateful to have these great fans who are so excited about the show."Revenge airs today at 8.45pm on Seven/GWN7.
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