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Diogo Morgado spills The Messengers‘ secrets before the show premieres

Diogo Morgado went from playing Jesus to his new role on The Messengers that is way closer to Lucifer.

But Morgado wants to be sure fans know that his character, called only The Man, isn’t the devil. Still, he’s definitely the bad guy in the new CW show based on the book of Revelations and the coming apocalypse — angels and all.

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“I think Lucifer is associated with something more as one individual, like as the fallen angel, the reason for all evil. I think this character is way more interesting than that, because he represents the darkest side of humanity. He doesn’t have any special powers, so if it was Lucifer there’s a lot of possessing stuff and dark magic or whatever you want to call it. He doesn’t have any of that. He doesn’t have any powers at all.”

Morgado said his darkness comes because “he’s a manipulative guy. He has an agenda.”

Of course, we’ll have to watch to uncover what exactly that agenda might be. But Morgado added that The Man is definitely the bad guy in the show and he’s trying to “use the messengers and what he knows about them to manipulate them and change the outcome in his favor.”

And while Morgado says that the show simply uses the book of Revelations from the Bible as a reference, “It’s a CW show. It’s a fun show to watch.”

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The Messengers also has a broader statement about the world that Morgado touched on in our interview.

“I think more and more we’re living in a village,” he explained. “A huge village. And I think the internet played a really important role in this thing of having a conscience that we’re all the same. We’re all so the same. We all struggle with the same problems. We have the same type of objectives. We’re all happy with our achievements. We all cry when somebody hurts us. We’re so the same. So I think people need to see themselves represented on television.”

Morgado admitted that while the show isn’t entirely grounded in religion, his religious beliefs did affect how he portrayed The Man. Morgado, who considers himself a Christian, said his faith was a “tremendous” influence while working on the show.

Not only that, but Morgado is a dad to his 5-year-old son Santiago.

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Morgado said it isn’t a struggle to find that balance in his life. In fact, being a dad “only makes it better. I think the most beautiful thing in our jobs [as actors] is we use everything that we live and we feel. I’ve become so much more aware and selfless since I had Santiago. I think I just got better in whatever I am doing. And, not only that, I became twice as happy. I think it helped me a lot, actually.

“It’s all about managing. It’s a commitment,” Morgado added. “I’m a proud dad so that’s part of my career as well, as a person. So what I do, it’s not even my job. It’s part of who I am, so being a dad is part of who I am as well. I just have to manage it in kind of the same way.”

As if you needed any more convincing to tune in to The Messengers, Morgado said, “I think people should watch The Messengers because I think this show shifts our perspective of good and evil. I think the fact that a lot of stuff that happens to these messengers, sometimes they’re going to do the wrong things, they’re going to choose the wrong road, and that doesn’t define them, that doesn’t make them bad. It’s just that sometimes, certain circumstances push us to do wrong things and make bad decisions. Hopefully, that doesn’t define us. I think people should tune in because of that. I think people will be constantly questioning what they think good and evil is, especially with a lot of the arguments The Man is going to bring.”

The Messengers premieres tonight at 9/8c on The CW. Will you be watching?

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